Is Antichrist real? 

The Consensus of the Holy Fathers (in other words, the consensus of centuries of Orthodox teaching) sure says he is.

Contrary from being symbolic, et cetera, Orthodox Christians understand Antichrist as a real person who will show up and basically make our lives pretty awful for three and a half years until Judgment day.

St John of Damascus, writing in the 8th century in his excellent Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, pretty much lays out how it will happen. (More …)