This a part of a series…
- Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left
- I believe that this is where we now stand
- Armageddon, Gog and Magog
- antichrist – Matthew 23, 24 and 25
- 666 the number of the beast
- antichrist – Luke 21
With great hesitancy Im writing about this. It’s a topic that comes up time and again and which the enemy uses to undermine the church and create fear. I hope to systematically and unemotionally work through each of the aspects of this issue, one by one. I plan to give a scripturally-based explanation of who and what is the antichrist and what we as Christians should be doing about this thing. Please note: The term “antichrist” appears five times in 1 John and 2 John of the New Testament — once in plural form and four times in the singular. The antichrist is also referred to as a spirit and as a person.
1. The antichrist will never prevail
Jesus Christ promised that His church (which is build on the truth that He is the Christ) will prevail and gates of hell will not be able to withstand a church built on Jesus Christ.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[ bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matt 16:15-19
The church which is built on the revelation that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God… not even the gates of hell will prevail against such a church. So if someone tells you that the antichrist will prevail in this world, they are contradicting Jesus Christ’s own words. Their words are against the Christ. They have the “spirit” of the antichrist because they deny the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
2. The spirit of the antichrist was in the world before AD70
Take a look at this verse
every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. – 1 John 4:3
If you take note of that verse it says “even now is already in the world” and as we know the books of the bible were written before AD70 when the temple was destroyed.
3. The antichist (person) is coming
Here is another verse which indicates a time period for the antichrist
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. – 1 John 2:18
It is clear that the primary problem is simply a denial of Jesus Christ and at that time – before AD70 – there were many people with that spirit (of denying that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ). And clearly, today in 2011 there are countless people who deny Jesus is the Christ. This spirit is alive and well today.
4. Rapture – it will get so bad that God will have to rescue His children
Some people say it will get so bad in this world that God will have to rapture his people in order to save them. How is this consistent with the words of Jesus Christ? How is it consistent with the OT where it says that the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will increase forever? It is not compatible theology
Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist–he denies the Father and the Son. – 1 John 2:22
Don’t live in fear. The only person who wants you to believe that the devil will be victorious… is the devil himself. Te devil denies that Jesus Christ has come and conquered all sin and death and he wants to scare you into thinking the same thing. The devil denies Jesus Christ and he wants you to deny Jesus Christ too. Don’t do it. Believe what the bible says about Jesus Christ. If your church teaches you something different to what the bible says, then go to a different church. Don’t have your inheritance stolen from you.
The only condition under which the enemy could take over this world is if all Christians were raptured, then our faith in Jesus Christ would no longer be active, we who are the light of the world would no longer be giving light to the world – and only under those conditions the enemy would be able to overcome. Something similar to this situation occurred in AD500 when the Catholic Church removed the bible from the people and removed it from all local languages. The bible became available only in Latin and only in monastries. Consequently the people could not read about Jesus Christ, their faith was reduced and their light was dimmed – as a result literally darkness flooded the world in a time called “The Dark Ages”. Massive new world religions sprang up, massive diseases killed vast parts of the population of Europe, lawlessness prevailed. The situation was reversed when “The Dark Ages” ended in around 1500 when the bible began to be printed on printing presses in local languages. Faith in Jesus Christ increased and light flooded the world. A European revival occurred which is called the Renaissance and massive scientific discoveries were made. The bottom line is this: for as long as Christians are in this world a they believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, there will be light in the world and no ruler motivated by the spirit of the antichrist will be able to dominate. If believers were raptured – removed from this world – then such a person could rise up and dominate.