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The, the final opponent of Christ and thus of God. The specific designation is found only in the Letters of John. The author supposes that his audience has heard the term before (1John 2:18), and he suggests that it now refers to individuals (“antichrists”) whose religious influence is already a danger to the church (1John 2:18-29; 1John 4:1-6; 2John 1:7-11). Elsewhere, the enemy of God who would be defeated at Christ’s return is referred to as “the lawless one” (2Thess 2:8), Belial (2Cor 6:15), and Gog and Magog (Rev 20:8).