The dechristianlzation of our world, the Luciferian development of science and technology, and the frightful material and moral destruction left behind by the second World War have been compared more than once with the eschatological events foretold in the New Testament. These, as we know, are concerned with the coming of the Antichrist:
“This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22
“Every spirit that dissolveth Jesus . . . is Antichrist … of whom you have heard that he cometh.” 1 John 4:4
The Apocalypse is full of expectations of terrible things that will take place at the end of time, before the marriage of the Lamb. This shows plainly that the “anima Christiana” has a sure knowledge not only of the existence of an adversary but also of his future usurpation of power.
Why my reader will ask do I discourse here upon Christ and his adversary, the Antichrist? Our discourse necessarily brings us to Christ, because he is the still living myth of our culture.
He is our culture hero, who, regardless of his historical existence, embodies the myth of the divine Primordial Man, the mystic Adam.
It is he who occupies the center of the Christian mandala, who is the Lord of the Tetramorph, i.e., the four symbols of the evangelists, which are like the four columns of his throne. He is in us and we in him.
His kingdom is the pearl of great price, the treasure buried in the field, the grain of mustard seed which will become a great tree, and the heavenly.
These few, familiar references should be sufficient to make the psychological position of the Christ symbol quite clear. Christ exemplifies the archetype of the self. ~Carl Jung, Aion, Christ, A Symbol of the Self, Pages 36-37.
Footnote 2: I John 4:3 (DV). The traditional view of the Church is based on II Thessalonians 2: which speaks of the apostasy, of the (man of lawlessness) and the (son of perdition) who herald the coming of the Lord.
This “lawless one” will set himself up in the place of God, but will finally be slain by the Lord Jesus “with the breath of his mouth.” He will work wonders (according to the working of Satan).
Above all, he will reveal himself by his lying and deceitfulness. Daniel 11: is regarded as a prototype.
Image: Antichrist and the Devil. From the Deeds of the Antichrist, fresco by Luca Signorelli, c. 1501