13 September, 2015

Is the Anti-christ persons, rather than an individual?


New Testament

Whether the New Testament contains an individual Antichrist is disputed. The five uses of the term "antichrist" or "antichrists" in the Epistles of John do not clearly present a single latter-day individual Antichrist. The articles "the deceiver" or "the antichrist" are usually seen as marking out a certain category of persons, rather than an individual.[8]

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

— 1 John 2:18 KJV

Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist!

— 2 John 1:7 NRSV (1989)

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

— 1 John 2:22 NRSV (1989)

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world.

— 1 John 4:2–3 NRSV (1989)

Consequently, attention for an individual Antichrist figure focuses on the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians.[9][10] However, the term "antichrist" is never used in this passage:

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.

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Islamic eschatology is the branch of Islamicscholarship that studies Yawm al-Qiyāmah(pronounced yome-ul-key-ah-mahArabicيوم القيامة "the Day of Resurrection") or Yawm ad-Dīn (pronounced yome-ud-deanيوم الدين "the Day of Judgment").[1] This is believed to be the final assessment of humanity by God (Allah), consisting of the annihilation of all life, resurrection and judgment.

The time of the event is not specified, although there are major and minor signs which have been foretold to happen with Qiyamah at the end of time.[2][3] Many verses of Qur'anic Sura contain the motif of the impending Day of Resurrection.[4][5]

Like other Abrahamic religions, Islam also teaches resurrection of the dead, a final tribulation and eternal division of the righteous and wicked.[12] Islamic apocalyptic literature describing Armageddon is often known as fitnahmalāḥim (الملاحم, meaning bloody fights, massacres), or ghaybah in Shī‘a Islam. The righteous are rewarded with pleasures of Jannah, while the unrighteous are tortured in Jahannam.


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