A historic event that will take place before the second advent of Christ Jesus is the manifestation and rule of the Antichrist. The Antichrist is revealed in the visions of Daniel very clearly as follows:
VISION OF FOUR BEASTS
In this regard, please take note of a glaring fact that this horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the Kingdom.
This horn, a king, will arise from amongst the kingdom of the ten kings. He will be different from the first ones. He will speak pompous words against the Most High, and will persecute the saints of the Most High. The cardinal point to be noted here is that he will prevail against the saints till the time of the coming of the Lord.
VISION OF A RAM AND A GOAT
He will make war against the people of God and will prevail against them. He will persecute them. He will act deceitfully and will become strong with a small number of people (Dan.11: 23). But the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits (Dan.11: 32).
When the disciples of Jesus asked Jesus to tell them the sign of His coming and of the end of the age, Jesus warned them, Take heed that no one deceives you (Matt.24: 3-4). He also warned them of many false prophets and false Christs who would deceive many and would show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (Matt.24: 24). If the people of God are to be deceived through the false prophets and false Christs, this can be possible through certain doctrines, which would adulterate the truths of the Bible in a subtle manner and through great signs and wonders. We find that many preachers quote the Bible from one angle only in the same manner as the Devil quoted the Word from one angle while tempting Jesus in the wilderness. The false prophets have already sown seeds of false doctrines in our fields.
Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world (I John 4:1-3). Any person, who preaches that Jesus Christ is only a great social reformer or a crusader against the evil, and that Jesus Christ was not manifested in the flesh, is of the spirit of the Antichrist.
How are you prepared to face the Antichrist when he wages a war against you? We should not underestimate the power of the enemy in a war. We should be prepared for the war against our enemy with our own strategy but with the power of the Lord of hosts. The spirit of the Antichrist is already at work. He has already started influencing the Christian nations to obliterate the Name of the Most High. The governments of this world are awaiting a world ruler for ushering in peace into this tumultuous world.
- Job Anbalagan