October 06 2021
Today, Wednesday October 6
The Deceivers, The Antichrist
2 John 1:7-11 “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”
The work of the devil is to oppose anything and anyone who is of God. The main tool that he uses is lies that are meant to deceive! Satan wants you and me to believe his lies just like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. Jesus called him the Liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). Here John points out that the devil has his false prophets who are already in the world teaching their false doctrines about Jesus Christ.
If you ever take the time to study or to try to understand what all the cults, especially those that present themselves as “Christians”, and use the Bible to spread their false teachings, you will find that they all have one thing in common. They all deny that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh! They literally change the definitions of Bible terms or words and deceive people into believing their lies.
The sad thing is that they appear to be more dedicated and willing to sharing their lies than most genuine followers of Jesus Christ are to share their faith. The spirit of antichrist is to deny the deity of Christ. It is to deny everything that is said about Him, everything that He said, and everything that He did for us in redemption by dying on the Cross and by being raised bodily from the dead. That is antichrist, and that is the spirit of antichrist.
The spirit of antichrist eventually will be headed up in the future, not by one man but by two men, because two men are described in Revelation 13. One of these is a great political ruler, an enemy of Christ -- he is against Christ. The other is a religious ruler who will imitate Christ and cause the world to worship the first beast, that is, to worship the political ruler. This is coming in the future, and everything this side of it is preparing the way for the coming of this one; so much so that when the political ruler and the religious ruler finally appear, the world will be ready for them. And it looks to me like the world is almost ready for them right now.
To begin with, the political ruler will promise peace in the world, and for three and one-half years, he will do a pretty good job of it -- but it is not permanent. During this time everyone on earth will be forced to take the “mark of the beast”, that is a number which if you don’t take, you can neither buy nor sale anything.
It will build up to a mighty catastrophe that is ushered in by the Great Tribulation, which will last for approximately three and one-half years until the coming of Christ to the earth to establish His Kingdom.
At that time also, there will be one religion, and certainly we are moving in that direction even now. It will be a religion that doesn't really believe anything. I believe this religion is already here and is the official religion of even America today. It is called secular humanism! Everyone is encouraged to do what is right in their own eyes. You are your own god and you can decide for yourself what is right or wrong and chose what you think is best for yourself!
My friend, Jesus said when you see things begin to happen we should lift up our eyes because His coming again is very very soon! Jesus said, “Be you also ready, for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man will come”. Today, the question is, are you ready?