What does the word antichrist mean?
The word antichrist = [antichristos] in the Greek language.
Anti = [anti], word G473 in Strong's Concordance. It means “instead of”.
Christ = [Christos], word G5547 in the Strong's Concordance. It means “son of God, the Messiah, the anointed one”.
Why is the term “instead of Christ” so important?
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Transformed = [metaschematizo], Greek word G3345 in a Strong's Concordance. It means disguised, masquerades as.
[This verse tells us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light,” it means that Satan capitalizes on our love of the light (God's truths) in order to deceive. He wants us to think that he is good, truthful, loving, and powerful – all the things that God is. To portray himself as a dark, devilish being with horns would not be very appealing to the majority of people (would that fool anyone?). Most people are not drawn to darkness, but to light. Therefore, Satan appears as a creature of light to draw us to himself and his lies].
Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. [Who is the Lamb? Who is the dragon? See John 1:29; Revelation 12:7, 9 and Revelation 21:27].
What is the sequence of events according to God's word?
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [verse 4 is very important, also].
1. falling away = great apostasy.
2. The son of perdition is revealed, Satan/antichrist disguised as an angel of light.
3. Then that day shall come. What day? Verse 1 of 2 Thessalonians 2 tells us.
Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, [This whole chapter is very important].
Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
What these verses in Mark 13 are saying is, after the tribulation of the antichrist, the real Christ returns.
Some of Satan's names and roles:
Devil, dragon, serpent (Psalm 91:13; Rev. 12:9); tree of the knowledge of good and evil, shining one, lucifer, anti-christ, death; king of fierce countenance, king of Tyrus, false prophet, that wicked one, Wicked, morning star, angel of light, wormwood, son of perdition, king of the bottomless pit; accuser of the brethren; adversary; tempter; abaddon (Hebrew) the destroyer in English; appolyon (Greek); beelzebub; belial; enemy; evil spirit; father of all liars; prince of this world; prince of darkness, ruler of the night, assyrian, vile person, deceiver, terrible one, scorner, prince of the power of the air, little horn, asshur, abomination of desolation [desolator], king of Babylon, king of terrors; king of pride, violent man, treacherous dealer, spoiler, wicked counselor, etc.; Isaiah 14:22; Daniel 9:27; Mark 13:14; [H1966 in Strong's Concordance]
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. [He was in the Garden of Eden, the serpent, the devil].
These are just a few of the verses that make it very clear to me that Satan has played numerous roles trying to deceive as many as possible, plus, he will play his biggest role soon, the role of antichrist [instead of Christ, trying to imitate the real Christ]. The antichrist is not a man, it is Satan himself based on the above verses and more. I used the KJV Bible only. Continue to study your bibles completely.