AntiChrist - What is the Antichrist System?

The Antichrist is mentioned specifically only in the following verses

  • 2 John 1:7 - For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
  • 1 John 2:22 - Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
  • 1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

As you can see by the description, the AntiChrist was not one person, but a series of people (1 John 2:18 “many Antichrists”), that they existed at the time of John (1 John 2:18 “even now there are many”), and that they would deny that Jesus “Came in the flesh - 2 John 1:7 (they would deny that he was a man, but rather would insist that he is a God)

Martin Luther and the early Lutherans identified the Pope (and the papal system) as the Antichrist system mentioned in John 2:18 (Wikipedia - Reformation Papacy)

To counter the Protestants who were claiming that the Pope was the AntiChrist, the Catholic church pushed a new doctrine created by the Jesuits, that the AntiChrist was not someone who already existed, but a super evil man who would exist at the end of times.  The doctrines they came up with to push these doctrines are called the Preterist and Futurist interpretations of Revelation, because they spilt Revelation in half with a 1500 year Gap between the fall of Rome, and the Return of Christ.

Before this time, Revelation was widely understood to be a continuous historical prophetic revelation of the history of the world until Christ returned.  Today this Catholic error is believed by almost all the churches of the world, and worse than the fact that it is not true, it actually takes everything Christ is expected to do when he returns, and attributes the action to an antichrist.  For example:

It is believed AntiChrist Will appear suddenly on the world stage - Christ will appear suddenly

  • Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall it (his coming) come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

It is believed that AntiChrist will be a Jew - Christ will be a Jew

  • Matt. 2:2 Where is he that is born King of the Jews?
  • Matt. 19:28 Ye also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. - Among Christ's immediate co-rulers will be Jews -- the twelve apostles.

AntiChrist will claim to be the Messiah of Israel - Christ is the Messiah of Israel

  • Ezek. 21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.
  • Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
  • Zech. 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

AntiChrist will perform miracles - Christ will perform miracles

  • Isaiah 35:5,6 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out and streams in the desert."

Antichrist will rule from Israel and Jerusalem (It’s capital) - Christ will rule from Jerusalem

  • Luke 13:34, 35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets... Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
  • Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
  • Isaiah 2:3 For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

AntiChrist will build a temple in Jerusalem - Christ will build the temple in Jerusalem

  • Acts 15:16,17 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord...
  • Zech. 6:12, 13 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

AntiChrist will create a covenant with the Jews - Christ will create a covenant with the Jews

  • Romans 11:26, 27 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
  • Isaiah 55:3,4 Incline your ear and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
  • Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah."
  • Hosea 3:4,5 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king ...

AntiChrist will Destroy Russia - Christ (and God) will destroy Russia (Referred to as Gog in the Bible)

  • Ezek. 38.23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

The Bible clearly teaches that God, and not a human agency will destroy Russia when it moves south; the idea that some individual will do this is totally foreign to scripture.  The entire chapter of Ezekiel 38 deals with this event, and every word of the chapter makes it clear that God (and Christ) are in charge of the destruction of Gog, not some supernatural Antichrist.

AntiChrist will claim to be the king of Israel and Claim he is the king of the world - Christ will proclaim that he is the king of the earth and all nations must submit to him

  • Rev. 14:6, 7 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of judgment is come; and worship him that made heaven and earth and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
  • Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off...
  • Psalm 149:7-9 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints.

See also Daniel 2:44; 7:14; Psalm 72:7, 11.

The AntiChrist system is the Church of Rome, the Catholic Church.  During the Protestant Reformation they were responsible for multiple massachres that killed helpless men women and Children as well as the Spanish Inquisition.  Thier doctrinal beliefs do not reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ.