A denier or opponent of Christ. Specif.: A great antagonist, person or power, expected to precede Christ's second coming.
The Beast, man of lawlessness· The world leader who will rise to power out of the fourth beast kingdom as prophesied in Daniel 7. He will confirm a covenant with Israel and then, after three-and-a-half years, he will put a stop to the sacrifice and offering in the temple when he declares himself to be God. During the Great Tribulation he will receive power from Satan as he deceives the world and attempts to destroy the people of God.
A final world ruler who deceives the masses through the promise of a one world government resulting in world peace. His actual, hidden agenda opposes and attempts to suppress the true (often traditional) religion, particularly Christianity. In Dispensationalist doctrine, the Antichrist comes half way through the Tribulation.