The Antichrist could be alive today!
Not true. The Antichrist is a figure from the past who is currently dead. His corpse is on the earth, but his soul is held in the Abyss–the bottomless pit which is the deepest part of Hell.
Consider Revelation 17:7-11, which explains the nature of the seven heads of Satan. These heads are seven kings. When the book of Revelation was written five of these kings had already died, one of them was alive, and the seventh was yet to come (17:10). The Antichrist is described as a king who “…was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…” (17:8). Again we are told that he is the “beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition” (17:11). In other words, the Antichrist once existed in the past, but he will come again when his soul ascends out of Hell to re-inhabit his body. He “was” in that he once lived on the earth, but he “is not” because he is now dead. But he will one day ascend out of the Abyss and be alive again, briefly, before he passes on into perdition (destruction).
There are only seven kings because there are only seven heads (also see Revelation 13:1), but there are eight appearances of these kings, which simply means that one of these kings has to appear twice. When he appears alive again to the world it will be because of his resurrection. This future resurrection of an ancient corpse will cause the world to be astonished!
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads… And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Rev 13:1,3)
“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Rev 17:8)
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