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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: Is the An­tichrist alive to­day? I’m not sure I know what the An­tichrist is, but the world is in such a mess that I some­times won­der if we’re al­ready liv­ing in the last days.

— V.R. DEAR V.R.: The Bi­ble refers to the An­tichrist as an evil per­son of great spir­i­tual power who will ap­pear at the end of the present age (just be­fore Christ re­turns to es­tab­lish His Kingdom, as He promised). The Bi­ble says that shortly be­fore Christ comes again, “the man of law­less­ness is re­vealed. … He will op­pose and will ex­alt him­self over ev­ery­thing that is called God” (2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 2:3-4).

As the name “An­tichrist” im­plies, he will be com­pletely and ut­terly op­posed to Christ and His peo­ple. He even will try to get peo­ple to wor­ship him by claim­ing to be God, and by his words and his ac­tions he will do ev­ery­thing he can to fight against ev­ery­thing God is do­ing in the world. Just as Satan tried to tempt Je­sus and stop Him from fol­low­ing God’s will for His life, so Satan and his de­monic forces will at­tempt to over­power Christ as the end of the present age draws near.

Is the An­tichrist alive to­day? On one hand, the Bi­ble urges us not to spec­u­late about this or be­come overly anx­ious about it. On the other hand, how­ever, it does warn us to be alert — be­cause Satan and his ser­vants are al­ways ac­tive. The Bi­ble says, “Even now many An­tichrists have come” (1 John 2:18).

The most im­por­tant fact about the An­tichrist, how­ever, is that he will not win. Like his mas­ter, Satan, he is al­ready a de­feated foe — be­cause by Christ’s death and res­ur­rec­tion He has gained the vic­tory over all the forces of evil. Is your faith and hope in Him? bil­ly­gra­ham.org

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