Any student of Bible prophecy knows about a coming world figure known as the Antichrist.  Who is he, and when is he to arise to fulfill the numerous Bible passages concerning him?  The answers are contained in the pages of Scripture.

        Below are many revealed prophetic indicators of who he is, where he comes from, how will he be revealed to the world, what he will accomplish, and where shall be his final destination.  There is too much speculation in the Body of Christ and ignorance in the world concerning this man of sin that is to come.  Here is a short summary of what the Scriptures reveal concerning him.

How To Quickly Locate the Antichrist in Scripture

        Four prophets repeatedly refer to the Antichrist as the Assyrian: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea and Malachi.  This means that:

1.      He will arise from a nation that was part of the old Assyrian Empire (Isa. 10:5, etc.)

The prophet Daniel describes him both as:

2.      He will come up from among the 10 nations of the Revised Roman Empire (see Dan. 7:8), and likewise

3.      He will come out of one of the four divisions of the old Grecian Empire (i.e., out of either Greece, Turkey, Syria or Egypt; see Dan. 8:9); and will arise in the latter time of their kingdom (see Dan. 8:23). 

Daniel further describes him:                                            

4.      He is the king of the north from Syria (see Dan. 11:40). 

This fixes the Antichrist as rising from Syria, immediately north of Israel.  There is much about his coming reign that can be discerned from a study of the Syrian king, Anitochus Epiphanes (Dan. 11:21-39), as a prototype of this man of sin and his future dealings with nation Israel.  The 11th chapter of Daniel is a chapter of mostly fulfilled prophecy: verses 1-39 are fulfilled in history, while verses 40-45 shift to events at the time of the end.  The recorded historical events can be easily deciphered with the help of a good study Bible.  What is important to note here is that the Antichrist will not rise from Europe, where most western Bible prophecy teachers are looking for him.  Finally, the Apostle John describes him as arising out of the seven Babylonian world kingdoms that have oppressed or will yet oppress Israel:

5.      He is the eighth and final world ruler to oppress Israel, heading the Revived Grecian Empire (see Rev. 17:10-11).

        The Bible speaks of six world kingdoms that have ruled Israel in the past: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.  Rome fell apart.  With the European Economic Community (EEC) on the ascendancy, it looks like the Revised Roman Empire is being put back together in fulfillment of Bible prophecy.  This is not so!  It is only a shadow of the two coming world kingdoms that are yet to oppress Israel: the Revised Roman Empire and Revived Grecian Empire.

       A confederacy of 10 nations will be formed in the last of the last days inside the boundaries of the old Roman Empire.  These 10 nations will make up the Revised Roman Empire, and shall become the seventh great world kingdom.  In his rise to power, the Antichrist will uproot three of these kings or heads of state (Dan. 7:8, Dan. 7:20).  After a short space of approximately 3 ½ years, the remaining kings shall give their power, kingdom and authority to the Antichrist, as he establishes the eighth and final world kingdom before the return of Jesus to reign over the earth: the Revived Grecian Empire.

            In summary, although the Antichrist will come out of the Revised Roman Empire, his origin must be from one of the four divisions of the old Grecian Empire—Greece, Turkey, Syria or Egypt—which Daniel 11 clearly shows to be Syria.

His Biblical signature follows:

The Biblical Signature of the Antichrist

From Daniel 

1.      He is the little horn [(Revived Greece (Dan. 7:8, Dan. 7:20; Dan. 8:9)] who

2.      [He] uproots 3 of the Revised Roman kings

3.      He has the eyes of the man

4.      He has a mouth speaking greet things

5.      He corrupts by flatteries (Dan. 11:21, Dan. 11:32, Dan. 11:34)

6.      He enters peaceably (Dan. 11:21)

7.      His look is more stout than his fellows [associates]

8.      He makes war with the saints and prevails against them until the Father comes to the earth to give the promised kingdom to His saints (Dan 7:21-22, Dan. 7:25)

9.      He is diverse from the other kings in a 10-nation confederacy (Dan. 7:24)

10.  He speaks great words against the most High (Dan. 7:25)

11.  He wears out the saints of the most high

12.  He thinks to change times and laws

13.  He continues for 3 ½ years

14.  By him the daily sacrifice is taken away (Dan. 8:12; Dan. 9:27)

15.  He is a king of fierce countenance (Dan. 8:23)

16.  He understands dark sentences

17.  His power comes from Satan (Dan. 8:24)

18.  He destroys the mighty and holy people

19.  By peace he destroys many (Dan. 8:25)

20.  He shall stand up against the Prince of princes

21.  He shall be broken without hand

22.  He shall confirm the covenant with many [Israel] for one week [7 years (Dan. 9:27)]

23.  In the midst of the week [after 3 ½ years] he shall break the covenant

24.  He causes the daily sacrifice to be taken away (Dan. 8:11-12; Dan. 9:27; Dan.11:31)

25.  He commits the abomination of desolation [to sacrifice a pig on the alter in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27; Dan.11:31; Matt. 24:15)]  

26.  He corrupts the Jewish high priest (Dan. 11:22-23)

27.  He will work deceitfully (Dan. 11:23)

28.  He shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his father’s fathers [give money to Israel (Dan. 11:24)]

29.  He will scatter among them the prey, spoil, and riches

30.  He will devise plots against strong holds  

© 1999-2009 Walter J. Taylor; Walter James Taylor

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