A common misunderstanding about the Antichrist is that he is represented as the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. However, that is not so. The first direct mention of the Antichrist is in chapter 11.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:7)
From this we know that the Antichrist is the one who came out of the pit at the sounding of the Fifth Trumpet.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. (Revelation 9:11)
This refers to the fallen angel who becomes the Antichrist. The point being that the Antichrist is not represented among any of the Seals or during the first four Trumpets.
A more detailed description of the Antichrist is in chapter 13 of Revelation.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13:1-2)
Now this is where Revelation is very confusing. The ‘beast’ in this case is not actually the Antichrist. It is his organization. But later on, the ‘beast’ and ‘Antichrist are interchangeable.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:3-4)
There is another relatively unknown link to the Antichrist, aka Abaddon/Apollyon. The Book of Enoch. Generally considered non-canonical because of corruptions to it over the millennia, it is still a very interesting book, and one that Jude referred to in his statement…
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints (Jude 1:14)
The Book of Enoch is a long, and rather bizarre, story detailing the pre-Flood “angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation” (Jude 1:6). The story is mentioned only once in Genesis, but is the reason Yahweh flooded the earth.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose… There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (Genesis 6:1-2, 4-6)
The sons of God were angels who decided to mate with human women. Their offspring were sometimes giants, and sometimes normal looking humans who had supernatural abilities. Demigods is the greek term for them.
Going back to Enoch, he describes in his apocryphal book that the band of angels willingly disobey God and make themselves known to women, taking them as wives and fathering children with them.
One particular angel is Azazel. He stands out because he teaches mankind the art of working metal. Specifically, making weapons. He also teaches women to use makeup to enhance themselves in a way that God considers deceptive and unnatural.
The whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin. (Enoch 2:8)
Azazel’s punishment was the same as the other fallen angels’.
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Jude 1:6)
They were rounded up and put in chains, then thrown into a bottomless pit where they still await judgement (after the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ upon His return). The pit was covered and sealed until the time of the End. Being immortal angels, they do not die. They simply wait. Likewise, the Antichrist is the leader of those immortal angels waiting. This is also supported by John’s apocalypse…
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (Revelation 17:11)
The beast (the Antichrist) was… that is, he was free to roam the earth… and is not… meaning, he currently does not have access to the world.
There is only one direct reference to Azazel in the bible, in the book of Leviticus. In the ritual commanded by Yahweh in Levititcus 16, two unblemished goats are presented to the high priest on the Day of Atonement. Lots are cast for the purpose of each goat. One is selected to be used as a burnt offering to the Lord. The other has a very different and perplexing destiny.
The remaining goat is assigned the sins of all the people and dedicated to Azazel (altho the reference to Azazel is scrubbed from the KJV. Other bible versions retain the reference). Then it is put on a chain and taken out of the city and eventually thrown into a ravine (the closest thing they had to a bottomless pit). The scapegoat, as it is called (and that’s the origin of the term) symbolically represents Azazel. Sounds a bit like Enoch’s description of Azazel’s story, doesn’t it?
Nearly everyone assumes that the Antichrist is a regular human who will become possessed by Satan and do all the evil things we associate with him because of Satan’s hatred for mankind. But just think how you’d feel about mankind if you were a veritable god on earth 5000 years ago and then suddenly powerful angels on God’s side suddenly grabbed you, chained you up, and threw you in a pit and covered you up. And there you stayed for the next 5000 years. Upon your release, you’d probably be very eager to get revenge (on both God and mankind). And of course, Satan is more than willing to take advantage of that hatred.