Wilhelmus à Brakel
vol. 2, pp. 43-53
The Antichrist: The Foremost and Most Formidable Foe of the Church
Among the enemies which the church has here upon earth, the antichrist is the most significant and primary cause of all the persecutions of the church.
The word “antichrist” consists of two words: anti, which, depending on the context, can mean either against or for, and Christos. Thus the word “antichrist” pertains to someone who is against Christ but who nevertheless creates the impression as if he were for Christ.
Sometimes this word is used as pertaining to every heretic, who opposes the Person and the doctrine of Christ.
“As ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18). Generally, however, it pertains to the great antichrist, the head of the…
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