Understanding the Antichrist: Who He Is and Who He Is Not

March 24, 2014   |   Category: Blog   |  

With so many people asking, “Who is the Antichrist?” Endtime Ministries continues to teach an understanding of how to identify this political magnate among the many signs of the end time in current events.

who is the antichristAs we move progressively closer to the end of the world, many people are wondering “Who is the Antichrist?” In fact, the term is used so much in today’s society—including many references made by popular culture—that many people may be starting to doubt the validity of his appearance. However, the Bible clearly prophesies who the Antichrist will be, when he will arrive, and what he will do.

Could the Antichrist be Pope Francis?

The short answer is “no.” The end of the world will involve Satan acting through two key figures, both the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The Antichrist will be a political leader, described in the Book of Revelation as “the Beast.” He will poison the minds of his followers with half-truths, false love, and, above all else, sheer charisma. Most importantly, he will gain much of his power and influence by being endorsed by the False Prophet, a mighty religious leader with nefarious goals.


Even if the current pope is not the False Prophet, the False Prophet will be pope of the Roman Catholic Church. His true mission will be to convince his followers that the Antichrist is a man deserving of respect and admiration. He will use his position as a religious figurehead to shepherd his flock into accepting the Antichrist in his mission of establishing a rebirth of the Holy Roman Empire.

What is the Difference between the Antichrist and the False Prophet?

There are two evil men involved in the end of the world and it is important to make the distinction between both individuals. The Antichrist will not be a religious leader, but an international political leader seeking to establish a new world government with the overwhelming support of a major religious leader, described in the Bible as the False Prophet. Under the guise of uniting all the people of the Earth under one, global, nation and religion, the two figureheads will attempt to strip humanity of its identity, freedoms, and suspicion, ushering in an age of blind acceptance.


It is becoming obvious that these two men will come to lead soon, as many events prophesied to occur before the end time are occurring as we speak. One clue from Revelation 13:13 is that the False Prophet will publicly pull fire down from heaven, indicating that God has given his approval to the political workings of the Antichrist, an act that will be celebrated and revered among the masses as a sign of the arrival of Jesus Christ as God’s Messiah. True believers, though, will know that this is the work of Satan himself. When this happens, we will be on our way to the Final Battle of Armageddon.

How Can We Prepare for the Antichrist?

It is important to understand that the reign of the Antichrist is a key indicator of the coming of God’s true kingdom. The Antichrist and his False Prophet will ultimately lose the war and become the catalyst of change that welcomes the Great Tribulation, the reign of Jesus Christ upon the Great White Throne, and the culmination of God’s plan for eternity.


The best way to prepare for the reign of the Antichrist, and the endtime, is to open your mind to the Word of God available in biblical prophecies. Endtime Ministries explains these prophecies so that others can come to know the truth of the Bible and understand the endtime. Tune in to Irvin Baxter’s podcast “Politics & Religion” for more information on who the Antichrist is, and to learn more signs of the endtime through an informed, biblically accurate, discussion of today’s world events.

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17 Responses to “Understanding the Antichrist: Who He Is and Who He Is Not”

  1. Nadab Dit Lavigne

    Revelation 17:9 The whore who sits on 7 hills.

    Who was behind Jerusalem being destroyed by Babylon and Rome?

    Was it YHWH’s hand being accomplished through them?

    Jerusalem was destroyed at least twice and made desolate both times during the 1st and 2nd temple period.

    The third desolation won’t be any different.

    Messiah wept over Jerusalem not Mecca or medina. Read Isaiah 52:17 on. Cup of trembling is what Jerusalem is.

    They are given the “wine” and made drunk only to be destroyed and then the cup is given to her enemies. This parallels Revelation.

    What city did Messiah weep over? Jerusalem

    What city does everyone fight over? Jerusalem

    Where was Messiah crucified? Jerusalem

    Where were the prophets killed? Jerusalem

    What city will the man of sin want? Jerusalem

    Muslims, Christians and Jews want control over what city? Jerusalem

    What city was labeled a harlot in the Old Testament? Jerusalem

    What city becomes a cup of trembling to the nations? Jerusalem

    Where is this abomination of desolation take place? Jerusalem

    What city literally sits on seven hills? Jerusalem

    What “great city” was Messiah crucified in? Jerusalem

    What city drinks from the cup of His wrath in Isaiah 51:17? Jerusalem

    What city did YHWH divorce, then only to die so He could marry His bride? Jerusalem

    What city was spiritually called Egypt? Jerusalem

    Amos married a harlot representing who? Jerusalem

    What code name does Peter use for Babylon? Jerusalem

    Who called herself a queen and says she would never be a widow (Isaiah 47:7)? Jerusalem

    • Doug Norvell

      Who is Mystery Babylon in Revelations?
      “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:8
      When will the prophesied fall of Babylon happen?
      Revelation 16:16 announces the beginning of the Battle of Armageddon: “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”
      The next three verses record the fall of Babylon the Great. “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air…and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.”
      This passage clearly teaches us that the destruction of Babylon will take place at the time of the Battle of Armageddon.
      Since we know that the Battle of Armageddon occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation, after the reign of the Antichrist and after the Mark of the Beast, it is obvious that Babylon has not yet fallen.
      Another prophecy of Babylon’s Destruction
      The entire ministry of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was devoted to prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem and the carrying away of Israel into Babylonian captivity. He also prophesied the return of Israel to Jerusalem after 70 years and foretold the ultimate destruction of Babylon.
      The prophecy against Babylon is found in Jeremiah 50:1-23.
      “The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken…For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein… Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.”
      Verses 17 and 18 establish for certain when this destruction of Babylon was to occur:
      “Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.”
      The above scriptures teach us that this particular prophesied destruction of Babylon would occur during the era of the Babylonian empire of Nebuchadnezzar.
      Furthermore, verses 39-40 declared that Babylon would never again be inhabited. “Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands will dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever…”
      The two Destructions of Babylon Foretold…
      The prophecy of Jeremiah clearly stated that Babylon would be destroyed, never to be inhabited again. Yet the book of Revelation prophesies the destruction of Babylon at the time of Armageddon. How do we reconcile what appears to be a biblical contradiction?
      Literal Babylon vs. Mystery Babylon
      The physical city of Babylon was originally built by Nimrod after the flood. It was located on the Euphrates River, about 55 miles south of where Baghdad, Iraq stands today. The name Babylon came from the Tower of Babel that was constructed there.
      Babylon became a large city of global prominence around 1728 BC during the reign of Hammurabi. The glory years of Babylon were achieved under Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 BC). The city declined during the reign of Belshazzar, and came to ruin when Xerxes, the Persian king, destroyed it in 478 BC.
      Thus, Jeremiah’s prophesied destruction of Babylon was accomplished, and, just as the prophecy said, it has never been inhabited to this day. Saddam Hussein launched a project to rebuild Babylon in the late 1980’s, but the effort was halted by Gulf War I and has yet to be resumed.
      But if Babylon is never to be rebuilt, why are two entire chapters of the book of Revelation devoted to the destruction of Babylon? And why is the destruction of Babylon clearly described as occurring at the time of Armageddon?
      The Babylon described in Revelation is called “Mystery Babylon.” The prophecy of Mystery Babylon is found in Revelation 17:3-5.
      “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
      Who is Mystery Babylon?
      A mystery is something secret or hidden— a thing that some understand while others do not. In Revelation 17, there are several clues given to the identity of Mystery Babylon. We will discuss four of them here.
      Clue #1. Mystery Babylon is a city
      Notice in the above prophecy that a woman is used to symbolize Mystery Babylon. Verse 18 of the chapter tells us that the woman is a city. “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
      Clue #2. Mystery Babylon presides over a vast international system
      In verse 1, we are told that the woman sits on many waters. Verse 15 explains the meaning of the waters. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”
      Not only is this woman a city, but the city is apparently the headquarters over a vast international system.
      Clue #3. The city sits on 7 hills
      In verse 3, we are told that the woman rides on a beast with 7 heads. Verse 9 reveals the meaning of the heads. “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”
      Remember, we’ve already learned that the woman is a city. This passage tells us that the city sits on seven mountains. There is a city on earth that is known as “The City of Seven Hills.” It’s the city of Rome.
      But is Rome the headquarters for an international power that rules over “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues?”
      The Vatican claims to rule over one billion Roman Catholics worldwide. Remember, this prophecy was written long before the Catholic Church existed and long before Rome became her headquarters.
      Clue #4. She is clothed in purple and red
      Revelation 17:4 “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:”
      There are two ruling bodies in the Roman Catholic Church: The College of Cardinals and the College of Bishops and Archbishops. These two bodies are somewhat like the Senate and the House of Representatives here in the US.
      An article appeared in The Criterion, a Roman Catholic publication, July 1, 1988. The article was entitled, “More than You Want to Know About Cardinals.” It stated, “Cardinals wear red, while non-Cardinal Bishops and Archbishops wear purple.”
      So let’s review. Mystery Babylon is a city that sits on seven hills. Rome is known worldwide as “The City of Seven Hills.”
      Mystery Babylon is to “sit” on peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues.” Rome is headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church, claiming one billion members worldwide.
      Mystery Babylon is described as being clothed in purple and red. The official colors of the two ruling bodies of the Roman Church are purple and red.
      One other factor should be understood. In Revelation 17, God chose to use a woman—a whore—to symbolize the Roman Catholic Church. Why?
      It’s really very simple. In scripture, God always used a woman to symbolize a church. He used a virgin to represent His true church (II Corinthians 11:2), and He used a harlot to represent a false church—as he did in Revelation 17-19.
      There can be only one conclusion: The Vatican is the Mystery Babylon of Revelation. And it is this false religious system that has deceived the people of the world that will be destroyed at the time of Armageddon.
      By Irvin Baxter

  2. Marcee Lane

    God’s will not ours
    His plan..his ideas
    The best we could do is try and change his mind..maybe ask if it’s so important for his kids to go through all the rapture stuff..just to get rid of evil. Why do his believers have to suffer? When evil is his soul target..
    Santan and his followers go to the lake of fire…God’s children live with God forever..why can’t he just cut to the case and do it?

  3. Todd Moll

    Imagine being this son of perdition. Living a normal life here on earth to discover that you are the favorite son of Lucifer and that an eternity in Hell awaits you. I personally have sympathy for this man. What if he was a caring and loving man who believed in God while still alive (before his fall = death) how is it right that most sinners find forgiveness in time but he is forever punished ? Darkness is definitely coming and i dont see the sin ending any time soon, he’ll be here before we know it. Our creator has given plenty of signs. Keep strong in your faith and remember that Together We Rise. Stay blessed friends.

  4. Lily Po

    God bless you all–I’m a teenager in high school however I’m scared of the end times. I want to be able to live a good life and teach my future children about Jesus.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Lily,

      The Lord doesn’t want you to live in fear. He has given us these prophecies so that we can understand the truth of the Word of God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6, not to worry about anything, but if we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness then all the things we need will be ours. So, seek the Lord and His righteousness and continue to live your life everyday. The Lord has you in His hand.
      Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
      32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    • No. Trump is too unpopular. The Antichrist will be almost universally loved and adored, until his true evil nature reveals itself. He will probably win the Nobel Peace Prize. Can you imagine Trump winning that?

    • alen Johny

      You’re fooling yourself mate, Donald trump is currently the most adored and popular politician in the world. We live in a time when many false prophets and antichrists come and go. Don’t trust anyone but those close to you and god.

    • Sophia smith

      The antichrist is papal Roman . This coming together is a way to track people. If you know the truth stand for Jesus. Satan himself will pretend to be Christ. Look up. For when Jesus come all eyes shall behold him. By their fruits you will know them.