Calm your nerves!
WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?
How can we identify him from the scriptures? Are we to expect an individual as the Antichrist, a group of people, nations, organizations or the spirit of evil that works in the lives of people?
DEF. The word ‘ANTICHRIST’ is from ‘Anti’ and ‘Kristo’
ANTI means opposite, i.e., instead or because of, for, in the room of, often used in composition to denote contrast, substitution.
CHRISTO means anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the word ‘Antichrist’ means an opponent of the Messiah. In other words, anything that stands to oppose or usurp the Spirit and position of God is Antichrist, whether in us or in and through the world.
Mark that, so that you don’t start looking for him outside of you always.
There are relevant materials that identified the Antichrist in Old Testament but not in full.
Referring to people and nations that passes as Antichrist which are both individuals and nations, that are commonly referred to as “Sons of BELIAL” which is a proper name connected with the power of EVIL. Psalms 18:4, 2 Corinthian 6:15.
(a). INDIVIDUALS: – The spirit of the “Sons of Belial” manifest in several ways like; Idolatry (Deuteronomy 13:13) sodomy and Rape (Judges 19:22, 20:13) Drunkenness (1 Samuel 10:27, 2 Chronicles 13:7). Lack of hospitality (1 Samuel 25:17,25). These are some of the characteristics (evils) of those who stands to revolt (Anti) against God (2 Chronicles 13:7)
(b). THE SPIRIT IN NATIONS: – This same Belial spirit -work in Nations that opposes the righteous Kingdom of God (Psalms 2), the satire of Isaiah 14 against the king of Babylon and the dirge of Ezekiel 28 against the king of Tyre, though commonly applied in Christian tradition as the fall of Lucifer, is really an adumbration – (indicate vaguely, for shadow), a coming event that foretells that which will befall the evil satanic nature of any that stands against God’s righteousness. These two accounts describe the destruction that awaits nations taking authority in their hands.
This fruitless struggle for nations to frustrate God’s divine purpose for his people is clearly evident also in the destruction of the King of Gog, Ezekiel 39:1-20, Revelation 20:7-10, who stood to oppose the nation of Israel, God’s own people.
Historical and Theological Trends.
Much effort has been made in the past to identify the Antichrist, with an individual e.g., the little horn of Daniel 11, was to be Antichus IV Epiphanes (175-163BC) who they taught fulfills such scriptures as Matthew 24:15, Revelation 13:14-15, Daniel 11:36-39, 2 Thessalonian 2:3-4. And that his death was fulfilled in Daniel 11:45, 2 Thessalonian 2:8, Revelation 19:20 death.
They went further to include the supplanting of Antichus IV by Pompey. later the same early father’s (CHRYSOSTOM) try to pin it down to Nero, as the political head of Rome, whom they suggested will resurrect to continue his terrible reign. But the Reformers like Gregory 1 (Ad 600), Joachin of Floris (AD 1190). Wycliff (AD. 1360), Lurther, Calvin equated Antichrist with the Papacy by teaching that whatsoever assumed the title of “Universal Priest” was the Antichrist’s forerunner. The scholars of Rome on the other hand in retaliation branded these reformers as the Antichrist in their teachings.
Then again, the Futurist theologians like Zahn, Seiss, Scofield who believe that the Antichrist will usher in a period of great tribulation at the close of human history in connection with mighty empires like a revived Rome, that will dominate politics, Religion and commerce until the Christ second advent. This belief has lent credence to the identification of the “G 7” the “EEC” the “one world government” the “UNN” etc. as the emergence of the Antichrist and now the “G5 data technology” by Bill Gates. But what the futurist failed to realize even to date is that the feet of the image of Daniel” of clay and iron could not hold and stand together. Dan 2:33, 41-43. They failed to see that this period is also when the kingdom of God (stone without hands) shall be set up which cannot be moved. Daniel 2:34,44, Revelation 11:15,18.
So prophetically speaking, there can never be one Nation (Government) that will rule the world except the only righteous Nation (Kingdom) of God, the Church. The very stone without hands that grew and filled the EARTH, not just some corner of the globe.
The lord has told us prophetically in his word that all nations (evil imaginations) that will stand against him – Psalms 2:1-3, Revelation 19:19, them he will laugh at and brought to nothing;
Psalms 2, “1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”
Where is Confederated Russia today? Where is the Balin Wall, is it still standing?
Therefore, it is unbiblical to pin down the Antichrist to one man (person), Nation, Political or economic set up.
God sees the nations not as man sees them, but as wild rapacious beasts devouring one another (see Daniel 7) but man sees the kingdoms in a glory glamour manner, as was given to Nebuchadnezar in the dream.
The metallic image of Daniel 2 represents four major world-wide kingdoms. History proves this. The first metal (gold) nation is Babylon. The second (silver) is Media Persia. The brass kingdom represents Greece and the iron represents the Roman Empire. We are now in the deteriorated, clay and iron, entering into the miry clay, foul smelling, polluted atmosphere kingdoms of the feet, just short of the toes if you will, running side by side with the kingdom of God as it grows and increases on a daily basis.
And just as the metals of the image depreciated and their value goes down, from Gold to brass and clay, so likewise do the kingdoms’ glory, and same will the leadership powers of the world depreciate in our days.
From the fall of the image by the smiting stone, knocking all nations and the feet-clay-slime nations out, comes forth a final kingdom that shall cover the entire world, an everlasting, unpolluted kingdom. The overcomers from out of the 7 churches, that actually becomes the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ! Compare Jeremiah 51, Revelation 2:26,27 and Revelation 12:5.
It is clear, that after the crash of the nations in the corruptible and polluted atmosphere earth, there is to be an all New kingdom-Nation established that is to cover the whole earth. This New kingdom will stand forever, having accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ the Potentate King of Glory. A New heaven air will also replace the old polluted heaven. See Revelation 21:1.
The Smiting Stone is a people who have foundational salvation. A stone is a portion from bigger material such as a rock. A stone from the Chief Corner Stone, Jesus Christ. Deuteronomy 32:4, 13, 18, 30, 31: “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgments: A God of truth and without iniquity.
Seemingly difficult to believe, is the fact that the 8th church, or rather the overcomers from out of the church systems, will be that great final Nation.
So identifying the Antichrist with Antichus IV Epiphanes, Nero, the Pope , Henry Kissinger , Barak Obama and as I am writing now Bill Gates and co. with the illuminati, then later on the modern technology of Computer, the ‘G7’ the one world Government, G5 , A.I ( Artificial Intelligence) etc. does not have biblical foundation because the Antichrist cannot be pinned down to one man, a Nation, Political , Religious or economic set up but it’s a spirit that can work through people or nations as the case may be. No one individual is going to stand on the earth as the ANTI-CHRIST.
When Paul said;
2 Thessalonian 2, “3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”
Paul wasn’t in any way talking about an unbeliever but a believer who will fall away and stop walking in the light of the laws of Christ, but will want to assume authority within the Body of Christ, acting as the supreme God that should be worshipped. He is referring to a brother, hence he sits in the Temple of God. It is simply the spirit of Apostasy that was already at work, and the presence of the Apostles and the sound doctrine was holding him back in the days of the Apostles.
As Paul would say;
Acts 20, “28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”
The Spirit of Lawlessness, that is not subject to the Law of Christ, was already at work in the days of the Apostles. This is not just a falling away but a revolt against the righteous commandment of God for desiring to become God in the Flesh.
So, the Antichrist spirit is the spirit of revolt (Rebellion) against all that is of godliness. Manifested as a defection from the just and righteous cause of Christ. A life lived outside of Christ life, right in this body (Flesh).
Why would there be a fallen away? (APOSTACY; 2 THESSALONIAN 2:3)
Answer; 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 2:19b, 1 Corinthians 11:19. So that the Spirit of disunion, Sect (Heresies) is to make manifest those who do not truly have the life of Christ resident in them Titus 1:10-16.
Therefore, it helps to separate truth from Error for the World to see.
The Antichrist is a composite man, not just a single person. It is the Nature of Adam, the earthy man energized by the spirit of satan, manifested by all false ministries, Nations and individuals. Adams was the first to rebel against God, and the Natural man is his seed, opposing God.
Even if there is an agenda to destroy mankind by the Antichrist and co. Hear this and calm your nerves.
2 Thessalonian 2, “7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming…”
Revelation 11, “15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever… 18And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. (destroy the earth: or, corrupt the earth)”
Because“One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.” (Ecclesiastics 1:4)
So, saints don’t let your heart be troubled because of the season that we are in.
To be continued…