And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. – 1 John 4:3
In the last days – just before Christ returns to establish His kingdom on earth – there will be a global rise of lawlessness, troubles, pandemics, wars and recessions. This will be an operation of the kingdom of darkness (which will be permitted by God) in order to speed up the appearance of satan’s choice man (whom he intends to use to fight against the worship/knowledge of Christ and against the saints). The spirit of antichrist, which is already in the world and presently operates through humanistic philosophies, culture, governments, false religions, the occult etc., will finally put on a human face, speak with a human voice and walk on human legs; it will no longer hide as it has always done but will now be evident for all eyes to see. In other words, an individual will embody the spirit of antichrist and become satan’s handyman to be used against Christ’s kingdom and His people.
|The spirit of antichrist will manifest it’s fullness and consequently possess/produce a man through whom it can find a more direct and impactful expression on the affairs of the world
The mission of antichrist
Little children, it is the last time: and as we have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. – 1 John 2:18
This individual will come [disguised] as a man of peace who has the solutions to the problems of nations; he will seek to unite all the nations together and bring to perfection the one-world-religion agenda. He will be loved, revered and admired by the people of the world as he will promote unrighteousness, liberal laws and ungodly policies; but more specifically he will fight against the saints who don’t buy into his agenda – both directly and indirectly. As a matter of fact, he will be empowered by satan to work miracles and other supernatural feats; which will be targeted at opposing the power of Christ working through His church (See Matthew 24:24 2 Thessalonians 2:9).
Jesus warned about the antichrist and its operations when He said: And… iniquity shall abound – Matthew 24:12. This man of the devil will be instrumental in bringing multitudes into deep levels of iniquity and help widen the pathways to destruction/hell. He will set up an image of himself in a house of worship and declare himself to be God; he will bring heavy persecution against Israel and the Church (See 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Revelation 13:14-15); however, it won’t be all gloom and doom for the people of God. Of course, there will be troubles and sufferings for many of God’s people, but we have an assurance of help & deliverance by the hand of God; He will help His own and will not abandon them to the cruelty of the devil.
For the elect’s sake, those days will be shortened – Matthew 24:22.