The books of Isaiah and Revelation describe a great anti-Christ. Both Isaiah and John the Revelator describe an evil tyrant, and prophesy that he will take over the world. In modern western culture, this prophecy finds expression in pop theatrical dramas. Such movies, books, and so forth describe a child born who is evil from birth, and bares the mark of “666.” However, this idea of a single great future anti-Christ is a false concept. It is put forth to distract us from the truth. It is similar to the idea of the Devil being a red demon with horns, a pitch fork, and a pointed tail.
The problem is the timing of the event, and the identity of the culprit. He is not a mortal being with a body, but rather Satan, a personage of Spirit. He will never have a body, and will never take over the world in a political sense. Instead, it is prophesied that the Lord will withdraw his Church and Kingdom from the earth, thus giving Satan control of the entire earth from a spiritual sense. Once this paradigm shift occurs in the mind of the reader of the Bible, the question then arises: When is Satan allowed to take over the world and how does it occur?
In both Isaiah and Revelation, it is clear that this great tyrant will indeed overcome the earth and the inhabitants thereof. In the Book of Isaiah we read:
17 ¶ The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
5 ¶ The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,
6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
In Revelation, we learn that he not only conquers the world, but the saints as well:
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
The world is looking for this great anti-Christ to overcome the world sometime in the future. The expectation is that some mortal being will have power given him from Satan and be able to conquer and subdue the entire world. Instead, however, the great anti-Christ spoken of in the Bible is Satan himself and he is allowed to overcome the Church according to prophecy, which occurred shortly after the ministry of Jesus Christ and his twelve Apostles from ancient times.
Thus, discussions about a single future anti-Christ are really just a distraction from the truth. There is not a single anti-Christ, but many. Anyone who teaches false doctrine in order to deceive or get the praise of the world is an anti-Christ. But the father of lies is of course Satan himself. He is the evil leader spoken of in both Isaiah and Revelation.