Question: Does the Antichrist know of his eventual defeat to Christ, like Satan does?
Based on the personal characteristics of the “man of sin” described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, we can safely draw some inferences about him:
- He opposes and exalts himself above everything, even the one true and living God (v.4a)
- He proclaims himself to be God (v.4b)
- He is completely influenced by and reflects the nature and character of Satan (v.9)
Scripture declares that Satan is the father of pride, the father of lies and the deceiver. As a part of God’s sovereign plan for redemptive history, Satan is allowed to use this final “son of perdition” to carry out his evil attempt to usurp Christ and be worshipped as God. Satan will do anything to oppose God’s rightful rulership and glory. Therefore, one can safely argue that the Antichrist, in a way and depth unmatched by any of the other preceding megalomaniacal world leaders, is blinded, self-deluded and completely given over to evil through Satanic influence. (Far more than Antiochus Ephinanes or Adolf Hitler!)
Like Satan, he is completely consumed with pride and self-idolatry. I believe the Antichrist will be shocked when he swiftly incurs his ultimate fate – the just and eternal wrath of God.
“And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming” (2 Thess 2:8)