Here are five people from the past who were falsely predicted to be the Antichrist.
Hitler was once thought of as the Antichrist. The word “antichrist” occurs five times in 1 John and 2 John, once in plural form and four times in the singular. There are many anti-Christs (small “a”), but there is only one Antichrist who appears in Scripture. Hitler was once a very popular pick for the Antichrist, but this turned out to be false.
Revelation 17:9 says, “… The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.” Rome sits on seven hills, but we’ve had many popes, so which one was supposed to be the Antichrist? Many have believed it was the Papacy because they thought to change God’s law.
Believe it or not, many believe that President Obama is the Antichrist because he’s made such sweeping changes and reforms since being in the White House. The future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions, so many assume it is him.
Back near the turn of the century, many were convinced that Saddam Hussein was the Antichrist, but we can look back now to see how that failed to come to pass. He died several years ago and fulfilled none of the prophecies of the Antichrist.
Osama bin Laden
Right after the Twin Towers in New York and the devastation of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., many believed it was the sinister Osama bin Laden who was the prophesied end-time Antichrist because of his hatred for Christians. Obviously, he has come and gone and never fulfilled the prophecy of the Antichrist.
The Apostle John wrote, “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” (1 John 2:18). Really, anyone who “denies that Jesus is the Christ … is the antichrist” (1 John 2:22). There are anti-Christs out there today, millions of them, as John wrote even then, “… 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” (1 John 4:3). This means that atheists who deny the existence of God and the deity of Jesus are (small “a”) anti-Christs. To be honest, I don’t get into all of this. All I can tell you for sure is that Christians do not deny Jesus as the Christ or God or the anointed Messiah Who was to come and die for our sins. That is something you can be absolutely sure about.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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