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SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST
There is a free printable tract on this subject with folding instructions at this link.
YouTube of this subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w71CtxLdjio

There are only four verses in Scripture that contain the term antichrist (KJV quoted below):

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
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. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
1 John 4:3  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.
2 John 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Clearly, from the verses above, antichrist is a SPIRIT, or THE spirit, that lives in the heart of anybody that denies that Jesus is the Christ, or denies the Father and the Son, or denies that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh. Every man that denies the Son has not the Father and is antichrist, and also is an antichrist.  Jewish blindness, however, should be considered separately as per Romans 11.
Here is a U-Tube of antichrists that will break your heart.
Here is a group of antichrists graduating from kindergarten.

Since there are billions of antichrists - and no shortage from John's day forward - it would seem there cannot be a single antichrist - not in John's day - not today.  An individual antichrist can only be just ANOTHER antichrist. The false prophet Muhammad perhaps chief among them since to confess that Jesus is the Son of God, or even to pray in Jesus' name constitutes the single most "heinous" and only unforgivable sin of "shirk" in Muhammad's anti-religion.


The following verse is sometimes understood to suggest an individual past or future "The" "Antichrist", but Scripture shows us how to understand this verse:

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

How could the above verse make any sense if the first use of the term antichrist were supposed to be an individual person as "The" "Antichrist", when six words later we learn there are many antichrists?   This is perhaps the only verse of those above that has been construed to indicate a single individual.  Let's develop our understanding by looking to another verse that also uses the term antichrist in a singular fashion:

1 John 4:3 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.

You can see the singular "that", "spirit", "it" in this sentence and singular "antichrist", just like the singular "antichrist" in 1 John 2:18.  The translators gave us a little extra push in 1 John 4:3 by inserting the word [spirit] a second time, further clarifying that the spirit of antichrist is this singular entity.  Now look at how this makes perfect sense in the "little children" verse:

John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that {the spirit of} antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

An understanding of the above verse remains unchanged with or without the words that I added for the purpose of this exercise.
Finally look also at how beautifully parallel these two verse snippets are:

"ye have heard that antichrist shall come"
"ye have heard that it should come"

A video regarding church tradition.
A video on anti-Zionism

THE FRUIT

Look at the fruit of misunderstanding.  Some say "The" "Antichrist" was Nero. Perhaps suggesting "he" is over and done with.  Futurists are looking for some future individual "The" "Antichrist" of the silver screen yet to come.  Others you can find on the Internet, of which there is no shortage, proffer guesses from the leader of Spain, to the Pope, to Ronald Reagan, and more recently, George Bush.

Meanwhile there are 1.5 billion antichrists in Islam alone. The most important fundamental in Islam is "shirk" - that God has no Son.  From the above we can see that this is specifically "that spirit of antichrist".  

Sura 19:88 They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!" 89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!

That 1.5 billion antichrists doesn't even count the atheist neighbor down the road where your kids go to hang out. Has the Church has been deceived into looking in the wrong place?  Has the Church's looking for some specific individual "The" "Antichrist", past or future, also made it look like so much buffoonery to those outside of the Church?


The founding verses of the Dome of the Rock read:  
"O you People of the Book, overstep not bounds in your religion, and of God speak only the truth.  The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and his Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him.  Believe therefore in God and his apostles, and say not Three.  It will be better for you.  God is only one God.  Far be it from His transcendent majesty that he should have a son."

"The Jews call 'Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the Son of God. That is a saying from their mouth; (In this) they but imitate what the Unbelievers of old used to say. God's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! (Surah 9.30)

This is specifically "that spirit of antichrist" - describes the most important article in the Islamic faith.

Genesis 12:2  And I will make of thee [Abram] a great nation [Israel], and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
How does Islam weigh in on our Jewish Bretheren?
Hadith: “Jews will hide behind the rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!”

ITCHING EARS

It is human nature to want to believe in concepts such as "The" "Antichrist".  What kid didn't take a flying leap to get into bed, so that what ever was under the bed wouldn't grab their ankles?  Without the allure of a boogeyman Hollywood would go broke and the majority fiction novelists would be homeless.

But here is how Satan succeeded the most through this concept.  The term antichrist has been removed from the Christian vocabulary except when used to describe some individual boogeyman.  Who would casually refer to the atheist that lives down the block as an antichrist, yet wouldn't this be correct?  How much more soul searching might that individual do if we did?  Who have you heard refer to the 1.5 billion Muslims as antichrists?  From my limited experience online, when you label a Muslim as an antichrist his first reaction is aggressive offense, saying that he believes Jesus was a great prophet.  As more comparative verses are revealed his posture turns to defense. If exposure of the Quran vs. Bible is allowed to continue, his attitude will turn more to conviction.  In other words, a term that should be a normal part of Christian vocabulary has been stolen by the enemy.  Just ask the guy next to you in Church next Sunday "what is the antichrist?" to get an idea of how this term is understood in the Church.

Consider also that God likely had John write so much later than the others so that he could address the myriad of heresies that had already infiltrated the Church - even in John's day.  All of the "overcommeth"ing of Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 is about overcoming unsound doctrine - not Satan (except as he is the author of it).  The above verses in effect say "you've heard that antichrist is coming, but it's already here!".  Even if there had been such a concept of a single antichrist in the Church, consider the wording: "ye have heard".  Perhaps like "ye have heard that the moon is made of green cheese", but that doesn't mean that it's true.  
Consider a similar verse:
Matthew 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 4 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

"The folly of interpreters has been to foretell times and things by this prophecy [Revelation], as if God designed to make them prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men's curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own providence, not the interpreters', be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence." - Sir Isaac Newton

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.




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