That’s a question that has perplexed man for centuries. Even moreso now does this question come up. Some of the answers from paranoid speculators are pretty funny. No, it’s not President Bush. The Bible does give clues as to who the Antichrist will be and what his origin will be. Don’t just look at a world figure you don’t like and say “AHA!” That’s just dumb. Try actually reading for once.
In Daniel chapters 2 and 7 it reveals the origin of the Antichrist. It says the fourth kingdom to come will be diverse from the others. Their reign will not last forever but there will be a revival of this empire. Nowhere does it actually say revival but it mentions how this kingdom will reform. The fourth kingdom that took over Israel was the Roman Empire, so the Antichrist will come from the revival of this Roman Empire.
Many speculate that the European Union is this revival of the Roman Empire. I happen to agree with that speculation. This revival will have ten kings, which means countries. Then the eleventh country from this revival of the Roman Empire will be diverse from the others. This is where the Antichrist will come from. It says the prince of that nation will speak great things against the Almighty. If the speculators are correct, then it will be the eleventh nation to join the European Union. The eleventh is a little foggy because Spain and Portugal both came in at the same time. So which one will it be if this is true? The eleventh nation, according to prophecy, will bring in three more. Spain had a big hand in bringing the next three countries. Madrid is also where a lot of the power of the EU lies.
So if the speculators are correct, then the Antichrist will have to come from the nation of Spain. Many wise Christians believe it is King Juan Carlos, but I have reason to believe it is not him, which I will get to. It’s certainly not President Bush, Barack Obama, Rupert Murdoch, Bill Clinton, or Spongebob Squarepants. It has to be a person from Europe, even if the EU isn’t what Daniel’s prophecy speaks of, and it has to be from the eleventh nation of this rising empire.
There are other clues in the Bible about the Antichrist. One is that his name will fit the six-six-six number. It does say it is the number of his name. Six letters in each his first, middle, and last name.
Also the Bible subtly gives a time when he would be born. Jesus said that Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until their times be fulfilled (Luke 21:24). He gave more signs of the end and said this generation shall not pass away until all things be done. That happened in 1967 after Israel rightfully took back the rest of Jerusalem. The Antichrist would have to be born sometime after that.
Now what will be the role of the Antichrist? The Antichrist is a human being with the spirit of Satan inside him. Halfway through the tribulation the Antichrist will die. Yes, he will die. It will happen in a war with a wound to the head. Three days later he will seemingly rise again. Nearly all will be in awe, except for the 7000 members of the election of grace. He rises again after Satan gives him back his life. Satan will also be kicked down to earth with his nephilim (fallen [plural] in Hebrew). The Beast will have three and a half years of trying to convince everyone to accept him as their god. To simply just say you’re going to know he’s not will not prepare you for how convincing he will be or how needy you will be. It will feel like you need to accept him as your god just to stay alive and be better off. He, along with his fallen angels will play on every magnified human weakness that will be exposed during the events of the tribulation period. Jesus says in Matthew 24 that he and others will be so convincing that only the election of grace will not be convinced for at least a moment. The election of grace are not allowed to be swayed or convinced. Everyone else for at least a period of time will be inclined to.