According to a new poll released in conjunction with my book, “The Armageddon Code: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers,” nearly half of Protestant pastors (49 percent) in the U.S. said that they believe that the Antichrist will “a figure who will arise sometime in the future” when asked to choose from a series of proclamations about the Antichrist.

The second largest proportion of preachers (14 percent) said that they believe that the Antichrist is “just a personification of evil,” with an additional 12 percent saying “there is no individual Antichrist.” Almost equal proportions of pastors said that the Antichrist is “a figure who already arose sometime in the past” (6 percent) or is “an institution” (7 percent).

An additional 7 percent of pastors surveyed said that they are not sure where they stand on the matter.