The Anti-Christ, Person Or Spirit?

Q. I know that today the name Anti-Christ is associated with the “son of perdition” mentioned in the book of Revelation, but no where do I find that “title” referred to by John the Revelator. The Apostle Paul spoke of “Anti Christ” as more or less a “spirit” and NOT an actual being. Please clarify our use of this title directed towards an “individual” when associated with the end times and the book of Revelation.

A. You’ve received some incorrect information. By some counts there are 42 titles in the Bible that refer to the one we know as the anti-Christ. The phrase actually comes from 1 John 4:3 and refers to a spirit of denial concerning who Jesus is. Even so, “anti-Christ” became the most popular name for this end times leader. In 2 Thes. 2:3-4 Paul spoke of “that man of sin, the son of perdition” as a man who would stand in the Temple and proclaim himself to be God. He was referring to the anti-Christ.

In the Revelation, John calls the anti-Christ a beast (Rev. 13:1-10) and again the context of this and similar passages in Revelation indicate a man rather than a spirit.

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