TRUTHS ABOUT THE ANTICHRIST
- The antichrist has been in the world since the early Church but his manifestation as a person is about to happen now. 1 John 2:18 says “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that the antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time”. As at now, there are many antichrists, indicating that we are already in the end time. Verse 22 says, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son”. Any person, any religion, any gathering and anything that says that God cannot beget, in other words, that God has no Son, is an antichrist or a religion of antichrist. This is a fundamental doctrine of the children of the bondwoman. They believe that Issa (Jesus) is just a prophet; the son of Mary but not the Son of God because God cannot beget. The word ‘anti’ means something that is against. Antichrist means something that is in opposition to Christ. Remember that Christ is the incarnate word of God. Therefore, anything by extension that opposes the word of God, is an antichrist. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. Any religion that denies the sonship of Jesus Christ is a religion of the antichrist. 2 John 1:7 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist”. Any religion that does not believe that Jesus Christ came in flesh is a religion of antichrist. Any teaching that says Jesus Christ did not come in person is a teaching against Christ.
- The antichrist as a person is the personification of man’s enmity and rebellion against God as controlled by satan. He will speak pompous words against God; he will blaspheme God and will have no regard for God. Dan. 11:37 “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all”. 2 Tes. 2:4 says, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”. Remember that this has always been the ambition of Lucifer when he said in his heart, “I will ascend unto heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”. Isa. 14:13-14. Likewise, the antichrist will walk in that spirit, the spirit of Lucifer will be personified in him. The antichrist will be a personification of the spirit of satan, the evil one. Remember that some of his trademarks are blasphemy, rebellion and pride. God will allow him for a while. Talking about the antichrist, Rev. 13:6 says, “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven”. Marks of the beast might not necessarily be physical marks alone, but most importantly, marks talk about characteristics; marks give identity, marks talk about attributes and one of the attributes of satan who is the beast incarnate is blasphemy. Blasphemy originates from pride.
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