"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords."
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8"And now you know what [The Holy Spirit] is holding him [The Antichrist] back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back [The Holy Spirit living in the body of believers/church] will continue to do so till he [Believers and Withholding Ministry of Holy Spirit] is taken out of the way [Raptured]. And then the lawless one [The Antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming."
Many people try to play - Pin The Tail On The Antichrist. Truth is - if you know for sure who The Man of Lawlessness is then you probably have not been included in the catching away of the saints of God or believers in God through Christ. Sure, it might be an entertaining venture to pursue here and there, but his identity should not be a major focus. The Good News of humanity's salvation and Christ's promise of a return to retrieve us should be priority. However, this is not to say that the teaching of Eschatology and its details are not to be mentioned first. I have seen, heard and used End Time topics to open a door for the Salvation Message of Christ.
Believers have a limited time to expose generation after generation to The Gospel of Jesus Christ. And from when Christ sent His Holy Spirit (Pentecost) until the Rapture occurs the Great Commission is activated in every believer's life. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 makes it clear that the with-straining power of the Holy Spirit on this world of evil is going to be removed one day via The Rapture of Christians worldwide. Once this occurs, then The Antichrist will be revealed.
However, what impresses me the most in all of this and what I am looking forward too the most is the awesome display of Christ's authority - "the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.". With just the power of His Words, Christ will subdue The Antichrist and The False Prophet. With just His physical, immediate presence their power will be no more. Their end is so bad that these two are not killed but given a worse judgement - Go Directly To Jail or in this case The Lake of Fire - alive.
Revelation 19:19-21"Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh."
I know I have to, but - I Can't Wait!