There are a lot of ideas about “anti christ”. It is a scriptural term. In fact in I John we find that there can be many. I think that any one who claims to speak with the authority of Christ or even claims to be Christ and yet teaches things contrary to the scpritures can be considered an anti christ. Jesus, Peter, and Paul all warned about the danger of false teachers. In Mathew 7 Jesus warned wolves in sheeps clothing. He further told of many who thought that they were serving Christ, who would be surprised to be turned away because they were not doing the will of the Father.
In II Peter 2 starts with a warning about false teachers. In I John 4:5-6 he said that we could indentify the false teacher or spirit by whether it “heareth not us”, or in other words agreed with the apostles.
Paul seems to have written more on the dangers of false teachers than the rest. The Lord revealed the things that were coming to him and it weighed heavily on his mind. In Acts 20 we find his farewell address to the elders at Ephesus. He said a lot in few words. He said that after he was gone men would arise even among the elders to lead away disciples after them. He had warned them about this with tears. He then told them to follow the word. This shows that there would not be another apostle or inspired man to take his place.
In I Tim. 2,3,and 4 Paul gives instructions on how things should be conducted in the church. He speaks of women’s part in 2. In 3 he explains that the church leaders must be married men with faithful children in order to have the proper experience to guide the congregation. Then in 4 he gives a warning that there would be a departure from the faith and some would forbid marriage.
Perhaps the place that produces more thoughts on a particular antichrist is in what Paul wrote in II Thess. 2. He told the brethren not to be disturbed that the Lord’d return was about to take place for something had to happen first. There would have to be a “falling away”. In Acts 20, to Timothy, and here the dangers start within the church and leaves the truth. Then the “man of sin” would be reavealed “who opposeth and exaltheth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” In Ephesians 2 we find that the church is the temple. So it would appear that this person would claim to have all the authority of Christ and God in the church and would receive worship in honour of that authority. If he takes the place of God in the church, it would be logical to claim all of the titles that belong to Christ and God such as, “Judge of the living and the dead”, “Lord of Lords and King of Kings”, and “Holy Father”. When Satan offered all the glory of the world’s kingdom to Jesus if he would fall down and worhip him, Jesus rebuked him by saying that we are to only worship God. When in Acts 10 Cornelius started to worship Peter, he was told, “Stand up, I also am a man.” In Rev. 22:8-9 John fell down before the angel that revealed things to him and was told, “See thou do it not”. I want to be careful upon whom I give honour and glory and not bestow upon man that which belongs to the Father and the Son.