The term or title "Antichrist" is the unorthodox belief that in an "end time" leader who fulfils Biblical prophecies concerning an adversary of Christ, while resembling him in a deceptive manner. "Antichrist" is the English translation of the original Greek ἀντίχριστος. It is made up of two root words, αντί + Χριστός (anti + Christos). "Αντί" can mean not only “against” and “opposite of”, but also “in place of",
The truth of the matter is that there are only three verses that uses this term and they interpret themselves, without exception, to say it has already happened:
"Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us…" (1 John 2:18-19).
"Many false prophets have gone out into the world… this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world" (1 John 4:1,3). The word ‘spirit‘ is not in the original Greek. It has been added by the translators. The actual text simply says ‘this is the antichrist which you heard is coming and is now in the world’ (see it here on Biblegateway.com).
"For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist" (2 John 7:7).FOOTNOTES:
1. Wikipedia "Antichrist" Accessed Nov 5, 2010
2. Strong's Complete Concordance
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