A person empowered by Satan who is an enemy of Jesus and his church.
1. The Antichrist and his Predecessor
2. Who is the Antichrist?
In Daniel 8, the prophecy is amazing for its TWO future fulfilments. From our vantage point in the 21st century, one of those fulfilments already happened in remarkable detail. This is all the more reason to believe that the second fulfilment will certainly happen.
The first fulfilment was by Antiochus Epiphanes IV who seems to be a type of eschatological Antichrist. By examining the life of this ancient king, we can learn about the character and destiny of the future evil ruler. Many parallels exist between the two individuals: representing both kings as “little horns” support the idea that one king prefigures the other. Antiochus (Rev 8:9) and Antichrist (Rev 7:8).
Since the relationship between the two tyrants is that of type-antitype, it should not be inferred that the Antichrist will be from the kingdom ruled by Antiochus IV—Syria, Palestine, Babylon, etc. Other passages in Daniel show clearly that the Antichrist will arise from the Revived Roman Federation.
The Antichrist and his Predecessor
Now that we looked at the Antichrist through the lens of his predecessor, we can look in detail at what the bible says about this future evil leader.
Who is the Antichrist?
1. Daniel I. Morrison, “Antichrist,” ed. John D. Barry et al., The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016).
2. L. L. Morris, “Antichrist,” ed. D. R. W. Wood et al., New Bible Dictionary (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996)
3. Stephen R. Miller, Daniel, vol. 18, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994)
All scripture quoted from the The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011) unless otherwise quote
DRA – Douay-Rheims 1899 American edition