Putin’s Moves Reveal End-Times Spirit of the Antichrist by EDDIE HYATT for Charisma News
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In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, Paul speaks of an evil, end-time world ruler whom he calls “the man of sin.” This individual whom Paul says, “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God,” is obviously the same person that John refers to as “the beast” in Revelation 13 and “the antichrist” in 1 John 2:18, 4:3.
In 1 John 2:18b, John says, “You have heard that the antichrist will come, even now there are many antichrists.” John seems to be saying that this evil, controlling ruler at the end of the age will be preceded by many of the same character and spirit. He confirms this later by saying that the spirit of the antichrist is “already in the world” (1 John 4:3).
Vladimir Putin is not the Antichrist, but his desire for dominance and control are certainly in the spirit of the antichrist; and he is not the only one exuding that spirit in the world today.
Both the “man of sin” and “the beast” are described as putting themselves in the place of God over people’s lives. This fits perfectly with the meaning of “Antichrist,” for according to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon, the word anti in Greek means “instead of” or “in place of.” In other words, this individual is not just “against” Christ; he has a messianic complex and seeks to take the place of Christ as the one destined to rule the earth.
Remember, the word “Christ” is the Greek word for the Hebrew “Messiah.” In Scripture, the Messiah is God’s appointed king and ruler over Israel and the entire cosmos. Various Old Testament prophecies, such as 2 Samuel 7:12-13, Psalm 2:6, Daniel 7:13-14 and Micah 5:2, speak of the coming Messiah as God’s appointed king and ruler. The messianic prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7 says,
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder… Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.”