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List of people accused of being the Antichrist

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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

In most Christian circles, the Antichrist is described as the future leader of a supranational state, and is seen as a messianic figure, opposing all things about God, all while declaring himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-10). Throughout the centuries that Christianity existed, many political and social figures of their time have been accused of being such. This list chronicles those who have either failed to make the cut, or are pending to be, depending on the level of shoehorning one relies on. Many non-specific people are called "Antichrists" in the New Testament (1 John 2:18, 2 John 1:7), so this will list specifically refer to those who are, or were, said to fulfill the events of Daniel or Revelation, signaling the End Times.


  • Jesus (c. 4 BCE – 30 or 33 CE): According to Paul Sides (a former computer programmer who runs an obscure webshite using the pen name Rav Sha'ul that contains plenty of other incomprehensible green ink "religious" babble), Jesus Christ himself is the Antichrist.[1] This stance seems to have replaced a previous numerology-oriented "theory" from Sides that speculated the Antichrist to be Charles III when he was still Prince of Wales.[2]
  • Nero (37–68): The OG. Scholars claim that in Gematria, 666 was to refer to Nero during his reign and persecution of Christians at that time.[3] PreteristsWikipedia also believe Nero already fulfilled the events of Revelation.
  • Pope Gregory VIIWikipedia (c. 1015–1085) and all subsequent popes, according to John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism.[4]
  • Frederick II, Holy Roman EmperorWikipedia (1194–1250)
  • During the Middle Ages, the idea that the Pope was the Antichrist was widespread.[5][6][7]
  • Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821): His rampant conquests made many preachers in Europe fear the idea that he would take over the world. For those who believe that Nostradamus predicted the rise of three Antichrists, Napoleon is often considered the definitive candidate for the first slot.[8]
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)[9]
  • Benito Mussolini (1883–1945): Being Italy's dictator and his takeover of Rome made preachers concerned he would revive the Roman Empire.
  • Adolf Hitler (1889–1945): Kinda like Napoleon, but also planned to wipe out all Jews. Nostradamus fans often consider Hitler to be the second candidate of the predicted three.[8]
  • Aleister Crowley (1875–1947): "The Great Beast 666"[10]
  • John F. Kennedy (1917–1963): Being the first Catholic President in America surely gets you quite a scare.[11] Extra points for getting shot in the head, though no resurrection as of now.
  • Ronald Reagan (1911–2004): A mentally troubled man named Gregory Gordon had an obsession with Reagan being the Antichrist, to the point of getting arrested and convicted for threatening the life of a former President in 1990.[12][note 1] There was also the once widely-circulated factoid that each of his three names, Ronald Wilson Reagan, consisted of 6 letters: 666.[13]
  • Pope John Paul II (1920–2005), according to Ian Paisley[14]
  • Jose Luis de Jesús (1946–2013): Claimed to be both Jesus and the Antichrist at the same time.[15]
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (1931–2022): It all had to do with the birthmark.[16][17]


See also[edit]


  1. In hindsight, maybe he was on to something…
  2. True to lunatic form, Ortega-Hernandez had previously declared himself "the modern-day Jesus Christ" and made unhinged rants against the government in a video pitch for Oprah Winfrey to put him on her show.


  1. "Jesus Christ is the Anti-Christ",, archived on 2015 November 17
  2. "The Anti-Christ: Prince Charles of Wales",, archived on 2004 November 3
  3. "Nero Versus the Christians" by Shushma Malik, History Today, 2020 September 9
  4. Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament: Notes on the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Chapter XVII, Verse 11 by John Wesley (1755) via Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
  5. "'Anatomia Antichristi': Form and Content of the Papal Antichrist" by Lawrence P. Buck (2011) The Sixteenth Century Journal 42(2):349-368.
  6. "Angel Pope and Papal Antichrist" by Bernard McGinn (1978) Church History 47(2):155-173. doi:10.2307/3164731.
  7. The Roman Monster: An Icon of the Papal Antichrist In Reformation Polemics by Lawrence P. Buck (2014) Truman State University Press. ISBN 161248106X.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "The 7 Most Popular Contenders for the Title ‘Antichrist’" by Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition, 2012 November 16
  9. "How Many Presidents Have Been Accused of Being the Antichrist?" by Forrest Wickman, Slate, 2011 November 17
  10. The Great Beast 666: who was Aleister Crowley? The National Trust.
  11. "The Nation: The 'Hypermodern' Foe; How the Evangelicals and Catholics Joined Forces" by Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, 2004 May 30
  12. "CONVICTION UPHELD IN REAGAN INCIDENT" by the Associated Press, 1992 September 6, digitized in the New York Times archive
  13. A Superstitious View Of Reagan's Victory by Dorothy Gilliam (November 15, 1980) The Washington Post.
  14. Outburst Disrupts Pope’s Speech at European Parliament by Sydney Rubin (October 11, 1988) AP.
  15. "Followers await self-styled ‘Antichrist’", Associated Press (hosted on NBC News), 2007 April 20
  16. Gorbachev! Has the Real Antichrist Come?
  17. "The Devil in Gorbachev" by Art Levine, Washington Post, 1988 June 5
  18. "Rudy Giuliani shares tweet calling George Soros ‘anti-Christ’" by Gabe Friedman, Times of Israel, 2018 October 8
  19. "Five things to know about the Antichrist" by Philip C. Almond, Conversation, 2020 October 19
  20. "New Hampshire state rep: ‘The Pope is the anti-Christ. Do your research.’" by Eric Levenson,, 2016 February 23
  21. Kansas man traveled to D.C. to kill ‘Antichrist’ Biden: report
  22. "ope Francis says Trump ‘not Christian’ because of Mexican border wall plan, candidate calls pontiff's remarks 'disgraceful'" by Larry McShane and Ginger Adams Otis, New York Daily Newsm 2016 February 19
  23. "Donald Trump Is ‘Anti Christ’ on Latest NY Daily News Cover (Photo)" by Brian Flood, The Wrap, 2016 February 19
  24. "Meet the GOP Congressional Candidate Who Called Hillary Clinton the “Antichrist”" by Molly Redden, Mother Jones, 2014 February 4
  25. "Ukraine archbishop slams Russian invasion, calls Putin the anti-Christ" by Jerusalem Post Staff, 2022 March 2
  26. Jerry Seinfeld is EVIL, he's the ANTICHRIST ! ! ! by Karl-Hugo Weesberg Narkive
  27. Jerry Seinfeld is the antichrist. by Nadbash, Torn
  28. "Excel Easter Egg - Excel 95 Hall of Tortured Souls", Easter Egg Archive
  29. "Bill Gates/Microsoft Chain-letter E-mails",
  30. "Why won’t Americans get vaccinated?" by Kathy Frankovic, YouGovAmerica, 2021 July 15
  31. "Why Bill Gates is the focus of the latest coronavirus conspiracy theories" by Ruth Reader, FastCompany, 2020 April 21
  32. Sex Pistols: John Lydon Said ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ Isn’t About ‘Spitefully Wanting to Wreck Everything for No Reason’ by Hannah Wigandt (May 27, 2022) Showbiz CheatSheet.
  33. "According to The Book of Revelations the anti-christ ... will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent ... is it OBAMA??" by Amy Hollyfield, Politifact, oynter Institute, 2008 April 2
  34. "In video, White House shooting suspect calls himself ‘modern-day Jesus’" by Mariano Castillo and Greg Botelho, CNN, 2011 November 18
  35. "ReAwaken America Tour Fuses Trumpism and Christian Nationalism" by Noah Phillips, Moment, 12 May 2023
  36. "Fact Check-World Economic Forum did not declare ‘God is dead’ or that humans would become gods" by Reuters Fact Check, 2022 December 23
  37. "Who Is the Man Leading the COVID-19 / Great Reset Agenda?", ReAwaken America tour website (, archived on 2023 April 11
  38. "Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer" by Nellie Bowles, New York Times, 2018 November 9
  39. "Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?" by Jack Nicas, New York Times, 2020 March 2
  40. "Macron et «l’arrivée de la Bête» (de l’Apocalypse) : comment remonter le fil de cette petite phrase" by William Audureau, Le Monde, 2020 May 22
  41. "666 FIFTH AVENUE", project overviews,, archived on 2016 November 25
  42. "Is Jared Kushner a Paid Protester? Because It Turns Out He’s Gotten a Bunch of Money From George Soros." by Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate, 2017 May 2
  43. "Why Does Jared Kushner Look Like He Is Getting Ready To Play The Role of the Biblical Antichrist?" by Geoffrey Grider,, 2017 April 28, archived on 2022 September 16
  44. How to Calculate the Number of the Beast [and the Odds - UPDATE: See Pinned Comment] by chisza7, March 18, 2015, YouTube