Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Character of Antichrist

The Bible has a lot to say about the character of the Antichrist. Since a person’s character is directly related to their spirit, we would expect the Antichrist to have a pretty despicable character.

The Antichrist will use his mouth a lot. He will have a “mouth speaking pompous words” (Daniel 7:8, NKJ). Thus he will be perceived as an eloquent, scholarly speaker. His huge pride will drive him to speak very highly of himself and blatantly slander God as the Bible reveals Him. Daniel 11:36 says, “he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished.” Daniel 7:25 says that his pompous words will be directed against God and Revelation 13:5 reinforces his propensity to blaspheme God.

I often think of President Obama when I consider how the Antichrist will be such a pompous speaker. Obama is generally an eloquent orator as long as he has a teleprompter though his dependence on it does get him into trouble from time to time. But Obama is careful not to blaspheme God so he is definitely not the Antichrist. But watch out if he ever starts to defame God; such words from a such a powerful man would be scary to behold.

Daniel 11:36 indicates that the Antichrist’s selfishness will be legend; he will insist on having things his way. And Daniel 7:25 says he “shall intend to change times and law.” This means he will be a progressive liberal who has contempt for time-honored values. He will be a historical revisionist and will probably even seek to change the calendar that has counted the years since the first advent of Christ.

The Antichrist will probably be possessed by Satan as Judas was per Luke 22:3. This idea is consistent with Daniel 8:24 which says, “his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power.” And 2 Thessalonians 2:9 says, “the coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.” Indeed, Revelation 13:2 says Satan will give the Antichrist, “his power, his throne, and great authority.”

Since the Antichrist will be possessed by the father of lies (John 8:44), he will deliberately seek to deceive people as Psalm 52:2 says, “your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.” This is why the liberal mind-set reminds me so much of the spirit of Antichrist. They think the general public is not as smart as them so they seek to remove their freedom of choice by centralizing all decision making (big government).

David Regan summarized the character of the Antichrist like this:
The overall picture is that of an ego-maniac who abhors God and exploits people for his own purposes. He is deceptive and ruthless. He is a man devoid of integrity. This is probably the reason that when Jesus returns, John characterizes Him as the "Faithful and True" One (Revelation 19:11), in contrast to the Antichrist who has been both unfaithful and untrue.
Being in the world the Antichrist rules over will be a fearful time. Thank God that followers of Jesus will be taken out of the world prior to the Antichrist’s rise to power.

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