Where Will The Antichrist Come From? Does The Bible Say?

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Where will the Antichrist come from?  Are there clues in the Bible to help us?  What does the Bible say about where the Antichrist comes from?

What Antichrist Means

Anti as in antichrist means to be opposed to or set against.  For example, someone who is anti-war is against war, opposes war, and is dead set against the idea, so the antichrist is against Jesus Christ and is opposed to and contrary to Christ.  The antichrist person is against Jesus and opposed to Christianity because it is associated with Christ.  There are many who believe that the Antichrist will be a false Christ and will deceive many as Christ prophesied in Matthew 24:5 where Jesus warned,For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” These “false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible (Matthew 24:24).  The problem with that is Jesus said that there will be “many” and we are looking for one man.  The Antichrist could also be said to be in place of Christ as we will read when we get to the section called “The Antichrist.”

The Antichrist vs. Anti-Christ’s

There is a difference between the Antichrist (capital “A”) and the antichrist’s.  John stated that Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour (1 John 2:18).  Notice that John said in 1 John 2:18 that “many” antichrists had already come.   John tells us just who these “antichrist‘s” are by writing thatevery spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world (1 John 4:3).   The fact is that there are already many antichrists in the world and many antichrist religions because all of the other religions of the world besides Christianity deny the deity or divinity of Christ and they “acknowledge Jesus is not from God.”  The “spirit” is any person who believes that Jesus is not God, whether they are affiliated with a religion or not.  This qualifies them as being an antichrist.  This means agnostics, atheists, Islamists, Buddhists, and any other religion where Jesus is not declared to be God Himself.  There are already Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist (2 John 1:7).  The many antichrists are not the same as the Antichrist as we shall see from Scripture.

The Antichrist

There are many who deny Jesus’ divinity and therefore there are many antichrist’s in the world today as there were in the Apostle John’s day but there is coming a time in history where a man of sin who is the one and unique Antichrist will be revealed.  He is one person and not many.  This Antichrist is a specific person who arrives in a particular time in history and his arrival precedes the coming of Jesus Christ.

... you can have all of your sins placed today on the Lamb of God

… you can have all of your sins placed today on the Lamb of God

Many believe that the Catholic Church or the Pope is the Antichrist.  It is interesting that from their own church historians they have said, “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of human flesh“(Catholic National Magazine, 1895).  Pope Pius V was quoted as saying “The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth” (quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, Cities Petrus Bertanous).  Can the Pope forgive sins?  Consider this written record from Alphonsus de Liguori, in Dignity and Duties of the Priest, “To pardon a single sin requires all the omnipotence of God…The Jews justly said: ‘Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ But what only GOD can do by His omnipotence, the PRIEST can ALSO do by saying ‘Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis’ [I absolve you from your sin] (pages 34-35).  The Jewish religious leaders considered it blaspheme when Jesus verbally said He forgave their sins. They were outraged and said, Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone (Mark 2:7)?  They are right of course but does this mean that a pope who will be in power just before Christ’s return and that he will be the Antichrist?

The Great Apostasy

Was Paul writing to the Thessalonians about the Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-9?  Let’s read what Paul wrote there.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,  not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?  And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.

Paul writes about this man of sin being revealed who is the son of perdition.  Who is the son of perdition?  That was the name given to Judas who betrayed Jesus Christ, so we see that there must be similarities.  This “son of perdition” will seek to betray Christ but may do it through Christians since he can not touch Christ presently.  We can see that the “son of perdition” will rise up and appear prior to Christ’s return.  Calling him “that man of sin” signifies that it is a specific person and a unique individual and not just many who are anti (set against) Christ.  The “lawless one” is going to be revealed but exactly when, no one knows.  Apparently this “mystery of lawlessness is already at work.”

Where the Antichrist Comes From

Here again we can only speculate for the Bible does not give specific places like a nation or a city.  Daniel chapter seven may be talking about such a man and there is speculation that he will come from within the Catholic Church (the Pope?) or the European Union said to represent the “ten horns“ in Revelation.  The “ten toes” of the image that Daniel saw seems to show a union in the end times.  It is an economic, political, and military alliance much like that of the ancient Roman Empire.  Revelation chapter 13 also gives the imagery that this man will be a dominant force and will control all buying and selling.


Today we can only speculate exactly where the Antichrist will come from.  We just do not have enough information.  There is so much speculation out there and so I will not add to that speculation.  I will simply say that it will be “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. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:7-8).  Notice that those whose names are written in the book of life are immune from this horrible time in human history.  For those who have put their trust in Christ, they have no need to fear what the Enemy can do.   If you have not yet been born again, I strongly urge you today, while there is yet time, to believe in the only name by which you can possibly be saved…Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  Tomorrow may be too late (Hebrews 3:7, 15).  You will either pay for your own sins for all eternity or you can have all of your sins placed today on the Lamb of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  So if you are asking, what must I do to be saved?(Acts 16:30b), the answer is you must believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).  That is my prayer for you.

Take a look at this related article:

10 Characteristics of the Anitchrist

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Keith May 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

Nice post Mr. Jack Wellman,God bless the work of your hands..


Renee May 17, 2013 at 9:42 am

There is an actual Anti Christ and a False Prophet.
Anti Christ is the political leader. False Prophet is the religious leader. They work hand in glove.
False Prophet decrees that the masses worship the Anti Christ.


Nahshon Pani May 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

i have studied that Antichrist will come from Syria. you also please study about this.
yours in Christ
Pastor Nahshon Pani


Jack Wellman May 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hello Nahshon, I don’t know about whether the AntiChrist comes from Syria or not. Can you show me from the Bible where you find that sir? Thank you so much Pastor.


Nahshon Pani May 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hello Dear Jack thank you for asking to know about coming of Antichrist.the northern king of Dan.11:36-45 is the Antichrist who comes from northern (Syria).
please pray for my wife and son and for ministry. thank you once again. yours in Christ
Pastor Nahshon Pani


Jack Wellman May 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

Okay my friend. I will. Thank you.


Mr A Cotton May 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

All I know is the Antichrist will be liked by nearly everyone,and he will solve many of the worlds problem`s.
There is a catch however you have to receive a mark like a bar code to be able to get the food you want,and practically everything else.
If you accept this mark you are doomed to Hell,because this is the Antichrist`s mark.
If you refuse it you will definitely die,but you will die in God`s name,and belief,and go to Heaven.
I think he is already at work now,because money is becoming less used,and it is mainly used now by bank cards,and other plastic cards to identify you so you can purchase what you want. In the past I have been refused something,and they said if you join our bank you will be able to get what you mostly want. They are already messing around with an electronic chip to insert it in you. It`s not very far off when this will happen. You will definitely know him by his follower`s that will be instructed to give you the mark, if you will refuse it they will kill you. That`s how you will know him.


Jack Wellman May 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Well stated Anthony. You speak with such biblical wisdom and that must come from the Word of God, the Bible, and so my sincere compliments and to which I give thanks to God for you my brother.


Mick G. May 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Mr. Wellman, Is your comment “Well stated Anthony. You speak with such biblical wisdom and that must come from the Word of God, the Bible, and so my sincere compliments and to which I give thanks to God for you my brother” a direct response to the comments of Mr. A Cotton?


Jack Wellman May 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Yes Mick. Mr Cotton is Anthony to me since we are friends and so yes, my compliments went to him Mick. Thanks friend.


Shirley Miller May 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

My personal opinion is that it’s a strong possibility the anti-Christ will come from Syria….and will probably be of jewish descend..It will have to be someone Israel feels a is part of their own for them to ever accept him and for God to carry out his plan…..just saying…..like Moses was from the beginning and on through the bible of many Godly men and our Lord Jesus Christ….God has an appointed ungodly man for such a time as this……which appears to be right on the horizon of his time table…God Bless!


Nahshon Pani June 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

Dear sister in Christ, greetings in Lord Jesus! I like your opinion. myself live in JAGDALPUR and serve the Lord full time although my wife suffering from diabetes and arthritis she and son also cooperate me in ministry. we conduct meetings in a rental house where we reside too. so, please pray for our ministry that we build a church building and win the souls for Jesus Christ. please send an email separately through my mentioned email id. May God bless you.


ed May 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Islam has been identified as the Arm of the Beast at http://www.watchmenministries.info/Islam-Rev-17-Arm-of-the-Beast.html so it is safe to say that the actual beast leader or Anti-Christ or Man of Perdition will be a Muslim. Based on recent developments over the past 20 years. Example John Paul the pope bowing and kissing the Koran that Catholics will be the first to accept the mark of the beast since the Word of God, the Bible is hidden to most of them. When he bowed and kissed the Koran, he gave license for the Islamic devil, Allah, to have a free hand in the Catholic Church. Of Course the Catholic Church founded between 285 and 325 AD has already been identified as the wayward Christians that departed from the faith who listened to doctrines of demons in 1 Timothy 4:1-7, forced Celibacy just one of many of their doctrines of demons, forcing many of their priest and nuns into sexual bondage and perversion. Of course there will be many other lukewarm religions including apostate Christians, who have no intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ or salvation, who will accept the Mark of the Beast to keep from having their heads cut off. Don’t believe me? Check out the above Web page and its supporting Scriptures content and you will know at least that the Anti-Christ’s army of Jihad will be the enforcers for the One World leader, the Beast, the Anti-Christ.


Maria May 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

Minor correction about having “to be God” to forgive sin: that’s not true. The disciples forgave people of their sin too, but they weren’t God (granted, they did have the Holy Spirit in them).

John 20:22-23 (NIV)
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

His disciples were given the ability to forgive.


Jack Wellman May 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

This is true, the disciples and we can forgive others who sin against us but we can not pay for their sins however only God can forgive sins that separate us from God.


Nicholas May 30, 2013 at 2:42 am

I love knowing that my being saved , and believing Christ died for my sins is my immunity against the ANTI-CHRIST . I loved the way you ended this article with the most important thing to do to overcome this . I think with deception Satan can fool many with so much junk you see on television . I seen just today something about mermaids , they turned bones in certain directions and come to conclusions that these creatures once walked on the ground , what a contrast to evolution , I heard in the movie JFK if you make the lie big enough the people will believe it , sounds like that may have some merrit to it , it may not be so difficult for Satan to decieve people who choose not to believe in Jesus Christ .


Amschel de Rothschild June 11, 2013 at 2:15 am

Antichrist must be rule the world and world economic controller….


Francis Light June 11, 2013 at 3:11 am

ask yourself we live the land of God for temporary just for borrowing from God. Let say if God setup a meter counter at our chest for people disobeying Him He will stop counting the meter from that time we cant breath around 5 minutes how you think


Nicholas June 11, 2013 at 3:53 am



please read VIP with patience June 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

the antichrist is the spirit of this world, the prince the power of the air. Revelation 16:13-14, Ephesians 2:2, Daniel 8:5, Revelation 13:18, 2 thessalonians 2:9-10, Acts 20:26-30. men preaching another gospel, another jesus. Matthew 24:24. WE are that generation that Christ saw at the mount of temptation. WE are that generation according to matthew chapter 24 when Christ told his disciples!

2 Corinthians 11: 13-15! Satan is mindful of the things of man not of God. Isaiah 14:12-14, Luke 4:31-34- making buildings, people playing instruments with man’s hands for worship, etc. revelation 18:22-23

Revelation 16:17 and Revelation 11:15-18 the Lord and his Christ take over both worlds. the spirit and the natural world after revelation 11:11-13.the spirit world of the great city receives her hour of judgement! this brings in the last day and hour for all mankind and the earth!
the testimonies of the two witnesses are received and those of revelation 15:2. the seventh shofar sounds to unseal the mystery of God. the seven angels with seven vials leave the temple after the judgment of the Great City, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt.

must watch and hear video on youtube titled, “Christ testimony of the churches -around the world.” there are two identical Jesus Christ revelation 17:8.

most of revelation is happening in the spirit world. that’s why Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah and Lot. the abomination of desolation is happening in the spirit realm inside all these man made buildings set up for worship. the Christians and catholics, etc are not aware of what’s happening to them and around them in these places, (churches -any four wall building representing God to gather believers of Christ). these churches around the world are all connected to “The Great City” Revelation 11, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt and Mystery of iniquity. Church leaders around the world are searching of the earthly signs. this will not happen until the very last day and hour. God will not allow man to destroy the earth with nuclear bombs. read matthew 3:12 and Revelation 20:9. God sends his son to the earth with the fire behind him consuming all his enemies which are left from the resurrection of the dead and those that are alive. the body of Christ is gathered as the son of man appears at last sound of shofar, he is coming while the wheat are gathered and the tares are left as the chaff and earth is consumed by the fire of God.

The true outpouring of the Holy Spirit of truth happens before the 5th shofar and 5th vial is poured. Revelation 7:3-4,13-14 Revelation 9:4! Joel 2:28-29-this happens in the homes of God’s people and their family members (read Isaiah 26:20-21)! the people of God flee all man made churches, anything of the identical jesus christ movement. then Joel 2:30 which shows the aftermath of the sixth and fifth shofar sounds and fifth and sixth vial poured. then Joel 2:31-32 happens…

what all revivals, signs and wonders happening in these churches, huge ministries around the world is revelation 16:14 and revelation 19:19-20
this message is not a joke. this is not a game. I am telling the truth! God’s people must come out of the identical jesus Christ movement NOW and seek God in prayer without ceasing and seek God’s forgiveness and be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ!


James Joseph June 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I personally think it will be from the Rothschild family. They control the worlds economy. Including the US. Second, every war since Napoleon has Ben started and both sides funded by this family. They are also from the bloodline of king David himself. The only way the Orthodox Jews will believe its the messiah is if it follows prophecy. They are the most powerful family on earth. They control the United Nations which means they control the military. Including the united states of america.


James Joseph June 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

One other thing is, they bailed the Vatican out of bancrupcy, made the deal with the Palestinians to get Israels land back in 1948. The star on Israels flag is not the star of David but the star of Solomon and was used during his time of worshiping false gods. It was never used again until the Rothschild family started using it again during there secret society meetings and it was painted in red. They are know for being Satanists. Go figure. All I’m saying is do some research and think about it. They believe in the luciferian concept.


Travis Mills July 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

i dont know how much clear it could be, oprah winfrey says obamas the one, yes the one. Obama id the son of beast, in the short future the micro chips will be in force they are here now but not forced, yet. This is the mark of the beast, check it all out on youtube then check the scriptures out yourself ppl. The bible say few will know who he is and im one of the few, trust me i wouldnt just make this up im not like some ppl out here just trying to solv a puzzle here


Donaldo Davisini July 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm

When discussing the 2nd Coming, the common error made is that people are basing their speculation on the calendar system that is in use today. This system was created by Julius Ceasar, a man as mortal and flawed as any man. I don’t think the Creator measures time as men do. Thirteen years ago nearly every person calling themselves “Christian” knew for certain Jesus would be coming back the year 2000. We must remember Jesus stated even he doesn’t know when that day. will come. Also, there are far too many prophecies yet to be fulfilled before the end of times is upon us. Suffice to say we all have the “anti Christ” inside of us as we are all born of sin, whether we choose to admit it or not. Take a close look at Disney’s signature and look at the word VISA for starters


Nicholas July 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm



Jack Wellman July 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hello Nicholas. There are many of these questions to which I can only speculate and as I have said before, we can only guess exactly where the Antichrist will come from or if there really is an Antichrist or not. We just do not have enough information. There is so much speculation out there and so I will not add to that speculation but the main thing that is central in Christianity is to be prepared today and put your trust in Christ and witness to those who are not yet saved so they won’t be eternally separated from God for all eternity in the lake of fire. What is more important than that? Nothing….not predicting a future Antichrist, raptures or not, the age of accountability (which the Bible is silent on) so I can not tell you anything with certainty and if the Bible is silent on these subject, my friend, so must I be.


Milton Billingsley July 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of human flesh“(Catholic National Magazine, 1895). Pope Pius V was quoted as saying “The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth”

The whole problem with this is that it is bases upon Peter the Apostile being the first Pope and every Pope after him were blessed with the same spiritual powers. When Peter was never in Rome nor a member of that Church. Nowhere in the Bible does it say this and Paul never says anything about his friend seeing him or being in Rome. Jesus told Peter to minister to the circumcised because he was of them and he told Paul to go and minister to the uncircumcised because he was of them. The lie of the Roman Catholic Church was started when Simon Magnus became the first Pope and took the name Peter. Remember Simon was the sorcerer that tried to buy the Holy Spirit. They even crucified him upside down and removed his statue from the river by the Vatican. He helped the church put the practices of Satanism into their religion.


Nicholas July 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm



Jack Wellman July 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Amen Nicholas. One thing I have learned about getting too much prophecy is that it takes our eyes off of Christ and onto world events when truly God is sovereign over all that happens my friend. I love your encouraging comment my brother. I thank God for you.


jacinda July 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Can u tell me if in the bible it says something about the anti christ coming out of Europe and moving to Israel and that is where he will build his kingdom here on earth is that true I feel like I have read that in the bible if I have could you please tell me what book and verse it is in please thank you and God bless you


Jack Wellman July 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thank you Jacinda for your question. Most put this correlation to a European anti-Christ with the image that Daniel saw. This is recorded in Daniel :

“Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35).

What to make of such a strange dream? Daniel is not left to wonder. He is given the following interpretation: The four parts of the statue – the gold head, the silver bust, the bronze belly and thighs, and the iron legs – are four kingdoms. Those kingdoms are as follows:

The first kingdom is King Nebuchadnezzar’s own kingdom of Babylon for, Daniel is told, “the God of heaven has given [Nebuchadnezzar] a kingdom, power, strength, and glory” (v. 38).

The Babylonian kingdom reached its peak during Daniel’s time.

After Babylon “shall arise another kingdom, inferior to yours…” (v. 39).

The fourth kingdom is somewhat different from the previous three:

“And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.”

While not specifically identified, there is little question that this kingdom is Rome according to biblical scholars, which conquered Greece sometime near 250 B.C. At its height, the Roman Empire comprised almost all of the Western world known at the time, including most of Europe, the Middle East, Egypt, and North Africa. In addition to its size, Rome was notorious for its cruelty.


Danny Esosa July 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

What we as believers should be concerned about is not where the antichrist would come from or whether the catholic pope, Muslims or such are the antichrist or not….we should be more concerned about our souls’ readiness for His coming….the time is at hand brethren if ever it has been….so close.


Andrew August 4, 2014 at 1:35 am

It seems that the first beast/Antichrist will have a particular vestal background. Partially from the Roman Empire, (Isaiah 10,14, Micah 5, the Assyrian), Turkey, Jordan, and even possibly Israel. I believe he will be more of a counterfeit of the real Messiah. As the Messiah also had different backgrounds, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Egypt. It seems if referenced to Daniel 9:26, Revelation 13:2, we could gather that since the Roman Empire destroyed the Temple in 70AD and in that army there were legions which were made up of different ethnicities. I would not limit the real Antichrist as saying he will be from Syria only. A real counterfeit will look very close to the original. Also, it is also possible that the second beast, the false prophet will actually claim to be the Messiah as the first beast, the Antichrist claims to be God. None the less of all of them we truly have the unholy trinity being Satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet. Have a blessed day. -a-


bb November 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Hello i was just reading reading your article… and pretty sure this probably be hard for but something really strange happened today with my houston chronicle i told one person bout it but i really need someone of Christian origin to here what i am saying and what i saw


Ann Christos November 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm

The antichrist is not the Pope, but my very well be from the Catholic Church. As long as their are God’s Elects here from generation to generation. There is no need to worry. God Bless

Ann Christos


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