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Antichrist

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The antichrist is the chief opponent of Christ. The antichrist is expected to come at the end of the world to deceive and lead many followers of Christ astray.   The first time that the term “antichrist” was applied was in John’s epistles.   This was the first time the term had been used, but not the first time in history that a reference had been made to the opponent of Christ.   The term “lawless one” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) was used in a letter that had been written before John’s epistles.   The only two works in the Bible that contain the word “antichrist” are the first two letters of John.   In these, John says that the antichrist has come and is already active in everyone who denies that “Jesus is the Christ”.


        The antichrist is an eschatological figure.   This means that it is involved with the Jewish and Christian ideas of the end of the world and the events leading up to it.   The idea of an antichrist was originally a Jewish one.   Over time many people have accused others as being the antichrist.   The earliest reference is in the Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38 & 39), in which a warrior-king named King Gog was thought to be the antichrist.   In the Book of Daniel, the author implies that Antiochus IV Epiphanes (the second Seleucid ruler of Palestine) was the antichrist.   Nero, Diocletian, Caligula, and Julian were all Roman emperors who were thought to be the antichrist.   In the Middle Ages, it was common for political opponents to call each other the antichrist.


        During the Middle Ages, while theologians were trying to figure out who the antichrist was, the idea of what the antichrist would be changed.   Before the Middle Ages it was thought to be that a single person would be the antichrist, but after it the thought of the antichrist being a group of people was proposed.   This led to the belief by Protestants that the papacy itself was the antichrist.


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