2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJB
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
1 John 2:18 KJB
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
The antichrist is also known as:
son of perdition
man of sin
false messiah (this is not used in scripture but is what I call him)
"The antichrist will be a man so wicked that, bad as other men are, wickedness should be his mark by which he is distinguished from all others; a man who belongs to sin, in whom the ideal of sin has become realised and incarnate. What kind of sin will be most prominent in him is not expressed in the word itself; but the context points clearly to that which is, in fact, the crowning sin-spiritual pride and rebellious arrogancy." -Ellicott commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:3
"The title "Man of Sin" excludes Satan, as Chrysostom remarks: Satan acts through the man to the full extent of his power-"enters into him," as he entered into an earlier "Son of Perdition"-but does not destroy his humanity." -Ellicott commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:3
2 Thessalonians 2:9 KJB
"even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,"
He will come to deceive the world that he is the messiah. He will likely be very charismatic to the unlearned.
"antichrist, like Christ (1 Timothy 6:15), has one to support him-Satan instead of God; he, like Christ (Luke 21:25), will have his miracles-but miracles of trickery, not of truth." -Ellicott commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:9
2 Thessalonians 2:4 KJB
"who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
Many Christians have mistakenly took the above scripture as the false messiah sitting in a literal rebuilt temple.
"Though the image is drawn from the Jewish temple, we may say with some confidence that St. Paul did not expect the antichrist as a prose fact to take his seat in that edifice. Neither is the metaphor to be pressed into a mere synonym of "the Church". The words, so far need not necessarily mean that the Man of Sin will make special claims upon the Christian community as such. Rather, the whole phrase, "taking his seat in the temple of God," is a poetical or prophetical description of usurping divine prerogatives generally: not the prerogatives of the true God alone, but whatever prerogatives have been offered to anything "called God." Though the prophecy might be fulfilled without any symbolical act (e.g., of assuming any material throne), yet the spontaneousness ("himself") and the openness ("showing himself") seem so essentially parts of the prophecy as of necessity to imply that the Man of Sin will make formal claim to occupy that central seat in men's minds and aspirations which is acknowledged to be due to God alone. The formal making of this claim seems to be identical with the apocalypse of the Man of Sin, the act by which he is manifested or revealed." -Ellicott commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:4
Religions around the world are awaiting the arrival of their messiah:
-Jews await the messiah. Even though He already came.
-Buddhists await Maitreya.
-Hindus await Kalki.
-Muslims await Mahdi.
-Taoists await Li Hong.
-Zoroastrianists await Saoshyant.
And there are other false spiritual paths/religions that really just worship fallen angels (demons)
who also are expecting a messiah. They will all receive the antichrist gladly.
Christians await the return of their messiah, the true messiah, the true savior of the world, Jesus Christ. But only true Christians that read and study the word of God as if their lives depend on it, because it does, know that the false messiah, the antichrist must be revealed first to deceive the world that he is the messiah, that he is God. Just as 2 Thessalonians 2:3 tells us.
This deception of the antichrist that will deceive most of the world into believing that he is the true messiah, that he is God, may be part of the falling away spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Hypocritical Christians who do not walk in true obedience and faith with Jesus Christ will likely be deceived by the antichrist, and fall away.
This deception of the antichrist may also be related to the delusion spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:11: "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
I believe we are now going through (and have been, but the last critical steps now) a major transition phase to prepare the world to receive the antichrist. I believe all the chaos on the world stage, the fake corona virus, the war propaganda, the false flag terrorist attacks, global warming, and many other things, are all just fabricated tools to achieve order out of chaos. When the world is begging for a savior, they will reveal the antichrist, who will come to save the day from all the chaos, fear and instability they have created.