Monday, November 10, 2014

Anti-Christ: Its Origin, Nationality, Character, Career, & Global Conquest

1. Introduction
Biblical Prophecies clearly predict the rise of the Anti-Christ in the end times and more than 100 passages of Scripture describe the Anti-Christ’s Origin, Nationality, Character, Career, and Global Conquest. The term Anti-Christ may be applied both to an individual and to the system he represents.

Interestingly, the term Antichrist (Anti-Christos in the Greek) appears only in 1John 2:18-22, 4:3, 2John 7. The Apostle John uses it both in the Singular (the antichrist) and in the Plural (many anti-Christ). John indicates that his readers have already heard that the Antichrist is coming in the future. Then he surprises them by announcing that many antichrists have already come. He describes these lesser antichrists as liars who deny that Jesus is the Christ (2:22).

In this sense, an Antichrist is any False Teacher who denies the person and work of Jesus Christ. Such Teachers are truly anti (against) Christ. In 1John 4:1-3, John warns us to test the spirits to make sure they are from God. He warns that many false prophets (pseudo-prophetes in the Greek) have “gone out into the world.” These are the people who do not acknowledge that Jesus is from God. In this sense, John announces that the “spirit of the antichrist… is already in the world.”

2. Spirit of The Anti-Christ
In this broad sense, we can say with certainty that the spirit of the Anti-Christ is already at work. This Anti-Christian spirit does everything it can to reject, deny, and undermine the truth about Jesus Christ. This spirit has been at work since the First Century A.D., actively opposing the work of Christ on earth.

The Biblical Writers undoubtedly believed the spirit of the Antichrist was alive and well in the first century A.D. Therefore, they were not surprised by opposition to Christianity, persecution, and even martyrdom. They were convinced that the spiritual war between Christ and Antichrist had already begun.

Numerous early Christian references to the Antichrist are included in the Apocalypse of Peter, the Didache, the Ascension of Isaiah, and the Pseudo-Titus Epistle, as well as in the writings of various Church Fathers, such as Irenaeus, Jerome, and Hippolytus. Irenaeus, who studied under Polycarp, who was discipled by the Apostle Joh, said the Antichrist shall come as “as apostate,” the very embodiment of Satanic Apostasy.”

From the beginning of the Christian era, believers were convinced that a World Ruler who was the embodiment of Satan would eventually come on the scene. Revelation 12-13 presents an “un-holy trinity” that aligns Satan (vs. the Father), the Antichrist (vs. the Son), and the False Prophet (vs. the Holy Spirit). Thus, the real power behind the Antichrist is Satan. The “father of lies” is the source of the lie that will condemn multitudes to divine judgment (2Thes. 2:11).

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1. Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1922.

2. Ed Hindson, Antichrist Rising. Springfield, MO: 21st Century Press, 2003.

3. Ed Hindson, “Antichrist”, The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy. Eugene: Harvest, 2004.

4. Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1994.

5. Grant Jeffrey, Prince of Darkness. Toronto: Frontier Publications, 1994.

6. Walter Price. The Coming Antichrist. Chicago: Moody Press, 1974.


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