Why the Antichrist? What is his purpose in history? Whydoes he arrive on the scene at this moment in human history? TheBible is many things to many people, but one of its purposes isto outline human history. God is not trapped within the realmsof time as He has always been the I AM of the Hebrew scriptures -something which we cannot fathom, but must accept if we are tobelieve He is who He says He is. To discuss why evil exists isoutside the scope of this paper, but if we are to read the Biblewith any degree of literalism it is obvious evil is a prominentfactor in mankind and in the Bible. A great spiritual battlebetween Satan and God has raged since he fell from Heaven andEarth has been designated as the battleground. We read inGenesis of the beginning encounter in that battle as man movedinto the arena, and we see the promise of the coming One whowould eventually finish the war with victory (Genesis 3:15) -"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and betweenyour offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you willstrike his heel." The Antichrist is Satan's final attempt to winthe war. He is also used by God as a focal point around whom theevil will rally as the world approaches Armageddon.