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“The Antichrist” can be a divisive topic amongst Christians. Who is this mysterious man who will usher in the end?

Key Points:

  • Antichrists are a group. The word “antichrist” only occurs four times in the entire Bible, all in 1 John and 2 John talking about a class of people.
  • The “last hour” has multiple meanings in the NT. It is not just about the end of time, but about the whole period of time between Jesus’s ascension and second coming.
  • “The Antichrist” is an individual. Other scriptures in 2 Thessalonians and Revelation 13 are viewed as places where an individual who is the worst of all antichrists is being talked about.

Quote This:

1 John 2:18-19 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.

See Also: Demons/Devil, End Times, Theology

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you spend a lot of time/energy studying or thinking about the end times? Why or why not?
  3. Read 1 John 2:22 and 2 John 1:17. What sort of people do these verses describe who are “antichrists?”
  4. How do you think certain people or institutions act as “antichrists” in our time?
  5. Do you think it is possible to determine who “the Antichrist” is? What evidence do you turn to in support of your view?
  6. How should Christians view the end times/the Antichrist?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Theology 101 series.