The Bible warns of a time when the Antichrist will rise to deceive the world, bearing the appearance of the false Messiah, a biblical scholar has revealed.
The Bible portrays the Antichrist as a deceiver and figure of evil hellbent on domination. Professor Tom Meyer, an expert in Middle Eastern languages and scripture from Shasta Bible College & Graduate School in California, believes the Antichrist's arrival will be a parody of Jesus Christ's ministry.
The Bible and the Rise of Antichrist in our Times
Though the Bible does not tell us when the Antichrist will rise, Professor Meyer said that we are already experiencing a taste of things to come.
The Bible expert said: "According to the Bible, the revelation or appearing of the Antichrist and the receiving of his power will be a parody of Jesus Christ's ministry.
As Christ came with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him, so too the ministry of the Antichrist will be accompanied by great signs and wonders which Satan performs through him. One of the purposes of Christ's miracles was to authenticate his ministry from God but the purpose of the Antichrist's miracles is to deceive the world, and if possible, even the elect.
At the beginning of Christ's ministry, the Bible says the Messiah refused to give in to Satan's temptations. While out in the Judaean Desert, the devil offered Jesus world dominion, saying: "All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them.
The Indications of the Signs of Times
According to Professor Meyer, unlike Jesus, the Antichrist will accept this offer from the devil to become his co-regent. He said: "At the end of Christ's earthly ministry after He was resurrected 'when they saw him, they worshipped him' - Matthew 28:17.
So too the followers of the Antichrist will worship him when he is resurrected from his deadly wound. In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 the apostle Paul focuses on the results of the signs and wonders of the Antichrist's ministry.
What exact form these seductive displays of power take is not specified. But the deceit is crucial to make the Antichrist appear to be the returned Jesus Christ, rightfully enthroned in the Temple in Jerusalem.
When the world accepts the Antichrist as the Christ after the rapture of Christians, God will respond by compounding their deception; he will give the wicked over to the evil which they have deliberately chosen.
Professor Meyer said the world will choose to believe the Antichrist's lies over the truth spoken by Jesus. Jesus warned his disciples of this happening in the Gospels.
In the Gospel of Matthew, for instance, Jesus said: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
The Meaning of the Antichrist in the World
These events could even unfold within our lifetime, even if no timeline is specified in the Bible.
Professor Meyer said: "The world will be caught by surprise when one day, in the blink of an eye, countless Christians will be missing. This mysterious disappearance will cause a global lockdown.
The quarantine we are all suffering through now is the slightest taste of things to come. Then the Antichrist will arrive on the world scene as the saviour of the world and begin his satanic ministry.
This will continue until seven years later when the true Christ returns at his Second Coming to destroy the Antichrist and establish his kingdom from Jerusalem for 1,000 years." Professor Meyer is a Bible expert also known as The Bible Memory Man after he has memorised more than 20 books from the Bible.
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