The Antichrist in Christianity

The rise of Antichrist who is opposed to Christ in every aspect, is considered as a characteristic sign of the end of time. The concept of Antichrist, based on the apocalyptic books of the Old Testament was pondered over by the church fathers and developed during the middle Ages. From the 16th century onward many persons were considered as his instances. A number of verses in the Bible refer to Antichrist. It is said that his dominance is universal and satanic and according to the book of revelation, the world will worship Satan in the person of this beastly world leader. Antichrist is the foremost enemy of the good and christian teachings emphasize that he is at work even now. He and his army are opposed to the God’s plans. Some consider him as an evil person, others see him as a world system or trend, and still others identify some religious or political leaders with him. It seem that the origins of this concept are to be found in Judaism. In Islam, the concept of Antichrist is reflected in the person of dajjāl, which has exerted a great influence in theology, art and politics. In this paper various aspects of this concept is studied.
Journal of Religious Studies, Volume:7 Issue: 2, 2014
75 to 96  
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