Students, are you ready for today’s Pop Quiz in our School for Prophets? Let’s see how well prepared you are and how well you know your Bible.
Okay, here’s the question: “According to God’s Word, who will appear first to receive the adoration, praise and worship of untold millions? Will it be (A) the Antichrist or is it (B) The Christ, the Son of God?” Present two relevant Scripture passages that support your answer.
(This is not a trick question. God’s Word plainly states that in the last days the Antichrist will be revealed and Jesus will return, so who makes their presence known first? Considering the question’s significance, shouldn’t this be covered in “Basic Bible 101”? Still thinking?)
Write down your answer. The odds are 50-50. Is it (A), the Antichrist or (B) Jesus Christ? After we find out who arrives first, we’ll discuss the implications of a wrong answer.
Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:1.
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come, until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2:1-3 NIV)
Upon close examination, it is clear the first verse offers indisputable proof the Lord’s coming and the rapture occur at the same time.
Next we read that there were deceivers and false prophets in Paul’s day just as there are in our day and the end times (cf. 2 Peter 2:1).
Finally, we see from the context, the man of lawlessness, the man doomed to destruction is referring to the Antichrist.
So, the short answer to our pop quiz is? Any reasonable person would agree it’s (A), the Antichrist. His evilness comes before Jesus’ appearance (Matthew 24:30-31).
From the passage we conclude that two events must precede Jesus’ return. According to Scripture, the rebellion occurs (also known as the apostasy or falling away) and, also happening simultaneously, we have the appearance of the Antichrist. They are pictured in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 and with the opening of the first seal in Revelation 6:1. Years prior to the Second Coming, the man of lawlessness, an impersonator of Jesus, will be greeted by worshipers from all nations (Revelation 13:7).
Want more evidence? Read Daniel 7:24-27, Matthew 24:15-31 also Revelation 13:5-10 and 13:16- 14:1. Perhaps you cited these Scriptures as proof. If so, you did well.
If you answered Jesus before the Antichrist, you have been set up. Which brings us to the implications of believing the lie that the Antichrist follows Christ: Those expecting another order of events will be deceived by false prophets, so there will be a great falling away. As prophesied, brother will betray brother to death and a son his father (cf. Matthew 24:9-11). False christs performing miraculous signs and wonders will easily fool those expecting Jesus, not the Antichrist. Faced with persecution for refusing to worship the deceiver who claims to be God, many will deny Jesus choosing instead to save their lives. All of the Antichrist’s worshipers will earn the Lord’s eternal condemnation (Revelation 13:8). Those are a few of the consequences for being wrong or even unsure about the most basic salvation question in the last days.
Study Bible prophecy. We’ll have another pop quiz later.