.According to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the book that I am going to use to describe the key characterizes of the Antichrist and his reign of terror, was one of the biggest graces she has ever received. The title of the book is End of this Present World and Mysteries of the Life to Come. It can be purchased here
The author bases his assessment off of Scripture and tradition and teachings of the church fathers. This post will briefly summarize key points:
Timeline of the Antichrist in relation to the end of the world or the final judgement-
It is a common belief that Christ Himself will return to fight the Antichrist and then the world will end and the new Earth will appear. It is worth pointing out that this is NOT the general consensus among most of the church fathers and does not make sense in the context of scripture, most notably in the Book of Revelation. The more fitting description is that the Antichrist will be destroyed by the "spirit of his mouth" aka the Holy Spirit as we see in 2 Thessalonians 2:8. This is not describing Jesus in his glorified body coming to earth to destroy the Antichrist. It is thought that after the destruction of the Antichrist, there will be an era of peace in which life will be centered around the sacraments of the church. In being familiar with private revelations, I personally think that the "Great Monarch" and "Great Pope" aided by the Blessed Mother and Saint Michael the Archangel , combined with the remnant of God's people that weren't killed off in the persecutions (more on that later), will defeat the Antichrist, but that is another post entirely. After this era of peace, it is thought that Satan will be unchained to wreak havoc (but not in human form as he did with the Antichrist) and then the physical second coming and rebirth with put an end to him once and for all. It is important for us to differentiate between the reign of the Antichrist and the second coming as they are not the same event. The Antichrist marks the end of the Era and the beginning of a new one, while the end of the world is just that...the end of the world. It is also worth noting that the end of the world will not happen until the Antichrist has his way with us.
Signs that will precede his Reign
For the sake of prudence I think we need to establish a difference between the 3 and half year reign when he has full power and his public appearance. No where do we see that his public appearance is simultaneous with his actual reign of ultimate power when he takes the throne of the universe so to speak. In fact reason and logic would point to the fact that he would make his appearance prior to crowning himself as emperor of all. Furthermore, we should not get tunnel vision in focusing just on the person of the Antichrist at the exclusion of the reign of the SPIRIT of the antichrist which is already upon us and has been since the the beginning of the Church. Every "star" needs their red carpet rolled out so to speak and we should be vigilant in being able to identify the people and actions that are indeed rolling it out. There is nothing spontaneous about his coming to power, it has been centuries in the works. It is the reason why the early Christians who were persecuted by the types of the antichrist thought they would see the second coming. The thing to remember is that the final end time Antichrist will be the worst of the worst...a culmination of all the types such as Nero Ceaser.
Prior to his reign will be great tribulations, most notably violence and famines and plagues etc.... He will use this to his advantage. Just when everything is at its worst he will offer an apparent solution for all of our problems at the price of apostasy and the denial of the one true God. He will offer people an opportunity to save their bodies and lose their souls. Everything will be tolerated accept worship that isn't directed at him, especially that directed at Jesus Christ.
Characteristics of The Antichrist
Stay vigilant my friends
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I came home from Iraq in 2010 at the age of just 20 years old. like many of my generation, I struggled for years with trying to find my place in the world (sometimes with disastrous consequences). I often felt restless and that everything I was ever going to do paled in comparison to the war I had just been a part of. Oh how wrong I was. The Lord in all of his mercy woke me up to the fact that the most important battle I will ever fight is one that can't always be seen; The one for my soul and for the souls around me. It is against powers and principalities who influence the earthly enemies I had just encountered. Over the last 5 years or so, I have become intimately aware of this battle, and more importantly how to fight it! Although the weapons are different, the concepts are the same. My mission is now to share my knowledge with others, especially my fellow combat veterans who are struggling in the midsts of dysfunction or an identity crisis. I assure you brothers and sisters, we are in the fight of our lives.