Satan is the master-counterfeiter, and in nothing will this appear more conspicuously than in his next great move. He is now preparing the stage for his climactic production, which will issue in a blasphemous imitation of the Divine incarnation. When the Son of Perdition appears he will pose as the Christ of God, and so perfect will be his disguise, the very elect would be deceived, were it not that God will grant them special illumination. It is this disguise, this simulation of the true Christ which we shall now examine, pointing out the various parallelisms which Scripture furnishes:
1. Christ was the subject of Old Testament prophecy: so also is the Antichrist; many are the predictions which describe this coming one, see especially Dan.11:21-45.
2. The Lord Jesus was typified by many Old Testament characters such as Abel, Joseph, Moses, David, etc. So also will the Antichrist be: such characters as Cain, Pharaoh, Absolom, Saul, etc., foreshadow the Man of Sin. We shall devote a separate chapter to this most fascinating and totally neglected branch of our subject.3. Christ was revealed only at God's appointed time: such will also be the case with the Antichrist. Of the one we read, |But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son| (Gal.4:4); of the other it is said, |And now we know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time| (2 Thess.2:6).
4. Christ was a Man, a real Man, |the Man Christ Jesus| (1 Tim.2:5); so also will the Antichrist be -- |that Man of Sin| (2 Thess.2:3).5. But Christ was more than a man; He was the God-Man; so also will the Antichrist be more than a man: the Super-man.
6. Christ was, according to the flesh, a Jew (Rom.1:3); so also will the Antichrist be -- for proofs see chapter three, section one.7. Christ will make a covenant with Israel (Heb.8:8); so also will the Antichrist (Dan.9:27).
8. Christ is our |Great High Priest;| so Antichrist will yet be Israel's great high priest (Ezek.21:26).
9. Christ was and will be the King of the Jews (Matt.2:1); so also will the Antichrist be (Dan.11:36).
10. Christ will be the King of kings (Rev.17:14); so also will the Antichrist be (Rev.17:12, 13).
11. Christ wrought miracles: of Him it is said |approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs| (Acts 2:22); so also will the Antichrist, concerning whom it is written, |whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders| (2 Thess.2:9).
12. Christ's public ministry was limited to three years and a half; so also will the Antichrist's final ministry be (Rev.13:5).13. Christ is shown to us riding a |white horse| (Rev.19:11); so also is the Antichrist (Rev.6:2).
14. Christ will return to the earth as Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6, 7); so also will the Antichrist introduce an era of peace (Dan.11:21); it is to this that 1 Thess.5:3 directly refers.
15. Christ is entitled |the Morning Star| (Rev.22:16); so also is the Antichrist (Isa.14:12).
16. Christ is referred to as Him |which was, and is, and is to come| (Rev.4:8); the Antichrist is referred to as him that |was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit| (Rev.17:8).17. Christ died and rose again; so also will the Antichrist (Rev.13:3).
18. Christ will be the object of universal worship (Phil.2:10); so also will the Antichrist (Rev.13:4).
19. The followers of the Lamb will be sealed in their foreheads (Rev.7:3; 14:1); so also will the followers of the Beast (Rev.13:16, 17).
20. Christ has been followed by the Holy Spirit who causes men to worship Him; so the Antichrist will be followed by the Anti-spirit -- the False Prophet -- who will cause men to worship the Beast (Rev.13:12).
There is no need for us to make any comments on these striking correspondences: they speak for themselves. They show the incredible lengths to which God will permit Satan to go in mimicking the Lord Jesus. We turn now to consider: