10 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ANTI-CHRIST
There are more than ten… these are the most obvious.
1) He Claims to be God and is Worshiped
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness
is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is
worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God“ (2 Thes 2:3-4).
2) He Will Blaspheme God
Revelation 13:6 says, “And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His
tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.”
3) He Will Display Miraculous Powers
Revelation 13:13 as he “performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven, to the earth in full view of
4) The Anti-Christ Comes Back to Life
“ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived“ (Rev 13:14). What
a feat that will cause many to be motivated by the sight of this “fatal wound [that] had been healed“; so much so that
many will worship him (Rev 13:12).
5) The Anti-Christ Rules in Full Authority
For three and a half years he “was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation“ (Rev 13:5,7).
6) The Anti-Christ Will Control the World’s Economy
“forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their
foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its
name“ (Rev 13:16-17).
7) The Anti-Christ Desecrates God’s Temple
Jesus: “Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy
place’ (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, Let him who is on the
housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not to back to get his clothes.
“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not
be in winter or on the Sabbath, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the
world until this time, no nor ever shall be“ (Matt 24:15-21).
8) The Anti-Christ’s Attempted Destruction of Israel
Satan and all of those under his rule have always sought the destruction of the Jews. The end times see this brought to
fruition. In Daniel 11:40-41 is says, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the
north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter
into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land [Jerusalem], and many
[countries] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, [even] Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the
children of Ammon.” This happens after another treaty is broken. At first he promises to help be Jerusalem’s savior but
he, as always, is a liar and the truth is not in him (Dan 9:27). He breaks one treaty after another and makes one promise
after another, breaking them all. It is obvious that his power comes from the father of lies, the Devil.
9) Causes Earth’s Armies to Fight Against Christ
“saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse
and his army“ (Rev 19:19).
10) Final Destiny in Lake of Fire
“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the
horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his
presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These
two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.”
Will the Antichrist be born of a virgin?
The Antichrist is presented in scripture as a complete counterfeit of the true Christ. As the
counterfeit son, he would have a supernatural origin. He will literally be Satan’s son. II
Thessalonians 2:9, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and
signs and lying wonders.” The Antichrist will be fully human, yet totally possessed by Satan.
We can also see prophecies in Revelation 17:15; Daniel 2 and 7, as well as Daniel 7:25; 9:27;
Daniel 11:41-45 as well as II Thessalonians 2:4, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above (A
that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewin,
himself that he is God.” And then there is Revelation 11:2, “But the court which is without the
temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles; and that holy city shall
they tread under foot forty and two months.” And Revelations 12:6, Revelations 13:7, “And i
was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them and power was given h
over all kindred, and tongues, and nations.”