Antichrist spirit what is it? Many things have been said about Antichrist and the spirit of Antichrist. The notion that has been created over the years is that there is special being called the Antichrist Spirit. It is very widely believe that the Antichrist Spirit/being will come in the form of a being to torment the world. This being called the antichrist spirit will come into this world and will cause havoc in the life of people that believed in Christ.
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This is because as the name sounds this spirit is against Christ and His followers. The Greek word translated Antichrist is the word an-tee’-khris-tos it means instead of, or against or plainly opponent. It means that the word antichrist is a word used for someone or those who are against Christ.
The word antichrist was mainly used in the scripture by Apostle John. Also he used the word in the plural form as antichrists.
There Many Antichrists:
This implies that is not just one person who opposes Christ but many. Let’s see some of the verses he used this word in the scripture.
“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 2:18
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The expression above signifies that they were expecting antichrist to come. Then he went further to say that “even now are there many antichrists, meaning is not just one antichrist but many. The implication is that since there are many antichrists there is no way antichrist should be a being. We need to explore this further by taking a look at the next verse which stipulates thus;
“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.”
1 John 2:19
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In the verse above he refers the antichrists as they. As he said that “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”. This shows that the antichrists were among the Christian fold and because they were antichrists they left the fold. The situation is that they left because whatever they represent couldn’t stand the truth among the Christians.
Antichrist Spirit Is Spirit Of False Doctrine:
They were false teachers and they carried antichrist spirit in them. Let’s explore this further by taking a look at other places Apostle John made mention of this term antichrist. In the same chapter he defined antichrist and said that they are as stated in the verse below.
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“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
1 John 2:22
Therefore, a clear definition of antichrist is that he is someone/people who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is antichrist. These are the ones that spread the antichrist spirit among people. The antichrist spirit is spread through inculcation of false knowledge in people that Jesus is not The CHRIST. Also antichrist spirit is spread through teaching what Christ has not taught. The fruit of antichrist spirit is what Apostle Paul called another gospel. Therefore, antichrist spirit is that spirit that refuses to confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Let’s see what the verse below says about it.
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“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.”
1 John 4:3
If antichrist spirit is not of God, it means it is of the enemy of God. The reality is that this spirit is not going to come; it has come already in the world.
The Attributes Of Antichrist Spirit:
One of the attributes of antichrist spirit is that it is a deceiver; let’s see it from this verse below.
“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.”
2 John 7
In the verse above people with antichrist spirit are called deceivers. This is because they deny confessing that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. It says that they are many and have entered into the world. The implication here is that anyone who deceives the believers in the name of Christ has antichrist spirit. Let’s see what Jesus said about the antichrist in the gospel.
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“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Jesus in the gospel of Matthew called them false Christs and false prophets. The word false means that they are deceivers and their activities are of deception. They will come in the name of Christ and there deceive many by performing signs and wonders. Antichrists are the deceivers in the church then and now performing signs and wonders contrary to the stipulations of Christ. Apostle Paul called their practices the doctrines of devils as states in the verse below;
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
The Depth Of Satan:
These people understood the depth of Satan and that is why they display his doctrines. Let’; see what Apostle John says concerning this as states in the verse below;
“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.”
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Those who practice the doctrine of Christ do not have the depth of Satan. Those who practice the doctrine of Christ do not have the knowledge of the activities of the devils because their environment id different. That is to say that they don’t understand what happens within the gatherings of the devils. Therefore, those who abide in the doctrine of Christ Apostle John had this to say about them.
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
2 John 9
Therefore, antichrist is not a name given to a being or one of the world leaders past or present but to those and anyone who teaches false doctrine. Antichrist spirit is a false doctrine spirit!
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