every era in the past, someone was always pointed to as the anti-Christ. God
has, indeed, allowed many anti-Christs to precede the ultimate anti-Christ.
While the Protestants have always been interested in this our greatest
enemy, Catholics have always been dismally ignorant of him.
Abbot of Moutier-en-Der states that the anti-Christ will be opposed to
Christ in every respect. But, before this, he will parallel the figure and
life of Christ. The anti-Christ will ape Christ to deceive even the faithful
but will oppose Christ in every doctrine.
Christ is humble, he will be proud. While Christ came to lead sinners to
repentance, he will glorify sinners. Christ glorified the Father; he will
Christ and the anti-Christ were born of Jewish parents. While Christ's
mother is a virgin, the anti-Christ's mother is a prostitute feigning
virginity. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit; the anti-Christ's mother
will be possessed by the devil.
the anti-Christ will be born in Babylon, instructed in Bethsaida and
Corozain by malignant spirits. His first converts will be kings and princes;
his influence will be from sea to sea. He will use miracles, gifts and
terror to influence men. His followers will be marked on the forehead. But
he will be unmasked for what he is by Enoch and Elias. He will deceive
people, primarily by imitating the traits and powers of Christ: ". . .sicut
in Christo. . .ita in anti-Christo." He will excel in his hypocrisy by
showing humility and meekness.
Hippolytus sets forth the following parallels: "Christ is a lion; he
will also be a lion. Christ is a king; he will be a king. Christ was
circumcised; he will also be circumcised. Christ had apostles; he will also
have apostles. Christ gathered the scattered sheep; he will do so, in like
manner. Christ seals with the Holy Spirit those who follow Him; he will also
seal his followers. Christ appeared in the form of a man; he will also
appear as a man."
points out: "There is the word Christ and the word anti-Christ. There
is Christ the Truth and anti-Christ the counterfeit truth. There is the
wisdom that is Christ and the false wisdom that is the anti-Christ. All the
virtues are in Christ; all the counterfeit virtues are in the anti-Christ.
story of the anti-Christ is summarized in a Latin play, dated 1160, found in
the monastery of Tegernsee in Upper Bavaria. The anti-Christ enters
accompanied by Hypocrisy and Heresy. He charges these two to corrupt both
the laity and the clergy. Then he conquers all the kings of the earth using
threats, bribes, deceits and miracles. Enoch and Elias arrive and unmask the
anti-Christ and convert many back into the faith. Enraged, the anti-Christ
kills the prophets and persecutes the converts. Complacent in his seeming
victory, he is struck by lightning and thrown straight to hell.