UNDERSTANDING WHO THE ANTICHRIST IS, THE SON OF PERDITION
The “son of perdition” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and “the Antichrist” of 1John 2:18 are one and the same. There will be many articles on this site in regard to this “evil one,” but for now, let's establish some basic premises. This “evil one” was also spoken of by Jesus; but first, read closely these two sections of Scripture by apostles Paul & John.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
1 John 2:18-22
“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.”
Jesus spoke of him also in various places.
“For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days. Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, He is there!' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand. "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”
The Lord has warned us not to be deceived by anyone on this earth that anyone would say is “the Messiah.” The Lord said that when He, the real and only Christ, returns; the whole earth will go dark, the sun, the moon the stars and the heavens and earth shake and people will see Him in His power and glory, as He illuminates the atmosphere and gathers His saints up to Him.
In order to understand the Bible as God wants us to, we need divine revelation. Jesus spoke in a way that only those with ears to hear would be able to realize and receive the truth. As we study the Bible, we need to listen for the Holy Spirit. He will make things stand out for us to pray over and meditate on because there is something there to be revealed. Notice in the previous verses in Mark, “Look, here is the Christ,” it is important to note something. Jesus said, “the Christ.” That means, “the Messiah” as Christ means Messiah. So what He was really saying is, “Look, here is the Messiah, Here is the Christ.”
Notice in the following verses, Jesus said watch out for impostors of Him.
“And Jesus, answering them, began to say: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and will deceive many”
These are two different things He is warning of. An “impostor of Jesus,” will say as Jesus said they would “I am Jesus” - A person calling themselves or being called “the Messiah,” can be different. Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, and some try to say they are Him. However, there is another part of the Lord's warning that is a bit harder to see. Some will come saying, Jesus was not the Messiah but they are.
God sent Jesus, the Christ (the Messiah) to the Jews to be their Savior. But they were looking for “a deliverer type of Messiah” rejected Him (many Jews followed Jesus and are the founders of Christianity, but the majority rejected Him).
To this day, the Jews are looking for “the Christ,” - the Messiah. They denounce that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ (Messiah) and are looking for a political leader Messiah who will help them in every way. Some Jews today believe that they must have the Temple built again so “the Messiah” can come and others believe “the Messiah” will come and then help them build the Temple.
The “son of perdition” must fit the role of “Messiah.” The most important piece of real estate on this earth, is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. And after that, Jerusalem itself and then the land of Israel.
There is a common mistake when trying to understand “who this son of perdition is.” People want to look through “Western eyes” or “wherever they live eyes” instead with “Biblical eyes.” God is working through the Jews. Jesus was not referencing a Chinese messiah or American messiah. This false-Messiah has to fit the description of a Jewish Messiah.
There are many who want to believe he will be a pope. Have you ever heard of a Jewish pope? This is not about a “Catholic” messiah, or an Islamic messiah. Buddhist, Muslims, Krishna’s and many other religions are all looking for “messiahs.” But unless this “false-Messiah” fits the Jewish expectations, then it is not the one who Jesus, Paul and John warned us about.
Okay, how can one be “antichrist” and “false-messiah”? Jesus said, beware of one saying, look here is the Christ (Messiah). And John used the term “antichrist.” So how can the two mix? What exactly does “antichrist” mean?
The Apostle John explained what it means to be “antichrist.” To be antichrist, means to deny Jesus of Nazareth came as the Son of God and as the Messiah.
1John 2: 22
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
In simpler words, to deny Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, is antichrist and also denies the Father and Son relationship of God and Jesus.
2 John 1:7-9
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
The Lord's name to us is Jesus Christ... but “Christ” not His last name. Christ is His title. The deceivers who do not confess that Jesus, the Christ (Messiah), came as the Son of God are antichrist.
So, this son of perdition, this antichrist, will not claim to be Jesus of Nazareth who returned somehow and will declare that Jesus was not the Christ (Messiah), Son of God who came in the flesh. He will be to the Jews, their long awaited Messiah. He will be a global leader that many will fall for but the deception with the Jews has to be inclusive or he will not be the one spoken of by the Bible that will fulfill these prophecies.
Why will people fall for him? The Apostasy, great falling away, that comes first, will be a time of deflecting from the truth that will happen as the world grows spiritually darker. In rejecting the truth of God and choosing wrong spiritually, the dulled reasoning of such people, will make easy prey for this son of perdition.
Why is he called the son of perdition? Consider the definition of perdition. It means destruction. He is the "son of destruction."
Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionary says, "from a presumed derivative of (apollumi); ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): - damnable (-nation), destruction, die, perdition, perish, pernicious ways, waste."
Realize this. The section of verse in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 says, “the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Many read this and are looking for the antichrist to appear on the scene as a man “who opposes and exalts himself.... etc.”
This description relates to the “summation of the man” and how he will be “in the end.” When he first comes on the scene, he will not expose his true self. In his heart, he will be both anti-Christian and anti-Jew. In all likelihood, he will not show his true colors until after he is comfortably seated in power. Otherwise, Jews would not even consider him for Messiah.
Evil leaders do not usually start out showing themselves evil. This “son of perdition” will come out “riding a white horse and wearing a white suit and hat...” (allegorically). Evil leaders are experts at “bait and switch.” They offer carrots or candies and once they get people taking the bait, then eventually the bait is served with a hook or worse in it. Consider that one of the oldest “political tricks” in the book is to trade favors for votes. People vote for the ones that help them. This man will deceive many by getting them to think that they will prosper by him. Once in power, the ugly will start to unfold.
So, who will this global leader be who also will also be a false-Messiah to the Jews? Will he be human and merely possessed? Will he be 100% demon and appear as a man? What country will he come from? Is he on the world scene today? We all have many questions. Some answerable and some we just cannot know yet. One thing is for sure, the Bible does have a lot to say for those who want to know and more articles will follow this one.
OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT THE ANTICHRIST
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION BIBLE VERSES
A compilation for thought & study.
ANTICHRIST & FALSE PROPHET BIBLE VERSES
Put together for collective thought & study.
SATAN IS NOT THE ANTICHRIST
A brief message showing a distinct difference.
THE ANTICHRIST, HIS IDENTITY & NAME
Understanding Revelation 17 and showing how it correlates with Scripture in the book of Daniel.
THE ANTICHRIST IS UNIQUELY REVEALED IN THREE PROPHETIC SECTIONS OF SCRIPTURE
The visions of Daniel 7, Daniel 8 & Revelation 17 reveal the same evil One in 3 different ways & yet the same.
WHAT IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION?
This is a clear and definitive look at what the Bible says about it.
WILL THE CHRISTIAN'S ANTICHRIST BE THE NEW JEWISH MESSIAH?
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