Are there references in the Bible that tells us specifically that a person will come that is Satan personified or manifested (in the flesh) just as Jesus is God in the flesh?
John 17:12 uses the term “son of perdition” but in that instance it is most definitely referring to Judas Iscariot. We know that Satan entered Judas which led to the betrayal of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:3), however, since epistles written later refer to a “man of sin”, a “son of perdition” raising up and being revealed, I do not believe that Judas is the culmination of this “man of sin”.
O.T. prophecy can be seen as being fulfilled in Antiochus Epiphanes around 170-160 B.C. or the Roman invasion and destruction Jerusalem in 70 A.D; however Jesus’ coupling of the raise of the “the man of sin” or “the son of perdition” with His second coming tells me that a complete fulfillment of this prophesy is yet to seen.
I don’t believe that we were given end time prophecy so that we could clearly see exactly what was going to happen and who was going to be involved, before it happened but rather so that, as history unfolds we will recognize those things prophesied as they happen. I do not have a problem with not fully understanding all of these prophecies since Daniel did not understand it all (Dan. 12:8) and Peter talks of scripture being hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). I would rather say I don’t understand than to be led away with the error of the wicked (2 Peter 3:17).
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy
New Spirit Filled Life Bible notes:
The abomination of desolation, prophesied in Dan. (9:27; 11:31; 12:11), was applied by the author of the apocryphal book 1 Maccabees (1:54, 59; 6:7) to the desecration of the temple in 168 B.C. by the Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes. However, Jesus views the prophecy as referring to another profanation – the arrival of the Roman army, which besieged Jerusalem and destroyed the temple in A.D. 70. That event foreshadows the conditions connected with Christ’s return, so the prophecy awaits ultimate fulfillment in a manner not clearly specified in Scripture.
Ryrie Study Bible Notes
Abomination of desolation. This is the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:4), the Antichrist, who at this midpoint in the tribulation breaks his covenant which he made at the beginning of the tribulation with the Jewish people (Dan. 9:27), and demands that they and the world worship him. Those who resist will be persecuted and many will be martyred; that is the reason for the urgency of the instructions in vv. 16-22 (flee to the mountains, don’t turn back for anything…..)
Daniel 7:8, 20-22
8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous works… 20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn with had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. 21 I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
23…The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and laws. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. 26 But the court shall be seated and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.
And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these thing?” 9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. 11 and from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. 13 But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.
John 17:12 (Jesus prays to His Father before the crucifixion)
While I was with them is the world, I kept them in your name: Those whom You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
The son of perdition – here refers to Judas
1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists, by which we know that it is the last hour.
are there- Greek, “there have begun to be”; there have arisen. These “many Antichrists” answer to “the spirit of lawlessness” (Greek) “doth already work.” The Antichristian principle appeared then, as now, in evil men and evil teachings and writings; but still “The Antichrist” means a hostile person, even as “The Christ” is a personal Saviour. As “cometh” is used of Christ, so here of Antichrist, the embodiment in his own person of all the Antichristian features and spirit of those “many Antichrists” which have been, and are, his forerunners. John uses the singular of him. No other New Testament writer uses the term. He probably answers to “the little horn having the eyes of a man, and speaking great things” (Dan. 7:8, 20); “the man of sin, son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2); “the beast ascending our of the bottomless pit” (Rev. 11:7; 17:8), or rather, “the false prophet,” the same as “the second beast coming up out of the earth” (Rev. 13:11-18; 16:13).
2 Thess. 2:3-4, 8
3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come (the return of Jesus Christ for His church) unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. …8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
that man of sin be revealed –The Greek order is, “And there have been revealed the man of sin.” As Christ was first in mystery; and afterward revealed (1Tim. 3:16), so Antichrist (the term used 1 John 2:18; 4:3) is first in mystery, and afterwards shall be developed and revealed (vss. 7-9). As righteousness found its embodiment in Christ, “the Lord or righteousness,” so “sin” shall have its embodiment in “the man of sin.”
2 Peter 3:10-18
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation – as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also is all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from you own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
When they (the two witnesses) finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads. 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
These passages certainly sound like it is written about particular people. The mortally wounded one who was healed bears a striking; but opposite, resemblance to Christ who was mortally wounded and raised. I would suggest that this might be the Antichrist.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worships the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.