Once the world has been sufficiently prepared, how shall Antichrist make his appearance? Where will he come from? Who or what will he be, this red
beast of the Apocalypse? To answer these questions we must begin with an understanding of the word "Antichrist." "Anti" means "against" or
"in place of". Antichrist will try
to imitate Christ for the sake of fulfilling Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.
Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, he will make a pretense of good, claiming to bring "peace on earth, good will toward men.'
Later, he will show his true colors; he will challenge God and demand worship of himself. Whereas Christ was perfect man, perfect goodness,
Antichrist will demonstrate the perfection of evil in human form; in submitting his will entirely to the devil, he will be completely possessed by
It is important here to note that Antichrist is not Satan, for God would not allow such a supernatural domination of evil.
If Satan were actually to rule over man, man would be left with no choice; he would no longer be able to exercise free Will--and this would be a
mockery of God's love. What is tragic is that even now human beings are using this divinely planted free will to choose evil. In the world today we
see that of our own free will we are affecting each other to be demonic.
We cannot say that the Apostasy is merely the work of the devil: "It can't be helped." No, it is the direct result of man's choice not to follow
Christ--and this decision can only lead to Antichrist.
Just as Christ was born of a pure virgin, the crown of humanity, so His opposite, Antichrist, will be born of a harlot. St. John Damascene says
that "he becomes man as the offspring of fornication and receiveth all the energy of Satan.
For God, foreknowing the strangeness of the choice that he would make, allows the devil to take up his abode in him" (Exposition of the Orthodox
Most Holy Fathers agree on the basis of Scripture that Antichrist will be of Jewish descent from the tribe of Dan. According to the prophecy of
the patriarch Jacob, "Dan shall be a serpent in the way" (Gen. 49:17; cf Jer. 8:16); among the remnants of the tribes of Israel which are sealed
unto salvation (Rev. 7:4-8), the tribe of Dan is exclusively omitted. It is interesting here to note that the Ethiopian Jews, of whom several thousand
were airlifted to Israel in the recently publicized "Operation Moses ," are declared to be "undoubtedly of the tribe of Dan" (a statement by the
Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, "Time," Jan. 14, 1985).
It is also assumed that Antichrist's life will pattern itself after the life of Christ in the sense
[Edited on 10-4-2003 by helen670]