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The references to the Antichrist are found in the following chapters of the bible: “Ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists.... Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:18, 22. “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. “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. These verses tell us a compelling truth that the Antichrist, which was prophesied of, even now is present. The Bible goes on to describe its identity; the apostle did not believe the antichrist to be only one individual, but rather an antichristian tendency in the church: an organization dominated by “the spirit of antichrist.” We can testify to such falsehood rising at an alarming speed to deceive many and to keep God's people from the way of the True Shepherd, Christ Jesus. It is important to understand the term 'Antichrist,' which the bible speaks of: “antichrist” comes from two Greek words, antee and khristos, and gives the following definition of antee: “Opposite, i.e. instead or because of... for, in the room of... in place of. Often used in composition to denote... substitution.” — Exhaustive Concordance, Greek Dictionary. The meaning, therefore, of “antichrist,” as it is used in the New Testament, is a rival to Christ. In addition to defining the Antichrist, it's of great importance to make note of whom the Antichrist aims to oppose or take the place of, who is Jesus Christ, the son of God. He is the Son of God, who came to die for our sin that we may receive grace through Him alone; we all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He ascended back to heaven and sits at the right hand of the God, the Father. He sent the Holy spirit to guide us into all truth. All power is given unto Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, he has the power to condemn sin and cleanse us when we confess our sin. Romans 3:23, Hebrews 1:3, Acts 2:33, Matthew 28:18 Broadly, an “antichrist” or "antichrists" are anyone or a group which denies that Jesus is the Christ (1 John 2:22). More specifically, John understands such a person to be a human representative of the “evil one” of whom Jesus spoke (John 17:15). Just as humanity in Adam has rejected God and has been plunged into ever greater depths of sin as a result (Romans 1:18-32), so it will move into all-out rebellion against God when the Antichrist appears (2 Thessalonians 2:4). The Bible provides all the clues Christians need to decipher falsehood. With earnest prayers and diligent study of the word of God, we are able to notice the Antichrist at work, and not be deceived. Only Jesus Christ is true Saviour and Lord, and having a personal relationship with Him will not only make his grace and mercy meet our soul-needs but also open our eyes to what work against the kingdom of God and its righteousness.
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