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It is traditionally understood that the Antichrist, the man of sin, will be preceded by a series of forerunners that pave the way for his arrival, just as the prophets and the patriarchs heralded the coming of Christ.
In its most basic definition, ‘antichrist’ refers to anything that is opposed to Christ. Therefore, all sin, heresies, and errors can be defined as antichrist. Precursors to the Antichrist are not new phenomena. Types of the Antichrist can be found throughout Church history. Often referred to by scholars simply as “antichrists,” (small ‘a’), these diabolical leaders, movements, and ideologies ultimately serve the agenda of the Antichrist and Satan through normalizing and glamorizing sin, leading souls away from God, and creating a culture of iniquity ripe for the Antichrist’s arrival. …