Is there really going to be a literal man known as the Antichrist or does this term simply refer to evil people?

The Bible does refer to a man who will be revealed in the last days. This man is called, in addition to many other names, the Antichrist. The reason for his being called the Antichrist is explained in several Old Testament, as well as New Testament passages.

Let's first examine a New Testament verse. Second Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV) declares, "He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God."

The Old Testament counterpart to this verse is Daniel 11:37 (NIV). It states, "He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all."

The Antichrist will declare himself to be God. He will literally blaspheme the God of the Jews, Protestants and Catholics. He will defy the Lord Jesus who has so blessed our lives.

Notice what else the Bible foretells regarding this man. Revelation 13:6 (NIV) predicts, "He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His Name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven."

Now we can see why he is going to be called the Antichrist. The Bible has much more to say about this man. I encourage you to study this subject further. Let me close with one of my favorite Scriptures:

"And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming" (2 Thess. 2:8 NIV).

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