- Oct 31, 2011
IMO, this suggests that 'the man of lawlessness' is a specific man:1) There is no singular "antichrist."
"3...and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.7 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.8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming..." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-8 NASB)
20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20 NASB)
IMO, there's no reason to not think the anti-christ is, both, a system of false worship, and a literal person who becomes the focus of that worship. Worship enforced by another literal person by threat of death.