First John 2:18 speaks of the Antichrist:
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.”
The specific term
antichrist is used five times in Scripture,
twice here in 1 John 2:18 and once in 1 John 2:22; 4:3; and 2 John 1:7.
So, what is this
Antichrist that the apostle John
The meaning of the term antichrist is simply
As the apostle John records in First and Second John,
denies the Father and the Son
(1 John 2:22),
does not acknowledge Jesus
(1 John 4:3),
denies that Jesus came in the flesh
(2 John 1:7).
There have been many “antichrists,” as 1 John 2:18 states.
But there is also coming the Antichrist.
Most Bible prophecy/eschatology experts believe
the Antichrist will be the
ultimate embodiment of what it means
In the end times/last hour, a man will arise
oppose Christ and His followers
than anyone else in history.
Likely claiming to be the
the Antichrist will seek world domination and
will attempt to destroy
all followers of Jesus Christ
and the nation of Israel.
Other biblical references to the Antichrist include the following:
The imposing, boastful king
of Daniel 7
who oppresses the Jews and tries to
"change the set times and the laws”
who establishes a 7-year covenant with Israel and
then breaks it in Daniel 9.
who sets up the abomination of desolation
Mark 13:14 (cf. Daniel 9:27)
The man of lawlessness
2 Thessalonians 2:1–12.
The rider on a white horse
(representing his claim to be a man of peace)
in Revelation 6:2.
The first beast—the one from the sea—in Revelation 13.
This beast receives power from the dragon (Satan) and speaks
"proud words and blasphemies”
(verse 5) and
wages war against the saints (verse 7).
Thankfully, the Antichrist/beast, along with
his false prophet,
will be thrown into the lake of fire, where they will spend
all eternity in torment (Revelation 19:20; 20:10).
What is the Antichrist?
In summary, the Antichrist is the end-times
false messiah who seeks, and likely achieves,
world domination so that he can destroy
and all followers