Identifying the Antichrist: Some Characteristics to Look For

Antichrist

The identity of the Antichrist will not be a mystery following the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel. The Antichrist will reveal his true identity when he sits in the temple of God and claims that he is God:

“(3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

Although the Antichrist’s true identity will eventually be revealed, there are probably a lot of people right now who would like to identify the Antichrist before his unveiling takes place so they can monitor his activities closely. Some of you reading this article are probably wondering if there is anyone alive today who will serve as the Antichrist in the future. I imagine that many of you who are interested in identifying the Antichrist have a set of characteristics you look for when trying to identify the Antichrist.

I will share with you some of the qualities I look for when attempting to identify the Antichrist in this article.

Extremely Charismatic

I expect the Antichrist to be an extremely charismatic leader. I expect the Antichrist to be capable of exciting large crowds, persuading many people to become fanatical followers of his, and persuading various world leaders to support his ideas. More specifically, I believe the level of charisma that the Antichrist will possess could rival or even exceed the level of charisma that Adolf Hitler possessed at his peak.

Hitler had charisma that enabled him to induce millions of people into following him. The Office of Strategic Services, a World War 2 U.S. intelligence agency, described the intoxicating effect that Hitler’s charisma had on the German people:

“Unquestionably, as a speaker, he has had a powerful influence on the common run of German people. His meetings were always crowded and by the time he got through speaking he had completely numbed the critical faculties of his listeners to the point where they were willing to believe almost anything he said… And somehow he always managed to say what the majority of the audience were already secretly thinking but could not verbalize. When the audience began to respond, it affected him in return. Before long, due to this reciprocal relationship, he and his audience became intoxicated with the emotional appeal of his oratory.1

Unlike Hitler, I expect the Antichrist to be fluent in at least a few widely-spoken languages, including the English language. The ability to speak different languages would enable the Antichrist to persuade people from a variety of countries to become followers of his and enable the Antichrist to use his charisma to persuade leaders of different countries to agree to his ideas, requests, and demands.

A Problem Solver

I expect the Antichrist to begin his rise to prominence as a person who addresses some of the world’s major problems through diplomacy. Interestingly, Revelation 6:2 indicates that the Antichrist could be seen as a messianic figure as he represents the rider on the white horse:

“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:2)

Heavily Involved in Mideast Issues

One of the top problems that I expect the Antichrist to address is the longstanding conflict in the Middle East. More specifically, I expect the Antichrist to be heavily involved in shaping relations between Israel and its neighbors. The main reason for this expectation is that Daniel 9:27 tells us that the Antichrist will be able to confirm a “covenant with many” for “one week” (seven years):

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)

I believe the “covenant with many” will involve Israel & its neighbors and relate to Mideast peace in some way. We see in Daniel 9:27 that temple sacrifice will transpire during the first portion of the seventieth week of Daniel. It is quite possible that the covenant with many that the Antichrist will confirm will be an all-encompassing Mideast peace agreement that includes the restoration of temple sacrifice.

A Successful Military Leader

The Antichrist will likely become a successful military leader (if he isn’t already a decorated military leader before his rise) in the latter portion of his rise as Daniel 11:39 suggests that he will be able to take on the strongest opponents and win:

“(38) But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (39) Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” (Daniel 11:38-39)

I would not rule out the possibility that the Antichrist will utilize his persuasive abilities to give leaders of various countries a false sense of security during the early portion of his rise so that he can later overwhelm his opponents in surprise attacks during the latter portion of his rise. Daniel 8:25 mentions that the Antichrist will “by peace shall destroy many”:

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:25)

Extremely Arrogant

It is fairly obvious that the Antichrist will have a gigantic ego since he will have the audacity to claim that he is God and will demand the world to worship him (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Daniel 11:36 and Daniel 8:25 also confirm that Antichrist will be the most arrogant person of all time:

“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.” (Daniel 11:36)

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Daniel 8:25)

Ruthless Behind the Scenes

I expect the Antichrist to not be benevolent towards others behind the scenes. Daniel 8:23 indicates that the Antichrist will be a “king of fierce countenance” which suggests that he will rule in a very harsh manner:

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” (Daniel 8:23)

Not a Womanizer

I don’t believe the Antichrist will be a womanizer as Daniel 11:37 suggest that the Antichrist will not regard the desire of women:

“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” (Daniel 11:37)

This does not mean that the Antichrist won’t be married or have a girlfriend (I can see him being married to aid his public image). However, you probably won’t see the Antichrist’s name in the tabloids for being around a bunch of different women.

Religion/Spirituality

I do not expect the Antichrist to be a follower of any of the world’s five major religions. Instead, I expect the Antichrist to be an occult practitioner. Interestingly, Daniel 8:23 mentions that the Antichrist will understand “dark sentences”. Some believe “dark sentences” could imply that the Antichrist is into some sort of magic:

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” (Daniel 8:23)

Ethnicity Unsure

I am not 100% sure what ethnicity the Antichrist will be. Some say that the Antichrist will be Assyrian as there are Bible prophecy verses in Isaiah 10, Isaiah 30, and Micah 5 that mention the “Assyrian” in a role that could arguably fit the Antichrist. Here are verses from each of the chapters mentioned:

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.” (Isaiah 10:24)

“And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. (31) For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.” (Isaiah 30:30-31)

“And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.” (Micah 5:5)

Others think that Antichrist will be Syrian as Antiochus Epiphanes IV, a man who some people think Antichrist’s career will closely parallel given the similarities between how Antiochus and how the Antichrist were described by Daniel (see Daniel 8 and Daniel 11), ruled from Syria.

There are other theories about the Antichrist’s ethnicity beyond what I’ve mentioned above. However, I cannot mention them all for sake of brevity.

I am much more focused on looking at the set of qualities I mentioned above than I am on the ethnicity of the Antichrist. I don’t know for sure what ethnicity the Antichrist will be, so it is not something I think about much in the search for the Antichrist.

I haven’t listed all the characteristics that describe the Antichrist, but I hope the characteristics I mentioned in this article are helpful for anyone curious about what to look for when attempting to identify the Antichrist.

For those who are wondering whether I believe Donald Trump is the Antichrist, you can find my article on the topic at the following link.

  1. Langer, Walter C. The Mind of Adolf Hitler; the Secret Wartime Report. New York: Basic Books, 1972. 48

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Doro Bendinglo
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Doro Bendinglo

Emmanuel Macron. Obama involved in his rise to power. The involvement with the Pope (that is The depth of Occult and dark as anything gets) The ANTICHRIST​ the false prophet and aligned with many other globalists. Bingo. Watch that one. Look closely at his life, name, and person and when the Globalists collapse America and the troops surround Isreal here comes “EMMANUEL” to save us. One world system and there are others who building this in the shadows, as we speak.

sheryl A clyde
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sheryl A clyde

You should try using different versions to study scripture. I have Found this version to be particularly enlightening because it is done by those would know what the original author meant. You might have to look up some words but I feel it is worth it. Daniel 9:27 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 27 He will make a strong covenant with leaders for one week [of years]. For half of the week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the grain offering. On the wing of detestable things the desolator will come and continue until the already decreed destruction… Read more »

Nigel
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Nigel

Hi. It’s worth considering (as you brought up the subject of the son of perdition, being worshipped as God in the temple of God in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)that the church itself (that is being made in these last days) is the temple where the antichrist is already being worshipped. We don’t need a building. Now we know that the gates of hades will not prevail against the true church (the one who’s foundations is Christ) but when the foundation is built upon another who is not Christ then this will surly bring about what we see around the world, the… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

The end times deception in much more deceiving than we believe. All the names given for the antichrist are false tracks based on an alteration of the interpretation of bible prophecies. You have to look for the one that MOST people today are indicating as the return of Jesus Christ: THAT will be Satan, the deception. The one that will stop Armageddon in Israel and will throw the fake antichrist and prophet in the lake of fire, the one that will put an end to wars, THAT will be Satan, the antichrist. To stop Armageddon an enormous “natural” disaster will… Read more »

Eaglet
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Eaglet

anna,

We are almost the same in the understanding that satan will stage a fake event duplicating the events in thee great tribulation to make his antichrist appear as Jesus Christ.
If this will be so, then even the Post-tribbers are in danger of this deception.

Eaglet
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Eaglet

Given all the signs and wonders and miracles that satan will do to deceive even the elect, the only way to find out which is the real antichrist is to be aware of the fact that the antichrist will introduce the seal of God in the form of a mark to be part of the new millennium age. To know if it is not of God is, if there will be an option to put the seal on the right hand, which scriptures say it should be on the forehead only.

Todd A Moll
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Todd A Moll

Its interesting the different people being thought of as the possible Prince of perdition.Trump isn’t the antichrist but he is paving the way for him. I believe he will come from the ❤ of the USA, but I don’t think anyone will know who he is until he tells them. Like Christ he will come like a thief in the night. We are getting closer to darkness so be ready and stay blessed.

Eaglet
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Eaglet

The antichrist will be a fake jew, who claims he is such but is not but of the synagogue of satan. He does not have a circumcision of the heart that is why he is a fake jew. He does not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God that is why he has the spirit of the antichrist which is of satan, which had been operating all along since from the garden of eden, to babylon, to the time of the pharisees, to the time of roman empire, to the time of the one by one emergence of… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

For a long time, many thought Prince Charles was the antichrist. A book was written dedicated to this proposition. Now they are jumping on the bandwagon for his son. https://endtimeheadlines.org/2018/07/prophecy-watch-prince-william-says-he-is-dedicated-to-bring-about-mideast-peace/. I’m waiting to see who stands up in the temple to declare himself God. Then I’ll know who he is.

rouver
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rouver

all point to RODRIGO DUTERTE. he blaspheme God by saying God is stupid. he is very charismatic. he can turn a very religious country like philippines against their faith. Filipinos turn against servants of God such as priests and nuns because of his rampant rants against them.

Eaglet
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Eaglet

duterte said that his god is perfect. he is calling the god of the catholics stupid, not your God. if you react to it, you are considering that the god of the catholics is your god also, though i believe that there will be catholics that will be saved. We will all be accountable to God someday, including duterte, in what we said, believed, and done. Whatever you believe in, keep it between you and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemned himself by what he approved or believed in, because anything we do without faith is not… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

He fits the archetype.

Justin
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Justin

And he is a good looking guy.

Justin
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Justin

32, unmarried, about to be president of the Eu, wonder Wuzzi, aka one who walks on water. Austria is a small nation (little horn) that was in the old Roman Empire. Starting to add up? Just went to Israel and made like he was a friend.
Remember he fools the whole world!!!

Justin
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Justin

Kurz

Justin
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Justin

Sebastian Kurt chancellor of austria

Benjamin Daily
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Benjamin Daily

Donald Trump will become the anti-Christ.

vicki
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vicki

I see many online people say that the antichrist will be handsome, but sure can’t find that in the Bible. It says he will be stouter than his fellows, have a fierce countance, and be a braggart and boastful and know how to wheel and deal underhandedly. I’m not so sure that he’s even all that charismatic because there appears to be nothing but war until midway through the tribulation when he gets world control and turns on Israel, killing the two witnesses.

rouver
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rouver

rodrigo duterte president of the philippines just say that GOD IS STUPID. she is so charismatic many people would even die to defend him inatead of being offended by his blasphemies against God. when he curses and scorns people surprisingly people even applaud him and chant w great admiration. he is also a man of great arrogance.maybe a small horn is the philippines. he can get away with all his bad speaking including cat calling cursing God and other world leaders and countries and still being admired by many. believe me people in the philippines treat him as god

Jason
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Jason

stout, stout’-nes: In modern English the word signifies strength firmness, corpulence, etc., but in English Versions of the Bible (Psalm 76:5 Isaiah 10:12; Isaiah 46:12 Daniel 7:20 Malachi 3:13 with stoutness” in Isaiah 9:9) it always means “bold” or “proud” and invariably in a bad sense; compare the German stolz, with which “stout” is allied.

Connie
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Connie

I have been considering that the phrase “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” (Daniel 11:37) should possibly be interpreted not as having anything to do with sexuality. First, the context is about gods on both sides of the ambiguous phrase. It would seem incongruous to suddenly switch the subject in the middle of talking about gods, to his lack of sexual desire, homosexual desire, or women’s sexual desire for him. The “or any gods”, implies that the two previous phrases both… Read more »