RECOGNIZE THE ANTICHRIST OF END TIMES

The term and sometimes title, "son of perdition" is assigned to the Antichrist of Bible prophecy. Here is a definition. 

Perdition: the loss of the soul; eternal damnation; a lost soul cast into outer darkness; a soul assigned to the bottomless pit; utter loss and ruin.

This descriptive title is used by Jesus and quoted by the apostle John. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled (John 17: 12).

Paul also applies this singular title. He is warning believers that in the last days false prophets and teachers will say that the rescue of the church body from world-wide judgment (The Rapture of the Church) has already taken place and they have been left behind or excluded. Many will believe this lie.

Too many congregations have failed to teach on end times. They have excluded the supernatural mystery of Gods grace and power from worship and teaching so that many brothers and sisters are not armed and prepared; watching and praying. With this in mind we can understand why it would only be human nature to question the ever greater consequences of suffering and sin as the church age counts down and the events in Revelation begin to unfold.


Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that "the day of the Lord has come (1st Thessalonians 2: 1, 2).  The "day of the Lord," is the rapture; the removal of God's own from world-wide judgement just as He removed Jonah from the destruction of the flood. 

The Antichrist will be on the world stage prior to the rapture of the church; prior to the unleashing of God's judgment through the events described in the book of Revelation. Most will not recognize the Antichrist; the son of perdition, until it is too late.

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction (son of perdition; KJ), who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God (2nd Thessalonians 2: 3).

What do we know of the Antichrist?  If his appearing upon the world stage signals the beginning of the end, how will this son of perdition, this utterly evil and lost individual, be recognized?  This is what we know.

1. He is described as a man. ...and the man of lawlessness is revealed... 

2. The Antichrist, as satan always has, hates the Jews with a crack addict on steroids obsession.  There will be a rise of Anti-Semitism and woe to any believer that does not now speak out against it.  Not only was Christ born through the Jews, but they were the first Christians taking the message beyond the Holy Land.  The preservation of them as a people group is the work and hand of God; just as the many organized efforts to wipe them off the face of the earth throughout history is the work of satan.  At the end of the Church Age the dry bones of Ezekiel 37 will rise up to be a mighty army of Jews who become the primary means of evangelism and opposition during the times described in Revelation. 

3. He is possessed by Satan in the same way that Judas was possessed. ...so when he had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly." (John 13: 26b, 27).


4. "What you do, do quickly."  Just as YAHWEH, our Father in Heaven gave permission for satan to step into the body of Judas in order to betray Jesus in accordance with plan and prophecy, God deemed these seven years to occur in the future history of man; a period of world testing like no other before it.  (Matthew 24).  Contrary to what I've heard from some of the uninformed...  Jesus Christ will still be found.  Prayers will be answered and miracles will take place.  People will be saved; stepping from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God.  Acts 26: 18



5. The Antichrist is fatally possessed.  Malachi Martin used the term "perfectly possessed."  This means that, while still fully human, he is seduced into being a willing co-conspirator with satan to the utter destruction of his soul.   This once-man, once human, has committed the unpardonable sin by blaspheming the Holy Spirit to the extent that God has turned him over to satan as a conduit and a means of transport. I personally believe the Antichrist will have lacked empathy and normal constraints from birth. He will have adult guidance that grooms him for God's destined future role as a would-be one world dictator. On the road to being fully and fatally possessed he will evidence dangerous characteristics; minimized by some and protected by others.

6. The door was open for the Antichrist to be born into the world any time after Israel became a nation, which happened in 1948. Even now the intended human host could be present in world politics. Or perhaps he is a child of ten or... not yet born.  While the much talked of Mayan calendar stops at 2012, Isaac Newton, a student of Bible prophecy, believed the events in Revelation would occur around 2060. In any case, the "spirit of Antichrist" has been with us from the beginning (1st John 4: 1-6).  Satan is active in the world since the garden, where the first man and first woman were first tempted. 

7. Pretenders to the role are with every generation, not only as an object lesson, but as a challenge for humanity to recognize the disguise of evil and confront evil. 

8. Matthew 24; Mark 13; Isaiah 24; Daniel 9; Zechariah 14; Revelation / just to mention some places where prophecy is found.  Evidence of the last days is seen in an increase of wars, rumors of war, and natural disasters including earthquakes. The United States and other nations will no longer have the resources to respond as they have in the past to such disasters. Another sign of the end is seen in a pervasive and dangerous attachment to the occult with a religious component that replaces and pollutes Christian worship; becoming a stymied block of unconfessed sin. How God regarded this danger is clear from reading 1st and 2nd Kings and 1st and 2nd Chronicles; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel etc... Increasing numbers of people will come to church after consulting a medium or faithfully reading their horoscope or tarot cards and then wonder why their prayers are not answered. Why? Because our churches are not risking the loss of members by teaching on the very real personal dangers associated with such behavior.  They are neither "cold nor hot;" a descriptive phrase of the last church just prior to Revelation judgment (Revelation 3: 14-22). Again much of the church authority has stripped the supernatural power of God from all aspects of church life. For this reason God is now, and will be even more,  investing the faithful with the visionary gifts. So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting mediums and psychics? Do not listen to their whispering and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask God? (Isaiah 8: 19).  As God invests more individuals with the visionary gifts there is a decided challenge to the present, traditional church.  I'm praying for true revival before the Rapture.  'And it shall be in the last days', God says, 'that I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and our young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Even on my bond slaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy (Acts 2: 17, 18).  Read the entire passage Acts 2: 17-21; Joel 2: 28; Job 33: 14-18.  I like Kevin Leal's series on Dreams.  If you order them insist on good quality and new product being used; none being taped over. I found poor quality control, which may now be fixed.   

9. The Antichrist will be a Renaissance man, schooled and socially adept in many areas.  Possessed by satan, this figure will step into this narrowly allotted time as a shinning star.  There will be a dramatic increase in knowledge which breaks down former barriers allowing access to world-communications.  (Daniel chapter 12). This increase in knowledge, growing every day, facilitates communication and inter-dependence among nations, paving the way for one currency / one banking system / one world government, over which the Antichrist will rule.  There will be, and is even now on many fronts, a dangerous tolerance for the loss or absence of civil liberties / the loss of privacy / respect for the young and the elderly / sacrifice of babies (abortion and satanic child sacrifice / protection and value of life. There will be generalized chaos which the Antichrist, speaking of peace and safety, will exploit. 

10. The Antichrist desires to be worshipped as God.  He will have an admiring, slavish entourage around him from the beginnings of life and then career.  Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done (Daniel 11: 36). In aggressive, blatant, malevolent wrath the Antichrist will mount a campaign of hatred against Christ and all things Christian.  Believers all over the world will be martyred as never before. By this time the Antichrist fully reflects and acts out Satan's utter hatred for mankind.  Those who have a gift for Discerning Spirits (read my book: Discerning Spirits: Visionary Gifts in Practice)  will recognize early on that this son of perdition is no longer human.  Others will be very slow to wake up.  Even now too many men and women of God are asleep to the rise of paganism.   

11.  The Antichrist will have great Geo-political power to configure world events to his advantage. The unveiling of the Antichrist as a powerful world figure will take place after the first seven seal judgment. By this time the world will be in a desperate place. Except for the remnant that remains faithful to the end most will be deceived and will fall under satan's deadly spell.  How did the remnant remain victorious during that horrible time?  The same way we do today.   But they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death (Revelation 12: 11).  Read Revelation 12: 7-17.  Read Luke: 19, 20; Mark 16: 17, 18. 

12.  The Antichrist will appear to prosper and have personal success in the midst of growing chaos up until the time that God ends it's seven year reign. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time (Revelation 20: 1-3).

13 The Antichrist is homosexual, possibly impotent, and will practice sadistic sexual perversion targeted to women.  Satan has always had a special hatred of females, knowing that the Savior of the world, the Messiah, was born of the Virgin, Mary. He will show no regard for the god's of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god (Daniel 9: 37). 

14. The reference to, no other gods; (Satan desired to be above God; Ezekiel chapter 28) the god's of his father's would seem to indicate that the Antichrist would have been raised in a faith and culture that reverenced many god's. His foundational grounding will not be the Jewish or Hebrew faith; nor will it be Christian.   

15.  Dan was one of Jacob's twelve sons. Some believe that the Antichrist, or the false prophet, or both are descended from the tribe of Dan.  This is why Dan, as a people group, is not mentioned in Revelation Chapter 7. This loss of tribe would have occurred very early in Biblical History as Dan was aligned more and more with the pagan cultures of the divided kingdom.  Like the tribe of Ephraim, the people group of Dan is lost due to genetic intermingling with other cultures and an abandonment of belief and obedience to Jehovah God.  We read in Revelation 7, that twelve thousand prophets, anointed of God, from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, and which collectively comprise 144,000 brave souls, are called and consecrated for service during this most horrible time in human history when the Antichrist reigns as a god.  Dan's absence from this final list is significant. Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse's heels, so that his rider falls backward (Genesis 49: 17).

16. We will recognize the Antichrist, not by what "it" says, but through behavior.  There will be no more doubt when the Antichrist steps from behind the veil to stand in the rebuilt Jewish temple, the holy of hollies, demanding that it and it alone be worshiped. At this juncture many Jews will recall Old Testament prophecies. Everything will click.  In even greater numbers than before they will turn to Christ as the Messiah. By this time the Antichrist will be so dangerous that few will have the courage to call this figure a narcissistic-megalomaniac to its face. Read: Daniel 11: 31; Daniel 12: 11; Matthew 24: 15. But when you see the Abomination of Desolation standing where it should not be, let the reader beware, then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains (Mark 13: 14). The Abomination of Desolation is another title ascribed to the Antichrist, Satan's fatally possessed host, the son of Perdition.

17.  There will be an open practice of Satanism in its many forms which will be tolerated and culturally accepted just as the Harry Potter exhibit at Disney World, renowned the world over, is accepted as entertainment by people who additionally claim faith in Jesus Christ.  The so called Illuminati, which includes at least one well known family with Jewish history (probably from the tribes of Dan and Ephraim) will celebrate the Antichrist as their messiah.  Satanists are well aware of Bible Prophecy and follow it to an entirely different interpretation from their own demonically inspired writings.  Many have been positioned in strategic areas of government; awaiting this Antichrist.  My fictional Wood's End Series (by, Alexandra Clair), builds on this side of prophecy.  

In closing... I personally pray and believe that there will be a great spiritual revival among believers before the Rapture.  Acting out tools of malevolent-narcissism, true faith working through believers is the one quotient the Antichrist will never contain.  The Antichrist will be a powerful, charismatic, political figure, but he will utterly fail to control the opposition that comes his way via the power of God working through believers.  In a world hungry for evidence of mystical power, which has been largely stripped from the church due to a failure of correct teaching, there is currently a huge void.  For context and where to begin with this read my book: Discerning Spirits: Visionary Gifts in Practice.  Pastors may find this book helpful in building a sermon series.   

The spirit of Antichrist has and is capitalizing on this failure of the larger and sleeping denominational church to teach and preach the word as it is written.  They have abandoned and forgotten their identity and calling.   Some brave pastors are taking a stand.  The Antichrist will evidence preternatural ability that will attract the masses because of the church's failure... the last church; the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3: 14-22).  With the Bride of Christ removed from the earth it is a new day.  A powerful army of believers will rise up during the tribulation.  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army (Ezekiel 37: 10).

Many will be martyred... And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death (Revelation 12: 11). 

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Romans 16: 20).   

The Antichrist of Revelation will come at a time of great hardship when people are crying out for leadership, release, and safety.  So that we can know that it is possible for such evil to reside in human form we have many examples from history. Every generation has sadly suffered under, or been witness to, satanic possession through both the macro and micro fabric of life as lived on a fallen planet.  The great lie of the church is a refusal to identify the true enemy and then teach on the power we have to overcome in Christ.  Luke 10: 19, 20; Mark 16: 17, 18.  Memorize these verses.   

Thus, we need a Savior. ...that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10: 9, 10).

Will people born into this century see Revelation events begin to unfold? Many lived during the time of Israel's investiture as a nation after World War 11. Today we look back at that historical event, which ushered in a crucial piece of prophecy, necessary to be in place before others could follow.

The Jews return to claim their homeland and the obstacles they fought and survived should not be forgotten.  Jews occupying the homeland is a significant prerequisite for Christ's return.  The rebuilt Jewish Temple in the same location where the Dome of the Rock now stands is something we may or may not witness.  I'm expecting a Muslim-brotherhood bomb to mistakenly fall on that location so the new one can be built.  Looks like that could happen any time.  We won't be here, but we can pray in advance...  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those day!  But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will (Mathew 34: 19-21). 

Scripture reminds us that no one, not even the angels in heaven, but only the Father, knows for certain the exact day and hour of the beginning of Revelation events and Christ's ultimate victory and return toward the end.

Proof of a false prophet is one who claims to have this information and know a date.  God has warned us in His word that He will send no human person to the podium with such information.  Still... in all certainty we can say that time is limited and death no respecter of wishes.

Behold, now is the "the acceptable time," Behold, now is the day of salvation (2nd Corinthians 6: 2b).

God made it simple. Just bow your head and pray.  How?  ...that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10: 9, 10).

You may also be interested in my post: THE LOST TRIBE OF EPHRAIM 4/8/10

The Hebrew tribe of Dan shares the distinction with Ephraim of being excluded from the final listing of Tribes in the book of Revelation.  Revelation chapter seven. 

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