Misconceptions About Antichrist

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In this article, I will address some common misconceptions about Antichrist. These being:

1. That Antichrist is a singular person.

2. That Antichrist is mentioned in The Book of Revelation.

3. Who Is Antichrist?

A Singular Person?

The fact of the matter is that Scripture says contrary to what the many denominations within Christianity teach. For instance, at 1 John 2:18, the Apostle John says:

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.

The Apostle John wrote these words down in or around the year 98 CE. So here the Apostle John is telling us that “even now” (at that time) there had come to be “many” Antichrists. (Notice the plural rendering of the word Antichrist.

Notice how 1 John 4:3 reads:

But 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.

Here again, we have the Apostle John stating that “every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God is the spirit of the Antichrist and “even now is already in the world.” EVEN NOW. When was this EVEN NOW? Back in the Apostle John’s day!

Also, notice that the Apostle John DID NOT say “the spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God is the spirit of the Antichrist” he said, “EVERY spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God is the spirit of the Antichrist.” This implies more than one person, but many persons as the Apostle John confirms at 1 John 2:18.

So no! Antichrist is not some powerful singular person or demon-seed of a person. I will tell you who Antichrist is in a moment. But I want to provide an answer to the misconception of whether Antichrist is mentioned in The Book of Revelation. Is Antichrist mentioned in The Book of Revelation?

A word of caution: The push by religious organization – and even individuals –  has been to try to affix the faces of individuals to the character of Antichrist. A search in Google, for example, of the keyword Antichrist, will return hundreds of images of persons who religious organization says is or are Antichrist. This is a part of the great deception. It is imperative that you do not allow such images to become implanted in your mind. Antichrists are nothing of the sort.

Is Antichrist Mentioned In The Book of Revelation?

The answer is no. The expressions Antichrist and Antichrists appear only five times in Scripture:

1. Four times in 1 John. (1 John 2:18; 1 John 2:22; 1 John 4:3. Twice in 1 John 2:18)

2. One time in 2 John 7

That’s it!

Antichrist is not mentioned once in The Book of Revelation. Not even implied. I challenge anyone to show where in The Book of Revelation the word Antichrist is mentioned. In fact, it was the same Apostle – The Apostle John – who wrote 1 and 2 John where the instances of Antichrist and Antichrists appear – who wrote down the The Revelation and he did not mention Antichrist one time as he did in 1 and 2 John. It is presumptuous men who move forward on their own to make it appear that Antichrist is mentioned in The Book of Revelation. What is worse, is that a large portion of the world is saturated with a misconception about Antichrist because of these persons and the religious system they have created for themselves called Christianity that is the “mouthpiece” that aggressively, assuredly, presumptuously, and falsely spread this gross error out into the world.

Why are so many insistent in making it appear that Antichrist is a singular person (rather than many persons) and that Antichrist is associated with The Book of Revelation and 666? The answer is simple:

One reason is stated at Luke 9:35

A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.

So here we have the Most High God telling us (mankind) to listen to His Son. This also means that we listen to those who Jesus taught: The Apostles, such as The Apostle John.

But this is not occurring. Men and women are listening to “men and women” and their spun up teachings about Antichrist. These teachings are not in Scripture. In fact, these teachings are in opposition to what Jesus and his Apostle John taught about the subject. Another word that carries the same meaning of “opposition” is “anti.” This teaching about the Antichrist being a singular person is “anti” to what Christ taught.

Who Is Antichrist?

I have already shown you at 1 John 2:18 where The Apostle John explicitly says that “There are many antrichrist.” John would not have stated such if it was not something Jesus did not teach him and the other Apostles with him.

Yet, many denominations within what men call “Christianity” teaches something “contrary” “opposite” or “anti” to what the Apostle here states. The Apostle John says that there are many “Antichrist” and that they were around in his day BUT the popular teaching today is that there is ONE! 

So who is Antichrist?

Take a close look at 1 John 4:3:

But 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.

Antichrists are the teachings and beliefs of EVERY person that state or acknowledge that Jesus is not from God – The Son of God, The Messiah or Christ. 

Back in Jesus’ day, there were many such beliefs and teachings held by persons who did not believe that he was The Son of God or the Messiah. In fact, it was for that reason, men sought to kill him because Jesus made that claim about himself.

Today, there are billions of persons who hold beliefs and dispense teachings that do not acknowledge that Jesus is The Son of God. How many religious systems can you name who do not view Jesus as The Son of God?

But here is the real kicker. It is not only those “other” religious systems who do not believe Jesus is The Son of God, The Messiah, The Christ, but “Christianity” itself has teachings and beliefs that do not REALLY believe Jesus is The Son of God. How so?

Look at 1 John 2:22:

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.

Notice the expression whoever. That Scripture also shows Antichrist to be many as it says whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.  Such a person is the Antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.

It should be understood that the millions within the religious system called by men Christianity – and the beliefs they hold – are the result of the teachings dispensed within that vast religious system. Today, many persons within the many denominations of Christianity (over 33,000 denominations as of this article) may acknowledge with their mouths that Jesus is The Son of God and The Christ but they squelch that belief by saying that he is ALSO God!

The office and position of God is exclusive to ONE PERSON according to Scripture. For example, 1 Cor 8:6 teaches:

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

So according to that passage, there is only ONE GOD and He is identified EXCLUSIVELY as The Father.

1 Tim 2:5 echoes this teaching:

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.

Jesus is not called God in this Scripture but he is called a “man.”

Since so many within Christianity insist that Jesus is God, then they are in DENIAL of the God being the Father ALONE!

Not only that, they deny Jesus his proper position in relation to The Father, The Son of God.

Jesus even said at John 14:28:

… the Father is greater than I.

This is the “spirit of the Antichrist. This spirit is a teaching or an expression that men and women are taught and told to believe.

Notice what The Apostle John says about the various spirits at 1 John 4:1:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Look at that passage closely. A spirit is a belief and an expression. They can be true or they can be false. In either case, these spirits (teachings, beliefs, and expressions) MUST be tested. That they are to be tested “to see whether they are from God” and “because many false prophets have gone out into the world” show that these spirits or teachings are something “spoken” (false prophets) to others or something “written” down. 

The spirit (teaching, belief, and expression) that says that Antichrist is a singular person fails the test of what Jesus and The Apostle John teaches. 

Therefore, it is “The spirit of the antichrist.”

Many will oppose this because it goes against what their particular religious organization tells them. These organizations tell their membership that such a teaching is from God.

But that is not the reality. The reality is that these “religious organizations” are telling it’s membership to listen to “them” with the claim that they are all of God and Christ.

Many today have a difficult time detaching themselves from what men and women say (because of the impressive and authoritarian religious titles or religious associations these persons have) to what Christ and The Apostles teach. Because one claims to be a follower of Christ means nothing. It is Christ who will determine who REALLY are his followers, not any of us. One can call him or herself anything they wish, make any claim for themselves, but it is Christ who will determine who are his. For those who have difficulty with this, I highly suggest they read Matthew 7:21-23 and listen to what the Master says about this.

The strong push today is to listen to men and women self-proclaiming to be of God and Christ.

This too, is in opposition to what The Most High God says as to who we are to listen to. It is not to any human or human agency, but it is to His Son. And, that is a command by The Most High God:

A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.

Listen to the Christ and those he taught, his Apostles. Test – according to 1 John 4:1 – such expressions and teachings about Antichrist that you have heard and it they fail the test – not stated by God, His Christ, or His Apostles – then shun such teachings and know that they are of another lying source.

 

R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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  1. I was meditating on this last night and the thought has turned over in my mind many times throughout my life. For fear of misinterpreting God’s word and potentially condemning others from a potential lie, I silenced the thought. But I felt the Spirit of God last night telling me to consider this possibility. The Bible plainly says that the number of the Beast is the number of a man. Now, anyone who has listened to Bob Dylan has heard “Blowing in the Wind” and the lyric “How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man?” Not one particular man, but ANY man. So my thoughts went from there to consider the pluralistic implication of “a man”. My mind exploded with thought. The Spirit brought scriptures to mind that seemed to interlock with this theory. I hadn’t even read this article. But I began to meditate how not just one person but ANYONE who is not a son of God, per God’s word, is a son of the devil. I’m typing this on my phone right now but I have so much more to add.

    • The desire and push by religious organizations claiming to be “Christian” – and the Motion Picture Industry – is to sell a “bill of lies” that “The Beast” is an actual man. Revelation 13:18 does not say that. Revelation says the Beast is just that: A Beast. But a beast that has a “man’s number” or is a “number of a man.” This is not the same as saying that it IS A MAN.

      Scripture no where says that anyone who is not a son of God is a son of the devil. This is something “men” say. Such utterances are not made by God and His Christ. Was that condemned man a son of the devil? Was that adulterous woman a son of the devil? Where those who persecuted and executed Jesus sons of the devil? Jesus asked that they be forgiven.

      The Beast will not prove to be a man, but a “governing authority” that will surface with Satan AFTER Christs 1000 year kingdom on the earth ends. Why is it a “governing authority?” Because at Revelation 13:2 we are told that …

      “The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.”

      The key words here are “power, throne, and authority.” The Beast is a throne, or an empire that will stand over the earth in the future for some unspecified period of time. Satan himself gives the Beast – or this “governing authority” his authority, power, and throne.

      The Beast or “governing authority” is comprised of “a number of elite men” (a mans number) that Satan will use and “hide” behind to mislead the entire earth in those future days.

  2. I did like the first half of this article, but not the second half because it wanders off the original topic. It challenges the doctrine of Trinity and that imo is a totally different debate. I was delighted, however, of the fact that there is somebody who thinks along the same lines as I do, about the identity of the supposed antichrist. I have heard arguments that since the second beast is undoubtedly anti-christIAN it can thus be called THE antichrist. I think that is lazy. If an apple is an apple and an orange is an orange, you can not go interchanging their labels because both happen to be fruit. Same applies to beasts and antichrists. Calling the second beast of the Revelation the ultimate Antichrist kind of blurs the meaning of the concept of antichrist in John’s letters. It makes people look for THE antichrist when they should be aware of ANY antichrists.

    • Let’s be cautioned about using the expression Anti-Christian because it was not used by Christ or the Apostles. That the expression “Christian” was not used by Christ or his disciples should keep us focused on proper usage. That proper usage is “Antichrist.”

      Meaning: Opposed or against the Christ (Messiah), NOT against a religious system called by men – Christianity – and the name its members have adopted for themselves: Christians.

      When one says “Anti-Christian” it implies being opposed to something Christ never spoke of and it implies being against a religious system!

      No, there is no “Antichristian” anything, rather there is only “Antichrist.”

      There are many antichrists, not many antichristians. These two expressions are not the same.

      We must train our ears and eyes to listen and see this and not allow ourselves be carried away with the line of thinking that there are antichristians; or being opposed to Christians.

      No, it is a being opposed to the “person” of the Messiah and his teachings: That is Antichrist.

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