WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE ANTICHRIST (I)

I Jn. 2:18-23

The cry of the world today is for one who has the answer for all the problems of the age.  The Bible clearly predicts the coming of a man who promises to meet the needs of the world.

The day of the Antichrist is fast approaching.

Today we want to consider THE IDENTITY OF THE ANTICHRIST.

I. HE WILL BE A MAN

A. Bible believers have always believed that he will be a man.

B. The Scriptures state that he will be a man.

1. The many antichrists mentioned in the Scriptures are men.           I Jn. 2:18.

2. Prophecy leads us to believe that Antichrist is a man. Gen. 3:15.

If the “seed of the woman” is a man, the God-man, Christ Jesus, then the “seed of the serpent” is no doubt speaking of a satanically produced man.

3. Antichrist is given the number of man. Rev. 13:18.

a. Six is the number of man.

b. The number 666 represents the fulness of evil manifested in man.

II. HE WILL BE ANTI-CHRIST

A. “Anti” means both “against” and “instead of.”

B. The Antichrist will come presenting himself as the savior of the world, but his nature and purpose is against Christ. I Jn. 2:18, 22; 4:1-5.

III. HIS CHARACTER IS REVEALED IN HIS NAMES

- He is spoken of as the:

A. Antichrist – I Jn. 2:18, 22.

B. Man of sin – II Thess. 2:3-4.

C. The son of perdition – II Thess. 2:3.

D. That wicked one (lawless one) – II Thess. 2:7-9.

E. The beast – Rev. 11:7.

 

IV. THE CONTRAST BETWEEN CHRIST AND ANITCHRIST.

      CHRIST                             ANTICHRIST

A. From above – Jn. 6:38         From the pit – Rev. 11:7

B. Came in Father’s name         Comes in own name

            Jn. 5:43                                Jn. 5:43

C. Humbled Himself                Exalts himself

            Phil. 2:8                               II Thess. 2:4

D. Despised by the world         Admired by the world

            Isa. 53:3                              Rev. 13:3-4

E. Did the Father’s will             Does his own will

            Jn. 6:38                                Dan. 11:36

F. Came to save                       Comes to destroy

            Lk. 19:10                             Dan. 8:24

G. Good Shepherd                   Idol shepherd

            Jn. 10:11, 14                        Zech. 11:16-17

H. True vine                             Vine of the earth

            Jn. 15:1                                Rev. 14:19

I. Truth                                     The liar

            Jn. 14:6                                II Thess. 2:9-11

J. Holy One                              Wicked one

            Mk. 1:24                             II Thess. 2:8

K. Man of sorrows                   Man of sin

            Isa. 53:3                              II Thess. 2:3

L. Son of God                          Son of perdition

            Mt. 16:16                            I Thess. 2:3

M. Mystery of godliness           Mystery of iniquity

            I Tim. 3:16                           II Thess. 2:7

The only way we can keep from being deceived by the Antichrist is to follow Christ and be obedient to His Word.