THE ANTICHRIST & 666-Part 2
We said that Bible study is not for lazy people, because wrong Bible interpretation, will produce wrong belief and wrong practice. A verse of scripture cannot mean today what it never meant when it was written. This cannot be overemphasized. That said let's continue our studies on the subject of the antichrist and the 666.
Remember, we said that the Old Testament prophets did not have any information about the antichrist. And we began to look at the teaching of Jesus Christ in four gospels whether he taught about the antichrist. We saw that he spoke about false prophets and false Christs, not one but many, again: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Here again "false prophets" not one but many-Matthew 7:15
Matthew 24:24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Again, here too, he spoke about false prophets and false Christs. Here again, not one but many. So clearly we can see that Jesus taught about many people who will come after him, not one person, but many who he said are false prophets and false Christs, that means, these people can be a set or group of people, a religious group, etc.
That said, let's continue to look at the book of Acts if there is any teaching about the antichrist. Throughout the book of Acts, there is no place where the name antichrist appears, however, there is mentioned of one Simon and Elymas who were sorcerers. False prophets who deceived the people, mislead the people before the Apostles met them. Acts 8 and Acts 13 respectively.
Now let's continue to look at the teachings in the Epistles, but before we do that, let me mention here that before you establish something doctrinally, that thing MUST be seen throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. That thing must be seen in Genesis as a seed, In the Law as type and shadows, In the prophets as prophecies and promises, In Mathew to John as the teachings or parables of Jesus, In the Book of Acts as a pattern, In the epistles as well taught and established subject.
Also, you don't establish the truth from one person. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established-Matthew 18:16 Paul says that same thing; This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established-2 Corinthians 13:1.
Hence, you cannot establish a matter or a truth with just one personal statement, there should be at least two or three people who said the same thing to confirm it. That said, let's continue to look at the issue in the Epistles. In the epistles, we shall look at each of the writers, so let's begin with Paul. Did Paul talk about the antichrist?
Let's see: But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light-2 Corinthians 11:12-15.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. Paul here talked about false apostles and referred to them as ministers of Satan. Here too you can see that Paul talked about many people and not one person. Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.
These are people who come to church but don't believe in Christ, false converts. But notice, he spoke about many and not one. Again Paul warned Timothy against false spirits: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth-1 Timothy 4:1-3
Again, Paul used spirits and not spirit, not one but many. Now let's look at Peter the apostle. Did he say anything about the antichrist? Let's see: 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Peter here too talked about false teachers and said that there were false prophets among the men of old so shall be false teachers among us. Here again, Peter talked about many, not one. Let's look at James; James has no commentary about antichrist same with Jude and the writer of Hebrews. Now let's look at John. Did John use the word antichrist? YES, but how did he used it, and was he referring to one person or persons?
Let's see: 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- 1 John 4:1-3
You can clearly see that John here was referring to the prophets and said they are the antichrist spirit. But take note the word "spirit" is in italics which means that it was not in the original. But one important thing we observed is that John here was not referring to one person but persons, many people "false prophets". Hence the antichrist is not a particular person, but any message that does not have the doctrine of Christ. So clearly what John talked about as concerning antichrist is a message and not personality, same in the book of Revelation. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet Revelation 16:13. Here again, false prophet, that's a false messenger. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone- Revelation 19:20.
Same thing here a false prophet. So antichrist is a message, not a personality, so John advised: If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds-2 John 1:10-11.
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