Christians have long wondered about the Antichrist.
Who is he?
When will he appear?
What will he do when he gets here?
The possibilities have filled people with equal parts fear and fascination.
But what if? What if the Antichrist is not a fake Jesus? What if he isn’t a counterfeit Messiah? Or a false, Islamic Mahdi? What if he isn’t a he at all…but a what?
The word “antichrist” comes from the Greek word, antichristos, which means “an opponent of the Messiah.” (Strong’s, #500.) Christ, or Christos, is the Greek for the Hebrew word, Mâshîyach, or Messiah. It simply means “anointed.” It referred to kings, priests, prophets: anyone who was anointed.
But people were not the only things anointed. The furniture in the tabernacle built by Moses, the “horns” of the altar of incense as well as the altar of sacrifice were anointed with blood. The Ark of the Covenant was anointed with blood every year on the Day of Atonement. The annual anointing of the Ark of the Covenant with blood was the most solemn day of their entire religious year.