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designation of Christ's chief antagonist, who will precede
his second coming and the end of the world, and whose activity will be
directly connected with a widespread apostasy from the Christian [that is,
Catholic] faith. He will be an individual human personality, marked by utter
lawlessness, self-deification, hatred of Christian truth, and rivalry with
Christ through mock-miracles. He will cause the fall of many, but be destroyed
by Christ. Scripture authority for his nature and work is found in 1 John ii,
18, 22; iv, 3; 8 John 7; and 2 Thes. ii: cf., Matt. xxiv, 5, 11, 24, and
especially Apoc. xiii, 5ff. Several Old Testament texts also are regarded as
prophetic of Antichrist: lsa. xi, 4; Jer. viii. 16; Ezek. xxxviii and xxxix;
Dan. vii, 21. Jewish and Christian literature has by guess and inference
enlarged on the scriptural portrait, sometimes with plausibility, sometimes with
extravagance, the Jews, of course, only thinking of some great foe of Israel
before the coming of the Messianic kingdom. Catholic exegesis does not allow
that Antichrist be regarded as the mere symbol or embodiment of the
anti-Christian spirit, but insists on the reality of his personality. Connexion
of Antichrist with the papacy belongs to the aberrations of 16th-century
religious warfare." (Catholic Dictionary)
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