"Children, it is the Last Hour..."

Jeff "Miztah" Rogers By Jeff "Miztah" Rogers, 23rd Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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From where do people get their doctrine about "Antichrist"? It frequently is not from John the apostle...the only apostle who wrote about the Antichrist. And oh by the way, he never mentioned the Antichrist in the book of Revelation or in his Gospel.

"Children, it is the Last Hour..."

"Children it is the LAST HOUR, and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so NOW MANY Antichrists HAVE COME. Therefore we KNOW that it IS the LAST HOUR." 1 John 2:18

From where do people get their doctrine about "Antichrist"?

It certainly is not from John the apostle...the only apostle who wrote about the Antichrist. And oh by the way, he never mentioned the Antichrist in the book of Revelation or in his Gospel.

As a matter of Fact, we might note that the book of Revelation is self titled in the first verse of the book; "The Revelation of Jesus Christ". Note it does not call itself "The Revelation of Antichrist", so don't bother going to the book of revelation to look for Antichrist.

The word or phrase anti-christ is ONLY mentioned in the epistles of 1st John, and 2nd John. In those mentions he says they (plural) were in the world in his day and that there were many who had this Antichrist "spirit".

No where does John ever say that Antichrist was a singular person, and no where in any text of scripture is there a justifiable reason to equate the "Beast" and Antichrist.

Let's look at the passages in 1st John to get some perspective.

"Children it is the LAST HOUR, and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so NOW MANY Antichrists HAVE COME. Therefore we KNOW that it IS the LAST HOUR." 1 John 2:18

In this text we learn many great truths.

In Johns day in the first century it was already the LAST HOUR. We are not living in the "Last Days" the Apostles were and they claimed to be so.

We also learn that MANY Antichrists were ALREADY come in to the world in the first century.

Who were these people of the first century to whom John refers?

He gives us a clue in the next verse that he uses about antichrist. In 1 John 2:22 he says;

"Who is a LIAR but he who DENIES that Jesus IS the Christ? This is the Antichrist. He who denies the Father and the Son."

So John tells us that those who deny that Jesus is the Christ, that person is an Antichrist. In the entire New Testament do we read about any like this?

Indeed we do!

in the gospel of John Chapter 9-verse 22 John writes that the parents of the one born blind but who Jesus healed, said this:

"He will speak for himself". His parents said these things because they feared the Jews. "For the Jews had already agreed that if ANYONE SHOULD CONFESS JESUS TO BE THE CHRIST, he was to be put out of the synagogue."

WOW!!!

Right there in John 9:22 The same writer who told us what Anti-Christ is, gives us a clear example of them existing in the first century. In Matthew 26:62-68 the high priest scribes and elders are questioning Jesus and asked him if he were the Christ...when he admitted he was, they tore their robes and called Jesus a "Blasphemer". They were clearly denying that Jesus is the Christ. This denial was rampant in the first century and that is why John in his epistles could say that Antichrist is already here.

What about 1 John 4:3...

"And EVERY spirit that does not CONFESS JESUS is not from God. THIS IS the spirit of Antichrist which you have heard was coming and now is in the world already."

Here John says that Antichrist are people with a spirit that denies that Jesus is from God.

A simple test, right?

Do we find such people in the New Testament?

Yes, we certainly do, and again it is again from John; the seeming first century expert on Antichrist. In the gospel of John 5:18, the Jews were seeking to kill Jesus for not only breaking the Sabbath,

"...but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God"

Then in John 10:33

"The Jews answered him: It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God."

Here again John gives the test and shows examples of how Antichrist was in the first century, not the 21st century. If you could maybe you could start by giving me a text of scripture that clearly ties together the Antichrist of Johns day with the beast. I suspect you will not find one, as one does not exist.

But the system of Dispensationalism demands it so you would expect to find a text to support it. We need to get away from insisting on doctrine because of a theological system and start studying God's word as workmen who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth and stop dividing the people of God.

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Antichrist, End Of The World, End Times, The Beast

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
Lived in many places in the U.S.. Served in the Air Force for 21 years. retired from active duty in 2002. Traveled extensively, lived 8 years in Europe. I write about the bible, faith, and new ideas

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Oct 2011 (#)

Good understanding on a misunderstood term, too many people cry "He's the AntiChrist" without knowing any of the background on the term.

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author avatar Jeff "Miztah" Rogers
24th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you Mark.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
25th Oct 2011 (#)

Now you've got me thinking.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
28th Oct 2011 (#)

I will wait until Jack has thought about it!

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author avatar Glenn Addington
2nd Jan 2018 (#)

Well said. Today, any attitude that stand in opposition to the reality of Jesus' identity, purpose and message is so identified as 'anti-
Christ. The unbelieving left, liberal and atheistic college professors, and those intent on removing Christianity from our American society and culture all fit the bill. Let's not look for one 'big, bad dude or political leader' because we are surrounded by those who have been described above, and those intent on trying to make us believe that the founding fathers were not Christians, and were not interested in this being a Christian nation.

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