Joseph Goebbels once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” This is especially true for those who don’t study their Bibles. In our culture, men with “Dr.” in front of their name are to be trusted. The primacy of print1 sways people toward what they believe to be the truth.
The notion of a future world leader is one of the hottest topics going today. Hundreds of books, thousands of preachers, millions of believers, and billions of Google hits all attest that the Antichrist is coming. To take a verse out of context, let's look at what Jesus said:
Of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Mark 13:32)
So no one knows when the end of the world comes except God; not even Jesus Christ knows. If that’s true, how can Satan know? You see, Satan has to know, since he's the one who is supposed to be behind the antichrist, giving him his power.
To get around this conundrum, denominational preachers have latched onto a new theory to support the antichrist doctrine, namely, that Satan “always has a man ready on a moment's notice, to take over the world.” They claim that when the rapture happens, Satan will then install his man on his throne to begin the 7-year tribulation. But since Satan doesn't know when the rapture will happen, he always maintains a couple of candidates somewhere in the world, ready at a moment's notice. This is all fanciful rubbish that finds no support whatsoever in scripture. But because these guys are so desperate to hang on to these teachings, they’ll come up with any claptrap to support them.
Over the past 200 years, ignorant teachers have concocted these elaborate doctrines because they have misunderstood history and biblical prophecy. The word antichrist only appears in 1st John; it's not in the book of Revelation, as so many believe. A casual reading of the text shows that antichrist is an attitude, not a person.
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John 7)
So, anyone can be the antichrist. It’s not a single person; it’s an attitude of rejecting Jesus Christ.
1The primacy of print means, if something is printed on paper, especially a book, it must be true.