1John 2:18 ¶ 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.
Since the days of the apostles people have been trying to identify the antichrist. People have spoken often of almost certainty that they know who he is. Everyone from the Caesars to Hitler, and Napoleon to Mussolini. Today people are still at it. In the last week I have heard one renowned preacher claim Obama is the antichrist while others are certain it must be Donald Trump. Somebody has to be confused. The apostle Paul gave us some hints at what to look for. Paul spoke of a great falling away connected to some image that is somehow alive in the temple in Jerusalem. Daniel spoke of a Middle East peace treaty that was connected to the antichrist. The Apostle John seemed to connect him to false teachers and deceivers in the church. Frankly, I plan to be outta here when he is revealed. Here are some interesting comments from the Fire Bible about the antichrist.
“According to the Bible, in the last days the spirit of antichrist—a satanic-empowered opposition to God and all he has accomplished through Christ—will be represented in bodily form as an influential, international leader. This person will engineer Satan’s final attempt to overthrow Christ, his work and his followers just before Christ returns to establish his kingdom on earth for the last thousand years of time as we know it. Paul uses a couple of terms for the antichrist: “the man of lawlessness” and “the man doomed to destruction”. Other terms used in the Bible for this figure are the “beast coming out of the sea”, “a scarlet beast” and “the beast”. Unlike the rapture, the coming of the antichrist will not be without warning. Several signs will point to his appearance and rise to power. At least three events must occur before he appears on earth: (1) the “secret power of lawlessness” already at work in the world must greatly increase; (2) the “rebellion” must come; (3) “the one who now holds it back” must be “taken out of the way”.
It all boils down to this. The spirit in the world will try anything to hinder the advancing of the kingdom of God. Our job is to keep pressing in through preaching and prayer. The kingdom of God will come, that is certain. Everything else is temporary and somewhat of a distraction.