“many antichrists have come”

Yeah, The Antichrist is coming, but right now we need to be concerned with the “many antichrists” that are now in the world and all around us.

It is believed that the Apostle John wrote about the “last hour” (the last days) in his first Epistle approximately 100 years after the death of Christ. Here we are in 2010 which is still considered the “last days”.

In my years of ministry, I am becoming increasing aware of the “antichrist” spirit. It is increasing at an alarming rate. If you are not aware of this, it is because you are not confronting people with Christ. This antichrist spirit is the main force that Satan is using in our world today. If you don’t agree, just try mentioning Christ to people you meet. It won’t be very long before the demons rise up, and you come close to an encounter that you wished would not have happened.

John wrote, “even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1John 2:18). So if approximately 1910 years ago, John said that “there are many antichrists”, wouldn’t it seem to be that now there would be untold amounts of antichrists in the world? If this was based only on the sheer amount of the increased population?

What are “antichrists?”. It is important for us to know who they are. We all rub shoulders with them everyday. We just usually don’t know who they are until Christ is mentioned. Once mentioned, you will know.

I believe it is safe to say that there are two types of people that have taken up with this antichrist spirit. First, those who have never put their faith and trust in Christ. Then, there are those who once believed in Christ, but now have taken up with this spirit of this age. They now say that there are many ways to God. Once, they believed that Christ was The Way, The Truth and The Life, and that He said, “no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Now they have become “deceived” by “seducing” spirits.

John describes those who “were not of us”. I believe we can look at this verse and interpret it to be two different kinds of people. “They went out from us, but they were not of us; if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” (1Jn.2:19)

The obvious would be that they were never with Christ in the first place. They came to church, went through the motions, they hung out with us, but were never really saved in the first place. Now, certainly there are many that have and will fit into this category. But, there are those who were saved, they did walk with fellow believers, they did share themselves in Christ at one time. But now they have taken up with this spirit and have been deceived, and now believe a lie. This spirit has told them that Christ is not the only way. It usually has come through other people that they have associated themselves with. Just like God’s spirit works through people, Satan does the same.

This deception is based on a lie. They have believed a lie and thus have become a liar. It has come from the father of lies, Satan.

John goes on and describes what a “liar” is. “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He (or she) is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. (note: that it says “the Father and the Son” they are together) Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1John 2:22-23).

So, those who say, “oh I believe in God”, then you mention Christ to them and they flair up, well, they are a liar. They are antichrist.

These two verses are foundational in knowing what an antichrist is, and what spirit they have taken up with.

And, for all of us who have not bought into this lie, an extreme warning is issued to us. “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But if the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1John 24-27)

The only way that we too will not be deceived in these “last days”, is that we abide in the vine, which is Christ. We must continually immerse ourselves in Christ. Pray in Christ. Think in Christ. Speak in Christ. Share in Christ. Study in Christ (study the Gospels over and over. I have spent 30+ years studying them, and still they cannot be exhausted)

We must abide in the Son and in the Father. If we do, than the promise is eternal life. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)

Why did John write these words regarding deceptions in the last hours? Because just as there was people back than who where antichrists, there are more of them today. It was forethought from God. It’s relevant today and it’s growing leaps and bounds. Every where you go today, people are saying that “all religions lead to God”. They say that Christ cannot possibly be the only way. “How narrow minded is that?” “It doesn’t matter which religion, as long as you believe in God”. Then we speak in love and tell them that “the devils also believe in God and tremble”, so what’s with just believing in God? Big deal.

What “other ways to God” leave out, is that the Son of God was the only sacrifice for our sins. I tell them, “It all comes down to sin and the sacrifice thereof.” Without that there is no forgiveness of sin and we will remain dead in our sins (spiritually), not only now, but for all eternity.

We must be continually reminded that Christ is Truth. Everything outside or contrary to Christ is a lie. And those promoting it are liars.

So all believers must continually abide in Him (Christ). Daily, moment by moment. Immerse yourself in Him, lest you be seduced and thereby deceived by believing a lie and tell all you meet that there are many ways to God.

Beware lest we forget!

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8 Responses to ““many antichrists have come””

  1. timbob Says:

    Hi Richard. As I read this, a particular passage came to mind. In fact it’s a verse that’s been highlighted repeatedly in my spirit over the past several months.

    Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and byn the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

    Of all the talk about overcoming the wicked one, these three things are primary. The blood of the Lamb; being washed of our sin. The word of our testimony; professing Jesus regardless of circumstances or resistance. And loving not our lives in this world as that is the pitfall by which multitudes will agree to receive a mark. You have done a masterful job of outlining the spirit of antichrist and how it is operating in the world today. We must commit the keeping of our souls unto Jesus and give all diligence to keeping our heart and maintaining our testimony.

    Something else came to mind that a brother at work and I were discussing earlier tonight. So many people in the street, when approached with the gospel, will say something like “oh I’m good.” I hear it all the time. They don’t want to get into a discussion as eternal matters are far from their plan of the day. So they give a quick “oh I’m good” as they hurry to their next vanity. It’s frustrating and yet to be expected in this generation that’s more concerned with maintaining a comfort zone in this world than considering their fate in the next. And this seems to be on the rise.

    Time is so short. Lately I’ve been prompted to begin focusing on a specific corner in Kalamazoo; that being the intersection of Kalamazoo Ave and Rose street. This is the southwest corner of the bus/Amtrack station and is traversed by folks from a lot of backgrounds. The urgency is ramping up and I need to set aside a specific day each week to focus on this corner.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  2. timbob Says:

    Hi Richard. As I read this, a particular passage came to mind. In fact it’s a verse that’s been highlighted repeatedly in my spirit over the past several months.

    Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and byn the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

    Of all the talk about overcoming the wicked one, these three things are primary. The blood of the Lamb; being washed of our sin. The word of our testimony; professing Jesus regardless of circumstances or resistance. And loving not our lives in this world as that is the pitfall by which multitudes will agree to receive a mark. You have done a masterful job of outlining the spirit of antichrist and how it is operating in the world today. We must commit the keeping of our souls unto Jesus and give all diligence to keeping our heart and maintaining our testimony.

    Something else came to mind that a brother at work and I were discussing earlier tonight. So many people in the street, when approached with the gospel, will say something like “oh I’m good.” I hear it all the time. They don’t want to get into a discussion as eternal matters are far from their plan of the day. So they give a quick “oh I’m good” as they hurry to their next vanity. It’s frustrating and yet to be expected in this generation that’s more concerned with maintaining a comfort zone in this world than considering their fate in the next. And this seems to be on the rise.

    Time is so short. Lately I’ve been prompted to begin focusing on a specific corner in Kalamazoo; that being the intersection of Kalamazoo Ave and Rose street. This is the southwest corner of the bus/Amtrack station and is traversed by folks from a lot of backgrounds. The urgency is ramping up and I need to set aside a specific day each week to focus on this corner.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

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  4. Richard Says:

    Timbob,
    Agree brother. Thanks for sharing the Rev. scripture. So true about your “Oh, I’m good” comment. I get that all the time. Your reason is right on. I will keep you in prayer regarding the ministry in Kalamazoo. I like your “corner focusing”. I am familiar with that one.
    Bless you!

  5. brian Says:

    Richard,
    Please do not forget our responsibility to also rest in Christ! He is our Sabbath; and we are made for Him!
    Yes, the pluralistic mindset is ubiquitous in our generation and it is clearly against Christ and His teachings. He who is not with Him is actually against Him!
    I find that the best means to address the “Oh, I’m good” comment is the Way of the Master technique of using the Law to measure one’s goodness and use the Law to propel the person to Grace! There is a generation that is “white” in its’ own eyes, yet is not cleansed from its’ filthiness! We live in that generation and only the blood of the Lamb will present us as blameless.
    We treasure convenience in this culture, why is it that we think that we have to labor to earn heaven? The gospel is the good news to say–the ultimate convenience is this…Jesus gave His life for you to be restored back to God! Amen.

  6. timbob Says:

    Good morning. I’m awake early due to Matthew being up. This week was interesting as I took him to Elkhart on Monday and on Friday. Monday was interesting. I was limited in whom I could talk to, however, several tracts were distributed in Island park and along the walking trail that passes south of the island. This is a very quiet area where one doesn’t run into a lot of people, but one on one conversations are easily entered into.

    Friday was different. It had been raining that morning and fewer people were out. In addition, Matthew would not deviate from the “exact path” that we had travelled on Monday. Autistic people focus on a particular routine and he demanded that the second visit be patterned as the first. As a result only two tracts were distributed and no meaningful conversations entered into. There were people in the vicinity whom I would have approached under normal circumstances, but Matthew became very agitated each time I began to deviate from the previous route. It was frustrating, and yet, I have no idea as to where those two tracts will end up. Who will read them and what the conclusion will be. It may well be that this outing; discouraging as it was, could end up being the most profitable of them all. Such information we’re not privy to on this side.

    Pleas keep October 29 in prayer as this is the next planned trip into Chicago for CR and I. It will be different than previous trips. I found a place by the Planetarium where one can park all day for only $22. It will enable us to canvass the entire downtown area without any time constraints. It’s so strange. I sometimes wish that the Lord would say to me “get thee up; sell all that thou hast, and go to Chicago.” Then again, that’s the old numbers mindset in play. I see 5 million people and think “Thats where I need to be.” Those two people who took tracts yesterday are every bit as eternal as But the five million people in Chicago.

    It’s a good thing that Phillip didn’t operate according to population. Had he done so, the Ethipoian Eunich would have returned home; still not knowing if Isaiah was writing about himself or another. The Lord sees the entire picture; past present and yet to be. He kows every heart and who is ready to hear. We see only a snapshot of a single situation aat a given time. And that snapshot is only a surface picture that reveals nothing of the spiritual goings on in the hearts of those passing through. We cannot possibly navigate this in our own wisdom or based on our own observations.

    Sorry for rambling. I’m up early and ended up stopping by again. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  7. Richard Says:

    Brian,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Yes, Christ is our Sabbath rest! As we remain in Him, we are rested.
    Please remember that the “good person” formula should not be thought of as to be used as a “cookie cutter” method. If so, we cut out the Spirit of God as to what to do, or what to say to a particular person. We must remain in the Spirit and get from Him what we need. Unregenerate people are the first to see if we our void of the Spirit, even if they don’t know it. (see my post on the “tin man”)
    We are not saved by “good works”, but most certainly saved to “do” good works. Second to knowing God, is working for Him. Jesus came to “do” the Father’s will, and so should we.
    God bless you brother!

  8. Richard Says:

    Timbob,
    You are so right about the “two tracts”. Many times it is the most simplest and seemly smallest thing that we do, could be the biggest in God’s eyes.
    I am always reminded that we don’t have to know the results on this side. He has His good reasons for that. We can think of a few.
    Someday it’s going to be worth it all.
    Amen. Don’t go according to the “population”. I am always reminded on that one.
    God bless you brother!

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