1 John 2:18-27 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. (19) They 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 all of us. (20) But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (21) I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (22) Who is a liar but he that denieth thatis 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. (24) Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. (25) And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. (26) These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. (27) But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
In the world today, Christians are assaulted from many sides by many “antichrists” who deny The Lord Jesus The Christ. A Preacher of Jesus Christ is in a prison in Iran awaiting the gallows because he refuses to denounce his faith in Jesus The Christ. We also know of a person who is vehement about removing God’s name from our American coins. We know of another (just as rabidly,) wanting God’s name removed from our Pledge of Allegiance.
The Ten Commandments have been moved to a storeroom in a courthouse basement in Georgia, and God has been removed from our public schools.
Who are these people that are so tenacious about destroying our Christian heritage, including any visible Christian history? These people are the “antichrists.”
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.
They are not just atheists. They (the “antichrists”) consist of many religions in the world. However, the main thrust of “antichrists” is within The Local New Testament Church. In our scripture, we are told, “now are there many antichrists” and they are among us. They are in our Pulpits and our Sunday School Classes teaching their doctrine of deception. (They are “a liar” unfolding a doctrine of lies.)
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.
These deceivers convince young Christians, (those who have recently converted) of a doctrine contrary to our Bible. These deceivers misuse God’s Word, and twist words and phrases to meet their personal context.
This is why it is imperative that Christians (young or seasoned) read their Bible, study their Bible, and pay close attention to what is being taught. (“Those Antichrists!” are more prevalent than we can imagine.) We must be aware of “false prophets” (“antichrists”) as they are standing with us, yet are “ravening wolves.”
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
As Christians, we must study “our Faith,” know “our Faith,” and become aware of those who want to make slight, softening changes.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Our “faith” grows from God’s Word. The “hearing” of God’s Word must be supplemented by the reading of God’s Word. When God gave John the verses in our text, there was no King James Bible. There was no written word to “take home and read, and re-read over and over.”
Today, we can hear. We can bathe our Bible reading in prayer. We can receive a Godly understanding. Beware of “Those Antichrists!”
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
That “roaring lion” is out there. He may be in your Pulpit and/or your Sunday School Class. Listen carefully!!
Bro John R. E Chastain