The Bible tells us that in the last days one man will rule the world. He will
rule over the entire human race politically, economically, and religiously,
speaking great blasphemies against God and setting himself up in the Temple as
God himself. But this man will not be God. He will be the very antithesis. He
will even lead a rebellion against God, but he will be destroyed by the King of
kings. History has deemed him the Antichrist, but he is known by other names as
well, each being fully indicative of his character:
The Little Horn – Daniel 7:8 (NLT)
The Fierce King, a Master of Intrigue – Daniel 8:23 (NLT)
The Prince Who is to Come – Daniel 9:26 (NLT)
The Worthless Shepherd – Zechariah 11:17 (NLT))
The Man of Lawlessness – 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NLT)
The One Who Brings Destruction – 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NLT)
The Beast – Revelation 13:11 (NLT)
Through careful study of the Scriptures, we can learn much about the origins,
disposition, and career of the one human being who will be the literal
embodiment of Satan himself.
The Bible provides us with some detail regarding the nationalistic origins of
the Antichrist. Although much debate surrounds his national identity, the Book
of Daniel clearly states that he will come from the people whose armies destroy
“A ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple.” Daniel
The City and the Temple were destroyed in A.D. 70 by Titus and the Roman
legions, but Titus was not the ruler referenced in this verse. For Daniel 9:27
describes the ruler as one who will make a seven-year treaty with Israel, put an
end to the sacrifices and offerings, and set up a sacrilegious object that
causes desecration. These are events that will be fulfilled in the life of the
Antichrist. According to Daniel, the Antichrist will come from among the people
who destroyed the Temple. Therefore, we can be certain the Antichrist is of
However, being of Roman descent does not automatically mean that the Antichrist
will be Italian. It simply means he must come from among those people who were
part of the Roman Empire of that time.
Daniel Chapter 8 provides us with further insight. In it, the angel Gabriel
explains Daniel’s vision of a Ram and Goat as events relating to the Greek
Empire of Alexander the Great. In a claim verified by history, he states that
following the death of Alexander, the empire will be divided into four parts.
From one of those four parts, the Antichrist will arise:
“The shaggy male goat represents the king of the Greek Empire. The four
prominent horns that replaced the one large horn show that the Greek Empire will
break into four sections with four kings, none of them as great as the first. At
the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master
of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own
power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything
he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people.” Daniel
Daniel Chapter 11 provides an in-depth examination of the history of the breakup
Alexander’s empire, describing historical events relating to the King of the
North and the King of the South. The latter part of the chapter describes the
Antichrist, identifying him with other historical figures who have held the
title “King of the North.” This, along with the passage cited above, clearly
links the Antichrist to the Northern Kingdom of the divided Greek Empire. This
kingdom was ruled by one of Alexander’s generals, Seleucus, who ruled the areas
of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume the
Antichrist will also be linked to these geographic areas.
Is the Antichrist Jewish? Although there is no definitive answer, two Bible
verses provide us with reason to believe that he will be. The first appears in
the Book of Genesis when God prophesies the coming of Israel’s Messiah and
“From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her
offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his
heel.” Genesis 3:15 (NLT)
Later on, when Jacob is blessing his sons, he makes this prophecy about Dan:
“Dan will govern his people like any other tribe in Israel. He will be a snake
beside the road, a poisonous viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels
so the rider is thrown off.” Genesis 49:16-17 (NLT)
This reference to a serpent striking a heel may indicate that the Antichrist
will be a Jew from the tribe of Dan, but many reasonable people are divided on
So how do we rectify these seemingly contradictory prophecies concerning the
Antichrist’s nationality? Is he Roman? Italian? Jewish? Assyrian? Greek? He
doesn’t necessarily have to be exclusively one or another. He could be an
Assyrian Jew born and raised in Italy, or any number of possible combinations.
We don’t know for certain, but history indicates that each of these prophecies
will be harmonized when the Antichrist appear.
Two thousand years ago, the seemingly contradictory prophecies of the first
coming of the Messiah were all harmonized in the life of Jesus Christ who was a
Nazarene born in Bethlehem who came out of Egypt. With the benefit of hindsight,
we can see how this was possible, but for the Jewish scholars who lived before
the time of Jesus, these prophecies were the topic of much debate.
That debate continues today in regard to prophecies of the Antichrist. But in
reality, we won’t know the absolute truth until he appears. As such, it is wise
to study these prophecies and teach them to others, so that the people of the
Antichrist’s generation will be able to positively identify him based on sound
Throughout the Bible, we are granted insight into the personality and
disposition of the Antichrist. We are told how he will act, what he will do, and
where he will get his power. Although far from exhaustive, the Scriptures
provide us with many clues.
The Antichrist will be arrogant:
“This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting
arrogantly.” Daniel 7:8 (NLT)
“The king will do as he pleases, exalting himself and claiming to be greater
than every god there is, even blaspheming the God of gods.” Daniel 11:36 (NLT)
The Antichrist will be so filled with self-love and arrogance that he will
launch a rebellion against God Almighty. He will place himself above all others,
and even set himself up in the Jewish Temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
The Antichrist will be empowered by Satan:
“He will become very strong, but not by his own power.” Daniel 8:24 (NLT)
“This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and
signs and miracles. He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who
are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that
would save them.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (NLT)
“And the dragon gave him his own power and throne and great authority.”
Revelation 13:2 (NLT)
The Bible clearly states that the Antichrist will derive his power from Satan.
In fact, following the Devil’s banishment from heaven (Revelation 12:9), he will
indwell the Antichrist, making this man of lawlessness the literal embodiment of
Beholden to Power
The Antichrist will be consumed with power, and power alone will he worship:
“He will have no regard for the god of his ancestors, or for the god beloved of
women, or for any other god, for he will boast that he is greater than them all.
Instead of these, he will worship the god of fortresses – a god his ancestors
never knew – and lavish on him gold, silver, precious stones, and costly gifts.”
Daniel 11:37-38 (NLT)
“They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they worshiped
the beast. ‘Is there anyone as great as the beast?’ they exclaimed. ‘Who is able
to fight against him?’” Revelation 13:4 (NLT)
The Antichrist will only acknowledge one power, a military power he possesses.
His power will be so great, the people of the world will marvel in wonder and
worship it, asking the rhetorical question of who among them is able to fight
against his mighty kingdom.
In addition to various aspects of his character, the Bible provides us with
numerous details concerning the life events and career of this man of
lawlessness, beginning with his meteoric rise to fame from among ten kings.
Rises From Among 10 Kings
“It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns. As I was
looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them.” Daniel
“His ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power; they will be
appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They
will all agree to give their power and authority to him.” Revelation 17:12-13
Ten kings will give their power and national sovereignty to the revived Roman
Empire. From among them, the Antichrist will appear, and he will become the
preeminent ruler among them.
Subdues 3 of the 10 Kings
“Three of the first horns were wrenched out, roots and all, to make room for
it.” Daniel 7:8 (NLT)
Apparently, three of the ten kings will oppose the Antichrist and his brazen
grab for power. In the struggle that ensues, he will defeat them, and his
control over the new Rome will become absolute.
7 Year Treaty with Israel
“He will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven” Daniel
The Antichrist will make a treaty with the people of Israel for a period of
seven years. The details and nature of this treaty are yet unknown, but many
have speculated that in a bid for Middle Eastern peace, Israel will agree to
rely on the Antichrist for its national defense.
He Will Conquer Many
Revelation Chapter 6 describes the Antichrist as a great conqueror riding on a
white horse. He goes out to conquer many, and he wields a great sword. In his
conquest, he will kill a sizeable portion of the world’s population.
Will Rule Politically, Religiously, and Economically
“He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the
earth and those who belong to this world to worship the first beast, whose
death-wound had been healed.” Revelation 13:12 (NLT)
The Antichrist will exercise all the authority of the first beast, which is the
revived Roman Empire. He will require the world to worship and give allegiance
to this empire, which will be resurrected from the dustbin of history.
“And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and
nation.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT)
Not one person will escape the reach of the Antichrist and his governmental
“He required everyone – great and small, rich and poor, slave and free – to be
given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell
anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number
representing his name.” Revelation 13:16-17 (NLT)
The Antichrist will have unprecedented control over the world’s financial
transactions. He will have so much power that he will be able to determine on a
case-by-case basis which individuals will be allowed to buy or sell anything.
In his insatiable quest for personal glory, the Antichrist will cause an
unprecedented amount of destruction.
“He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking
amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does.” Daniel 8:24 (NLT)
Abomination of Desolation
Jesus prophesied of a time of great tribulation, such as the world had never
seen, nor ever will see again. He said this time period will begin with the
desecration of the Jewish Temple:
“The time will come when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about: the
sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” Matthew
The Antichrist will fulfill this prophesy by standing in the Jewish Temple and
proclaiming himself to be God. He will set up an image in the Holy Place and
demand the world worship it.
“He will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. Then as a climax to all his
terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration,
until the end that has been decreed is poured out on this defiler.” Daniel 9:27
“He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of
adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming
that he himself is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT)
Destroys All Religion But His Own
The Book of Revelation describes the revived Roman Empire as being dominated by
a prostitute. This prostitute symbolizes idolatrous religion, and although Satan
loves idolatry, in the end time he will only tolerate worship of himself. As a
result, it will become state policy of the revived Roman Empire to destroy all
religion with the exception of worship of the dragon.
“The scarlet beast and his ten horns – which represent ten kings who will reign
with him – all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh,
and burn her remains with fire.” Revelation 17:16 (NLT)
Wages War Against the Saints
As part of his campaign to create universal worship of himself, the Antichrist
will set out to destroy those who are faithful to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
“And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and overcome
them.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT)
“He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a
master of deception, defeating many by catching them off guard. Without warning
he will destroy them. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but
he will be broken, though not by human power.” Daniel 8:24-25 (NLT)
Kills Two-Thirds of the Jewish People
In his rage against the Jewish people, the Antichrist will manage to kill
two-thirds of the Jewish race.
“Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die, says the Lord.
But a third will be left in the land.” Zechariah 13:8-9 (NLT)
Wages War Against Jesus Christ
In his arrogance, the Antichrist will lead a rebellion against Jesus Christ, and
gather the world’s armies to wage battle against the Lord and his heavenly
“He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle.” Daniel 8:25 (NLT)
“And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouth of the
dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. These miracle-working demons caused
all the rulers of the world to gather for battle against the Lord on that great
judgment day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:13-14 (NLT)
His Ultimate Destruction
Despite his worldly success, the reign of the Antichrist will be relatively
brief – no more than seven years. Ultimately, he will be held accountable for
his actions, and he will face the wrath of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Camps at Armageddon
While gathering the armies of the world to Jerusalem to wage battle against the
Lord, the Antichrist will set up his camp and gather his armies in a place
called Armageddon, the modern day city of Megiddo, Israel.
“He will halt between the glorious holy mountain and the sea and will pitch his
royal tents there, but while he is there, his time will suddenly run out, and
there will be no one to help him.” Daniel 11:45 (NLT)
“And they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place called Armageddon
in Hebrew.” Revelation 16:16 (NLT)
Despite his arrogant belief that he can defeat God, the ultimate fate of the
Antichrist was determined long ago. He will be completely destroyed in a rout of
“But then the court will pass judgment, and all his power will be taken away and
completely destroyed.” Daniel 7:26 (NLT)
Lake of Fire
As a result of his defeat, the Antichrist will be cast into the lake of fire
(traditionally known as “Hell”) where he will be tormented day and night for all
of eternity. His kingdom will meet the same fate, and be replaced by the Lord’s
Millennial Kingdom which will bring long-sought peace on earth.
“Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire
that burns with sulfur.” Revelation 19:20 (NLT)
Jesus offered the world by Satan…
In studying the prophecies of the Antichrist, we would be wise to refer to the
Book of Matthew, where Jesus is tempted in the desert prior to his ministry.
Here, we get a firsthand view of the deal brokered between the Antichrist and
“Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the
nations of the world and all their glory. ‘I will give it all to you,’ he said,
‘if you will only kneel down and worship me.’ ‘Get out of here, Satan,’ Jesus
told him. ‘For the scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God; serve
only him.’ Then the Devil went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus.”
Matthew 4:8-11 (NLT)
Because He is faithful and true, Jesus turned down the Devil’s offer to rule the
kingdoms of the world. However, at some point in the future, a man will arise
who will accept this deal with the Devil. He will sell his soul for a brief and
destructive career as the most powerful dictator in human history. He will hold
absolute power, and he will be the personification of all evil. But his
destruction is certain. He challenges the Prince of Peace, and Jesus wins.
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