The Antichrist is not a Man, the Antichrist is a Spirit
Too many Hollywood producers, book authors, and unlearned preachers have saturated society with the image of a person (some man) in particular, as being the antichrist. But that is biblically incorrect. The Bible never says that the antichrist is a man. In each mention of the antichrist, the Bible refers to it as a spirit.
There are actually only four (4) mentions of antichrist in the Bible; in the books of John, 1 and 2, which reads:
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time" (1 John 2:18).
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22).
"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 John 4:3).
"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist" (2 John 1:7).
According to the above scriptures, the antichrist is a spirit that denies Christ. It states that anyone who does deny that Christ is come in the flesh possess the antichrist spirit. It never says that there is any particular person who does, but anyone who does.
Many preachers refer to the book of Revelation as revealing the antichrist but neither is that true. The book of Revelation never mentions the word antichrist or suggests that (he) is a person. It speaks of a dragon and of the devil and Satan, but never antichrist. The most popular scripture preachers refer to when implying about the antichrist is in revelation, which reads:
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six" (Revelation 13:18).
But nowhere does it mention the antichrist. It mentions the beast, which is an entity that will wreak havoc on the world. In fact, there are actually two (2) beasts. The first one will rise from the sea and the second one will rise from the earth. The one that comes from the earth forces the world to worship the first beast that comes from the sea. and: "he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Revelation 13:16, 17).
They both are empowered by the dragon (Satan) and the false prophet (a spirit of deception). These are literally very powerful men and groups of men who deceive the world. The beast is a lone entity; a spirit empowering certain men at certain times in different parts of the world. It will be difficult to pinpoint the beast as one man, although near the end, the beast will be revealed as a man representing one idea, for many nations, with one goal.
The beast will become so highly influenced and powered by the dragon that he will be able to show illusions of power that will make the world wonder. He will instill great fear into people with the illusions and take control of their actions and thoughts. He will control the currency, the goods, and all the world markets. And he will use a powerful military force to fulfill his will. Once he has complete control over the people of the world, he will exalt himself as a god and move to destroy any and everything associated with religion in the world. And this is when he will be revealed as one man in the beast.