Who is the Antichrist? What does the Bible say about the Antichrist?

Bible prophecy of the end time talks about a mysterious figure called the Antichrist (also called the "man of sin" and the "false prophet") before the second coming of Christ. But the story starts even earlier.


Answer:

The Bible prophesies an end-time figure who opposes Christ—the Antichrist—but the meaning of the term antichrists encompasses more than just the end time. This term literally means "against Christ" and is variously defined as "adversary of Christ" or "opponent of Christ" and as a title or proper name for a specific individual who opposes and claims to be Christ.

The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains by Louw and Nida offers a more comprehensive definition: "The term . . . appears to have become increasingly equivalent to a proper name as the personification of all that was opposed to and contrary to the role and ministry of Christ."

According to the apostle John's writing, there is a spirit of antichrist, which is a spirit of opposition to the identity of Christ. Specifically, he was writing to warn of the dualistic heresy that denied that Christ lived as a physical human being (1 John:4:3; 2 John:1:7).

In the first century, most people of Jewish background anticipated a Messiah who would come to the earth as a conquering king to establish the Kingdom of God. But they failed to understand that He would first come as a man who would become the sacrifice for the sins of mankind, and they refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah. (The word Messiah is the Hebrew counterpart to the Greek word Christ .) Their doctrine was an example of a spirit of antichrist.

Today, many members of mainstream Christianity make the opposite mistake from the one that the Jews made by accepting that Christ became the perfect sacrifice for sin but denying His coming to the earth as a conquering king. So ironically, even that traditional Christian doctrine can be classified as "antichrist."

End-time prophecies show that religious people—including professing Christians deceived into accepting a counterfeit Christianity—will oppose many of the teachings of Christ. In that real sense, even today, many professing Christians actually have been deceived by a spirit of antichrist.

The Bible does not reveal specifically who the Antichrist is, speaking instead of his corrupt teachings. In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul prophesied of a "man of sin," a liar and deceiver whose natural abilities Satan enhances by supernatural power in order to confuse people in the end time. In addition, Christ inspired John to write of a "false prophet" to come at the end time (Revelation 13; 16:13; 19:20).

Finally, note how the prophecy describes a great religious leader of the end time: "He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon" (Revelation:13:11). That is to say, he takes on the image of (or imitates) Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God), but is empowered by Satan. Historically, a counterfeit version of Christianity fulfills the types we read of in the prophecies of Revelation.

Click on our resources mentioned below, which have more information about the Antichrist, False Prophet, "man of sin" and the prophesied false teachers at the end of the age.


glenn0809

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i have had dreams of the devil alot of times in a suit with red shirt and a black tie and a walking stick he says he is on my left at all times i cheked in the bible who ever is marked with 666 on the head or hand or can see it will go to the pit please help me i really need help i dot want to be like this please i need the help if you where a man of god you would help i dont wana go to hell it says im sopsosed to be the anti christ i dont want to be i want to be the son of god i want to be good i just want to be happy with the whole world in heaven i dope im not bad please god forgive me for what ive done ive sinned lusted lied and cheated i just want to be in peace in heaven why is the world like this why am i cursed i hope someone can help me please dont think im lien this is my only hope




she00

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Hi Glenn,
All were sinners. jesus crucified for our sinns.he cleanesd us with his blood.what we need to do is confess our sins to him.only he can forgive us. "For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him".dont wrry about your dream. god can healp you out. you can tell all your problems to him. He is a Loving father.

Ephesians:2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved

cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you!!
May God Bless you.




kiara

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Glenn please understand that you are being DECIEVED. Take back your life, or rather receive the gift that the Lord already have for you!!!! The fact that you desire Christ is great! That's the 1st step. That's why the devil iswworking on you because he knows the Lord is calling you! God knows your heart & knows u want a relationship with him. He knows you & he's calling you! Don't let that bible scripture confuse u, the mark of the beast isn't on anyone yet. Satan knows you're not knowledgeable of the bible so he's gonna manipulate u to interpret the scripture wrong. This happened to me last summer & I ended up in a psychward due to my fear! God did not give us the spirit of fear, we have to put on Gods armor & fight! Satan is gonna remind u of his past but you remind him of his future. See u have a chance & he doesn't. He's going to hell for FACT whereas the Lord is calling u to come to him. You're one step ahead of Satan because you're reaching out & asking for help. Im glad I ran into this post. Glory to God cause this moved my spirit. I have weird dreams as well. But you are NOT cursed or doomed. You are in a spiritual battle as us ALL. Likewise we have ALL sinned except Christ himself. The fact that you know your sins and ready to admit them shows u are well on ur way. But its not us that can redeem u but Christ. He hears you! Speak aloud to him and tell him the same thing u wrote hear. Ask for his forgiveness & to help u change ur ways & its done! You will be forgiven & his forever! Its gonna be hard but if you depend on him & glorify him even in the tough times u will have the Victory cause he said so! In him we are more than conquerors. PLEASE EMAIL ME at **Email removed to comply with comment policy** I would love to be your support through this tough time cause I understand what its like to be absolutely afraid & in need of a good word & support. Idk if u have this but I would love to share with u my testimony as u move fwd. THIS will be your testimony when u get through it because u will. OUR God is unfailing. The ONE & ONLY thing he cannnot do is fail. Once again my email is **Email removed to comply with comment policy** PLEASE write me.




KARS

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Time out! Alright. First, this sounds to me like a chemistry imbalance in your brain and body.

Glenn, have you been having sleepless nights?
When anyone goes without sleep for long periods of time they start to imagine crazy things; and have nightmares when they do finally sleep. Once you get back to sleeping again you will be able to think more clearly and stop the panic attacks.
Now as for your spiritual growth. Make or buy a journal, it's time to write down your feelings. Read the Book of Psalms. There you will learn how King David wrote down his fears and concerns to the LORD.
King David is a good example of how to release inner feelings. However, remember that Jesus said to love your enemies and those that despitefully use you. So, if your feel hate, ask God the Father to help you with it. What you need to do is learn how to forgive yourself like we all do. We have all sinned. We all must repent. When you gain control of your thoughts and get the much needed rest you need; these crazy visions will stop coming.
You may need some medical assistance to help you sleep at night if this is what is happening to you at this time.
God loves each and everyone of us, however, He calls us to obey Him. We must all come to Him with a willing heart of obedience.

Anything that is worth fighting for; does not come easy in this life. Otherwise it wouldn't be worth it in the end if it was easy.
Like for instance: You are a teen wanted a new car, your parents just give it to you. Will you appreciate that new car? Or would you have an additude of; I wreck it, my parents will buy me a new one. Now, if you had to work for that same car; wouldn't you take better care of it because you had to foot the bill?
So don't panic. You will be ok as you look to God the Father for help through, prayer, journaling, seeking medical help (if you need it),and bible study. Here is a link to one of our booklets to start you off. You can order it on-line.
http://www.ucg.org/booklet/transforming-your-life-process-conversion/




Shadrach Magombe

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Glenn,

I hope you are still able to receive this message, and are able to understand. In this battle against the spirit realm, you need every good tool that is capable of helping you regain the peace of mind that you seek. Surprisingly, some physical medicines designed to restore chemical balance to your brain (by limiting fight/flight chemicals induced by fear for example), can actually assist you in regaining a peaceful, sound mind.

Since it is also a spiritual issue, which you described as a "curse" related to habitual sin in its later stages, there is no better substitute for the peace and forgiveness you seek than to turn whole-heartedly to the LORD GOD. As others have suggested, the Psalms are one of the most healing books in the Bible that you can read and fervently pray along with. Perhaps, you can relate to Psalm 107's people whose "soul melts because of trouble" and who "are at their wits' end. Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm... Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven" (107:26-30, NKJV). "This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles" (Psalm:34:6). More than anything right now, you need to: "Trust in the LORD... and feed on His faithfulness" (Psalm:37:3, NKJV). There is no evil spirit in the entire universe that is greater than GOD (John:10:29, Luke:10:18), and GOD's voice is the only spirit you should listen to (John:10:27-29, 3-5; see also Romans:8:38-39).

The LORD GOD does not take any pleasure in the death of the sinful, but would much rather that they turn to Him and live (Ezekiel:18:23, 31-32). Yes, "...seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice (for the LORD your God is a merciful God)..." (Deuteronomy:4:29-31a). Do not lose heart, but believe in the goodness of the LORD (Psalm:27:13-14). "You, O LORD, are a shield for me... I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill... I lay down and slept; I awoke for the LORD sustained me" (Psalm:3:3-5). "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety" (Psalm:4:8).




freda70

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Glenn,

You need to understand that the devil is losing his battle with God for you and he knows it. He is trying to hold onto everyone he can because he knows his time is soon coming to an end. I received Jesus, as my savior, just a few weeks ago and the devil has tormented me ever since. When he harasses me I just say, devil I rebuke you in the name of Jesus and the Lord makes him leave me alone. You are a child of God and you must ask God to forgive your sins and live according to the ten commandments. It is not easy but if you hold fast, your reward will be great. I will pray for you and have the faith that you will be fine. The devil is tricky,he knows our deepest fears and plays on them but remember he is fast coming to an end. So hold onto God because he is the ultimate answer!! Praise the Lord!!!




Jorge123

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Someone please help me. I really need help. I am very worried about my salvation. I fear that I am doomed. I need help. God, please help me!




Malachi 3_16-18

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Dear Jorge123,

Please take heart. If you are very concerned about your salvation, that is a good starting point. I don’t know your circumstances, but all of us are doomed to eternal death (not ever-burning hell fire, though) unless we believe in Jesus Christ, accept His sacrifice for our sins, and truly repent and follow up on that repentance and faith by being baptized (Rom:3:23; 6:23; Acts:2:36-39).

If you feel, as some do at times, that you have committed the “unpardonable sin”, then you probably haven’t committed it, if you are sincerely very concerned about it, and want to make things right with God. Our loving Father is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet:3:9), and He is full of mercy and compassion (Ps:103:8-14). Sometimes, even when God forgives us, it is hard to forgive ourselves for certain sins. Sin causes natural consequences, sometimes long-lasting, but when God has forgiven us, we must learn to forgive ourselves, or it will cripple us from any type of growth and from pleasing our Father (2 Pet:3:18; Prov:24:16).

I strongly recommend contacting one of our caring and compassionate ministers in your area, who will be able to help you further. You can find one at this link:

http://www.ucg.org/find-congregation/

Praying for you.



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