Just finished it the first time.
Still don't get it, so I'll blog through it.
the first piece I'll work through is the "why" - why are we so fascinated with the "anti-christ?"
Riddlebarger says that it's because we don't quite see "evil" as evil unless we can put a face to it. Communism is bad, but unless we can put an evil dictator's face to it, we don't seem to connect it to life.
Another thing is that the "Left Behind" series put a name to him. That makes it more tantalizing and we "see" more clearly.
But what we think we know (via end times fiction) might not necessarily be what the Bible says about the "man of sin."
Next question: why am I interested in this topic?
End times in general, I think - everybody wants a glimpse into the future. What will happen? What will happen to those I love? Will there be a rapture, or will we be here during the "great tribulation?"
I lean "a-mil" so I believe that Christians will be here during the great tribulation - we've been here before, we will be again. The world hates us; and the more we love Jesus, the more they hate us.
Do I want to "date set?" Since Christ left, Christians have looked forward to His return. Is it near? Is it far? How do we know?
Is the Anti-Christ a sign? Who is he?
In the end, curiosity brings me to this topic...