THE ANTICHRIST & 666– Part 1
Bible teaching and interpretation is not for lazy people. It requires much labour and commitment because wrong teaching will produce wrong worship and practice, therefore the Bible student and teacher need to give him /herself to proper and accurate Bible studies.
A verse of scripture can never mean today what it never meant when it was written, this is the crux of the matter. Because of wrong Bible interpretation, many people are in error when it comes to the matter of the Antichrist or the issue of 666. Now there are many opinions when it comes to this matter. Many theories, books, revelation, movies, a whole lot of ideas and theologies on this issue of antichrist and 666. What at all are these antichrist and this thing about 666 or end time?
I remembered when I was growing, still growing though, in the Christian faith, my pastor then preached about the antichrist, 666, and the rapture. That day when I went to bed, I dreamt about it and in my dream the rapture took place and I was left behind. When I woke up, I run out of my room to a friend’s house to check if he was also there or left with rapture, it was a very serious matter.
I was told there will come a day when believers will vanish into the air and fly away. Let's not go into all these things; books which people wrote about hell, the end time, 666, movies about the same issue and revelations about it. Men and women like Sadam Hose, Obama, Pope John Paul, Hitler, etc. which people said they were the antichrist.
These things alone should tell you that all this information about the antichrist and 666 or the end time are false. To be able to answer the question about the antichrist, we must need to understand that the bible is our final authority when it comes to any subject matter, that said, to know the antichrist, we must, first of all, know who the Christ is.
In doing this, we must go through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation to establish the fact about this antichrist. That said, the question that comes to mind is, what are the scriptures about? Paul in his letter to Timothy gave us a lead.
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:15-16.
That is the purpose of the scriptures: is for salvation which comes via faith in Christ, and scriptures are profitable for teaching, salvation, for evidence, that is to say, the scriptures gave us information about Christ Jesus and His work which is salvation.
Jesus Himself after He rose from the dead, he met two of his disciples on the way to Emmaus in the account of Luke. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself:Luke 24:25-27
The scriptures (Genesis to Malachi) talks about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Peter said the same thing: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow-1 Peter 1:9-11
Here, Peter also told us that the prophecies of the prophet and scriptures are about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. That said, let's go back to Luke 24 In verse the 44 of Luke 24, Jesus again expanded it more. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me-Luke 24:44
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem-Luke 24:45-47
Therefore, the scriptures, which are (Genesis to Malachi) carried the information about Christ his sufferings, and his glory.
That means the Old Testament books did not say (said) anything about the antichrist. Now, let us continue to look at Jesus' teaching in the four gospels, did he talk about the antichrist? If he did, then the disciple should teach the same, why? Because he commanded them in the book of Mathew.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen-Matthew 28:19-20.
They are to teach the same thing he taught. That said, let's examine what Jesus taught in the four gospels. Remember : And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me-Luke 24:44.
This was concerning verse 27 which has to do with His sufferings and His entering into His glory. Now, the question is, did Jesus teach about the antichrist? And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved-Matthew 24:3-13
Here, Jesus talked about people who will come in his name saying they are the Christ, which He said they are false prophets and their duty will be to deceive people. Now notice something, if a prophet is false, before Jesus, then that prophet will be a prophet who does not prophesy about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. And if the prophet is false in the days of Jesus, then that prophet will be the prophet who does not know that he is the Christ.
One of the prophets at that was John the Baptist and he knew him hence Jesus commentary about John. "And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment?
behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist"-Matthew 11:7-11.
Why that? Because John was able to recognize Jesus and knew that he was the Christ. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.-John 1:25-27.
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me- John 1:28-30.
Therefore, John knew him, hence John is of God. That said, if a prophet is false after Jesus' physical manifestation on earth, he will be a prophet who is not prophesying about His glory (the finished work of Christ) because He has suffered already.
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