I threatened to write something about the antichrist - so here is the first something. Paul's writing on the end times in both Thessalonian letters has always (ok, for a long time) fascinated me - he seems to be party to much inside information.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 is the part that is relevant to today's post. The 'end' will not come until the 'man of lawlessness' is revealed.
I think most of us are ok with the idea that the antichrist need not be an individual but that scripture that speaks about him uses personification. Although it may be that this is/will be an actual person.
The key thing learned from this passage is that this man of lawlessness will oppose everything that is called God or is worshipped - so Paul does not see the antichrist having 'being worshipped' as its aim. Also it will not propose a set of doctrines or a rule of life, but claims that there is no law - no right or wrong. I used to preach saying that the motto of the man of lawlessness will be, 'it doesn't matter'.
I guess, if I'm honest, I am afraid that I hear a lot of preachers saying 'it doesn't matter'. A lot of theologians claiming that humanity has the right to determine truth and not God. And that is almost true. It doesn't matter what we have done, where we have been or who we are - God calls us into a saving relationship with his son. But he also says that as his children we have the obligation to live as children of God. The past doesn't matter, but the future most definitely does.