‘Antichrist’ Is a ‘What,’ Not a ‘Who’

Since so many seem to be fascinated with this subject — believer and non-believer alike — I thought I’d start with…

The ‘Antichrist’ is a thing, not a person!

Yes, you read that correctly: there is no mention of a person known as ‘The Antichrist’ anywhere in your Scriptures!  Do I have your attention?  Good, now keep reading and I’ll prove it to you.

Now, before we go any further, I am writing under the assumption that you have read my post, A VERY DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCRIPTURES.  If you haven’t, please stop and take time to read it before you continue in this series.  It’s important. Thank you.

OK, now, I am going to list all four of the passages that mention the term, ‘antichrist.’  There are only four of them, and they are all written by the same Apostle — John.  So, if the antichrist is a man, John should say so, shouldn’t he?  The question at hand now is, does John say the antichrist is a man, or does he say antichrist is something else?  Well, let’s find out, shall we?  Here is every passage that mentions the word, ‘antichrist:’

1 John 2:18

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 2:22

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

2 John 1:7

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

Believe it or not, those are the only four passages in the whole of Scripture that mention the term, ‘antichrist.’  Honestly, that’s all of them.  You are free to search your concordance, or use a Scripture search engine, but you won’t find another passage with the word, ‘antichrist,’ anywhere in the Scriptures.  So, shall we see what they say about ‘antichrist?’  Let’s read those four passages again only, this time, let’s focus on what John tells us about ‘antichrist:’

1 John 2:18

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 2:22

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

2 John 1:7

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

What does John tell us?  John tells us that ‘antichrist’ is 1 — a spirit, 2 — a liar and a deceiver, 3 — there are many of them and 4 — they were already in the world at the time he wrote his letters.  In short, John says that anyone who denies YHWH, or that Y’Shuah came, in the flesh, or that He is the Son of YHWH, is of the spirit of ‘antichrist.’  But nowhere does John speak of a single figure known as ‘The Antichrist,’ let alone a Satan-possessed figure, or even of a man who is Satan incarnate.  ‘Antichrist’ is a spirit, nothing more.

Now, I already anticipate the objections I will get.  Some will claim that ‘The Prince who is to come,’ as described in the Book of Daniel, is ‘The Antichrist.’  I’m sorry, but no.  A closer and much more careful reading of the whole of Daniel will reveal that ‘The Prince Who is to come’ is a spiritual Prince.  He is evil, no doubt, but he is still a spiritual being.

Another objection will be ‘The Man of Perdition,’ as described in 2 Thessalonians 2.  Here again, there is another understanding from what so many of us have been taught.  Notice that Paul first speaks of a great falling away.  This means Paul is speaking of a time when there will be few who have a saving faith.  Why?  Because we will be in a time such as ‘The Days of Noah,’ where everyone is bent on doing evil, so they just do as they see fit.  In this context, the ‘Man of Lawlessness’ is anyone who says — in their own heart (which is where the Temple is now) — that they are god and then proceeds to decide what is and isn’t right.  In short, 2 Thessalonians 2 could just as easily be talking about any person who presumes to change, alter or re-write Adonai’s Word — as so many of our Churches are doing today.

I know there are other objections, but these are the ‘big two.’  The remainder can all be explained in similar fashion.  Now, I am well aware that prophecy speaks of a powerful political and military figure who will come against Israel in the End Times.  Prophecy also suggests that this figure will be a human.  I do not disagree with this.  I am merely stating that the Scriptures do not call this figure, ‘The Antichrist.’  He may be of ‘antichrist,’ but he is not described as a unique, negative messiah-type figure.  Therefore, I refuse to add to the Scriptures so that I can force this understanding upon them.  Either the Scriptures say what they say, or they do not.

So, where did this belief in an End Times, Satan-possessed man come from?  Well, I can help you with that.  Try reading this and see if it doesn’t shed some light on the issue:

Another End-Time Myth – Rapture Plot

(Seriously, do not skip this article!!!  READ — THE — LINK!!!)

You see, the Satanic figure known as ‘The Antichrist,’ is a fiction: a deception intended to diver the remnant from focusing on what really matters — the spirit of antichrist.  This mythical figure is not in our Scriptures, but we find him everywhere because we have been told he is there.  So, believing he is in Scripture, we start looking for passages that ‘prove’ his existence and, when we cannot find them, we look for passages that can be ‘interpreted’ to support him.  In other words, we find what we believe we are supposed to find, but that does not mean we have found what the Scriptures actually say.

Please believe me: I was as shocked and as resistant to accepting this as you probably are right now.  For most of us, this post goes against everything we have ever been taught about ‘antichrist.’  So, to accept what I am saying places us in direct conflict with all the well-meaning believers we have eve known who taught us ‘The Antichrist’ is in our Bible.  This post demands we make a choice: either accept what the Scriptures actually do and do not say, or cling to all of our beloved teachers — pastors, included.  Trust me when I say that I know this is a difficult choice.  I have nothing but compassion for you right now.  But still, I urge you to search the Scriptures and to read what they say and do not say and to add or subtract nothing from them in the process.  Do this until you are convinced I am wrong, or you are humbled enough to accept that I am not.  Then, I pray, you will accept the Truth of what I have shared and continue to follow along with me as I share more revelations about what the Scriptures have to teach us.

[NOTE: If you consider yourself to be a believer, I pray you will stay with me through this series.  It is crucial to your understanding of what YHWH actually asks of us, and what His Son, Y’Shuah taught us.  I promise: if you follow me, I will back up everything I say with sound Scriptural interpretation.  Please, keep reading — so you can prove it to yourself, one way or the other.]

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