THE ARRIVAL of the Antichrist will precede the end of the world, a prominent Christian evangelist has warned. But who is the Antichrist and what will his coming mean?
The Antichrist is revealed in the Bible as a figure of deception who will falsely declare himself the Messiah. Niche Christian groups believe the Antichrist will rise before the Second Coming of Christ, leading to a war between the forces of good and evil. But who is the Antichrist and what does scripture say will happen in the end days?
Pastor Paul Begley, a Christian evangelist based in West Lafayette, Indiana, believes the identity of the Antichrist has been revealed in the Bible.
He said: “Everybody wants to know who is the Antichrist, 666, the mark of the beast, the New World Order, the world leader that brings the kingdom of darkness upon the planet.
“Who is he, and what power will he have, and what characteristics is he about, and is he truly a follower of Lucifer, and is he trying to carry out Lucifer’s agenda?
“When we come back, we’re going to absolutely reveal to you the Antichrist, according to the Bible.”
Pastor Begley is the host of The Coming Apocalypse, a show about biblical prophecy that is broadcast online and on some TV channels in the US.
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In his latest appearance, the preacher read out scripture related to the Antichrist.
He said: “I want to be really plain and upfront with you right now, we’re not going to give you a name of who the Antichrist is.
“But the Bible is going to give you so many clues of what to look for, that you won’t need me to reveal him to you.”
Pastor Begley believes the Antichrist will rise as a formidable political leader, who will use his influence to shape the world to his liking.
The preacher read from Daniel 8, which speaks of a beast kingdom that rises in the last days.
Daniel describes four kingdoms, one of which is like a lion, one is like a bear and one is like a leopard. The last kingdom is that of the beast.
Some biblical experts have proposed these kingdoms are analogies of ancient Greece, Persia and Babylon.
Pastor Begley said: “Dr Irvin Baxter who actually looks at this more in a more modern time, as seeing it as the last end time kingdoms like Great Britain, and Russia, and Germany and others.
“So there’s different opinions and that’s okay. The main thing we want to get across is that when you come down to these last three kingdoms, you come to the final kingdom, which is the beast kingdom, which will be the kingdom of the Antichrist or known as the New World Order.
“Some would call it the kingdom of the Illuminati. Whatever you want to say, it is a final kingdom that is more ferocious than any others.”
Daniel 7:7 reads: “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.”
In Pastor Begley’s opinion this is a reference to the beast from the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
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The Book of Revelation describes the final days of Earth as outlined by the visions of the prophet John.
Pastor Begley said: “So he comes against the saints, he wears out the saints, he fights the mighty and holy people.
“So in other words, he’s fighting Israel and the Christians.
“You can almost say this is Adolf Hitler because Hitler knew the occult.
“He studied the occult, he worshipped Lucifer, he brought his 13 top men into the castle of darkness, and sacrificed people and conjured up demons.”
However, pastor Begley said the final incarnation of the Antichrist is yet to arrive and when he does, he will do so to destroy the works of God.
He said: “So he’ll even change policies and procedures, and constitutions, and governmental structures and he will even cause craft to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart.”
This Antichrist figure will try to prevent the Second Coming of Christ, which some Christians believe will happen soon.
Pastor Begley said: “He will hate the church, he will hate Christians, he will say he’s God.”
And once the Antichrist arrives, the preacher said he will walk into the Third Temple of Jerusalem to declare himself king.
There is, however, no evidence to suggest any of these prophesied events will happen.