Is Vladimir Putin the Antichrist?

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has been the central figure of Russian politics for a long time. Given his position of power in an important country like Russia, it is reasonable to ask if he is the Antichrist. I will address whether Vladimir Putin is the Antichrist in this article.

Why Putin Isn’t the Antichrist

There are a few reasons why I do not believe Putin is the Antichrist.

  • The Antichrist is characterized as the “little horn” in Daniel 7:8, which implies he is a leader who arises out of relative obscurity: “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Putin is a well-known leader throughout the world.
  • Antichrist will not desire women (Daniel 11:37): “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.” Putin was married for over 30 years to his first wife and has been seen with another woman since their divorce.
  • I do not believe that he is a past leader who has been falsely resurrected. Revelation 17:8 indicates that the Antichrist will be a leader who is falsely risen from the dead.
  • He also lacks the charisma that Antichrist is likely to have. Although he speaks fluent German and Russian, he does not have a great command of the English language. It is difficult for a person to gain the support and trust of English-speaking people when he or she lacks the ability to communicate effectively in English.

The 2022 Invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and much of the world’s reaction to it further demonstrates that he is not the Antichrist.

  • The Antichrist will eventually have the world bow down and worship him even after he takes over many parts of the world. In contrast, Putin has been condemned and sanctioned by much of the world after the invasion of Ukraine. The opposition has been so strong that it’s very difficult to envision a scenario where the world will ever come to praise him.
  • The Antichrist will be a leader who will defeat the strongest opponents (Daniel 11:39): “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.” Putin does not appear to have a military that can defeat the combine power of NATO (and I do not believe he is interested in taking them on in battle).

If you want to learn about how to identify the Antichrist, click this link for my article on the topic: Identifying the Antichrist: Some Characteristics to Look For.

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Wayne Croley
Wayne Croley

Hi! I’ve studied and written about Bible prophecy since I was a teenager. My goal is to make Bible prophecy easy for you to understand while avoiding the sensationalism seen elsewhere. I am the author of several end time books, including Prophecy Proof Insights on the End Times, a comprehensive book about the end times. I hold an M.B.A. and degrees in Managerial Economics and Political Science.


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  1. No he is not the antichrist Emmanuel Macron fits the bill more he ticks more boxs than putin with Tayyip Erdogan his side kick but I feel in 2018/19 he or she will show them self.

    • He does not fit (He is more Stout) than his other fellows!!! Putin does…I believe very much other clues add up to him

  2. What is the actual definition of ‘Antichrist’ by you people, first tell me, then I will tell you people what is going to happen in the days to come, till the day of judgement

    • It is unnecessary for us to pass some test you have set to determine if we are worthy to be given your special revelation of what you think the future holds. We already have been told by Christ what is going to happen and I’ll take His version over yours, as I know He knows the truth. I’m not so sure about you.

    • I had a weird feeling in 1999 about a darkness change in the world. Just this yr I learned Putin rose in power that yr.

  3. Ur friend is a liar. Jesus said noeone will know who the son of perdition is until he unwittinly reveals himself. So u my friend or a fool and a fool in that order

  4. I fully understand the meaning of the term (in fact I have written an article on the nuances of the term). However, I use the term “Antichrist” because I try to relate to people. For instance, I don’t really care to use the term “tribulation” to describe the future seven year period (I rather use the term “seventieth week of Daniel) but I often resort to using the term because people are so used to hearing the term “tribulation”. Similarly, I use the term “Antichrist” instead of the term “beast from the abyss” because people are so used to seeing the term “Antichrist”.

  5. We need to clarify a simple term commonly used. It is the
    concept of “the antichrist” — a term which NOT in the
    bible. Do a search yourself.

    We have:

    “antichrist” and “antichrists” I John 2:18
    “antichrist” I John 2:22
    “the spirit of antichrist” I John 4:3
    “an antichrist” 2 John 1:7

    The word “antichrist” appears to be an adjective, a spirit, one of many but does not EVER refer to a single individual to arise in the end times.

    The Beast, on the other hand, appears to be a single individual, but
    still there are mention of many different beasts in prophetic scriptures.

    So when speaking of the individuals to appear in the end times, we have the Beast and the False Prophet who are mentioned together. Never do the scriptures refer to “the antichrist” with either of
    these entities. These points are very clear from scripture and we
    should have all realized this by now. Let me suggest that using the
    term “the antichrist” simply confuses people and distracts
    from what the scriptures say about prophecy.

    Let’s not show ignorance regarding this any longer. The beast is the beast. The False Prophet is the false prophet. But there are many antichrists.

  6. All this guessing and wondering who when and where let us be patient and wait for if we are saved we have nothing to fear

  7. Old prophecy: The AntiChrist will start to “appear” on May 7th 2012, people will not know he is the Antichrist at that time, it could be 2013 or first half of 2014 when it will be clear “he” is the 3 rd Antichrist. Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russian president on May 7 in a glittering ceremony in the Grand Kremlin Palace. The ceremony, which cost 26 million rubles ($878,400), was attended by 3,000 guests and lasted for about an hour. Six Russian TV channels broadcast the inauguration ceremony live.

  8. I think the Antichrist will have real charisma instead of having to rely on the media to spin things for him. If you watch documentaries about Hitler, you can see how he could win supporters with his (demonic/unnatural) charisma. I think the Antichrist will have similar abilities, if not, greater.  Putin lacks that charisma

    I didn’t know about the religious sect in Russia, but it still pales in comparison with Albania’s leader declaring Stalin a deity during the Cold War.

  9. He doesn’t seem charismatic enough, or well liked enough, to fulfill such a role, but in a media-driven soundbite era, public opinion can change almost instantly. Europe has a crisis, Putin steps in and saves the day, he is hailed as a hero, the story goes viral, suddenly people are more interested in Putin, because it is unexpected, and piques their interest!  The current Pope is EVIL. He is also the Pope predicted to be the LAST POPE before the appearance of the antichrist. The Pope could lend RELIGIOUS legitimacy to Putin, and suddenly millions of Catholics worldwide change their view of him. Is Putin any more hated than Mike Tyson was at one time?  Tyson’s image has now been revived, with just a few appearances on Oprah and a cameo in The Hangover!  Don’t underestimate the power of the media to influence public opinion!  🙂

    One religious sect in Russia ALREADY worships Putin as the reincarnation of The Apostle Paul. The only rung left on the ladder after that, would be Jesus Christ or Messiah!

  10. Personally rather than depend upon visions or counting the gematria of people’s names, or accusing the leader of a country simply because you believe he has to come from that country, to guess in advance at who the beast is, I would rather pay attention to the events unfolding and watch for any person who fulfills the events that are predicted.  By presupposing who we think it will be, we set ourselves up to miss who he is when he walks on the scene, because we are so convinced he has to be someone else.

  11. Putin “IS” homosexual, but he disguises this fact from the world. Putin “IS” the Anti-Christ. Someone close to me had a VISION given by God, that showed her the Antichrist lounging with his shirt off on a bed, surrounded by other men. The angel told her that he was Homosexual but the world was unaware of this. The Catholic Church colludes with the Antichrist in some way. When she had this revelation, she then knew what the antichrist LOOKED LIKE, but did not know his name!  When Putin was first elected President of Russia, not many people knew who he was. When we watched the news on TV, and they showed Putin’s picture, reporting that he was the new President of Russia… She screamed for me to come look at the TV, saying:  “That’s him!! That’s the man in my vision!  The antichrist!!!”   –  She had her vision LONG BEFORE Putin was President.  WATCH HIS EVERY MOVE!  You will see this vision come to pass!  2012 is KEY!  There is a reason that so many prophecies point to this date, as the end times!  

  12. Hey ANONYMOUS VICARIUS FILI DEI I just watched your YouTube crap! What a bunch of B.S. Please who would follow a dead person that was resurrected. People would be freaked out! Come on what a load of crap you are using to try and deface the Catholic Church. People like you are the enemy. People that are attacking the only true church in end times. Our last fight (The Catholic Church) against evil is proven by people like you. You are part of the evil.

  13. I agree with Connie. The reign of the poops… ahm… sorry. The reign of the Popes, does fit well with the Book of Daniel but does not fit with the Book of Revelation. I have come to the conclusion that their will be two great and abominable churches. The first the Catholic church that killed 100,000,000 saints in their 1260 year rule (Daniel 7:25; 12:7). They killed over 79,000 people a year compared to the Romans who killed about 7,500 a year. The Catholics killed anyone with any inspiration or desire to spread the truth like William Tyndale, creating a sort of spiritual death. The next great and abominable church as written of by John the Revelator is not yet. I believe that it may be fulfilled with Islam. This church will cause a sort of physical death by killing a much greater number of Christians in a shorter time frame, maybe 1260 literal days (Rev 12:6,14; 11:2; 13:5). This would also fulfill a great many other scriptures.

    I believe that the Book of Revelation is not understood because so much has yet to be fulfilled, once fulfilled it will be one of the most easy to understand books in the Bible.

  14. This has its roots in the Millerite theology, which is the begining of the adventist movement in the 1830’s. It does not fulfill the puzzle piece well enough in the scriptures as the beast will have power to cause all men who do not have the mark to not be able to buy or sell (Revelations 13:16-17). More on this mark is written in Revelation 14:9-20; 15:2-4; 16:1-16, and none of these things can be accounted for with the reign of the Popes.

    If you write the number 666 in Greek, the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation in Greek, it seems to resemble the Aribic writing for Allah with crossed swords that represent Islam. The 12 Imam as Ahmadinejad tells us will rule in Iraq in the city of Babylon. The US dollar will collapse and a one world economy may take its place. If it does so in a rebuilt city of Babylon as the capitol all these prophecies and many more found in the scriptures will be fullfilled.

    Sorry annonymous but your post is old and worthy of being ignored. Hope that I’m not being too strong.

  15. Have you considered that the antichrist and his 10 cronies hate the whore and are responsible for her destruction? It hardly seems likely that the Pope and the Vatican represent the antichrist and the whore under those circumstances. Also it says the ten horns are ten “mountains” not ten hills and that they also represent ten kings. A mountain in the Old Testament stands for a nation, which would make sense since they also stand for ten kings. Also just for technicality’s sake, the Vatican does not sit on the Seven Hills of Rome. It sits on Vatican Hill which is northwest of the Tiber. The Seven Hills are east of the Tiber and further south than Vatican Hill. It is not part of the Seven Hills at all. You can naturally believe what you want, but I thought perhaps you should be made aware of these little problems.

  16. The Pope is the anti-christ. Rome is the woman who sits on seven hills in Revelation. The description of the Son of Perdition describes the Pope in Thessalonians. He is referred to as the ‘holy father’. Christ states ‘call no man on earth your father’. He is the little horn in Daniel’s prophecy with eyes and a mouth that speaks great things. But Russia will be in aliance with him in the last days and will sweep down and reclaim istanbul/constantinople with the Pope’s blessing, and continue into Egypt/Mid East for personal gain.

  17. It is so dumb to think the antiChrist is whoever you guys FEEL he is and back it up with some arbitrary calculations. COMMON SENSE: HE WON’T HAVE DUMBO EARS, WON’T LOOK NON-THREATENING, WON’T BE A SKINNY WIMP, OR A CRIPPLED PERSON OR AN OLD MAN OR LADY, AND WON’T BE A DWARF. It says that he will have a bold or stern face. Stop being morons.

  18. Hi,

    I wrote 2 chapters where I try to show why Putin fits better the position of Antichrist than any other person in this planet.

    There is a free 20-page booklet extracted from the real book here:

    If anyone wants to take a look, just visit the website.

    Times Magazine, US Today and other important publications asked a copy to review. Hope they will make it.

    Best regards,


  19. Don’t think Putin is the falsely resurrected Hitler. Putin lacks the charisma of Hitler (which no world leader has at the moment). Plus he desires women.

  20. putin is the antichrist and he is a falsely ressurected past leader.hitler. just sit back, watch and see.and watch Jesus destroy him with the brightness of His coming.

    • People can calculate all they want, but numerology doesn’t mean a thing. The number 666 is not to be feared UNTIL you allow it to be inscribed in your right hand or on your forehead. Period.

  21. I posted this a while back but I guess you just post what you think is popular about who the the antichrist might be. I’m sorry for coming out strong but you ignored my post and that’s why I don’t vist your forum. I’ll post it again and see if you can find the time to discuss it.

    (Which means Vicar of the son of god)
    V = 5
    I = 1
    C = 100
    A = 0
    R = 0
    I = 1
    U (V) = 5
    S = 0
    Total = 112

    F = 0
    I = 1
    L = 50
    I = 1
    I = 1
    Total 53

    D = 500
    E = 0
    I = 1
    Total = 501

    Add all three and you get 666.

    Here is a two part video which goes with this prophecy that is mentioned in the book of Revelation.