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"The Antichrist" Myth

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The Antichrist” Myth

The Antichrist – a term broadly used throughout the Church to describe a single man who will come to rule the whole world – is a myth based upon an old rumor.

This rumor has its first and only biblical reference in 1 John 1:18 –

1 John 1:18 Little children, it is a last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is a last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us…

John never acknowledges any truth to this “as you have heard” rumor. Quite the contrary, John later provides a significantly different doctrine of antichrist:

1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but the one [i.e. each one: see 1:18 above] denying that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one denying the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either… 4:3 And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the* [spirit] of the antichrist, that you have heard is coming, and now already it is in the world.   * The Greek article to = “the” is neuter, agreeing with pneuma/spirit.

So – John clearly defines the term antichrist to be a spiritual belief, being the doctrine of one powerful collective spirit. It is not, nor will be, a single man; rather, this belief had infested, and will infest, “many” spirits and men. The one-man The Antichrist doctrine is never taught by John, and only John uses the word antichrist. Therefore, the one-man The Antichrist doctrine is not biblical.

This is a classic case of the Church being led astray once again by a false doctrine based upon a single biblical verse or phrase. Christians deride Mormons because they have built a major doctrine upon the single phrase from 1 Cor. 15:29 : “…what will they [not, we] do who are baptized for the dead…” But the doctrinal false presumptions about The Antichrist are even more extensive:

The Antichrist is the “coming prince” of Dan. 9:26-27;

who becomes possessed by Satan to become the Son of Perdition of 2 Thes. 2;

who sets himself up as God in a Third Temple (of which templeʼs pre-Millennial construction no scripture testifies);

which he later destroys, along with Jerusalem, before Messiahʼs return;

and he is also the Beast who ascends from the sea and the Abyss;

who is head-wounded unto death;

descends into the Abyss, but is given life again by Satan (where in Hell does that come from?);

who is also, somehow, the “little horn” of Dan. 7 and the Mouth of the Beast of Rev. 13;

and so on, with a whole list of other labels attributed to one single man.

This whole mythological stew only brings confusion within the Body of Christ. The old “you have heard” rumor has become ʻfact,ʼ and opinion has become unquestioned doctrine. Many of the disagreements between and within the pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib and pre-wrath camps derive from the eating and regurgitation of this Antichrist-doctrine stew. It is an old and rancid stew, full of incompatible ingredients, and potentially toxic to the eater.

To sum up: there is no The (one-man) Antichrist. Rather, there are a number of End Times antichrists, including 1) the Son of Perdition/Lawless One, 2) the Beast, 3) the False Prophet, 4) the Mouth of the Beast = Little Horn, and 5) Gog. Thus there are at minimum five major end times antichrists, without even mentioning the greatest antichrist of them all, Satan. They are all anti/against Christ, according to Johnʼs definition: ones that deny and oppose the exclusivity of Jesus being the only Christ/Messiah of God.

[If you want to understand why the Son of Perdition is AN antichrist but not The Antichrist (there is no such man), nor the Beast, read my blog “The Son of Perdition is a Patsy.”]

 

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I am no scholar but Revelation tells us there is the beast, the fake prophet and the man of Lawlessness aka the Anti Christ. The devil mocks God and here he mocks the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with his counterfeit minions.
I believe the Bible says there are many ac’s however they are all pointing to THE ONE AC who will state he is “god” of this fallen world and everyone must take his mark or die by beheading.

Do you do hermanuetics? This may clear up some of your confusion in thinking there is no main AC when the Bible tells us there is one. 


 

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We must remember that the Bible and the teachings of Jesus are often written in parables.  That is, Jesus often uses physical names and places to point to the spiritual.  So these are physical names and events (the Son of Perdition, the Lawless One, the Beast, the False Prophet, etc.) used to describe the fight of Satan and his agents against the preaching of the Gospel of Salvation.

Remember that Jesus said to us in Matthew 28:19 that our only job as Christians is to "go and make disciples of all the nation of the world."  And as we do this Satan will do everything he can to stop us.  Hence, the name or term AntiChrist, or the one who is against Christ and his Gospel.  So yes, Satan and his demons have used many people all down through the Church age to stop us and will continue to do so right up until he end.  He is the one John and other Christian writer are talking about in John 1:18 and other Scriptures, the one who is against Christ and his message of salvation.

But this will be of no consequence unless we confess, as Paul said in Romans 10, that Jesus is Lord or God.  Because as the term AntiChrist implies, Christ is the God Satan is against.  For only he can forgive our sins and take us to heaven.

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