Good Morning Saints,
*_Topic: Antichrist: The Present Day Reality_*
By: Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Bible: 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.*
When you hear the word Antichrist, the first thing that comes to mind is the rapture or life after the rapture. Many people thinks Antichrist will come to limelight after rapture has taken place but the reality is, there is no where the word Antichrist is mentioned once in reference to future event throughout the Bible. There would be many events against Christ after rapture but the usage of Antichrist in the Bible is centred on present event already happening.
The word Antichrist is mentioned 4 times in the scripture and none refer to after rapture but all warned that they are already with us.
You see, some of us have understanding of Antichrist centred around the event that will follow rapture thereby forgetting to look inward and discern that Antichrist are already in existence. This is the purpose of this teaching.
Who is an Antichrist?
*_Number one category_*
1 John 2:22
*Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.*
It is evident from the verse above that anyone that denies Jesus as the Christ is an Antichrist. The word Christ is from Greek word “christos” which means Messiah. You see, many people and religions agreed with Christians that Jesus is a good, powerful, mighty, teacher, healer, prophet etc but they will never agreed with the Bible that He is “the Messiah”. That is where the main problem is. Anyone that won’t accept Him as the Messiah is an Antichrist. You cannot accept some truth about the Bible and disregard those ones that doesn’t go well with your Theology. You either take the whole Bible or you leave it.
*_Number two category_*
*…..He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son….._* 1John 2:22
You see, if you read this verse in haste, you will think it is saying those who doesn’t believe in God the Father and God the son. But this is what the phase is saying “those who denied the fact that Jesus is the Son of the Father are Antichrist”. Listen, some people don’t argue that there is God. They believe that there is God and but they don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God. They will tell you “Jesus has no father”, beware they are Antichrist.
*_Number three category_*
1 John 2:23
*Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.*
Listen to this verse: no matter how populated a religion maybe if they deny Jesus as the Son of God, they don’t know the Father (God). Beloved, don’t be deceived by the religions set up by the devil to deceive the world. You cannot claim to know God and deny Jesus his only begotten son.
*_Number four category_*
*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.*
Many witches and wizard will deny that Jesus is come in the flesh. They accept the supremacy of divinity but don’t agree with his dominion over his creation on earth which Christ is the Prince of the Kingdom of God.
Do you notice the latter part of he verse says “and even now already is it in the world”, it’s a present day reality not just future events that will unfold later.
Also in 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.*
Beloved, look at all the verses mentioned in this piece and you will discover they all tells us that Antichrist is a present reality. This doesn’t mean that events that will counter Christ reign in the millennium will not take place but the battle has started already.
Finally, everyone that is against Christ and His Church is an Antichrist. If you are doing anything to hinder the maturity of saints, luring them back to immorality because of your seductive charms, destroying the faith of new converts through willful unholy character etc, you are in the same categories. Anything done against Christ is Antichrist.
Thanks for reading
Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla