The True Antichrist

There have been many articles I have read for ages proclaiming the identity of the true Antichrist. But none of these so-called “Antichrists” have proven themselves to be the real one as prophesized in the Bible because either the authors are not fully guided by the Holy Spirit who only based their writings on their own understanding and guesswork; or the authors are simply referring to what the Lord Jesus explained about the general sense of the word “Antichrist” from the following verses:

1 John 2:18 Children, these are the last days;
you were told that an Antichrist must come,
and now several antichrists have already appeared;
we know from this that these are the last days.

1 John 2:22-23 The man who denies that Jesus is the Christ—
he is the liar, he is the Antichrist;
and he is denying the Father as well as the Son,
because no one who has the Father can deny the Son,
and to acknowledge the Son is to have the Father as well.

So from these verses alone, we know that there are already countless antichrists around us because there are so many who deny that Jesus is the Christ or the Messiah sent by the Father. Some say Satan himself is the Antichrist because of the word “liar”, since Satan is the prince of lies. But I am not here to discuss about these false antichrists. However, I may have been God’s tool to write this article, it is still the Holy Spirit that will make you realize and accept who the Antichrist really is.

There are three verses in the Bible that tell us what to expect about him, and we will use them as our starting points which will lead us to fully grasp the real identity of the Antichrist.

Matthew 24:15 So when you see the disastrous abomination, of which the prophet Daniel spoke, set up in the Holy Place (let the reader understand)

Revelation 17:11 The beast, who once was and now is not, is at the same time the eight and one of the seven, and he is going to his destruction.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 This is the Enemy, the one who claims to be so much greater than all that men call “god”, so much greater than anything that is worshipped, that he enthrones himself in God’s sanctuary and claims that he is God.

Now let’s discuss each of the titles conferred to the real Antichrist by the Scriptures.


The Disastrous Abomination

The Jerusalem Bible referred to the Antichrist as “disastrous abomination” while other bibles use the term “abomination of destruction”. The Lord Jesus pointed out the words of the prophet Daniel in the gospel of Matthew regarding this abomination, which leads us to the following verses:

Daniel 11:31 Forces of his will come and profane the sanctuary citadel; they will abolish the perpetual sacrifice and install the disastrous abomination there.

Daniel 12:11 From the moment that the perpetual sacrifice is abolished and the disastrous abomination is erected: one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

There is one significant phrase in the above verses that will give us a clue of when the Antichrist will reveal himself: “perpetual sacrifice”. This is the ultimate sacrifice, the precious “blood” of our Lord, made on the cross which sealed the peace treaty between the wickedness of this world and the wrath of GOD. That once it is abolished by the Antichrist himself, which means renders the treaty void, then the world will face the punishment of fire which God had repared since the beginning.

Daniel 8:11-12 It even challenged the power of that army’s Prince; it abolished the perpetual sacrifice and overthrew the foundation of his sanctuary, and the army too; it put iniquity on the sacrifice and flung truth to the ground; the horn was active and successful.

The sacrifice is made “perpetual” through the instructions of the Lord Jesus during the Last Supper to His apostles by remembering His sacrifice through the eating of bread (body) and drinking of wine (blood), which signifies both physical and spiritual remembrance. Physical remembrance is the liturgy of communion happening in all the churches in the world, while the spiritual remembrance was explained by Simon Peter who is the high priest of the Church of the chosen ones (body of Christ), whose bread and wine are the words of the Gospel (since Jesus is the Word himself).

1 Peter 2:4-5 He is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house.

Once the Antichrist reveals himself by abolishing both the physical liturgy of communion and the spiritual sacrifices of the chosen ones, then “setting up”, “erecting” or “installing” himself as the ruler of this world, then the “great distress” shall follow.

Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great distress such as, until now, since the world began, there never has been, nor ever will be again.

After the distress of those days, the Lord Jesus will come again to put an end to this abomination, right after the remnants of the chosen ones are gathered in a safe place, called Zion.

Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will fall from the sky and the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven; then too all the peoples of the earth will beat their breasts; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet to gather his chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


The Scarlet Beast

Book of Revelation describes the beast as having seven (7) heads and ten (10) horns with ten (10) coronets, one on each of the ten horns.

Revelation 13:1 Then I saw a beast emerge from the sea: it had seven and ten horns, with a coronet on each of its ten horns, and its heads were marked with blasphemous titles.

Revelation 17:3 He took me in spirit to a desert, there I saw a woman riding a scarlet beast which had seven heads and ten horns and had blasphemous titles written all over it.

First of all, many have attempted to convince people that Satan will be the real Antichrist. However, if you study carefully the book of Revelation, there are two main characters worth pointing out. One of which is the Dragon— having seven (7) heads, ten (10) horns and seven (7) coronets on each of the seven heads— who actually represents Satan himself.

Revelation 12:3 Then a second sign appeared in the sky, a huge red dragon which had seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with coronet.

If Satan is the Red Dragon with seven (7) coronets, then he could not be the Scarlet Beast with ten (10) coronets. From the number of coronets, we can immediately conclude that the Beast is more powerful than the Dragon; which only makes sense because if one would attain the title of the Antichrist and will have the guts to face Jesus Christ who is God Himself, then he has to know in himself that he has at least the powers that will match with Christ. Therefore Satan cannot be the Antichrist because Satan doesn’t have any power over Christ.

John 14:30 I shall not talk with you any longer,
because the prince of this world is on his way.
He has no power over me

Now let us figure out the symbolism of the beast as the Antichrist. Going back to Rev. 13:1, the beast emerged from the “sea”, while in Rev. 17:8, the beast will come up from the Abyss (please put to mind the word “Abyss” which we will refer to later in this article).

Revelation 17:8 The beast you have seen once was and now is not; he is yet to come up from the Abyss, but only to go to his destruction. And the people of the world, whose names have not been written since the beginning of the world in the book of life, will think it miraculous when they see how the beast once was and now is not and is still to come.

Revelation 17:11 The beast, who once was and now is not, is at the same time the eighth and one of the seven, and he is going to his destruction.

There is a riddle in these two verses that in order to figure out, one must have a shrewd and discerning mind to do so. The beast who “once was”, which means he was someone else before, and “now is not”, which means he turned into someone else. He was one of the seven (7) and now is the eighth (8), which leads us to Daniel’s dream of the four beasts, with the fourth having ten (10) horns.

Daniel 7:7-8 Next I saw another vision in the visions of the night: I saw a fourth beast, fearful, terrifying, very strong; it had great iron teeth, and it ate, crushed and trampled underfoot what remained. It was different from the previous beasts and had ten horns. While I was looking at these horns, I saw another horn sprouting from them, a little one; three of the original horns were pulled out by the roots to make way for it; and in this horn I saw eyes like human eyes, and a mouth that was full of boasts.

First let’s describe each of the four great beasts that Daniel dreamed of: the first was like a “lion” with eagle’s wings (7:4); the second like a “bear” (7:5); the third like a “leopard” (7:6); but the fourth was only described as “fearful”, “terrifying” and “very strong” one.

Now let’s do the numbers: the beast had 10 horns, 3 of the original horns were pulled out, which gives us 7 horns remaining, and an eighth (8) spouted from them. This horn also relates to the following verse referring to the Antichrist:

Daniel 8:9 From one of these, the small one, sprang a horn which grew to great size towards south and east and towards the Land of Splendour.

Having the above as our basis to describe the Antichrist: the “lion”, “bear” and “leopard” plus the 7th who became the 8th, we can now combine them all to describe the Scarlet Beast.

Revelation 12:2 I saw that the beast was like a “leopard”, with paws like a “bear” and a mouth like a “lion”; the dragon had handed over to it his own power and his throne and his worldwide authority.

So both Daniel 7 and Revelation 12 described the beast as a combination of three powerful animals: lion, bear and leopard.

We know that the dragon is Satan, the prince of this world, who can give imperial power to anybody he chooses (Luke 4:6). We know too that this dragon has seven (7) coronets, symbolizing his seven powers, which also symbolize the seven demons Jesus removed from Mary Magdalene— Satan’s daughter (see my article Virgin Mary Magdalene)— the same powers he handed over to the beast with ten (10) coronets.

Altogether, if all these powers are combined: seven (7) powers of the dragon and ten (10) powers of beast, then the “Antichrist” will become of the beast which now possesses all the powers singled out into an eighth (8) power. In numerology we can compute the numbers as: 10 + 7 = 17 then 1 + 7 = 8.

Going back to Revelation 17:11, the beast who “once was”, which means he was someone else before, and “now is not”, which means he turned into someone else. He was one of the seven (7) and now is the eighth (8).

Here is another clue regarding the eighth who once was one of the seven. There is one verse in the Book of Tobit (only available in The Jerusalem Bible which I am using) that is worth mentioning referring to the seven (7) beings.

Tobit 12:15 I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand ever ready to enter the presence of the glory of the Lord.

We know that there are only three angels’ names appearing in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael—the other angels were named extravagantly by the apocrypha. And just to repeat, one of the seven will become the eighth, which leads us to the third title of the Antichrist.


The Lost One (Son of Perdition)

The apostle Paul described the Antichrist with many names which to appear when the “Great Revolt” takes place.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 It [Day of the Lord] cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place and the Rebel, the Lost One, has appeared. This is the Enemy, the one who claims to be so much greater than all that men call “god”, so much greater than anything that is worshipped, that he enthrones himself in God’s sanctuary and claims that he is God.

The Great Revolt, which other bibles referred to as the “falling away”, means the abolishment of one’s faith in Christ and turning to the ways of the wicked. From the previous verses, we know that there is one thing that needs to be abolished before the Antichrist reveals himself, and that is, the “perpetual sacrifice”. This is what Paul meant with Great Revolt, the Rebel abolishing the perpetual sacrifice, the “falling away” of someone who was once a believer in Christ, but is now no longer, and became the Antichrist.

The way this Revolt (apostasia) is mentioned here shows that the Thessalonians had already been told something about it. It seems that the rebels are not only those who have never belonged to Christ but also those who have given up the faith. The apostasy will be due to a being who is given three names: he is the Rebel (man of lawlessness); he is destined to be lost (son of perdition); he is the enemy of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:5-7 And you know, too, what is still holding him back from appearing before his appointed time. Rebellion is at work already, but in secret, and the one who is holding it back has first to be removed before the Rebel appears openly.

When Paul talks about a cause that delays the parousia of Christ, he refers to something or someone that delays or blocks the coming of Christ, preventing the manifestation of the Messiah’s enemy who must precede the coming of the Messiah himself. Paul also mentioned of “one who is holding it back” to reveal himself totally. I am going to discuss this “holding factor” in a separate article because it is another secret that we must elaborately reveal from the different books of the bible.

Rebellion (“lawlessness”) is going on, but it is underground, secretly preparing for the great revolt. When the obstacle, whatever or whoever it is, is removed or “taken”, the lawless one will work unmasked. The revealing of the Rebel is the counterpart of the revealing of Christ. The enemy of God becomes the enemy of Christ, but Christ will conquer His enemy. (See also my article Two Hands of Yahweh).

Going back to verses 4 and 6 of 2nd Thessalonians, there are a couple of clues that Paul gave us to determine who the Antichrist is. Paul wrote, “he enthrones himself in God’s sanctuary and claims that he is God” and “rebellion is at work already, but in secret” or “underground”.

We have come closer to figuring out the real identity of the Antichrist from these clues:

  1. Who will emerge from underground or the Abyss
  2. Who claims to be like God

Job 18:10 Hidden in the earth is a noose to snare him,
pitfalls lie across his path.


The Angel of the Abyss

Remember the word Abyss mentioned in verse 8 of Revelation 17, which verse also mentioned that the beast will emerge out of it? We can now point out that from the Abyss, or the bottomless pit, where the fallen angels are imprisoned pending their ultimate punishment, will emerge an army that will bring troubles to the world when the 5th trumpet is sounded. And this army will have a leader named Abaddon.

Revelation 9:1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven on to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss.

Revelation 9:11 As their leader they had their emperor, the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, or Apollyon in Greek.

Apollyon in Greek means “destruction”, therefore rendering them, Abaddon and the Destroyer (frequently mentioned in other books of the Bible especially Isaiah) as one and the same. And what is more, Abaddon is also one of the angels of Yahweh referred above as the angel of the Abyss.

The Angel of Yahweh

Abaddon, also known as the Destroyer, is the angel of Yahweh whom God sends whenever He wants a group of people or a nation destroyed. The angel of Yahweh was mentioned many times in the bible especially when death or destruction occurs, such as in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 27:36 That same night the angel of Yahweh went out and sruck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. In the early morning, when it was time to get up, there lay so many corpses.

2 Kings 19:35 That same night the angel of Yahweh went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. In the early morning when it was time to get up, there they lay, so many corpses.

1 Chronicles 21:16 David, raising his eyes, saw the angel of Yahweh standing between earth and heaven, a drawn sword in his hand stretched out towards Jerusalem.

This angel was both mentioned by Daniel and in the book of Revelation as the one raising his hand to heaven and who swore at Yahweh.

Revelation 10:5-7 Then the angel that I had seen, standing on the sea and the land, raised his right hand to heaven, and swore by the One who lives forever and ever, and made heaven and all that is in it, and earth and all it bears, and the sea and all it holds, “The time of waiting is over, at the time when the seventh angel is heard sounding his trumpet, God’s secret intention will be fulfilled, just as he announced in the Good News told to his servants the prophets”.

Daniel 12:7 I heard the man speak who was dressed in linen, standing further up the stream: he raised his right hand and his left to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, “A time and two times, and half a time; and all these things are going to happen when he who crushes the power of the holy people meets his end”.

Strange as it may sound, but the angel of the Abyss, also known as Abaddon the Destroyer, is actually the protector of the chosen people of God.

Psalms 34:7 The angel of Yahweh pitches camp
round those who fear him;
and He keeps them safe.

Isaiah 54:16-17 I it was created the smith
who blows on the coal fire
and from it takes the weapons to work on.
But I also created the Destroyer who renders them useless.
Not a weapon forged against you will succeed.
Every tongue that accuses you in judgment will be refuted.
Such will be the lot of the servants of Yahweh,
the triumphs I award them—it is Yahweh who speaks.

Isaiah described Abaddon the Destroyer the same way as Daniel described the Beast as the strong one who “trampled underfoot” his enemies, which make us conclude that the Destroyer and the Beast (future Antichrist) is one and the same.

Isaiah 28:2-4 See, a strong and mighty one, sent by the Lord,
like a storm of hail, destroying tempest,
like a storm of torrential, overflowing waters;
with his hand he throws them to the ground.
There will be trampled underfoot
the haughty crown of Ephraim’s drunkards,
and the faded flower of its proud splendour
overlooking the lush valley.

Daniel 7:7 Next I saw another vision in the visions of the night: I saw a fourth beast, fearful, terrifying, very strong; it had great iron teeth, and it ate, crushed and trampled underfoot what remained.

Daniel 8:10 It grew right up to the armies of heaven and flung armies and stars to the ground, and trampled them underfoot.

From these we can already solve one of the two riddles of Revelation 17:11— the beast who “once was” because he is someone else before revealing himself: which means he was an angel of Yahweh before, who was Abaddon the Destroyer, but soon will no longer be, when he turns into the Antichrist.

Now let’s solve the second riddle: he is the “eighth” and “one of the seven”.


The One Who Claims To Be Like God

To solve the next clue, let us refresh ourselves of what Paul wrote in Thessalonians:

2 Thessalonians 2:4 This is the Enemy, the one who claims to be so much greater than all that men call “god”, so much greater than anything that is worshipped, that he enthrones himself in God’s sanctuary and claims that he is God.

When Paul said he (the Antichrist) claims that he is God, we can then ask ourselves, who can compare with God? The answer of which brings us to a verse if we revert the question: who can compare with the beast?

Revelation 13:4 They prostrated themselves in front of the dragon because he had given the beast his authority; and they prostrated themselves in front of the beast, saying, “Who can compare with the beast? How could anybody defeat him?”

We know that the beast is a former angel, called angel of the Abyss and also angel of Yahweh. Revelation 17:11 said that the beast is one of the seven, who became the eighth. Going back to the Book of Tobit, Raphael made mentioned of them seven angels, but we know that there are only three names of angels mentioned in the bible, they are: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Although we are not going to discuss “angelology” here, neither will I recommend you to do so, but for the sake of our discussion, it is necessary for you to find out what these angelic names really mean.

  1. Raphael, the angel of healing and the guardian of Tobias (Tobit 3:17; 5–12), came from Gk. Hraphael, from Heb. Rephael, lit. “God has healed,” from rapha “he healed” + el “God.”
  2. Gabriel is from Heb. Gabhri el, lit. “man of God” and from gebher: “man” + El: “God”. Also known as “strong man” and messenger of God, used as a proper name to designate the angel who was sent to Daniel (8:16) to explain the vision of the ram and the he-goat, and to communicate the prediction of the seventy weeks (Dan. 9:21-27). He announced also the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:11), and of the Messiah (26). He describes himself in the words, “I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God” (1:19).
  3. Michael, name of an archangel, from L.L., from Gk. Mikhael, from Heb. Mikha-el, lit. “Who is like God” The title given to one of the chief angels (Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1). He had special charge of Israel as a nation. He disputed with Satan (Jude 1:9) about the body of Moses. He is also represented as warning against “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:7-9).

And so from among the three, the name Michael is the most suitable to what Paul said who compares himself to God or claims himself that “he is God.” If Abaddon the Destroyer, who is to emerge from the Abyss, is the angel of Yahweh, could Michael and Abaddon be one and the same?

To find out if Abaddon is the same as Archangel Michael (one of the seven angels), let us go back to what Jesus said in the gospel of Matthew.

Matthew 24:15 So when you see the disastrous abomination, of which the prophet Daniel spoke, set up in the Holy Place (let the reader understand)

So when the “disastrous abomination” comes out of the open, “set up in the Holy Place” then the “great distress” will take place. “Set up” can also mean “installed” (Dan. 11:31) or “erected” (Dan. 12:11) or “stood up”, as written by Daniel in the following verse.

Daniel 12:1 At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the Book.

Michael was mentioned here as a signal that when he “stands up”, the great distress will begin; the same way in Matthew 12:11 when the disastrous abomination is “erected” or standing up.

Michael was also described here as “the great prince who mounts guard” over the chosen people, which gives us a hint that Michael is the same as the angel of Yahweh, or Abaddon the Destroyer, in the following verse.

Psalms 34:7 The angel of Yahweh pitches camp
round those who fear him;
and He keeps them safe.

Isaiah 54:16 I it was created the smith
who blows on the coal fire
and from it takes the weapons to work on.
But I also created the Destroyer who renders them useless.

And so from these we can solve the second riddle of Revelation 17:11— “one of the seven” angels, Michael or Abaddon, who will become the “eighth” angel, which means “an enhancement of the former one”, after Satan hands over his power over him and he himself abolishes the “perpetual sacrifice” as his act of rebellion, and reveals himself as the true Antichrist.


The Great Distress

Daniel 12:6-7 One said to the man dressed in linen who was standing further up the stream, “How long until these wonders take place?” I heard the man speak who was dressed in linen, standing further up the stream: he raised his right hand and his left to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, “A time and two times, and half a time; and all these things are going to happen when he who crushes the power of the holy people meets his end”.

According to Daniel 4:13, the “time” in the phrase: “A time and two times, and half a time” means 1 year so it is basically three and a half (3 ½) years.

Daniel 12:11-13 From the moment that the perpetual sacrifice is abolished and the disastrous abomination is erected: one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who stands firm and attains a thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. But you, go away and rest; and you will rise for your share at the end of time.

The number of days mentioned which is 1,290 is exactly 3 ½ years, the period when the Antichrist will rule the earth. So those who will able to endure 1,335 days (a little longer than 3 ½ years) until the Lord Jesus returns will be blessed with eternal life. That is the same period previously mentioned in the following verse.

Daniel 7:25 he is going to speak words against the Most High,
and harass the saints of the Most High.
He will consider changing seasons and the Law,
and the saints will be put into his power
for a time, two times, and half a time.

Three and a half years are exactly forty-two (42) months as mentioned in the following verses:

Revelation 11:2 but leave the outer court and do not measure it, because it has been handed over to pagans—they will trample on the holy city for forty-two months.

Revelation 12:14 but she was given a huge pair of eagle’s wings to fly away from the serpent into the desert, to the place where she was to be looked after for a year and twice a year and half a year.

Revelation 13:5 For forty-two months the beast was allowed to mouth its boasts and blasphemies and to do whatever it wanted;

In short, the beast or the Antichrist will be allowed to rule the earth for 3 years and a half only, then the Lord Jesus will come down to bind Satan and the Antichrist for a thousand years. After that, they will be released again to be destroyed once and for all.

Why God Will Destroy the Destroyer Himself

We cannot fathom the mind of God, neither our thoughts are His thoughts nor our ways are His ways. Even though in the beginning God created Archangel Michael, or Abaddon the Destroyer, as the protector and ministering angel of God’s people, therefore as chosen people of God, I would say we owe so much to this angel and his army. So if there will be one who would plead with God to spare this archangel and his army from the everlasting fire, that would be me! I would rather have them disappear than burn forever.

But God’s Will prevails all the time. Eventually the Destroyer must also be destroyed along with this cursed world, so God devised a plan that the archangel himself will rebel against God, and will blaspheme His name, which is an unpardonable sin and punishable by eternal fire.

There is only one reason I can think of why the need for such: because there will no longer be a need for the Destroyer in the New Jerusalem— the new heaven and the new earth— where the curse is totally non-existent; where wickedness, sin, and the propagators of such— who is Satan (whose real angelic name is Samael, or the “adversity of God”) and all his angels and demons— no longer exist as well.

If God will grant me freedom to choose when the world must be destroyed together with all its forsaken inhabitants, I would choose “today”. My reason is not because of hate, but because of mercy. If this world will continue to evolve as it is, with all the wickedness and abominations in the eyes of our Creator, we as His creations only prolong the anger that God is sustaining within His own heart, as much as we are prolonging the sufferings of all the innocent people of God, and likewise bringing more souls to hell in the long run.

The sooner this world disappears, the sooner the wrath of God will be appeased, and the lesser souls will be brought to hell.

There is one thing though that I set my hopes high on: and that is, eventually, Father Yahweh will change one of His written words in the Scriptures— just for once— the same way He could blot out names in the Book of Life. I hope that someday He will blot out “eternal” besides the word “fire” and will make hell, together with all its tormented souls, simply vanish for eternity.

But then again, His thoughts are not ours, and His own will always prevail.

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