2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 9-10 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; (4) Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God will sit in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. : (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness [deceitfulness] of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
There are and will be many type of manifestations that preclude the revealing of the ant-christ, one of which will be self professed Christians apostatizing, or leaving the faith.
The devil will manifest hisself in ways that will exacerbate the falling away, such as:
- John 14:4-6
- Matthew 10:22, 24:13