the honor of the kingdom, but “he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries”. Once he gains the ascendancy none will dare to challenge his authority. Kings will be his pawns and princes his playthings.

4. HE WILL BE A COMMERCIAL GENIUS.

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand” (Daniel 8:25). Under his regime everything will be nationalized, and none will be able to buy or sell without his permission (Revelation 13:17). All commerce will be under his personal control, and this will be used for his own aggrandizement. The wealth of the world will be at his disposal. There are several scriptures which call attention to this. For example in Psalms 52:7 we read, “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches; and strengthened himself in his substance”. Again, in Daniel 11:38 we are told, “But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces (Satan): and a god whom his fathers knew not shall be honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things”. Even plainer is Daniel 11:43, “But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt”. In the last verse of Daniel 11 mention is made of his “palace”. He will be wealthier than Croesus. Ezekiel 28:4,5 speaks of him thus, “With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches”. Thus will he be able to wield the sceptre of financial power and outdo Solomon in all his glory.

5. HE WILL BE A MILITARY GENIUS.

He will be endowed with the most extraordinary powers, so that “he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Daniel 8:24). Before his exploits the fame of Alexander and Napoleon will be forgotten. None will be able to stand before him. He will go “forth conquering and to conquer” (Revelation 6:2). He will sweep everything before him so that the world will exclaim, “Who is like unto the Beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4). His military exploits will not be confined to a corner, but carried out on a vast scale. He is spoken of as the man who will “shake kingdoms” and “make the earth to tremble” (Isaiah 14:16).

6. HE WILL BE A GOVERNMENTAL GENIUS.

He will weld together opposing forces. He will unify conflicting agencies. Under the compelling power of his skill the world Powers will be united. The dream of a League of Nations will then be realized. The Orient and the Occident shall no longer be divided. A marvelous symbolic picture of this is given us in Revelation 13:1,2: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a Beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the Beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the Dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority”. Here we find the forces of the Roman, the Grecian, the Medo-Persian, and the Babylonian empires coalesced. He will be the personal embodiment of the world’s political authority in its final form. So completely will the world be swayed by the hypnotic spell cast over it by the Beast that the ten kings of the Roman empire in its ultimate form shall “give their kingdoms unto him” (Revelation 17:17). He will be the last great Caesar.

7. HE WILL BE A RELIGIOUS GENIUS.

He will proclaim himself God, demanding that Divine honors should be rendered to him and sitting in the Temple shall show himself forth that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). Such wonders will he perform, such prodigious marvels will he work, the very elect would be deceived by him did not God directly protect them. The Man of Sin will combine in himself all the varied genius of the human race, and what is more, he will be invested with all the wisdom and power of Satan. He will be a master of science, acquainted with all of nature’s forces, compelling her to give up for him her long held secrets. “In this master-piece of Satan”, says one, “will be concentrated intellectual greatness, sovereign power and human glory, combined with every species of iniquity, pride, tyranny, wilfulness, deceit, and blasphemy, such as Antiochus Epiphanes, Mohammed, the whole line of popes, atheists, and deists of every age of the world have failed to unite in any individual person”.

“All the world wondered after the Beast” (Revelation 13:3). His final triumph shall be that, wounded by a sword, he shall live again (Revelation 13:3). He shall raise himself from the dead, and so wonder-struck will men be at this stupendous marvel they will readily pay him Divine homage, yea, so great will be his dazzling power over men, they will worship his very image (Revelation 13:14,15).

Having contemplated something of the genius of Satan’s prodigy, let us now consider his character. In doing so we shall view him in the light of the Character of the Lord Jesus. Christ is the Divine plumb-line and standard of measurement by which all character must be tested.

In our last chapter we pointed out how that the distinguishing title of the coming Super-man - the Antichrist - has a double significance, inasmuch as it points to him as the imitator of Christ and the opponent of Christ. Hence, in studying his character, we find a series of comparisons and a series of contrasts drawn between the false christ and the true Christ; and these we now propose to set before the reader.


Comparisons between Christ and the Antichrist.

Satan is the master-counterfeiter, and in nothing will this appear more conspicuously than in his next great move. He is now preparing the stage for his climactic production, which will issue in a blasphemous imitation of the Divine incarnation. When the Son of Perdition appears he will pose as the Christ of God, and so perfect will be his disguise, the very elect would be deceived, were it not that God will grant them special illumination. It is this disguise, this simulation of the true Christ which we shall now examine, pointing out the various parallelisms which Scripture furnishes:

1. Christ was the subject of Old Testament prophecy: so also is the Antichrist; many are the predictions which describe this coming one, see especially Daniel 11:21-45.

2. The Lord Jesus was typified by many Old Testament characters such as Abel, Joseph, Moses, David, etc. So also will the Antichrist be: such characters as Cain, Pharaoh, Absolom, Saul, etc., foreshadow the Man of Sin. We shall devote a separate chapter to this most fascinating and totally neglected branch of our subject.

3. Christ was revealed only at God’s appointed time: such will also be the case with the Antichrist. Of the one we read, “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son” (Galatians 4:4); of the other it is said, “And now we know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2:6).

4. Christ was a Man, a real Man, “the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5); so also will the Antichrist be - “that Man of Sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

5. But Christ was more than a man; He was the God-Man; so also will the Antichrist be more than a man: the Super-man.

6. Christ was, according to the flesh, a Jew (Romans 1:3); so also will the Antichrist be - for proofs see chapter three, section one.

7. Christ will make a covenant with Israel (Hebrews 8:8); so also will the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27).

8. Christ is our “Great High Priest”; so Antichrist will yet be Israel’s great high priest (Ezekiel 21:26).

9. Christ was and will be the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1); so also will the Antichrist be (Daniel 11:36).

10. Christ will be the King of kings (Revelation 17:14); so also will the Antichrist be (Revelation 17:12,13).

11. Christ wrought miracles: of Him it is said “approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs” (Acts 2:22); so also will the Antichrist, concerning whom it is written, “whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

12. Christ’s public ministry was limited to three years and a half; so also will the Antichrist’s final ministry be (Revelation 13:5).

13. Christ is shown to us riding a “white horse” (Revelation 19:11); so also is the Antichrist (Revelation 6:2).

14. Christ will return to the earth as Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6,7); so also will the Antichrist introduce an era of peace (Daniel 11:21); it is to this that 1 Thessalonians 5:3 directly refers.

15. Christ is entitled “the Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16); so also is the Antichrist (Isaiah 14:12).

16. Christ is referred to as Him “which was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8); the Antichrist is referred to as him that “was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit” (Revelation 17:8).

17. Christ died and rose again; so also will the Antichrist (Revelation 13:3).

18. Christ will be the object of universal worship (Philippians 2:10); so also will the Antichrist (Revelation 13:4).

19. The followers of the Lamb will be sealed in their foreheads (Revelation 7:3; 14:1); so also will the followers of the Beast (Revelation 13:16,17).

20. Christ has been followed by the Holy Spirit who causes men to worship Him; so the Antichrist will be followed by the Anti-spirit - the False Prophet - who will cause men to worship the Beast (Revelation 13:12).


There is no need for us to make any comments on these striking correspondences: they speak for themselves. They show the incredible lengths to which God will permit Satan to go in mimicking the Lord Jesus. We turn now to consider:


Contrasts between Christ and the Antichrist.

I. In their respective Designations.

1.

One is called the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the other the Antichrist (1 John 4:3).

2.

One is called the Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3); the other the Man of Sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

3.

One is called the Son of God (John 1:34); the other the Son of Perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

4.

One is called the Seed of woman (Genesis 3:15); the other the seed of the Serpent (Genesis 3:15).

5.

One is called the Lamb (Isaiah 53:7); the other the Beast (Revelation 11:7).

6.

One is called the Holy One (Mark 1:24); the other the Wicked One (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

7.

One is called the Truth (John 14:6); the other the Lie (John 8:44).

8.

One is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6); the other the wicked, profane Prince (Ezekiel 21:25)

9.

One is called the glorious Branch (Isaiah 4:2); the other the abominable Branch (Isaiah 14:19).

10.

One is called the Mighty Angel (Revelation 10:1); the other is called the Angel of the Bottomless Pit (Revelation 9:11).

11.

One is called the Good Shepherd (John 10:11); the other is called the Idol Shepherd (Zechariah 11:17).12. One has for the number of His name (the gematria of “Jesus”) 888; the other has for the number of his name 666 (Revelation 13:18).



II. In their respective Careers.

1.

Christ came down from heaven (John 3:13); Antichrist comes up out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 11:7).

2.

Christ came in Another’s Name (John 5:43); Antichrist will come in his own name (John 5:43).

3.

Christ came to do the Father’s will (John 6:38); Antichrist will do his own will (Daniel 11:36).

4.

Christ was energized by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14); Antichrist will be energized by Satan (Revelation 13:4).

5.

Christ submitted Himself to God (John 5:30); Antichrist defies God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

6.

Christ humbled Himself (Philippians 2:8); Antichrist exalts himself (Daniel 11:37).

7.

Christ honored the God of His fathers (Luke 4:16); Antichrist refuses to (Daniel 11:37)

8.

Christ cleansed the temple (John 2:14,16); the Antichrist defiles the temple (Matthew 24:15).

9.

Christ ministered to the needy (Isaiah 53:7); Antichrist robs the poor (Psalms 10:8,9)

10.

Christ was rejected of men (Isaiah 53:7); Antichrist will be accepted by men (Revelation 13:4).

11.

Christ leadeth the flock (John 10:3); Antichrist leaveth the flock (Zechariah 11:17).

12.

Christ was slain for the people (John 11:51); Antichrist slays the people (Isaiah 14:20).

13.

Christ glorified God on earth (John 17:4), Antichrist blasphemes the name of God in heaven (Revelation 13:6).14. Christ was received up into heaven (Luke 24:51); Antichrist goes down into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20).


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“The representation given of the antichrist plainly describes him as a person, as an individual. A stream of anti-Christian sentiment and conduct pervades the whole history of the world. From this stream, in the last days, proceeds the antichrist, as the completed evil fruit; it will express itself in many individuals, but by all these one personality will be considered as the center of all their striving, and acknowledged as the master by whom they let themselves be guided. All great movements in the history of the world have definite personages for pillars. That the last and utmost development of evil will also attain to its center in a personality, has the analogy of history entirely in its favor. That in the antichrist evil is only to be conceived as an abstract clearly contradicts the teaching of the Scriptures.” -Olshausen, on 2 Thessalonians 2.


“Taking the Bible as our guide, it seems strange that any other idea should be entertained of the antichrist than that he will be an individual human being. Endless as are the passages referring to himself, his actings, and his end, they all, with one accord, so far as I understand them, proclaim him to be an individual man. All the attributes, circumstances, as well as appellations of individual humanity, are addressed and ascribed to him. He is distinctly called, and declared to be, a man, ‘that man of sin,’ which itself, and in the absence of any positive contradiction to it elsewhere in Scripture, ought to be conclusive. In Revelation 13:18, he is called “a man.” Also he is called ‘the son of perdition,’ as was Judas; but Judas was a man, and the inference is that such also will be his antitype. John, speaking of the antichrist, says, ‘Even now are there many antichrists.’ Who were these but Christ-denying people? And who, then, or what would be the antichrist yet to come but a man too? Evidently the one to come was to be of the same nature as the ‘many ‘ then already come. Christ was a man, a God-man, but still man, sin only excepted. Then the antichrist, who is to appear as a false Christ, must needs be a man too, or how is it possible he could pass himself off for Christ? the antichrist is described as a King, even as other kings. Daniel (Daniel 7:24) teaches that ‘ten kings arise ‘ and then ‘another,’ and that other, as verse 25 explains, undoubtedly is the antichrist. That the antichrist would be an individual man, was never questioned in the first and purer ages of the Church. The idea of a power or system, or even series of individuals. being symbolized by the Man of Sin, was utterly unknown.”-Molyneux’s Lectures on Israel’s Future, 1860, pp. 68-70.


“The old fathers of the Church were for three centuries at least quite at one in understanding by ‘the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition, the Lawless One,’ not a system of falsehood and unrighteousness, nor a succession of individuals at the head of such a system, but, according to the most obvious and natural import of the language-some one man, the personal antichrist, the recipient of all Satan’s energy, in whom Satan should, to so speak become incarnate, and thus bring to a decision the long-standing feud between himself and the Woman’s seed. This ancient faith hath in it elements of truth which must be combined with the Protestant interpretation before we can get at the full import of this Divine Revelation.”-Dr. John Lillie’s Lectures on Thessalonians, 1860, pp. 537,538.)


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My fifth remark is, that this “Man of Sin” will be an exceedingly attractive, fascinating, and bewitching personage. He draws upon himself the intensest admiration and homage of the world. John beheld, and “all the world wondered after the Beast.” Mankind are represented as so struck, captivated, and entranced by the contemplation of his wonderful qualities and powers, that they even render willing homage to the one who could give them so glorious a leader, and join in honoring and glorifying him as a very god of wisdom, power, daring, and ability. They can conceive of none like him, and celebrate his praise as the Invincible. The adoring cry is: “Who is like to the Beast? And who is able to war with him?” It cannot therefore be otherwise than that this man is supreme in whatever is admirable to the taste, judgment, and imagination of the world.

There has been much in the great empires of the past for people to wonder at and love. In Babylon was the golden majesty and splendor of sovereign rule, always so captivating to the souls of people. In Medo-Persia was the towering prowess and massive ponderousness of power, at which the world has ever stood in wondering awe. In Greece was the polish and elegance of intellect and art, combined with heroism for liberty, for which the human heart has ever been full of enthusiasm. And in Rome was the idea of justice. the iron strength of law and martial discipline, to which the nations still look with admiration. Conceive, then, the resistless attractiveness of these all combined in one, and attended with the results thereto pertaining. How would mankind even now idolize such an exhibition? And how much the more if concentrated in an individual man, and he recognized and acknowledged as one of the great illustrious dead?