Because of the many misconceptions among Christians about the identity of the Antichrist, I've decided to shed more light on what the Bible states about the Antichrist in order to present a clearer picture of who the Antichrist is and what he represents.
1st of all Let us take a close look at the meaning of the word:"Anti Christ"
Anti:Against, Opposed to, in Place of
Christ:The Messiah: Jesus Christ
The word "Antichrist" can only be found in the 1st and 2nd books of John. I would like us to examine some of the verses that the word is found in order to have a clearer picture of what John meant when he wrote about the Antichrist.
-1 John 2:18-19:"Little Children it is the last time and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come,even now there are many antichrists;whereby You know it is the last time.They (The antichrists) went out from us but they were not of us,for if they had been of us,they would no doubt have continued with us but they went out that they might be made manifest that they were not of us.
The Anti Christ is Synonymous with the Anti Christs
In the verses quoted above, John stated that "an antichrist" was to come at the last time and that at the time he was writing there were "many antichrists" and that the fact that there were many antichrists proved it was the last time. We can deduce from all this that the Antichrist and the antichrists are synonymous because John specifically stated that an antichrist was to come at the last time and that the fact there were antichrists in his time was evidence that it was the last time .
John also stated that the antichrists went out from them (the true Christians) and that if they were true Christians they would have continued with them but they went out in order for their true state to be manifest to everyone: That they were never really Christians. So what/who does the anti christ and these antichrists represent?
For the answer to that question, i would want us to explore more Bible verses:
The Anti Christs
1 John 2:22:"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?He is antichrist that denieth the father and the son.
From the verse above, we can see that any one who denies that Jesus is the Christ is a liar. We can also see that anyone that denies God and Jesus is an antichrist. Now the questions we ought to ask ourselves are why did John state that anyone that denies that Jesus is the Christ is a liar? and how do we deny God and Jesus?
1 John 1:10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
2 Thess 2:12:That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Spiritually speaking, a lie is anything that runs contrary to God's will or order of things and that is why the Bible calls satan (and his seed) a liar (John 8:44) i.e he makes mankind to reject God's will for their lives and live their lives contrary to His will (Gen 2:17, Gen 3:4):
The truth is that Jesus Christ is the only person anointed (The name Christ means the anointed one of God) by God to save the world and the only way to God (John 3:16, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Tim 1:15, 1 Thess 1:10). The truth is also that we are all unworthy sinners who can never work our way back to God by our own efforts because we have a sinful and corrupt nature. (Isa 64:6, Rom 3:23, Gal 2:20-21)
Anyone who rejects the fact that Jesus is the only person that can save humanity (by trusting in the works that come from their sinful nature) and rejects the need to submit to His Holy Spirit and die to sin is therefore a liar because he/she rejects the truth: That Jesus is the one and only Christ that can save humanity from their sins and the only way back to the Father.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.Titus 1:16
We deny God when we refuse to submit to His will for our lives. We deny Jesus when we do not adhere to his teachings, reject His Cross, reject the need to be regenerated by His Spirit and place our emphasis on works i.e relying on self works and rejecting the need for Christ to live and work through us (Phil 3:18-19, Gal 2:21)
The Anti Christ:
-1 John 4:3-4:"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus 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'is it 'in the world'.Ye are of God and have overcome them for greater is he that is in You than he that is in the world".
From the verses above we can see that "every spirit" that confesses not that Jesus is come in the flesh is not of God but is the"spirit of the antichrist" which John claimed was already "in the world" during his time: It also goes on to say that greater is the person who is in the church than the person who is in the world.
I think the verses are self explanatory but I will still try to explain a bit further to make them clearer. The Bible is clear that the antichrist is a spirit. It states that every spirit that doesn't confess Jesus is come in the flesh is not of God.
In other words, every Spirit that doesn't show that Jesus has entered (come) and taken residence in a person (the flesh) is not of God: Anybody who manifests a spirit (by his/her actions) that negates what Christ represents is manifesting the antichrist. It also goes on to say that the antichrist is "in the world":
Why do you think the world has a lawless and rebellious nature? Why do you think they are intolerant of the Gospel? Why do you think they have a strong inclination to sin and reject what the Bible says about Jesus and His will for humanity? The answer to these questions is: Because of the spirit of rebellion (antichrist spirit) that indwells and works in them and thus makes them antichrists.
But to all those who have put on the image of the new man: Jesus Christ by accepting Him into their hearts and letting Him work through them (Col 3:10), John had this to say: "Greater is He who is in you (The Holy spirit) than he that is in the world" (spirit of rebellion:antichrist)
The antichrist is the spirit that empowers all the rebellious and sinful tendencies that govern the hearts of the children of men (remember John made it clear that it was already "in" the world) and pits them against their Maker (makes them antichrists). It is the spirit of satan that empowers this cursed nature (The same way the Spirit of Christ empowers the nature of God in His church i.e.the children of God)
How it Manifests in the Church
There are millions of nominal Christians around the world today who are anything but Christian. They reject the cross of Christ and place all their emphasis on self works (Romans 4:4-5) They wear religious garbs but inwardly they are unregenarated (Isa 30:1, Matt 23:28).
They emphasize the prosperity of the body instead of the prosperity of the soul and glory in the works of the flesh instead of the cross of Christ (Gal 6:12-14, Matt 13:22).
In the so called 'church', the antichrist manifests as false teachings. Doctrines that exalt the self instead of the savior and teachings that promote self enhancement instead of self denial. It also manifests as false miracles and lying wonders in order to delude people into accepting the antichrist spirit as that of the real Christ.
That is why Jesus said that in the last days, many would come in His name saying: 'He is the Christ' and would deceive many (Matt 24:5). Notice that these people come as Christians (in Christ's name), but yet they deceive many.
How do you think they accomplish this? By fooling people (twisting scripture to conform to their antichrist desires 2 Pet 2:1, 2 Pet 3:16) to accept antichrist tendencies as being Christ's. Jesus also said that the deception would be so strong that if it were possible the elect would be deceived (Matt 24:24 ). This should show you how strong the deception would be.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.Prov 14:15
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.1 John 4:1
Many people would preach (half truths and blatant lies) in Jesus name, quote from the Bible, pray in Jesus name, perform miracles, give alms, pay tithes and advocate legalistic 'works' of self-effort and perfectionist performance and piety. But it would negate Christ's finished work on the cross and would promote the self's abilities and desires. And that is what classifies their actions as Antichrist.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.Rom 10:3
The Bible states that the Antichrists went out of the true Christians (departed from the true faith).'Christianity' in its form today has departed from the true faith and is now a man made institution of works and self centered doctrines. It is founded on man made doctrines and that is the reason why it is divided: Anglicans are built on what the Anglicans deem to be good, Catholics are built on what Catholics feel is godly, Pentecostals are built on what they feel is of God etc.and that is also the reason why there is an abundance of false teaching in the church today : Because it is built on what the people feel is good, not on Christ:
As a result of all this, we see so called Christians today condoning things clearly forbidden by God: Homosexuality, Greed, Attachment to mundane things etc.
As true followers of Christ, we should be built on Christ, not on man made institutions and doctrines. Jesus didn't come to make you a Baptist or an Episcopalian. He came to regenerate you to bear His image and reconcile you with your Maker.
The purpose of His death was not to give you the ability to be able choose or develop your own church. The purpose of His death was to purchase you and make you His own Church (Body) on earth (1 Cor 6:20, Acts 20:28)
Also these days, so called Christians are drawn more to their so called pastors and prophets than they are to Jesus. They are like babies that never want to grow up. They prefer following the counsel of the so called clergy to searching out the scriptures by themselves. They also prefer to remain reliant on the so called clergy: Any problem or challenge that they have is taken to the 'powerful' man of God instead of Jesus. These practices are not representative of Jesus Christ but are Antichrist.
Many of God's children still think that satan's Antichrist 'church' system is of God and that is why the Bible states in Rev 18:4:":...Come out of her(Babylon), my people (God's people), that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues".Many of God's people (Zion)Have been fooled to accept Babylon (system of the antichrist) as ideal.
They are fooled by the fact that the prophets of Babylon use Jesus name in all they do and quote from the scripture. But what many of God's people are ignorant of is that God cannot be found in the walls of the buildings they go to every Sunday: They are ignorant of the fact that true Christians meet as a Church and not in a Church: Irrespective of where Christians meet they are collectively the Church of Christ on earth.
The minute God's people realize that they are supposed to be God's Church (Body) on earth they would stop paying all the attention they pay to the building they call church and start paying attention to each other: The true Church. As it stands today in so many 'Churches', a lot of money (sometimes running into millions of dollars) is devoted to the buildings and to the 'Pastor' while the true Church is neglected: People glory more in how many people can be seated in their 'churches' than in how many people are truly serving the Lord.
Also, the Lord cannot be found by joining the choir, doing charitable deeds or paying tithes (works) God can only be found in Christ and the path to Christ is the way of the cross (self denial). That is why the angel of God cries out for Zion to depart from Babylon: Choosing to Remain in Babylon (Antichrist system of falsehood) would only lead to deception and subsequently God's judgment because the truth can only be found in Christ.
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.2 Thess 2:10-12
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.John 3:19
I know that some of the people who read the things that I wrote above would disagree vehemently with many of the points I made. They would point to the good works that many people in the 'church' system do. They would also claim that many people in the 'Church' system genuinely believe they are serving the Lord and that they diligently support causes that promote His Kingdom on earth. They would also be very keen to emphasize the fact that majority of professing 'Christians' are in the church system in order to justify it.
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?John 8:33
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.John 8:39
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.John 8:41
The Jews in Jesus time also believed they were of God. They called God and Abraham their Father. As custodians of the Law, they must have performed all their religious obligations regularly and wholeheartedly:
They must have read the Tanakh very diligently, tried to obey its instructions in their "own" power and paid their Tithes. They even believed that they were free because "they were not in bondage to anyone". However their feelings and beliefs did not change Jesus Mind about them.
The fact that they called God and Abraham their Father did not fool Jesus. Their so called good works, observance of the Sabbath and study of the Old testament did not deceive Him. Even the argument that they were descendants of Abraham the Father of Faith was not powerful enough to convince Him to change His mind about them because He knew the true condition of their heart: They were under the influence of their Father the devil and not the God that they claimed to worship:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44
Majority does not carry the vote in the Kingdom of God. Truth does. Jesus only had 12 disciples (1 later betrayed Him) and a handful of followers on earth in His day. On the other hand, the Pharisees and the religious zealots in His time had a greater followership. But it didnt change the fact that He was right and they were wrong. We must never use numbers as a yardstick to determine truth.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matt 7:13-14
Any 'Jesus'(or God) that we conceive in our minds that is different from the Jesus revealed in the Bible is a false Jesus even if we call him (the person that we imagine or conceive) Jesus, serve Him diligently and sincerely believe in our minds that He is the real Jesus .
Sincerely believing a lie does not make the lie the truth: A dog would always remain a dog even if its owner treats it as if it is a cat and sincerely believes in His heart that it is a cat.
The Jesus of our conception must conform 100% with the Jesus that God revealed to us in His Word.
How it manifests in the World
The Antichrist spirit also manifests itself in the rest of the unrepentant world: It is the lawless spirit of sin that rejects the cross and glorifies self works. It is the spirit that empowers the "I can do it all" delusion that is at the heart of humanism. It is the spirit that empowers the doctrine of self promotion: The doctrine that we come 1st and that we have a right to be ourselves instead of denying ourselves to know our Maker better.
-Divine Government is the fulfillment of the Universal Law: As Above, So Below. It is a governing body of the God Selves of all Humanity: a government OF our Divine Selves, BY our Divine Selves, FOR our Divine Selves. When we truly understand what this means, we will get a glimpse of the colossal affect these activations for Divine Government will have on the Earth and all life evolving here.I AM THE OPEN DOOR FOR DIVINE GOVERNMENT" By Patricia Diane Cota-Robles,found in the Awakening-Healing News" Letter of Light:
-"Remove God from a throne in the sky and place God where God is -- in everything we call good, in that which we call evil and certainly in that which we call the human mind. It is time we begin to see God not as other but as ourselves."  Deborah Turner-Bey, Creation Spirituality"
-Every man, woman and child on earth has within their being a 'light' to guide them. White Eagle calls this the Christ spirit,the spirit of divine love.The word ‘Christ’ is meant universally,Rose within a star and should not be linked with any particular religion.Because this 'light' is spiritual in essence,it is not always easy to recognize it in other people,or realise it is there in ourselves.White Eagle Lodge Website
-The serpent, a symbol of Satan represents the firey kundalini force coiled at the base of the spine, which upon ascending, transforms the human mind and soul to a much higher level of understanding and ability. This is the true meaning of "Raising the Devil." The Serpent symbol of Satan also represents the DNA helix of life.Joyofsatan.org
-You are everything. Everything you want to know is inside of you. You are the Universe. Maybe the tragedy of the human race was that we had forgotten that we were each divine. You must never worship anyone or anything other than self. For you are God. To love self is to love God. I exist- therefore I am. I know that the God Source exists- therefore it is. Since I am part of that Source, then I AM that I AM.' -Shirley MacLaine, Out on a Limb, 1983 Bantam Books, New York.
-All that you want to be, you already are. All you have to do is move your awareness there and recognize the reality of your own Soul.”John Rogers
-You are all you will ever be. You are divine. You are perfection. All you have to do is awaken to that and then know it. John Rogers
-Christ-consciousness and Christ-abilities are the natural inheritance of every human being on Earth.Barbara Marx Hubbard,Happy birthday Planet Earth.p.17
-Many people are leaving organized religion behind and experiencing the awakening of Spirit within themselves. They are listening to the voice of their Higher Self, the One Voice calling us all to grow in consciousness and to recreate our world. Barbaramarxhubbard.com
-If god is everything and everywhere and inside everyone, then I figured He had to be inside me, too… Glenn Beck.
-As Soul, you have the God-knowledge within you. The teachings of ECK will awaken the knowledge and love for the divine things that are already in your heart.Eckankar's official website
-Christ is the same force as Lucifer ... Lucifer prepares man for the experience of christhood .... Lucifer works "within" each one of us to bring us to wholeness as we move into the New Age' -David Spangler,Reflections of the Christ,pp. 40-44.
-This Serpent is, for Gnostics, the Serpent of Salvation, the Serpent which opened the eyes of man, which offered him the apple of emancipation to help him wake up and free himself from this world of misery and impure matter.Theforbiddenreligion.com
- The Rosicrucian Philosophy teaches that man possesses a latent sixth sense which has been developed in some and which eventually will be developed by all. This sense enables its possessor to perceive and investigate the super-physical realms, where the so-called dead live. Rosicrucian.com
- ...God is in all things and all people.Tommy Chong
-...There doesn't need to be a God for me. There's something in people that's spiritual, that's godlike.Angelina Jolie.
-The Fraternitas Rosae Crucis teaches that there is one God, the Creator and source of all. That within each of us is buried a particle of the Divine element, a Divine Spark, of and from God.Soul.org
-“...the temple, church and mosque, etc., are ALL WITHIN YOU”; so let the “ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL TRUTHS” be revealed and re-discover WHO YOU TRULY ARE, Your Ultimate Life Purpose(s); gain the skills and knowledge required to fulfill it/them and celebrate your true spiritual, DIVINE-SELF being – by “AWAKENING ~ THE DIVINE YOU”!!! Why go searching for answers when these gifts are within you?!!thegoldenspace.com.my
-Your I AM Presence is a part of your being right now; it is not removed, it is not separated from you in time and space. The only separation you have from the I AM THAT I AM is your own human consciousness, your sense of limitation, and the accumulation of vibrations from this, and previous lifetimes, that are less than the highest qualities of your Real Self.tsl.org
-"There is an energy in the world, a spark, an electricity that everything is plugged into. The Greeks called it zoe, the mystics call it 'Spirit,' and Obi-Wan called it 'the Force.' ...Growing, evolving, reproducing...Rob Bell
-Have you met your inner Self? If not, it is waiting for you now.This garden of daily inspiration is devoted to awakening your own inner Spirit.elsajoy.com
-Christ is within the heart. It is in the heart where the forces which descend from above are mixed with those that arise from below.
-...Utilizing this mystical approach, we see that the serpent symbolically represents our primal drive for ultimate fulfillment.Michael Ezra
-....Lucifer has stolen 'God's' power and reveals it to us as a new truth: That your consciousness is as a god.dpjs.co.uk
-...While the Church looked for light in the heavens, the alchemists sought the light hidden in matter.They understood that there was a sacred essence in the fabric of creation, which through their experiments and imagination they worked to release..Goldensufi.org
-...We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.Marianne Willamson
It is the spirit that promotes the things we can do by relying on our genius instead of relying on God:i.e being a law to ourselves (Gen 3:4-5).
It is the spirit that prompts us to do what we like and be ourselves. It is the spirit that promotes the doctrine that we do not need Jesus and that we can save ourselves by awakening our 'christ' (serpent, satanic) nature within. It is the spirit that mystics believe would eventually elevate mankind to their so called "christ conscious"state.
They believe that awakening the kundalini (god consciousness, 'serpent nature') that sleeps (lies dormant) in their souls and in the souls of the rest of humanity is the only way that they can save themselves and the rest of the world i.e they believe that the soul can only be brought to wholeness by activating the dormant serpent nature embedded within it (which it is ignorant of).
Kundalini represents the image of the fallen Adam that lives in every sinner. The serpent made Eve believe that bearing this image was the only way she could be exalted to godhood and that is the same lie that he is going to use to cajole the unrepentant world to obey him and submit to his accursed image today.
(You can Google Kundalini if you want to read more about it)
The Anti Christ is the spirit that prompts us to choose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil at the expense of the tree of life and this lawless spirit of rebellion (image of sin, satanic lifeforce) has been "in"side humanity (and the rest of creation) since the fall of Adam and Eve (they inherited it when they"in"gested the forbidden fruit and they passed it to all their seed: i.e we all inherited it from them, Read Gen 5:3 ):
That is the reason why John stated that it was already in the world, why mystics claim it is already in humanity and only needs to be 'Stirred up' and it is what the Bible refers to when it states in 2 Thess 2:6-7:"And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.For the mystery of iniquity doth 'already' work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way".(It is called the mystery of iniquity because it is the mysterious force that triggers mankind to sin)
The mystery of iniquity is "already working" the verse above states however, it also states that it was being restrained at the time St Paul was writing. Who do you think restrains (and eventually destroys) the antichrist in Christians? Christ of course.
His word curtails our lawless tendencies. His spirit suppresses the drive to explore the rebellious spirit in us. The law of His Father makes us abandon our self will. But when Christ is taken out of the way, when His words are made irrelevant and are totally abandoned by the church, the antichrist will fully manifest.
The antichrist is suppressed (in varying degrees) in the rest of the unrepentant world by their individuality (called Jiva in hindu parlance). The Hindus believe that as long as humanity is 'jiva conscious' they are under an illusion (Maya): The consciousness of their bodies and/or souls & the ignorance of the potential of and connection to the 'universal spirit' that animates their souls.
They also believe that the only way to attain enlightenment and realize the 'truth' is to realize that the distinction between the self and the universe is a false dichotomy and that the distinction between consciousness and physical matter, between mind and body, between the ultimate serpent and the individual soul is the result of an unenlightened (ignorant) perspective.
All satanic mystery schools believe that they will eventually succeed in awakening this serpent in themselves and subsequently in the rest of humanity & that once this has been accomplished, a new world order under the serpents rule would be established: One that is controlled by the inner spark which they have been fooled to think can make them divine.
When this happens, the heights of lawlessness and rebellion would be unleashed on the land and that is the last time that John refers to: The time when man exalts himself over his true Maker, disregards His truth & instead embraces reason, occult knowledge and science. It is during this time the sin of man will fully manifest.
We can see from all this that it is the Antichrist spirit that makes us 'anti'christs. In the same way, we become 'Christ'ians when we submit to the Spirit of Christ.
Spirit of Satan
2 Thess 2:4-"Who 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."
It is part of the trajectory of human evolution, the canvas of choice before us now as we recognize that we have come to possess the powers that we used to attribute to the gods.barbaramarxhubbard.com
The Antichrist spirit reigns in us when it takes God's place in His Temple: I.e is enthroned in us (we are God's Temple 1:Cor 6:19 ) and works in us to produce all sorts of unrighteous and anti-christian tendencies.
-Legend and History have attributed a wonderful knowledge, unknown to most of the public, to the Rosicrucians that has enabled them to attain the 'Mastery of Life' and become 'the architects of their own destiny,' producing some of the most valuable advancements in existence.Rosicrucian-order.com
-Scientology further holds Man to be 'basically good', and that his spiritual salvation depends upon 'himself', his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.'Church'of Scientology's official Website
-If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
The anti christ spirit also makes us feel that we are good enough and that we are free to explore ourselves and the spirit that animates us at all times (denies the need for repentance).
The antichrist is not the beast of Revelation 13. The beast of Rev 13 is an antichrist but is not the Antichrist, the false prophet is also not the antichrist. However, he is an antichrist because he negates Christ. The Antichrist is the world's counterfeit Christ, the spirit that promotes the self and the serpent instead of the Savior:
-Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in "newness of life."Rom 6:4
How to identify the Antichrist and the True Christ in the Church:
1.-1 John 4:5-6:"They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood".
The Bible states in the verse above: They (the Antichrists) are of the world and speak from the world's viewpoint. One distinguishing mark of the Antichrist's system is that it conforms to the principles of the world. It speaks (promotes) the things of the world (things the world respects) It prompts people to seek money not the Holy spirit.
2.Col 2: 16-17:"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
The Antichrist's system prefers to identify with symbol than with reality.e.g.They (those who are conformed to it) make much ado about keeping the sabbath day but they are not ready to partake in God's rest because they advocate their own works (Heb 4).
3.Matt 7:21-23:" Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity".
The Antichrist's system is more concerned with signs, wonders and 'outer good works' than in producing fruit. Those who are conformed to it are more interested in speaking in tongues, casting out devils, prophesying, raising the dead and doing outer works than in submitting to their Maker and letting Him work through them.
4.James 4:4:Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Eph 4:13:Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Luke 12:51:Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.
Exo 8:23:"And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be."
-"I am a Christian. I am a student of all religions. And I respect all people and all paths."Will Smith
The Antichrist's system Preaches Unity (friendship, oneness) with the world. Christ's system preaches division from the world and unity with the church.
5.-I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Phil 4:13
-Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.2 Chr 16:8
-For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.Psalm 44:6
-Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.Prov 3:5
-Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
-Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.Matt 16:24
The Antichrist's system emphasizes our inner abilities and desires. Christ's system emphasizes Christ's abilities and desires.
6a.But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.Luke 6:24
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. Luke 6:26.
The Prophets of the Antichrist are loved by the people. They dine and consult with Presidents, Prime ministers and 'important' personalities. They are chauffeured in the most expensive cars and own palatial homes.
6b.For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isa 53:2-3
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.Acts 3:6
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.John 15:19.
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 2 Cor 10:10.
....we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.1 Cor 4:13.
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.1 Kings 22:8
The Prophets of God are hated by the people. They are accorded no recognition by earthly authorities. They are not attractive to the earthly minded. They are not known by how much money they have but by the offensive but effective (if applied) truth that they preach.
7a.As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.Gal 6:12
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. Phil 3:18-19
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 2 Pet 3:3
The Antichrist's 'Church' is persecution and suffering free.
7b.Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.Acts 14:22
For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.Acts 9:16
For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. Psalm 73:14
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.2 Tim 3:12
Christ's Church "must" suffer and be persecuted for His sake.
The Presumption of being a follower of Christ based on outer good works, rather than the experiential reality of inviting Jesus into our hearts, allowing Him to destroy the rebellious spirit that animates us (By submitting to His Cross) and submitting our souls to His Holy Spirit is make-believe Christianity.