Is the AntiChrist Alive Today?

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9 thoughts on “Is the AntiChrist Alive Today?

  1. Of course he’s alive and well, Gary.

    Good ex-Lutheran, you know that it’s an office, not a person, but personified in Francis the Talking Pope right now.

    (More seriously, the conservative wings of ALL Xn denominations misuse the word. I John’s “antichrist(s)” are NOT Paul’s “man of lawlessness” in 1 Thessalonians. But the description of the man of lawlessness is the definition for them of the antichrist.

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  2. LOVE the meme!

    But I do have a serious point to make about the “anti-christ” — which adds to SocraticGadfly’s comment.

    The biblical version of this fearsome entity/individual is actually NOT what many of today’s evangelical Christians teach and believe. The only references to an anti-christ are in the epistles of John when he writes: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 1John 4:1-3 (NIV) There is no indication that John was pointing to any one particular individual. Rather, he was scolding those in the Jewish community who were denying that Jesus was the mashiach.

    Many people reference the book of Revelation to confirm the existence of a human anti-christ, but surprisingly, there is NO mention of an individual by that name. In fact, the word “Antichrist” (capitalized) does not appear anywhere in the bible — or for that matter in any of the apocalyptic literature.

    I did considerable research on this for my book so I’m not speaking off the top of my head.

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      1. Yes, he was. Along with numerous others over the centuries.

        However, my point is the BIBLE (which believers use as their study guide) does not identify any one person as being the “Anti-Christ.” This isn’t to say that over the years, the actions of certain individuals exemplified the “spirit of anti-christ” that John wrote about. Thus, it followed that people (Christians) began to see these people as the embodiment of that “spirit” and voila! We have people such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler — and in recent times — Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, etc. being pronounced as The Anti-Christ.

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      2. Well, to keep our names straight, Nero was regarded as the original “the beast” in Revelation, with the “mark” of 666. “Neron Ceasar” in Hebrew letters, where, like Greek, every letter has a number value, adds to 666.

        THAT said, J. Massingbyrde Ford, in what I believe is the best critical commentary on Revelation, said that the central chapters were written by John the Baptizer. I disagree in part; the Xn gospels are surely right in having Herod Antipas kill John. But, a disciple of John? Per Acts and elsewhere, we know they competed with Paul.

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