There are many little antichrists running around now, but the the big one, the ruler Jesus called the Antichrist, will be revealed soon (1 John 2:18). Satan is setting up the events of our end times, but it will all happen when the times are ripe – according to God.
Jesus taught that there are many who will oppose Him, calling them “antichrists”.
In Matthew 24: verses 4-5, Jesus said,
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the [Messiah]Christ’, and will mislead many.
And in 1 John 2 Verses 22-23, John writes about these little antichrists:
“This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father…“
Also, Jesus and John and Paul each taught that a ruler, the “man of lawlessness”, is coming. The “Antichrist is coming” (v18), John said, speaking of one man who would be revealed just prior to the Great Tribulation.
Jesus’ disciple John wrote about these two “antichrists” in verse 18 of 1 John 2:
“…just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared…”
The Apostle Paul taught about the man, the Antichrist, calling him “the man of lawlessness… the son of destruction” in 2 Thessalonians 2 – verses 3-4:
“3… the man of lawlessness… the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed]”,
“4 …who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship”.
15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)…
21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
The prophecy of Daniel foretells of a man, saying, “31 Forces from him will arise…. (Daniel 11:31).
So we know there are: 1) many antichrists, and also 2) a ruling man who will be called the Antichrist. Some day soon this Antichrist will be revealed, (“the revealing of the “man of lawlessness”). When he is, THEN, Jesus basically says (in MMA terms): It’ssssss time —
21 “For then there will be a great tribulation“.
When that time is up… the Antichrist will set up the Great Tribulation. See: We are now in “Birth Pangs” times, and then – the End
During the Great Tribulation there will be “the abomination of desolation”, when the Antichrist totally desacrates the temple in Jerusalem, “ standing in the holy place” (Daniel 11:31).
So, now, in the meantime, all these little wannabes are running around opposing Christ – little antichrists. But the Antichrist,the big one (as they put it in our taqueria here: The Big Juan) is coming soon. It will happen just as the “birth pangs” are ending, leading us into the Great Tribulation. See the chronology of end time events as predicted in Scripture: First, Apostasy, then Antichrist, then the Rapture
18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the [Messiah]Christ?
This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
The many little antichrists are “Whoever denies the Son…” (v23). But know that “the Antichrist is coming…. (v18)”
the many little antichrists
All those who are opposing Christ are referred to by Christ as “antichrists”.
What we know about the many little antichrists, from 1 John 2:18-24, and Matthew 24: verses 4-5.
Matthew 24: verses 4-5:
- many will come in My name
- they will say, ‘I am the [Messiah]Christ’
- they will mislead many
- “many antichrists have appeared” (v18)
- “They went out from us, but they were not really of us” (v19)
- “they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” (v19)
- “they did not have “an anointing from the Holy One” (v20)
- they “do not know the truth” (v21)
- they are liars (v21-22)
- they are …the one who denies the Father and the Son (v22)
- they do not “have the Father” (v23)
- they do not abide in the truth, and “in the Son and in the Father” (v24)