The Beast, Son of Perdition, Antichrist, Maitreya, etc.

Question from listener (Charles): “Why do most prophecy teachers refer to “the Antichrist” as though it is a specific individual given that name in the Bible? In reading the Bible I have never been able to identify any individual or entity referred to as “the Antichrist.”

I agree with Charles that the best name for the person in question is not precisely Antichrist. The Scriptures have many names for this person. We find him called by the title little horn in Dan 7 and 8, Son of Perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2, the Wicked One in Isaiah 11. So,  he is not properly called “the Antichrist” – I have used the term “Antichrist” because it is what we commonly used term to describe the person who will be the ultimate embodiment of the antichrist philosophy. I would argue that it is not such a bad designation for the person because he is certainly against and will be in the place of Christ – thus the name fits. I think the other terms for such as beast, son of perdition, little horn, are all terms that refer to a feature of him. From Genesis 3:15 we know that he will be opposed to Jesus the Messiah (the Christ) and will also be the genetic counterfeit of the Christ.  I am convinced that he is called the beast in revelation precisely because he is a genetic hybrid between Satan and man.