When most Christians consider the Antichrist, they think of an individual — because of the beast from the sea depicted in Revelation 13 or the man of lawlessness described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4. This figure uses satanic power and charisma to globally gain nearly total political, governmental, societal, and economic power. He will even compel worship of himself and of the satanic forces empowering him. A false prophet who will sculpt and enforce the official narrative will aid the Antichrist.
I agree that the Antichrist as he is discussed in Revelation 13 will arise in the end times, though I used to wonder how any one person or entity could subdue the entire world.
I do not wonder anymore.
Governments today shut down entire nations on the pronouncements of global health agencies. Media of all sorts have stirred up fear and crushed dissent, even cowing usually independent people. Watching how quickly and thoroughly a virus has conquered the world, I see now how a single leader or a consortium of leaders with a shared satanic goal could indeed gain the power associated with the biblical Antichrist.
The worldwide reaction to the Covid-19 crisis served, I believe, as a “global grooming” for the advent of the Antichrist. Seeing the Church’s response, I have wondered if we — the people of Jesus — are ready for the real deal.
How many of us donned a piece of cloth across our faces whenever mandated? How many of us submitted reluctantly to uncertain medical treatment to keep a job? How many of us locked ourselves away in our houses, hoping someone else would deal with the ailing and suffering ones?
Even worse, how many of us allowed the belly of the beast into our corporate worship services — by agreeing to governmental meddling? “The days of seclusion have not been generous,” the Lord told me directly in March 2022. “And indeed, much evil has been done … because of the demonic ‘lockdowns.’”