A false Christ is also mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus warns his disciples not to fall prey to false prophets.
Jesus said: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Although no one knows when the Antichrist will rise, Professor Tom Meyer, a professor at Shasta Bible College & Graduate School in California, has told Express.co.uk the sequence of events from the Antichrist’s arrival to his clash with the returned Christ.
“It is possible that false teachings and the intensity of the church’s persecution by Rome made some think that the end times had begun.
“Perhaps a false prophecy to this effect was circulating in the churches, much in the same way that we today hear again and again that we belong to the terminal generation.
“Concerning their distress, the Apostle Paul thought it would be helpful to tell the early church in Thessalonica and, by application, the world today the sequence of events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ.”
Professor Meyer said the Greek word apostasia can mean defection or revolt, but can also be interpreted as a departure or disappearance.
The first English translations of the Bible also interpret the word as either a departure or disappearance.
However, Paul has not specified what this disappearance entails.
“The church ‘departing’ or being Raptured is the first event.”
The second prophesied event will be the revelation of the Antichrist.
The implication is the Antichrist will reveal himself in a fashion mirroring or mocking the coming of Jesus Christ.
The third event, according to Professor Meyer, will be opposition towards the God of Israel.
“The fourth event is in the yet-to-be-constructed third JewishTemple; the Antichrist will ‘continually display himself’ as the real Messiah in Jerusalem.
“The fifth event is ‘the mystery of iniquity’.
“Though it cannot be fully understood even in Paul’s time, its beginnings could be seen.”
Although it might be working under the surface at present, the Bible expert believes it will find its embodiment in the Antichrist once the time for its revelation comes.
Professor Meyer said: “The final and sixth event is that the true Christ will be revealed from heaven and the bright light of His coming will consume the Antichrist.”
Professor Meyer is an expert in Middle Eastern languages who has memorised more than 20 books from the Bible and is known as The Bible Memory Man.
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