Don’t Miss the REAL Antichrist


We all use terms that we understand and apply to biblical events, although the word itself doesn’t appear in the bible. For example, we all say “Rapture” and apply it to the “catching away” of believers in the last days. The word ‘rapture’ is not in the modern English translations of the bible however.

Likewise, the word “millennium” does not appear in the Bible. It comes from two Latin words, “mille” and “-ennium,” which together simply mean “a thousand years.”

We all say “Antichrist” and it’s become detached from its original scriptural use and become a cultural trope misapplied by almost everyone who uses it colloquially and on social media these days. We are in danger now of missing the real Antichrist because of this muddle.

The Wrong Beast?

The title Antichrist has for many centuries been applied to the ten-horned Leopard Beast of Revelation. (Revl 13)

HOWEVER, I am going to challenge that view and show that the title should be applied to the Lamb-beast of Revelation instead. (Don’t panic, it doesn’t change any of the events of Revelation or the endtimes, it’s just a change in title and description. But don’t we owe it to ourselves to give the right beast the right title? Also, the danger is that we end up looking for the wrong person.)

Antichrist in the Scriptures

I don’t know if you knew, but in the bible the only one to use the term “antichrist” is John. Yes, apart from the epistles of John, (1 John 2:18 and 1 John 4:3) the word Antichrist isn’t used, no, not even in Revelation to describe the coming Beast.

Of course, Paul mentioned the “Man of Sin” (or Lawlessness) (2 Thessalonians 2:3):

The Scriptures declare “that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” In other words, apostasy which today is general is going to become specific. [See video at the base of this page] It will be headed up in the particular person mentioned here as the “man of sin” … His very life is characterized by blasphemous sin against God.

The verses which follow describe the nature of that sin: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Many believe that this is a reference to the future world dictator, the beast out of the sea of Revelation 13. But others believe it is a reference to the false prophet (Rev. 13:10-18; 19:20), [Source]

What Is an ‘Antichrist’?
1 John 2:18: “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”

There were indeed many antichrists in the days of the apostle John, the end of the first century AD. They were FALSE CHRISTIANS, heretics. Specifically, they were Gnostics (see HERE for a short definition) This does NOT describe the Leopard Beast of Revelation, who is a political ruler of an endtimes empire akin to Rome.

Antichrist is another Christ

The very word “antichrist” is a description of a heretic, a deceiver. For it comes from the Greek word ‘antichristos’ which not only means “one who opposes Christ”, but at the same time one who is – or who preaches – “anti” that is, ANOTHER Christ. [Source]

For example, in Luke 11:11, the word ANTI is translated “instead of”, or “in the place of”. (“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?” )

So the title ‘Anti-christs’ not only refers to a man who denies that Jesus is the Christ, but also to a person who personifies in himself, or by heresy preaches, a REPLACEMENT Christ, “one who is in the place of” Christ.

Jesus also warned that false christs would arise as part of the endtimes deception.

A Religious Heretic, not a Ruler

The point I am making here in this blog post is about the nature of the Antichrist as the bible reveals it – not a political empire or oppressive ruler, but a religious heresy, indeed one practised by those who had once been part of the genuine Church of God.

We need to have the correct perception of the coming Antichrist, so as not to miss the signs, and be looking in the wrong direction.

John in his epistles tells us that these heretics, these antichrists, “went out from among US”. They were false Christians!

2 John 7:18-22
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. …(22) Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist — denying the Father and the Son.”

So we learn here, both from what John wrote and what Paul wrote in Thessalonians, that the “antichrist/man of sin” is a heretic, a false brother, who overturns the true Gospel and denies its fundamental truths.

Furthermore, from what Paul added, we see this antichrist is a Deceiver, who:

opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God… (9) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thess 2:5-12)

As I said, in John’s day GNOSTICISM was sweeping the Roman Empire, combining Christianity, Jewish mysticism, and pagan philosophy and practices.

One of many Gnostic-Christian strains was Docetism, a belief that Jesus was a human, but the ‘Christ’ was a divine spirit that came upon Jesus at his baptism in the form of a dove (see Luke 3:21-22). According to the Docetists, this Christ-spirit left Jesus before He suffered and died, for a basic Gnostic tenet is that physical flesh is tainted and impure, while spirit is pure and holy.

Thus the scriptures were warning against ministers who teach this Docetist doctrine.

But then that leaves us with the question, WHY is the ten-horned leopard Beast of Revelation (essentially a political overlord) called Antichrist? Especially when there is another much more suitable candidate in Revelation – the Lamb-like Beast.

John in Revelation had already described the true Lamb (Rev 5:6) who is God and Christ, so it contrasts more shockingly with a FAKE lamb who surely is a FALSE christ.

John of Revelation spoke of THREE beasts:

  1. A red dragon with seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 12:3)
  2. A leopard-like beast with seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 13:1,2)
  3. A beast with two horns like a lamb, speaking as a dragon (Revelation 13:11,17)

Their Origin:

  1. The first beast came down from the heavens. This beast is called “the Dragon” (Revelation 12:3).
  2. The second beast came out of the sea. This beast is called “the Beast” (Revelation 13:1-4).
  3. The third beast came up from the earth. This beast is called “the False Prophet” (Revelation 13:11-15; Revelation 16:13). [Source]

Who are the Beasts of Revelation?

(If you already know this you can skip down to the next section)

  1. The great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns is Lucifer, also called Satan or the devil. (Revelation 12:9) He is first seen in the heavens, before being cast down to earth.
  2. The leopard-like beast, also with seven heads and ten horns, rises from the sea (Revel 13) and is a mirror-image of the godless Roman Empire of John’s Day but recreated for the endtimes. It is a merged image of the four empires of Daniel’s statue, with the ten toes as ten horns and the “little horn” speaking blasphemies as the man who will personify all these godless empires that persecuted God’s people. This is the political arm of the Devil. It eventually becomes a ten-nation state governed by the beast’s choice of rulers.
  3. The beast with two horns like a Lamb, but speaks like the dragon, is the False Prophet, a satanic “messiah” figure pretending to be like Jesus the Lamb, but using the power and authority of Satan. In the authority of the first beast, he does great signs and wonders, and spreads religious deception worldwide.

It is this lamb-like deceiver who wields the RELIGIOUS power, encourages the world to worship the Leopard-beast and creates the animated image of the beast and his number 666.

  • (Remember, 666 is actually the “number of the BEAST” in Revelation, not the “number of the Antichrist”. So let’s be correct in our terminology.)

2 Thess 2:4
He (The Man of Lawlessness, the Deceiver) will oppose and 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. This alone gives him the title the “Antichrist”!

Is this the foretold “abomination of desolation” that Daniel and the Lord Jesus said would be placed in the Temple, thus defiling it?

The Man of Lawlessness compared to the False Prophet Lamb-Beast

Paul in 2Thessalonians does not tell us precisely which of the three beasts of Revelation will come to deceive the world, except he names him as the “Man of Lawlessness”. However, it most closely resembles the religious deceiver, the False Prophet, the lamb-like beast who is the one who does all the signs and wonders (compare 2 Thess 2 9-10).

He – the False Prophet – is the one who deceives the nations, and causes everyone – by false signs and wonders – to worship the Beast

When this lamb-like beast appears on Earth, he will declare himself to be godlike, or a god. His deception will be so convincing that it could deceive the “very elect” if that were possible. (Mark 13:22) His title in Thessalonians, “the man of lawlessness,” (or rebellion) describes his behaviour and attitude after he appears.

Specifically, this false Christ:

  • Speaks the language of Satan
  • Exercises all the power of Satan
  • Causes everyone to worship the Beast from the Sea
  • Does great wonders, even making fire come down from heaven
  • Deceives by miracles signs and wonders
  • Receives his power from Satan and the Leopard Beast
  • Calls everyone to worship the Ruler of the New World Empire
  • Places an image of him inside the Temple (the abomination of desolation?)
  • Gives life to the image
  • Gives all who worship the Beast a mark

Compare this to the Man of Lawlessness, (the antichrist) who:

  • opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God
  • sits in the temple, as God
  • his coming is empowered by the working of Satan
  • uses all power and signs and lying wonders,
  • preaches the delusion of unrighteousness
  • causes a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie
  • denies that Jesus is the Christ
  • denies that Jesus came as a flesh and blood human
  • is a false prophet

How can the Leopard-Beast be the Antichrist?

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The [great red] dragon (= Satan, see above) gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. “ (Revelation 13:1-3)

Ever since the book of Revelation was written, there has been a great deal of speculation about the identity of the leopard-like beast. Certainly, the similar descriptions in Daniel, and John’s own descriptions in Revelation, describe a world empire – although it hints at a powerful man as the overall ruler of this endtimes empire.

This ten-horned leopard-beast is not just a man, or a devil, but an entire new global authority akin to the old Roman Empire, but divided into ten regions governed by dictators who rule under the direction and in the power of Lucifer.

The angel told John, “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour [three and a half years] will receive authority as kings along with the beast.” (Revelation 17:12)

What Does it Matter?
As I said, this is really about names and titles and doesn’t alter the prophecies of Revelation one bit. So what does it matter if we call the little horn of Daniel ‘Antichrist’, or the Leopard Beast, or the Dragon-Lamb?

It matters because we need to be clear about WHO will come, and what he will do. His appearance could easily be missed because he will blend in with all the false teachers who are here right now!

The lamb-beast arises from the earth, he is a man (not a demon or a fallen angel nor a politician) who wields immense and almost irresistible religious power, and poses as a Christian or Jewish Christian.

How many today are ready to reject a powerful miracle-working “christian” who perhaps comes from the false churches, that are preaching almost the same message right now?

Here is a short but very chilling video showing that the world is increasingly plunging head-first into the Great Rebellion, and this will only increase until the MAN of REBELLION arises to lead the world into its final defiant and self-serving worship of the Dragon, all the while believing itself to be honouring their God.

Conclusion

A man will arise “from the earth” to head up the rebellion as a god, as a false messiah – a lamb-like god who will confirm the beliefs of unwary people by miracles, signs and wonders and by a Great Delusion that is almost too powerful to resist.

May God inspire and lead us, protect and keep us, and make us aware of what is shortly to come.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Miss the REAL Antichrist

  1. A really good book in this topic I first saw mentioned in a Berean Call YT video with Carl Teichrib and T. A. Mcmahon. They did an entire series in 2020 that used content from 3 books: The Bible, McMahon’s book “The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice”, and an old book that they found called “Christianity and Anti-Christianity In Their Final Conflict” by Samuel Andrews. The last one mentioned is quite fascinating, not only because it was printed over 100 years ago, but because it reads like it was written yesterday, in how it describes the culture of the day! Andrews proposes that the antichrist will be a “champion of humanity”, and people will want to worship him because he is there to take humanity to its ultimate destiny of divinity. I highly recommend the book, although there is a lot of philosophy to wade through. (That was a plus for me, because I learned quite a bit about the philosophies that were prevalent 100 years ago…)

    Berean Call has copies of the book for sale, where they “cleaned up” the original a little (mostly formatting to make it easier to read). It should also be available free online in it’s original format as published in 1898, scanned in as a PDF. A Google or DDG search should find it for those interested.

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  2. Very important observation. The wiles of the enemy will seduce the mind, to deceive the very elect, if possible. Assumptions, presumptions, are fertile ground, for wiles, beyond humanly possible, to detect. Only the Scriptures and the Spirit of Truth, will keep believers free from supernatural deception.

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