Who is the Antichrist?
by Gene Fadeley
"Who is the antichrist?" is a question that rings through out the religious communities of today. There are all kinds of theories being taught concerning the personality, actions, and identity of this antichrist. We have heard it being proclaimed that the antichrist was Hitler, Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Moammar Kadhafi, Saddam Hussein, and the list goes on and on. Of course, these have proven to be wrong. Is it finally time for us to go back and find out what the Bible teaches? The answer is so simple and so easy but, because of our religious training, it is oh so hard to accept.
The word "antichrist" is only used four times in the scriptures, all by the apostle John. Surprisingly, the word "antichrist" never appears in the book of Revelation. What do we find to be Johnís description? Let us consider these verses.
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us (1 John 2:18, 19).
So what do we know from this passage?
1. Johnís first century readers knew this antichrist was coming.
2. It was the "last hour" at the time John was writing in the first century. The question is "the last hour of what?" Obviously, it was not the last hour of physical earth for it has continued nearly 2000 years beyond Johnís statement.
3. This movement was already present when John was writing and was made up of "many antichrists". John uses their presence as proof that it was then already the last hour.
4. These "antichrists" were former church members who had left the faith. Johnís antichrist was of Christian origin. It was not a single individual.
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22).
1. John was obviously not pleased by these people.
2. They were denying that Jesus was the Christ.
and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world (1 John 4:3).
1. The root of the problem is now seen to be the denial "that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh."
2. This false teaching was already present at the time of Johnís writing in the first century.
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist (2 John 1:7)
1. These people were former church members who had gone out into the world.
2. The root of the problem is again seen concerning "Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh."
So what do we know from John concerning "antichrist?" This "last hour" movement was a first century group of former members of the church who had forsaken the faith, teaching that Jesus Christ had not come in the flesh. John used this to prove that they were living in the "last days."
A popular false teaching of that time was that "all flesh was evil." Some believed strongly in the divinity of Christ (that Jesus was the Son of God) but because of their erroneous belief that all flesh was evil, they wrongly concluded that the divine Christ could not have put on this supposed evil flesh. However, both the divinity and the humanity of Christ are crucial to the Christian faith.
The first century problem was vastly different from our 21st century problem. The first century people had trouble accepting the "humanity" of Christ while 21st century people have trouble accepting the "divinity" of Christ. Both the "divinity" of Jesus (being the son of God) and the "humanity" (being in the flesh) are crucial to the Christian faith. Today, most people accept the historical fleshly Jesus but many have trouble accepting that he was the Son of God.
One can see from these verses that these people were not persecutors, as is now commonly taught, but that they were false teachers. There is no statement or even a hint that they ever persecuted anyone. Oh how our theories have grown since the first century. This problem has been aggravated by the improper grouping of "antichrist" with "the man of sin" and the "beast" of Revelation. These are three different entities and should not be confused.
The teaching of "antichrist" is not teaching about 21st century events but rather it is teaching about first century events that were occurring as John was writing.
To tear these verses out of their first century historical settings and to attempt to apply them to current day events, of which they were never intended, does great disservice to the passages. The first century Christians stood in the face of much persecution and apostasy. May we be willing to uphold Godís teachings as found in his Word, the Bible.
Yours in Christ, Gene Fadeley
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Date: 16 Sep 2006
The antichrist is gog( the gentile of gentiles)
He also comes from Turkey, and is alive today amd been involved in the
goverment and soon will be again, the PM.
Date: 01 Jul 2007
There will come a GREAT AntiChrist,In John`s time there was
antichrist,yes.but there will come a Great ANTICHRIST and his GOD is a
fortress of Military might as we see in the World TODAY.Oh yes he is here
now .Keep your eyes on Isreal, they are GOD`S people and when you see Isreal
surrounded look up for his redemption is drawing near.Waco was a fine
exsample of that all around us in all the country`s of the world this Evil
that is spreading out like a disease devouring all who is against him the
fortress of destruction .
Date: 08 Sep 2007
people their are many antichrists not just one,read the scripture. Read what
Jesus said and revelation will make sense.
Date: 08 Aug 2013
Very interesting. Is there a possibility for us to know who was sitting on
the throne in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, when Jesus Christ entered the
Eastern Gate during the Parousia in 70 AD?