Top 8 Bible Verses That Mention The Antichrist

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Here are the top 8 Bible verses that mention the Antichrist.

1 John 4:3 “Every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”

In the Apostle John’s own day, there were already anti-Christ’s around and they were those who denied that Jesus had come in the flesh and that He was also divine or God.  Anyone who says that Jesus was only a good Man, a good teacher, or a prophet is missing out on the fact that Jesus is also God and anyone who doesn’t think Jesus is also God by confessing it publicly, is an anti-Christ or against Christ.

Top 8 Bible Verses That Mention The Antichrist

1 John 2:18 “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.”

The Apostle John, like many in the church and even the apostles, thought that Jesus was coming back in their lifetime and they also believed that they were living in “the last hour.” Why did John think this?  It was because “many anti-Christ’s had already come” and so he thought it was the last hour or the time just before Jesus’ return.

2 John 1:7 “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

Again, by the time John was writing this, many deceivers were already going out into the world and once again, they are those who did not believe and confess to Jesus’ first coming and they also deny that He came in the flesh.  Anyone who denies that Jesus didn’t come in the flesh (born of a virgin as a babe) and those who apparently deny His second coming is an anti-Christ.  They will find out that they were wrong someday but it will be far too late by then to do anything about it.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

Is the lawless one “the” anti-Christ or one of many? It appears that this lawless one is empowered by Satan and gives him the ability to perform false signs and wonders and allow those who “refused to love the truth and so be saved” and be deceived.

1 John 2:22 “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”

John doesn’t care what others think about his statement that whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ (the anointed one) or the Messiah is a liar and has no truth in him or her.  The anti-Christ is the one who denies Jesus coming as the Christ just as whoever does this also denies the Father Whom He sent and by doing so, they also deny the Son of God.

1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”

Within the context of the second chapter of 1 John, he was just writing about the anti-Christ’s and how they deny Jesus’ divinity, His coming in the flesh, and His second coming. They went out of the church because they were never really part of the church for if they had continued with the church, they would not have gone out of the church.  By their going out, it became “plain that they all are not of us.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”

Is this lawless one who is revealed the anti-Christ?  I don’t know….but anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ or anointed One of God is against (anti-) God and is a son or daughter of destruction.  This man of lawlessness will desire to be worshiped, just like Satan did at one time, and this “man” will seek to not only be worshiped but will proclaim “himself to be God” and take his seat in the temple and desire worship, which is outrageous for he is the opposite of God.


I don’t know all the details of exactly what will happen.  Studying prophecy can easily take our eyes off of Jesus and away from the biblical gospel message of repentance and faith.  Some people are so fixated on prophecy that they seem to almost make it an idol and worship it instead of the Creator Who alone is worthy of praise, glory, and worship.

More for you to read: 10 Characteristics of the Anti-Christ According to the Bible

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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