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What is the Antichrist?
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Many believe that the Antichrist is a
sinister character at the end time, talked about in the book of
Revelation. Actually the word “antichrist” is not found in the book
of Revelation. Rather, it is only mentioned four times in the New
Testament (all of them are in the epistles of John).
is John referring to, when he talks about “antichrist”?
the destruction of the Temple when the Jews were expelled from
Jerusalem and all the Hebraic leaders of “the way” had been killed,
a dramatic shift happened. Those who would become known as the
“church fathers” were all Gentiles. They all had Greek names, and
were scholars of Greek philosophy.
although they had given up the belief in many of the gods of Greek
mythology, their understanding of Hebraic concepts (like messiah,
salvation, and God) was quite limited. They were not Torah
scholars. They did the best that they could, but as “Christianity”
continued to gain more and more Gentile converts, it also grew
further away from its Jewish roots.
Jewish understanding of messiah being a man had given way to a Greek
view of messiah. Messiah now was beginning to be viewed as being
deity. This view began to develop while the Apostle John was still
alive. Many people were now saying that Jesus was not a man at all.
Beloved, believe not every
spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many
false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know you the Spirit
of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is of God:
And every spirit that
confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof you have
heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
making the role of messiah into that of God, the Greeks were
effectively making messiah into the opposite of what he was suppose
to be. Instead of “saving” the House of Israel (by turning them
back to the worship of the one true God), they were turning the
belief in One God into the belief in a Triune God.
warned the people of his time not to turn from their Jewish roots.
Not to make Jesus into God.
And this is love, that we
walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you
have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
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.
Look to yourselves, that we
lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a
role of messiah, is one who brings Israel OUT of idolatry and back
to the worship of the One God. In essence the belief in “Jesus”
(the mainstream Christian view of who and what he was) is a belief
that goes AGAINST what the role of messiah is. It is an anti-messiah
(or antichrist) belief.
John saw this belief grow stronger
Little children, it is the
last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come,
even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the
They went out from us, but
they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no
doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might
be made manifest that they were not all of us.
But you have an unction from
the Holy One, and you know all things.
I have not written to you
because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no
lie is of the truth.
Jewish belief, the “son of God” is NOT “God the son”. Messiah has
never been confused with God. He has NEVER been considered a
believed that Jesus was the messiah.
Who is a liar but he that
denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
However, he believed that by making Jesus into a god (and not distinguishing between God and Messiah), those who did such
a thing were proposing a belief that was an insult to Jewish concept
and tradition of what messiah was to be.
He is antichrist,
that denies the Father and the Son.
Whosoever denies the Son,
the same has not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledges the Son has
the Father also].
then appeals to his followers to abide by the Jewish traditions that
they had heard “from the beginning”.
Let that therefore abide in
you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have
heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall
continue in the Son, and in the Father.
And this is the promise that
he has promised us, [even] eternal life.
anticipated the messianic age, the resurrection of the dead, and the
“world to come”, were all at the doorstep.
unaware that there was to be two thousand years to follow. He
believed that he was living in the end times. He saw the belief of
Jesus being God as a hindrance to the truth. It was. But it was
also part of God’s plan to NOT bring back the northern kingdom
before the appropriate time.
we see thousands of people returning to their Hebraic roots. Many
are beginning to question the pagan influences that formed the
beginnings of Christianity. It is, however, still the doctrine
that John labels as “antichrist” that is the biggest obstacle to the
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