OPINION (Charisma) – When we meet someone brand-new, we rely on descriptions from others to identify him or her—perhaps hair color, type of clothing or even the model of their car. Without those descriptors, we would have no idea who to look for—or even if we found the right person. Such is the case when believers try to identify the Antichrist—guessing who he will be rather than learning more about his description, what his motivations are and what his tactics will be.

This is exactly the type of description author and minister Mark Biltz seeks to provide in his new book, Decoding the Antichrist and the End Times: What the Bible Says and What the Future Holds. For the past 2,000 years, Biltz says, people have been anxiously trying to identify who the Antichrist might be and when he might be revealed. Many people have made preposterous claims, and of course, they have all been wrong. “God says there is a powerful delusion coming,” Biltz said. “Too often Christians get caught up in trying to figure out the date of the rapture or who the Antichrist is, and they end up arguing with other Christians over when everything will take place.. READ MORE

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