ANTICHRIST (Gr. antichristos, against or instead of Christ). The word antichrist may mean either an enemy of Christ or one who usurps Christ’s name and rights. The word is found in only four verses of Scripture (1John.2.18, 1John.2.22; 1John.4.3; 2John.1.7), but the idea conveyed by the word appears throughout Scripture. It is evident from the way John and Paul refer to the Antichrist that they took for granted a tradition well known at the time (2Thess.2.6, “you know”; 1John.4.3, “you have heard”).