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Antichrist
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A figure empowered by Satan who functions as an enemy of Jesus Christ and the Church. In the context of apocalyptic literature, this figure performs false miracles, deceives many in order to discourage people from worshiping the true God, and persecutes God’s people.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Antichrist
Antichrist (ἀντίχριστος, antichristos). A figure empowered by Satan who functions as an enemy of Jesus Christ and the Church. In the context of apocalyptic literature, this figure performs false miracles, deceives many in order to discourage people from worshiping the true God, and persecutes God’s people.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Antichrist
Antichrist. According to 1 John, anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ, that he is the unique Son of God, or that he has come in the flesh. The biblical term, however, principally refers to a particular person in whom that denial reaches its consummate expression and who will play a key role in
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Antichrist
Antichrist [GK. antíchristos]. The word “antichrist” occurs only in 1 Jn. 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 Jn. 7, but the concept appears frequently in Scripture. I. In the OT II. In the NTA. The GospelsB. Pauline EpistlesC. Johannine EpistlesD. Revelation III. In Apocalyptic Writings IV. In Patristic Writings
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Antichrist
ANTICHRIST According to 1 John, anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ, that he is the unique Son of God, or that he has come in the flesh. The biblical term, however, principally refers to a particular person in whom that denial reaches its consummate expression and who will play a key role in the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Antichrist
antichrist (an´tee-krist), the final opponent of Christ and thus of God. This designation is found only in the Letters of John. The author supposes that his audience has heard the term before (1 John 2:18), and he suggests that it now refers to individuals (“antichrists”) whose religious influence is
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Antichrist
ANTICHRIST. Names and references. The term “Antichrist” appears only in 1 Jn 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 Jn 7. If one holds that the Scriptures present a growing unity on this doctrine, and that an eschatological person, the final Antichrist to be indwelt by Satan (Rev 13), is yet to be manifest, he must relate
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Antichrist
ANTICHRIST. The expression antichristos is found in the Bible only in the Johannine Epistles (1 Jn. 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 Jn. 7), but the idea behind it is widespread. We should probably understand the force of anti as indicating opposition, rather than a false claim, i.e. the antichrist is one who opposes
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Antichrist
Antichrist“Antichrist” and “antichrists” appear in the Bible only in 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 7 and are unknown elsewhere in Christian literature before Polycarp in the 2nd century c.e. Yet by the beginning of the 3rd century (e.g., Hippolytus) the expectation of an eschatological Antichrist had
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Antichrist
Antichrist (Gk. antíchristos). A demonic adversary of Christ. Although this term occurs only at 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 7, the concept is present in other biblical passages.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Antichrist
ANTICHRIST ἀντίχριστοςI. The word antichristos is found only in 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 7, and in post-biblical Christian literature. Morphologically the closest analogy is antitheos which was in use since Homer (Od. 11:117; 13:378; 14:18). In Homer antitheos means ‘godlike’. In later times it
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Antichrist
ANTICHRIST (Greek antichristos, “against Christ”) The name given to the chief enemy of Christ, who will lead the forces opposing God just before the Second Coming of Christ; also anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ. The word itself appears in the New Testament only in this latter sense: in 1 John
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Antichrist
AntichristAs eventually defined in Christian tradition, the antichrist is a mythical-historical figure controlled by Satan who opposes Christ and usurps his place among humankind. He deceives humanity with false teaching and signs and wonders (see Signs) in order to obtain allegiance that only Christ
Key passages
Da 7:24–27

And as for the ten horns coming from it, from this kingdom ten kings will arise, and another will arise after them. And he will be different from the earlier ones, and he will subdue three kings. And he will speak words against the Most High, and he will wear out the holy ones of the Most …

Mt 24:24

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear, and will produce great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

2 Th 2:3–12

Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and who exalts himself over every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits down in the temple of God, proclaiming …

1 Jn 2:18–22

Children, it is the last hour, and just as you have heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained …

2 Jn 7

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. This person is the deceiver and the antichrist!

Re 13:1–10

And I saw coming up out of the sea a beast that had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns ten royal headbands, and on its heads a blasphemous name. And the beast that I saw was similar to a leopard, and its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the …