Something to consider:
The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no
followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a
trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This
masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist.
When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined
Himself as "I am Who am," and the Devil as "I am who am not."
Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of
the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first "red." Rather is he
described as an angel fallen from heaven, as "the Prince of this
world," whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world.
His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is
no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no
judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil.
But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so
much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect--and certainly no
devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will
he come in this new age to win followers to his religion? The
crux of the Book of Revelation is that Satan will come disguised as the
Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as
means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. Remember
that the third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and
all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation
to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to
come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a
religion--one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God's.
In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of
freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell
to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be
brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the
elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the
Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the
notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of
its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that
will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.
The 2oth and 21st centuries will join the counterchurch because it
claims to be infallible when its visible head speaks ex cathedra from
nihilism and atheism on the subject of economics and politics, and as
chief shepherd of a "New World Order". Jesus gave us the catch words to be aware of in Revelation: God is unprovable Christ is imaginary The Bride of Christ (the Church) is a joke the virgin birth is impossible Humanity is the source of all wisdom Human rights are based on human progress
Notice Jesus is warning us that when God is diminished and humanity is
elevated then that is when evil happens. Dostoevsky summed it best,
"Without God all is permissible." Any rights given by God cannot be
taken away. Rights given by humans are continually taken away.
All of this can be seen by taking a hard look at Communism, the USSR,
China, Mao, Nazi Germany, and the current "New" Atheism movement. *By "Church" I mean all Christian Churches that profess the Creeds.