WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?
The New Testament, the new covenant, has four gospel accounts of the life of Jesus.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
It also contains the actions of the apostles after Jesus death and resurrection, in a book written by Luke called “ACTS”. Where he gathered all the information from those who had been eyewitnesses with Jesus.
Also it contains many letters directed to the early church of the Christ encouraging them to stay loyal and faithful, and giving them extra instructions and reminders on how to stay true to Jesus Christ.
In those letters it mentions “an antichrist”will be revealed in the last days for the true believers to be on guard against, but in John’s first letter to the church he says in chapter 2v18 “Children, it is the last hour and as you have heard the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrist’s have come, therefore we know it is the last hour”. John speaks here of many that are antichrists all followers of the original antichrist. So, the question is who is the original antichrist and how can we get the answer from God’s word the bible? Does it give us guidance to identify this one?
Yes! It certainly does if we use logic, which is after all common sense, we can indeed work out who the original antichrist is. And yes! He certainly has many followers today being guided by him.
As every good story begins, “lets start at the very beginning”.
The beginning for us takes us to the account in Genesis but before we look in Genesis take a look with me in the book of John chapter 1v1-34 Where he tells us “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, all things were made through him and without him was not anything made”. “The word became flesh and dwelt among us, glory as of the only son from the father” (RSV)
This shows us the “WORD” is also our LORD and everything came into being like the creation of the earth and its heavens came through OUR LORD. Then later when he came to the earth as flesh and blood he became the man JESUS CHRIST the MESSIAH but before this he was known as the LORD.
1st Corinthians chapter 8 v 6 shows we have ONE GOD and father and ONE LORD, now Jesus Christ.
Now let us go back to the very beginning to Genesis. God had ended each of the creative days with “its good”, so when he came to the end of the 6th creative day, after the creation of Adam and Eve, he said in chapter 1v31 “And God saw everything he had made and behold it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning a sixth day”. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. . So everything was good in God’s eyes, everything was created perfectly. Remembering all this was achieved through our lord and now God was going to sit back and watch what happened during this seventh day.
The point of interest here is the time value of “the creative days” for in 2nd Peter 3v8 he shows “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Logically speaking we know God did not create the earth and its heavens in just six thousand years because it has now been six thousand years from Adam’s creation and the seventh day of one thousand years are about to begin with our Lord Jesus as the LORD OF THE SABBATH. (Matthew chapter 12v8) The seventh day. When this seventh day ends at the end of our Lord’s reign, the 8th day will begin ending seven thousand years from Adam’s creation.
So again logically speaking the “creative days” must be of a longer time period. When we speak of a working day we refer to 8 hours, a full day 24 hours, we also refer to a 12-hour day, the same with God’s word. The days from Adam are one thousand years in length and after the end of the seventh day the Sabbath, under our lord Jesus it will end seven thousand years from Adam’s creation. So, at the end of the seventh day of one thousand years under our lord Jesus the bible shows the new heavens and the new earth will again be good. Leaving God to end the seventh creative day with the same words “look everything is good”. The conclusion being each of the creative days were seven thousand years in length. So the end of the seventh day of 1,000 years under the Christ coincides with the end of the seventh “creative day” of 7,000 years. Both ending together at the beginning of the 8th day.
Genesis shows not long after being settled in the garden home an angelic spirit disguised as a serpent told Eve that if she ate from the tree that was forbidden SHE POSITIVELY WOULD NOT DIE. He lied to her and that is why he is called “the father of the lie”. (John chapter 8v44) Punishments were dished out upon all three wrongdoers.
This brings us to the very first prophecy of God in the bible, Genesis chapter 3v14-15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel”. 2nd Corinthians chapter 11v3 shows “as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to the Christ” and v 14 shows “for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”.
Who is the woman referred to in this prophecy?
We need logic to understand this prophecy. Jesus is known as “the bridegroom” in the bible and his true church, the chosen ones, as his “bride”. This arrangement comes from the highest level, his father. So logically speaking if a bride has been chosen for the only son of God by his father, then it is reasonable to assume that the heavenly host of spirit ones are classed as the father’s “woman”.
God’s heavenly family are classed as his heavenly “woman” not women in the sense of females, as we understand today but helpers in subjection to their head, their husbandly owner. This arrangement has been in force from the very beginning as in the garden with the human creation too.
The woman was created from the man and was to be a helper to him, and was subject to him. (Genesis chapter 2v21-24) It is also very interesting to note! Adam could have changed our history if he had chastised his wife Eve for disobeying him, Adam, and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and bad instead of listening to her and eating from it himself. What do I mean? Let me explain.
It was the man Adam that was told by God not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden for in the day he ate from it he would die. (Genesis chapter 2v15-18) Adam would then have instructed his wife not to eat from that tree, so technically speaking, she disobeyed her husbandly owner Adam and not God, and he could have chastised her instead of listening to her and eating it himself. How do we know this? Again, let me explain. Numbers chapter 30v6-9, this shows if the husband hears of her misdeed he can reverse the consequences, chastise her and change the situation.
It shows in Genesis chapter 3v5-13 the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that is was a delight to the eyes and that the tree would make her wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she gave some to her husband and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked. Then they heard the sound of God walking in the garden so they ran away and hid themselves. But the lord God called to the man and asked where he was, Adam replied he was naked and hid and God asked him, who said you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree I asked you not to?
Note! Eve ate the fruit but her eyes were not opened, otherwise she would have hidden herself from Adam, their eyes were not opened until after Adam had eaten of the fruit then both their eyes were opened together. (Eve could have told Adam, I have eaten the fruit and look nothing has happened to me) Also it was Adam that was addressed by God have you eaten from the tree I commanded you not to. So logically speaking Adam could have disciplined his wife and used his headship over her. As the account in Genesis shows, you listened to your wife instead of me. (3v17-20)
From the very beginning the principle has been, that the head of the family is the father and the wife is in subjection to her husbandly head. When a man chooses a bride it is said they are “betrothed ” or promised in marriage, what we today would call an engagement, a promise of a marriage reunion, he then takes the woman to his home and a marriage takes place as in the case of Mary. (Luke chapter 1v26-35)
The same marriage arrangement takes place with our lord Jesus, his father chooses the bride for him (which was the custom with Abraham when he chose a bride for his son Isaac) and he goes off to prepare a home for her and returns later when everything is ready, then he takes his bride to live with him. (John chapter 14v1-3)
This enmity, meaning strife, rivalry or hatred, in the prophecy will be between Satan and the righteous heavenly host of spirit ones who are called God’s woman and between Satan’s seed and the seed of the woman. Satan will bruise the principle seed Jesus Christ in his heel and Jesus will bruise Satan in the head. Isaiah chapter 53v5,10 speaks of this bruising where it says “It was the will of the Lord to bruise him” referring to the first prophecy.
The seed of Satan started when the sons of God left their positions in the high heavens to come to the earth to look at the women of the human creation taking them and having children with them. (Genesis chapter 6v1-20)
They could not return to the high heavens so they made their home here in the earth’s heavens. Some ended up as “princely rulers” over the earth as the book of Daniel shows us in chapter 10 when Gabriel was sent to Daniel he was stopped by these spirit rulers and Gabriel had to send for Michael the prince of Daniel’s people Israel. (Daniel 10v12-15, 20) So the seed of Satan started long before the flood of Noah’s day.
Satan’s seed are also the spirit demons who have been confined to the earth and heavens from the time of Noah and whom Jesus met while he was on the earth and expelled them and the seed of the woman are all the righteous spirit ones who repented after Jesus preached to them and all the half-breed spirit children born as “the nephelim” whose earthly side died in the flood and became the “demon spirits” on the earth, not being fully spirit in nature but half spirit. This hatred between them will continue until the day of their judgement.
These are the ones that Jesus preached to after he had been resurrected. (1st Peter 3v19, 2nd Peter 2v4) the idea that he preached to them may have encouraged some to repent and become the seed of the righteous spirits again. The day of judgement will begin with these spirit ones, they will be judged and dealt with when the day of our lord begins. Judgement starts with the household of God. (1st Peter 4v17)
The enmity, hatred, between the two seeds, Satan’s and the woman’s, comes to a head at the time of judgement, fighting will take place between them in the spirit world on the earth which will cause a tribulation on the earth which will probably affect the human family too. We have the accounts of Jesus expelling some of these demon spirits who possessed humans and making them very violent in nature, this could happen on the day of judgement too where humans will become violent because of their influence. Luke chapter 8v29-34 shows of one account where Jesus expelled these demon spirits who had possessed a man and the spirit told Jesus his name was “Legion” because there were many of them.
Satan’s seed, his angelic rebels, will influence humans on the earth to fight against the seed of the righteous angels, and may even fight against the church of the Christ and Christians throughout the earth. Satan, the original Antichrist, will encourage his seed made up of humans that these spirits use to destroy all remains of Christ’s teachings, that by putting faith in him we may have eternal life.
Chapter 15 of the book of Enoch confirms this battle of wills where it shows: ~
[Chapter 15] 1 And He answered and said to me, and I heard His voice: ‘Fear not, Enoch, thou righteous 2 man and scribe of righteousness: approach hither and hear my voice. And go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for them: “You should intercede” for men, and not men 3 for you: Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children 4 of earth, and begotten giants (as your) sons? And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten (children) with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die 5 and perish. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget 6 children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. But you were formerly 7 spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling. 8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them.
It shows in the book of Enoch that these evil spirits will be given wives of their own creation to keep them from them lusting after the flesh and blood of the human creation of women in order to procure offspring. So their numbers will be great at the judgement day.
In order for the spirit half-breads to live separate lives while on the earth they were confined to live under the ground mainly or under populated areas. They did stray at times during the first century when Jesus was here and he expelled them. They had become predators upon the humans making them very unpredictable and wild.
What is interesting about this new creation is: ~ they do not need food to sustain their lives like the human creation because they are of the spirit. They do not have to live like us either in houses and sharing towns but they will have their own dwelling places. This too is born out for us in the book of Enoch chapter 10 where it states “cast him into darkness ~ open the desert and place over him (one of the fallen angels) rough jagged rocks”. These spirit ones are placed in caverns deep under the ground in the desert places and have rocks placed over them.
The seed of Satan, the demon spirits, will engage the services of the human family to bring about a tribulation on the earth to establish a worldwide dominion of the human family, just like the demon spirits that possessed men in the first century when Jesus was on the earth and he expelled them so too at this time of the end they will again enter into the human race to fulfil their purposes to take over the world. The supremacy of the world is still their goal as it was with the original “Nephelim”
This is brought out fully in Amos chapter 9v1-5 where it explains the judgement upon them it shows “not one of them will escape. Though they dig down into sheol from there shall my hand take them though they climb up to heaven from there I will bring them down and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea there I will command the serpent and it shall bite them and though they go into captivity before their enemies there I will command the sword and it shall slay them”.Angelic spirit ones can hide from God in these places when the judgement day comes but we are assured he will get all of them. You may think this is not reasonable? But yes” it is. During the last few years “SINC” holes have opened up all around the earth even under the sea bed where large caverns have been under the ground just as the book of Enoch shows. These spirit ones would not live on the earth but in their own habitat, under the earth and under the sea even on top of very high mountains.
There are examples of other areas for instance in the desert rocky mountainous areas in Jordan there is a city called “Petra” which has been carved out of solid rock even scientists today do not fully understand how this was done. If you look at this close-up you will see it is an entrance to a city deep under the ground. It could even represent a temple area with a crown, a throne, which could represent a kingdom, and its name “Petra” reminds us of Jesus words to Peter that Jesus was the rock-mass and “upon this stone, Meaning Jesus, I will build my church”.
Could this be a mock temple, church, imitating our lord’s words to Peter and built by the angelic seed of the Antichrist leading to their city. Even the stone artifacts are of angels. It has been carved from the solid rock-face and inside there are beautiful floor and ceiling mosaics.
Again, their plans to take over the world will be thwarted by our Almighty God who takes control of the earth’s heavens. We are shown in Revelation chapter 11v15-19, where it says “We give thanks to thee, Lord God Almighty, who art and who was, that thou hast taken thy great power and begun to reign. The nations raged but thy wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged for rewarding thy servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear thy name both small and great and for destroying the destroyers of the earth”.
Daniel chapter 11 shows the war between these angelic spirit ones over the earth and we have the account in the Revelations too of the great war at the place Armageddon, where they will all be gathered against our lord Jesus in battle. (Revelation chapter 16v16)
The rivalry between these two angelic spirit ones will be very great but we have been told the outcome already and that is, Satan will be removed to the abyss for the duration of the reign of our lord Jesus for the thousand years. In his absence the earth will be transformed and the prophecy of Peter chapter 3v13 will be fulfilled. A new heavens and a new earth we are waiting for will become a reality.
(Peter chapter 3v7, 13) The new heavens referred to here is the new ruling power over the earth no longer under Satan’s control but under our Lord Jesus and his bride.
Enmity means hostility, so between Satan and the other angels there will be hostility throughout time. But the end will come when the seed of the heavenly host, Jesus the messiah will bring about the death of Satan at the end of his reign by stamping on his head killing him. Satan bruised Jesus on his heel when he had him killed on the cross but one can recover from a heel wound, which Jesus did when he was resurrected by his father back to the heavens.
So from the very beginning of our creation the original Antichrist, Satan has worked in opposition to our lord and his seed make up all those he can manipulate to do his bidding are the Antichrist’s today. Every religious group on the earth today that add any of the laws of Moses to their teachings do not put faith in our lord Jesus are of this group of Antichrist’s. Jesus himself says in John chapter 14v30 “for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me”. When Jesus said this he was actually confirming too that his life was transformed into the womb of Mary as a perfect embryo and had none of the earthly inherited sins of imperfection the human race had. Yes the ruler of this world is Satan and he only had a hold over the human creation, as is shown in John chapter 12v31, 18v11, 13v21-31, 18v3 and Luke 22v31-33.
These are the ones the apostles warned the true church about in their letters of encouragement. 2nd Corinthians chapter 11v13 For such men are false apostles deceitful workmen disguising themselves as apostles of Christ and no wonder for even Satan disguised himself as an angel of light”. There have been rivalry between these two angelic spirits from the beginning starting in the garden of Eden.
In John’s 1st letter chapter 2v18 he shows that “the antichrist is coming, so now many have come” so in a relatively short time that Jesus was here on the earth, the antichrist’s have been at work under Satan. John draws attention to “the antichrist is coming” which shows he was referring to an individual one that will be coming just as in the same sense Jesus referred to the ruler of this world that was coming. This started with the Scribes and the Pharisees who wanted Jesus dead so they enlisted the aid of Judas, who was only too willing to gain money. John chapter 13v21-31 shows the events that took place. Satan entered into Judas and he betrayed Jesus. then the scibes and Pharisees had Jesus killed they had wanted him out of the way because he was showing their teachings up.
Then after his death it came from many sauces even some who claimed to be Christian. In Acts chapter 10v9-17 it shows Peter was given a vision of all kinds of animals and reptiles coming down on a great sheet and a voice told him to kill and eat. But Peter said No! Lord for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. Peter had to be told three times “do not call unclean what God has cleansed” Peter had been with Jesus for 3 ½ years yet he was still slow to realise the law was no longer needed.
Also after Paul had been appointed by the resurrected lord as an apostle to the nations, he taught the law covenant was no longer needed for life but faith in Jesus Christ instead. Many Gentiles put faith in Jesus with the promise of “eternal life”. (John 6v38-41) this made many of the Pharisee converts very jealous so they went out from Jerusalem preaching the gentiles had to be circumcised in order to gain life.
Paul and Peter and the other apostles travelled to Jerusalem to put the matter right. The account in Acts chapters 13-15 shows what took place at Jerusalem. The apostles presented their case that none of the laws of Moses were needed to gain life through the Christ. James, the half brother of Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph, agreed that circumcision is not necessary but he feared the Jews so he compromised and gave a little of the law to the gentiles and told them it was necessary they did this in order to gain life.
This was the very same law the apostle Peter had to learn that what God has cleansed do not call unclean. But, James giving his opinion that if the gentiles kept this law about unclean meat it would appease the Pharisees and the rest of the Jews into converting to the Christ. What James did not fully understand at that time was that this made him on the same side as the antichrist along with all the Pharisees who wanted to discredit the Christ and add laws to the Christ.
James had listened to Peter how he was told three times, that all meat was clean to eat and now James was going against that very council and insisting meat was unclean still, even though under the Jewish laws it states “at the mouth of two or three witnesses let the matter stand”. The three witnesses confirming that all things have been cleansed by God were born from the heavens, “what God has cleansed do not call unclean”. Acts chapter 11v9-18 shows also there were at least another six witnesses to the events that followed, making it 10 witnesses in all, that nothing is unclean.
Paul also told them how many gentiles were coming to put faith in Jesus but some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said “it is necessary to circumcise them and to charge them to keep the law of Moses. (15v5), then Peter rose and told them “God has given Holy spirit to them just as he did us and he made no distinction between us” so why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear”. But still James would not listen to reason and he sent a letter to the gentiles in three areas where there was a large population of Jews living with the hope that the Jews would look more favourably upon them. “Antioch, Syria and Cilicia”.
In fact the brethren in Jerusalem even got Paul to circumcise Timothy to prove to the Jews that he was still under the laws of Moses because they had heard how Paul was preaching and teaching the laws were not now necessary as Jesus had fulfilled them with his death. So the brethren and elders in Jerusalem were already corrupt through Satan’s influence and was against the teachings of Jesus making them of the antichrist. (Antichrist means against the teachings of the Christ Jesus)
So, did Jesus instruct anyone to take charge of his church on the earth? The short answer is NO!
On leaving after he had been resurrected he told his apostles, he would send a “councillor” to teach them. This councillor would take from Jesus and teach it to them. John chapter 16v7-16, 14v15-26. this indicates a “spiritual councillor” not an imperfect person.
Paul visited Jerusalem to see Peter about 3 years after being appointed by Jesus (Galatians chapter 1v18, 2vv1) then he did not visit until 14 years later, and in all that time he had been taught through this councillor the truth. He taught the gentiles were not under any of the Jewish laws from Moses in fact neither were the Jews any more under them. This got back to the Pharisees and Jews in Jerusalem and they went out from there preaching Paul was an apostate and they had to keep the law.This was what brought them to Jerusalem. Acts chapter 13v39, 45-51, 14v2-6, 15v1-6, 17v10-17 and 21v17-33 says “but as for the gentiles who have believed we have sent a letter with our judgement that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from unchastely”. Note! “Our judgement” not the judgement of our lord.
Paul had already been teaching for many years now that meat offered to idols could be eaten. 1st Corinthians chapter 8v4-13, 10v25-33.
The apostle Paul instructs us today about ones who pervert the truth about our lord Jesus he tells us in Ephesians “be sure of this, that no fornicator nor impure man or one who is covetous (that is an idolater) has any inheritance in Christ or in God and because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but expose them. (Ephesians 5v6-15.) Those teachers in Jerusalem were perverting the truth and as false teachers we must as the apostle Paul says, WE MUST EXPOSE THEM.
We also have the account in Luke chapter 13 v 1-4 where some told Jesus about the Galilean’s whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices and Jesus asked them, “do you think that these Galilean’s were worse sinners than all the other Galilean’s because they suffered this?” Jesus said NO! So even though the blood was used in sacrifices Jesus was showing it was no big deal.
Not only did Satan fulfil the first prophecy from Genesis and had Jesus killed but as the ruler of the world he spread his influence upon others to destroy the Christ. These all make up the antichrist’s and today they are still powerful under him.
So what is the bible’s view of Armageddon we hear so much about? And should we fear the “end of the world”?
It shows it is God’s war upon his own household of angelic spirit ones who have been ruling over the earth for the last six thousand years under the ruler of the world, Satan.
Judgment starts with the house of God, his angelic ones 1st Peter 4v17 “those who do not obey the gospel of God” note here the gospel of God not the gospel of Jesus. In order for us to come under a new heavens the old heavens must come to an end to make way for our Lord to return as the new king over the whole earth.
It is logical to assume the war amongst the angels take place first before the resurrection. The heavens will then be cleansed of all unrighteousness as Jesus has used this saying many times, “you cannot put new wine into an old wine bottle”. (Luke 5v35-39) neither would you put a clean shirt on without removing the dirty one first. The old leaven must be removed from the earth’s heavens before the new heavens can be set up.
The bible’s war at Armageddon is God’s war upon his household his angelic ones and the only mention of this is in Revelation 16v16 where it says it is a place and not the name of a battle. Logically speaking, how can the whole of the human race be gathered into ONE place and to fight against spirits whom they cannot see?
As we are near to the beginning of the seventh day, the Sabbath, which we are told in God’s word Jesus Christ will be lord of the Sabbath and rule over us with his kingdom. The earth and its heavens will need to be cleansed from all the angelic spirit created ones who had been ruling over the earth with Satan and all those who were placed on the earth in prison bonds from the time of Noah. (1st Peter chapter 3v19, 2nd Peter chapter 2v5-10)
This is the bible’s Armageddon of Rev 16v16. Cleansing the heavens and the earth of these rebellious spirit ones to make way for our Lord Jesus to return and reign over us in a new clean heavens.
LET YOUR KINGDOM COME!
LET YOUR WILL TAKE PLACE!