The Actions and Name of the Antichrist
Ten kings shall rise, and another shall rise after them, who shall exceed all the former
ones in evil, and he shall subdue three kings, and he shall speak great words against the
Most High, and shall wear out the saints (Daniel 7:24); who opposes and exalts himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sitteth in the
temple of God, showing himself that he is God… whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness
in them that perish (II Thessalonians 2:4, 9-10).
The luminaries of the Church, the holy fathers, unanimously confirm that nobody
can know the name of the Antichrist, for the ways of the Lord are past finding out,
and His judgments are unsearchable. It is known from Revelation, that Antichrist
will give an inscription of his name to all his followers.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive
a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell,
save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here
is his wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is
the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six (Revelation
St. Hippolytus of Rome says, “Antichrist shall become a king, and will demand
worship from all, and those who submit will be sealed with his sign, and those not
wanting to obey him he will debilitate with suffering and countless severe tortures
and executions, and will put Elijah and Enoch to death.”
The Antichrist will continue to rule a year and another two years and yet a half
year. And they shall be given unto his hand until a time and times and the dividing of
time (Daniel 7:25).
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into
the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half
a time, from the face of the serpent. The woman fled into the wilderness, where she
has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred
and three score days. And the holy city shall be besieged for forty and two months
(Revelation 12:14, 6; 11:2).
Then shall the wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of
His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming (II Thessalonians
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and
magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God
of the gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that which is
determined shall be done. 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
11:36-37). 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;
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, showing himself that he
is God (II Thessalonians 2:3,4).
He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the
earth in the sight of men. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that
dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast which had a wound
by a sword, and did live (Revelation 13:13,14).
Persecution of the Saints: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints,
and prevailed against them (Daniel 7:21). And it was given unto him to make war
with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds,
and tongues, and nations (Revelation 13:7).
Ed. note. Saints being understood to mean all true believers in general.