The Anti-Christ In The Old Testament

Q. I noticed in your current study you used Zechariah 11:17 in reference to the anti-Christ. Would you know of any other verses in the Old Testament that speak of him as well, since this has piqued my interest. I don’t think the anti-Christ being in the old testament is ever discussed by Christians at all. I’ve done a quick online search but haven’t come up with much. When I first became a believer, I remember coming across passages in the old testament that seemed to be talking about a “what if” Jesus had failed his mission. Could these passages in fact be alluding to the anti-Christ?

A. In addition to Zechariah 11:17, where he’s called the worthless shepherd, there are numerous Old Testament prophecies of the anti-Christ, but there are no passages concerning the possibility of Jesus failing His mission. He is God in human form after all and God does not fail at anything.

When searching the Old Testament you can’t use the name anti-Christ because that name was first used by John in his letters to the Church (1 John 2:18). The anti-Christ is known by about 40 different names in the Old and New Testaments. Some of the most popular are the Assyrian (Micah 5:5), the Little Horn (Daniel 7:8), the stern faced King (Daniel 8:25) the Prince who will come (Daniel 9:26), the man of sin, the man of lawlessness, the son of destruction (2 Thess. 2:3-9) and the Beast (Revelation 13:4). Try a search on the different names of the anti-Christ in the Bible to learn some of the others.

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