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The AntiChrist

By Brother Carl Birt

Despite the plain, simple teachings of God’s Word concerning the subject of the Antichrist, men continue to wrest the scriptures and picture a supreme dictator who will rise to power and rule the entire world. This theory is without scriptural foundation. The Bible does not teach that one man known as the “Antichrist” will ever rule the entire world.  

Since Calvary, every generation has been plagued with false prophets who have taught this false teaching. Men have authored novels and books of fiction making merchandise of men’s souls. All this plays upon fear and fascination to draw away disciples after their false ideas. Many have even ventured so far as to point out the person who would rise to power and become this supreme dictator. During World War II many assumed that Benito Mussolini of Italy would rise to power and become the Antichrist; while others thought it would be Adolph Hitler of Germany or Joseph Stalin of Russia. But all three of these have gone on to their eternal reward, never rising to such power. 

Many other prominent world leaders have been pointed out by preachers and labeled the ones who will rise to power and become the “Antichrist.” During the Cold War era, some thought it would be a communist dictator, such as the president of the Soviet Union. In more recent times, it was thought to be Saddam Hussein. The most recent world leaders that have been pointed out as the supposed Antichrist are Barack Obama or Joe Biden. 

However, the Bible does not teach the antichrist to be one person, but rather a spirit—a spirit that animates people to think, act and talk contrary to Christ. It is anti-Christ. 

ANTICHRIST IS A SPIRIT AND NOT A MAN

The Bible does not teach of a coming Antichrist as one man who will rise to power and rule the world. This is a deception from the devil. In 1 John 2:18 the apostle said, “Even now are there many antichrists.” These words were written in A.D. 90, and the apostle lets us know there are many antichrists, not just one, as so many are teaching. How can one say the antichrist is yet in the future when John says, “Even now are there many antichrists?” 

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.”

John here calls it the “spirit of antichrist.” It is a spirit. So, what is the spirit of antichrist? The prefix “anti” means to oppose something or someone. Placing this prefix “anti” before the word Christ merely means a spirit that is opposed to Christ. This anti spirit may dwell within the heart of any person, persons, or organization. To understand the nature of our subject, it must be read in its context. The term “Antichrist” is mentioned in four scriptures in John’s three epistles. 

First, it is a worldly spirit (1 John 2:15-18). 1 John 4:3-5, “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. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” James 4:4 lets us know that the “friendship of the world is enmity with God.” This means it is in opposition to God. The philosophy of the world is foolishness with God. 

Next, it is an apostate, religious spirit. 1 John 2:18-19, “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. 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.”

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.”  The spirit of antichrist is a deceptive spirit. 

In 1 John 4:1-3 the apostle writes, “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 ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 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.” John associates false prophets with the spirit of antichrist. 

1 John 4:6, “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” Here, John lets us know that it is also the spirit of error. The spirit of error is the opposite of the spirit of truth. It is anti-truth. Throughout John’s letters to the Church, he was repeatedly warning them against false prophets and apostates who had left the truth. John let them know how to tell the difference between truth and error, between genuine Christianity and false Christianity. 

Notice here that John did not say every person who confesses, but every spirit. Many people confess an intellectual belief in Christ, but within their hearts dwells a spirit that is opposed to Christ and His doctrines. That spirit is antichrist. Titus 1:15-16, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Many religious professors are just like this: they profess in their minds to be Christians, but their hearts and works deny Him. You cannot tell filthy jokes, act or talk in a suggestive manner and be a Christian. A Christian is Christ-like. He or she is not antichrist-like. 1 Corinthians 12:3, “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed….” Someone may say, “I have the Holy Ghost.” However, their life is anything but holy. They are actuated by another spirit—a spirit of antichrist. The apostle tells us here that no man can call Jesus accursed by the Spirit of God. You cannot go to church on Sunday and act pious, and the rest of the week take God’s name in vain or use Jesus’ name in an irreverent manner. The spirit of antichrist has deceived them. 

Any person or organization (religious or non-religious) that opposes the doctrine that Jesus Christ taught is of the spirit of antichrist. When John wrote his first general letter to the Church, he was exposing a false doctrine that was being promoted by the spirit of antichrist. The doctrine stated that Christ did not come in the flesh. Therefore, He did not suffer in the flesh. This is still around today. This spirit promotes every false doctrine, for it is the spirit of error. The millennial reign, eternal security, and water baptism salvation are all heresies promoted by this spirit.

Remember, antichrist is a spirit, and not any particular man. Any person or organization may imbibe that anti (opposed to) spirit and be as much antichrist as the person or organization that does not believe in the existence of the living God.

True Christianity rests firmly on the miracle of the new birth. Until men have come under the convicting power of the Holy Ghost and truly repented of their sins, they have not become Christians. Repentance is confessing and forsaking all known sin. One may have a profession of Christianity, but unless he is living free from sin, he is not saved. A miraculous change must first take place in the heart. The blood must be applied, and all sin washed away. 

Jesus said, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47). This just means that if we are born of God, we will not oppose His words but rather love them and strive to obey them. It is obvious that people and organizations who oppose, resist, and fight the teachings of God’s Word do not have the Spirit of God reigning within their hearts. They have an antichrist spirit—an unbelieving, rebellious spirit that causes them to oppose His words. 

Do not be deceived by the many false teachers who are propagating the doctrine of a supreme dictator who will rise in the future and rule the world and be the Antichrist. 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.” Dear reader, have you repented of your sins and been born of God’s Spirit? Does your heart say AMEN to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God? Does your soul delight itself in the pure teachings of the Bible? Better try the spirits whether they be of God for many false, antichrist spirits are gone out into the world.

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