Many people wonder what type of person they might expect the antichrist to be with most portraying the man to have giant horns coming from his head and to be disgusting beyond belief, and yet how much merit does this hold according to what is describe in scripture? We read that Satan is an angel of like and was called the morning star, so the concept that he is disgusting looking, at least on the outside, seems to be incoherent with how scripture describes him. Looking at what scripture says about him and his coming will help bring clarity as well as help us be able to identify him when he arrives on the scene.
MIGHTY AND CUNNING
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the might, and also the holy people. Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.”daniel 8:23-25 nkjv
Here we read that his countenance will be “fierce” as is translated in the NKJV text, but the Hebrew being used is, “az” which can also mean strong, mighty and power. This word comes from the root word, “azaz” which means to be strong, to prevail. A few times it is translated as fierce, and yet several times it is translated as strong and mighty including Exodus 14:21, Numbers 13:28, Psalms 59:3, Amos 5:9 and more.
It seems to better understand what is implied here is that his countenance will be mighty and strong, that he will be portrayed as a great leader of the nations, at least initially. As time elapses during the tribulation and his rule is fully established, then the idea of a more fierce countenance will become evident as more of his true self is revealed and the evil is brought to the surface of his being.
In verse 25 we see that “through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule.” This indicates that he will be someone whom people love and admire as a witty individual as not only will he be a strong leader, but he will be the one that initiates “world peace” and brings about “security” which is what will ultimately help him gain trust and propel him to become a world leader. This is confirmed in Daniel 11:32 where is states that “he shall corrupt with flattery” and in Revelations it says that “he was given a mouth speaking great things” which is the Greek word, megas and means things esteemed highly for their importance: of great moment, great weight.
The antichrist will be someone whom the people marvel at with great signs and wonders, and not some beast-like character that is easily determined to be the antichrist. Another verse within Daniel goes on to verify this again in chapter 11 verse 21, “And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.” He will not be forceful in his approach, but rather win over the people and inherit the kingdom in a somewhat proper manner, something a hideous, horned beast-like man couldn’t do.
“And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.”revelations 13:14 nkjv
It is said that he will be a deceiver of the world, something he is known for since the beginning of time itself starting with a third of the angels and moving on to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. At this time he will deceive the nations by the “signs and wonders” he performs as well as by his “flattery”. This character will more than likely be a handsome man and someone whom all the people admire and adore. He will ultimately deceive the world into worshipping him as well as the beast, and as we read in Matthew 24, possibly even the “elect” of God.
Another way in which he will be able to deceive the world, even the elect of God is by the possibility of a post-tribulation rapture. We have be so indoctrinated to believe, and to put all of our hopes into the concept of a pre-tribulation rapture to occur that if it were to not occur, many Christians would become confused and discouraged and ultimately fall into the trap of the antichrist. You can find out more about how the rapture might occur post-tribulation by watching the video below.
THE WORLD’S FIRST GAY LEADER
“He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.”daniel 11:37 nkjv
One verse that is often overlooked is this one. When looking at this verse in light of what is happening in today’s society where the lesbian, gay and transgender propaganda is one of the most talked up topics, it makes sense that the antichrist himself will be a proclaimed gay man and the first gay world leader to come onto the scene. Could you imagine the response of the world if this were to occur? How many would applaud and celebrate this as a victory for gay rights and how much more they would admire and adore him and listen to every word as though it were gold?
The Hebrew word used here for desire is “chemdah” which means to desire, that which is pleasant. The literal translation is that the man will not desire women, he will be gay. This correlates so well with our society today that the spiritual inspiration behind this is unbelievably profound.
“He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”revelation 13:15 nkjv
Not only will this man bring about world (false) peace and seem to be the man with a plan as well as be able to do great signs and wonders, but he will also be tech savy as well. One of the most popular ideas in the tech community right now is that of quantum computing and a self-aware AI. When one looks at the origination of the image of the beast (abomination of desolation) in correlation with our technologically advanced society today, it makes sense that the image is some sort of technology that will be erected in the temple to be marveled at and worshiped.
The Greek word for image being used here is “eikon” which means an image, figure or statue. This “statue” is to be erected into the temple to be worshiped. Image being used here is not just any old statue, but is a statue to be the image of a person of such. To really help bring clarity to this issue one only has to look at their phones and the siri voice or that of Alexa or Echo being used around the world. I believe these to be precursers to that of the image of the beast itself. The more reliant we are, as well as younger generations, to technology to guide us, the more susceptible we will become to worshiping it, which some have already begun to do.
Looking to the word “breath” being used there is the Greek word, “pneuma”, which means the rational soul or concise. The hype of building a true quantum computer and creating AI with the capacity to be able to be “self-aware” or “concise” correlates so well with this verse that it brings about chills of terror. This verse indicates that the antichrist will be the one whom possess’s the capability to program the AI image to become self-aware and “help guide” humanity to a better future. Not only will this man be brilliant in bringing peace and security in the world, but will also be a technological genius as well.
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”2 timothy 4:2 nkjv
These are just some of the characteristics that scripture states that the antichrist will possess, and that we should be aware, or “sober minded” of what is going on, always being watchful and ready for what is to come. This is not to say that we should be fearful, but that we should be ready, being filled with the knowledge and power of the Holy Spirit, ready to fight the good fight.