The Reign of the Antichrist

Here is a list a passages which describe the being who is granted world power just prior to the return of the messiah. The Bible never uses the term Antichrist with a capital "A", but it does describe the spirit of antichrist that will give rise to this individual. The Bible has other labels for this character including: the little horn, the beast, the destroyer of the holy people, the lawless one and the son of perdition.

The little horn, first described in Daniel 7:8, will arise out of the ancient Roman Empire and the other Middle Eastern kingdoms. It will oppress God's faithful for 3½ years.

Daniel 7:23-27

The beast will come to power and oppress God's faithful for 42 months, which is 3½ years.

Revelation 13:5-7

The destroyer of God's faithful will have power for 3½ years.

Daniel 12:6-7

The Roman Empire destroyed the temple in Jerusalem. The same power that brought about that empire will someday bring one who will suppress religion for half a week, namely 3½ years.

Daniel 9:26-27

The true church, the congregation of God's faithful symbolized by the woman, will flee into the desert and go into hiding for 1260 days or 3½ years.

Revelation 12:6, 14

The holy city will be trampled for 42 months and God's two witnesses will prophesy in the face of opposition for 1260 days. These two time periods are, again, 3½ years.

Revelation 11:1-3

All the passages quoted above make it clear that once the Antichrist comes to power, his authority will be limited to 3½ years. The spirit of antichrist, which establishes the power base for this government, has been working behind the scenes for all of our history. This covert force will one day become overt. It is from this point in time that the prophecies apply. II Thessalonians 2 affirms that this hidden force will one day be revealed for all to see.

II Thessalonians 2:1-10

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First Posted: 1/9/98
©1998 Collins Hamblen Last Update: 9/7/98