The Apostle John is the first to use the term Anti-Christ in 1 John 2:18, 1 John 2:22, 1 John 4:3, and 2 John 7. It is interesting to note that the term, is only used four times and never in Revelation. We can see from the above Scriptures that the spirit of Anti-Christ was on the Earth in the 1st century and is at work right now. This tells us that since the resurrection, the Devil has had a plan in place. Do you think that he would not, at all times have people in place? Do you think for a moment that the Rapture of the Church would have caught him napping and not ready to fight his last battle?
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Speculation about the exact identity of THE Anti-Christ, while entertaining is somewhat futile. The last book JR Church wrote, The Bloodline of the Anti-Christ, has the most thorough research and solid teaching on the subject. Please know, that the Bible teaches that his identity will not be revealed until after the Rapture. 2 Thes 2:7-8 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
Thus, in closing, our key spiritual point is that the these evil men are on the Earth right now. They are waiting in the wings, they are chomping at the bit, they are ready to go. But you friend, you spirit filled believer, the Holy Spirit Power living within you, restrains this wickedness. Never forget that.