Bible prophecy: Antichrist ‘is already at work’ and Unholy Spirit ‘will rise’ – claim

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Groups of devout Christians worldwide believe the day will come when the Antichrist will arrive on the world scene in a desperate and deceitful power grab. Interpretations of the Bible suggest the Antichrist, who will arrive as the False Messiah, will attempt to take his seat of power in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. And though the Temple has not been rebuilt since its destruction by the Romans in 70 AD, some scripture experts have claimed his evil influence is already affecting the world.

According to Tom Meyer, a professor in Bible studies at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, the clock is ticking away the hours until the End Days.

The Bible expert has previously told the countdown began some 2,000 years ago with the death and resurrection of Christ.

He has now warned of a coming age of suffering and strife he claims will plunge the world into chaos.

Professor Meyer, who has memorised some 20 books from the Bible, said: “The Unholy Spirit of the Antichrist is already at work in the world.

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“Though the Antichrist himself, the embodiment of an unholy trinity, hasn’t yet publicly appeared on the geopolitical world scene, Bible prophecy has been warning humanity for the last 2,000 years that the last hour is here.

“The apostle Paul calls this Unholy Spirit, which is currently active in the world but still subdued, ‘the mystery of lawlessness’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7); it is ultimately a rebellion against the divine authority of the Word of God.

“The chaos we are currently experiencing around the world will be nothing compared to the destruction that will be unleashed by the God of the Bible, and all this conceivably within your lifetime.”

The Bible expert believes the anguish that will arrive during this time will be greater than any since the world began.

According to Biblical prophecy, the Unholy Spirit of the Antichrist has not manifested just yet because it is being restrained by the power of the Holy Spirit.

But Professor Meyer argued: “Nonetheless, this terrifying prospect that is outside of our control will happen at the appointed time.

“When the Holy Spirit of the restrainer who holds the ‘mystery of lawlessness’ in check moves out of the way at the Rapture – the sudden disappearance of Christians – this will permit the Unholy Spirit of the Antichrist to fill the vacuum and rise to power on the world scene; this is the appointed time.”

Once this happens, Professor Meyer added, the “mystery of lawlessness” will be embodied in the form of the Antichrist.

According to some interpretations of scripture, the Rapture will hit like a bolt of lightning and will be over just as fast.

On the day, Christ will appear in the heavens and call forth the dead and living Christians into his heavenly Kingdom.

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However, this will not be His Second Coming just as many more events will follow, namely a period of disharmony known as the Tribulation.

What about the Antichrist? According to Professor Meyer, the Bible does not dispense many concrete details.

He said: “What form the seductive displays of power by the Unholy Spirit will take during the reign of the Antichrist is not specified in the Bible.

“What is clear is that deceit is crucial to make the False Messiah appear to be the True Messiah, rightfully enthroned in the Temple in Jerusalem (2 Thessalonians 2:4).”

Some evangelists believe the Antichrist will appear as a charismatic but unscrupulous political figure.

Professor Meyer has previously said the Antichrist will parody the ministry of Christ and fool the world by performing miracles through the power of Satan.

Whatever the case may be, many scripture experts have advised against trying to anticipate or event predict when these events might unfold.

According to Stephen Witmer, the pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, such attempts clash with the message of Christ’s return.

He said: “As the theologian G.C. Berkouwer once said, we’re not called to reckon the time of Jesus’s return — we’re called to reckon with it, to allow it to fruitfully shape our lives in the present.”

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