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« on: September 11, 2008, 10:39:51 AM »
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There are only 4 verses in Scripture that contain the term antichrist.

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
1 John 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2 John 1:7 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.


In the KJV the word antichrist is not selectively capitalized, and there was no upper/lower case in the original Greek.  Clearly, from the verses above, antichrist is a SPIRIT, or THE spirit, that lives in the heart of anybody that denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or any SPIRIT that denies that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh. Every man that denies the Son has not the Father and is antichrist, and also is an antichrist.  Blindness of some Jews, however, may well be a separate issue as per  Romans 11.
Here is a U-Tube of antichrists that will break your heart.
Here is a group of antichrists graduating from kindergarten.
Here is a link to a U-Tube that demonstrates Ahmed Deedat's deception, through a bible verse of his own creation, on this subject.

Since there are billions of antichrists - and no shortage from John's day forward - it would seem there cannot be a single antichrist - not in John's day - not today.  An individual antichrist can only be just ANOTHER antichrist.

The following verse is sometimes understood to suggest an individual past or future "Antichrist", but Scripture shows us how to understand this verse perfectly:

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

How could the above verse make any sense if the first use of the term antichrist were supposed to be an individual person as "The" "Antichrist", when six words later we learn there are many antichrists?  This is the only verse of those above that is generally construed to indicate a single individual as such.  Let's develop our understanding by looking to another verse that also uses the term antichrist in a singular fashion:
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

You can see the singular "that", "spirit", "it" in this sentence and singular "antichrist", just like the singular "antichrist" in 1 John 2:18.  The translators gave us a little extra push in 1 John 4:3 by inserting the word [spirit] a second time, further clarifying that the spirit of antichrist is this singular entity.  Now look at how this makes the "little children" verse make perfect sense if, when you get to the first use of term antichrist, you understand it as THE SPIRIT OF antichrist:

John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

Finally look also at how beautifully parallel these two verse snippets are:

"ye have heard that antichrist shall come"
"ye have heard that it should come"

THE FRUIT

Look at the fruit of misunderstanding.  Some say "The" "Antichrist" was Nero. Perhaps suggesting "he" is over and done with.  Futurists are looking for some future individual "Antichrist" of the silver screen yet to come.  Others you can find on the Internet, of which there is no shortage, proffer guesses from the leader of Spain, to the Pope, to Ronald Reagan.
Meanwhile there are 1.5 billion antichrists in Islam alone. This doesn't even count the atheist neighbor down your block where your kids go to hang out. The Church has been deceived into looking in the wrong place.  Has the Church's looking for some individual "Antichrist", past or present, also made it look like so much buffoonery to those outside of the Church?

It is human nature to want to believe in concepts such as "The" "Antichrist".  What kid didn't take a flying leap to get into bed, so that what ever was under the bed wouldn't grab their ankles?  Without the allure of a boogeyman Hollywood would go broke and the majority fiction novelists would be homeless.

But here is how Satan succeeded the most through this concept.  The term antichrist has been removed from the Christian vocabulary except when used to describe some individual boogeyman.  Who would casually refer to the atheist that lives down the block as an antichrist, yet wouldn't this be correct?  How much more soul searching might that individual do if we did?  Who have you heard refer to the 1.5 billion Muslims as antichrists?  

Sura 19:88 They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!" 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!

A term that should be a normal part of Christian vocabulary has been stolen by the enemy.  Just ask the guy next to you in Church next Sunday "what is the antichrist?" to get an idea of how this term is understood in the Church.

Consider also that God likely had John write so much later than the others so that he could address the myriad of heresies that had already infiltrated the Church, even in John's day.  Consider all of the "overcommeth"ing of Revelation Chapters 2 and 3.  The above verses in effect saying "you've heard that antichrist is coming, but it's already here!".  Even if there had been such a concept of a single antichrist in the Church, consider the wording: "ye have heard".  Perhaps like "ye have heard that toads give people warts", but that doesn't mean that it's true.  
Consider a similar verse:
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 4 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

"The folly of interpreters has been to foretell times and things by this prophecy [Revelation], as if God designed to make them prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men's curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own providence, not the interpreters', be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence." - Sir Isaac Newton

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4  And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
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