It is my humble opinion that there is an overwhelming amount of energy, being spent by Religionists, on the need for an anti-Christ. In almost every religion there is known to man, there is an opposite, evil force that is suppose to ruin the world. In the Christian world, this is how God is to be reborn again, and rock the world with his marvelous power. Think about it. An anti-Christ, brings out the justification of judgment, and maintains fear. Fear is needed in order to control a mighty hoard of people.
Do I personally believe that there is a being out there, with the destiny of the anti-Christ coursing through his veins? No. Do I believe there are wanna-be anti-Christ's looking to control people and events, in order to alter history? Sure. As long as we have people like Timothy McVeigh, Charles Manson, or this Harold Camping guy with his Rapture predictions, star struck on being famous.... we will have a belief in the anti-Christ. I'm a Christian. It has always been my long standing belief that Christians need a reason to believe. So think about this. What role does the anti-Christ play in society today? Oh, he is to bring about the destruction of the world. (Miracle) He is to cause a great battle between good and evil and good wins with the Rapture, and the coming of the Lord. (Ah, another miracle.) Another key point to this anti-Christ character is that it gives Christians a reason to believe in Jesus. It gives Muslims a reason to believe in Mohammad as a prophet.
It is just not good enough to believe in the love, joy and compassion of Jesus Christ. What fun is that? Love, Joy, and compassion are pretty easy going philosophies. Too mundane for a world such as ours. We must have an anti-Christ to ruin the day. Christ NEVER said there will be an anti-Christ. HE never mentioned him, he never said anything about it, and there is no mention of the anti-Christ in the Torah or OT. The five books of Moses, don't say anything about a Rapture, or an evil being flying down from heaven with 7 heads in the shape of a dragon, with seven seals to mark the ruin of the world.
So how did we get this marvelous tale of good vs. evil? A guy. And this man supposedly named John had a crazy dream one night, and now this dream has turned into a bigger than life saga, chalked full of crazy people with tatt'd up foreheads with the numbers 666, doom, plagues, and death. Go figure.
He had a dream.