Jesus said, "… When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don't panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming.

"They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name. And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other's throat, everyone hating each other…. Stay with it to the end. You won't be sorry, and you'll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world,… and then the end will come.

"But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration [literally: “The Abomination That Makes Desolate”) set up in the Temple sanctuary…. If you've read Daniel, you'll know what I'm talking about. If you're living in Judea at the time, run for the hills; if you're working in the yard, don't return to the house to get anything; if you're out in the field, don't go back and get your coat. Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it especially hard. Hope and pray this won't happen during the winter or on a Sabbath.

"This is going to be trouble on a scale beyond what the world has ever seen, or will see again. If these days of trouble were left to run their course, nobody would make it. But on account of God's chosen people, the trouble will be cut short.

"Following those hard times, the sun will fade out, the moon will cloud over, the stars fall out of the sky, and the cosmic powers will tremble.

“Then, the Arrival of the Son of Man will fill the skies—no one will miss it. Unready people all over the world, outsiders to the splendor and power, will raise a huge lament as they watch the Son of Man blazing out of heaven. At that same moment, he'll dispatch his angels with a trumpet-blast summons, pulling in God's chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole” (Matthew 24:4-30).

The Antichrist will be a counterfeit Christ. Satan continually tries to mimic the works of God. He longs to be worshipped. His ungodly pride was unveiled by his rebellion in Heaven—which resulted in his fall (Isaiah 14). He begged Jesus to worship him (Matthew 4:8-10). One day he will use the Antichrist as a tool to elicit worship. This man will receive a mortal wound and yet, miraculously, he will survive (Revelation 13:3-412). The Greek word for "wound" describes cutting the throat. He will stage a resurrection and demand to be worshipped as god—under penalty of death and starvation for those who refuse (Revelation 13:14-18).

The Antichrist's coming will be with all sorts of power, signs, wonders, deceit and sin. Fortunately, he will be destroyed by a puff of the breath of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10).

Already many "antichrists" are now preparing the way for the coming of the Antichrist. The Bible defines all who fail to surrender to Christ as their Lord and Savior as antichrists (1 John 2:18 and Matthew 12:30).