God has warned the church /“little children”/ about the conflict between:
· Light & darkness 1John 1:1-2:6
· Love and hatred 1John 2:7-17
Now He warns about a third conflict:
· Truth and error
The Warning Against Antichrists (v.18)
It is the last hour (v.18a) a /kind /of time, not a /duration/ of time
1. Believers must know this (2 Peter 3:3)
The first coming of Jesus Christ to earth was the pivotal point of human history.
· Jesus Christ came in “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4).
· Jesus Christ came “in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:20).
· God has “in these last days spoken unto us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:2).
· John the Apostle says, “it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18).
Right now, the time between Christ’s first coming and His Second Coming is called the age of grace.
The thing to remember is that this period of history is called...
· “these last times” (1 Peter 1:20).
· “the last days” (2 Peter 3:3; 2 Tim.
· “these last days” (Hebrews 1:2).
· “the last time” (1 John 2:18; Jude 18).
The final chapter of human history is now being written.
Soon Jesus Christ will return to earth.
Jesus Christ said that no man knows nor can know.
Only God knows.
And we must always keep in mind what 2 Peter 3:8 says, “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years”.
Therefore, we must not be projecting dates.
What we must do is obey the Lord’s exhortation to watch and be ready.
We are to look for His return every day and be prepared for His return any moment.
This then is the message that we must heed: it is the /last days/.
“let our every contact with the world be as light as possible” 1Cor.7:31
b. “watch and pray” Jesus did not want us deeply rooted in this world
It is time: the antichrist is coming (v.18b)
/Antichrist –/is used in the Bible only by John (1John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2:7).
It describes three things:
A /spirit/ in the world that opposes or denies Christ.
The “spirit of antichrist” (1John 4:3) has been in the world since Satan declared war on God.
The /false teachers/ who embody this spirit
The “spirit of antichrist” is behind every false doctrine & every “rebellious” attitude.
3. A /person/ who will lead up the final world rebellion against Christ (2Thess.
The “spirit of antichrist” is in the world today & will eventually lead to the appearance of the Antichrist.
The Bible calls him “the man of sin” or “lawlessness” (2Thess.
This passage explains that there are two forces at work in today’s world:
Truth is working in the church by the Holy Spirit (1Thess 2:7)
b. Evil is working by the energy of Satan (1Thess.
1) The Holy Spirit in Christians is holding back lawlessness, but,
2) When the church is removed at the Rapture (1Thess.4:13-18),
Satan will take over the world
Antichrist is Both a Spirit and a Person
a. 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, 2 John 7, 2 Thess 2:3, 7
The Greek word is antichristo- Instead of or against Christ.
Matt 24:24 False Christs (pseudo-christ) will work miracles in the last days to deceive.
/The Word warns us of False:/
Brothers #2Corinthians 11:26; Galatians 2:4
b. Apostles #2Corinthians 11:13
c. Teachers #2Peter 2:1
d. Speakers "speaking lies" #1Timothy 4:2
e. False witnesses #1Corinthians 15:15; Matthew 26:60
f. False Christ's #Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22
g. False Gospel #Galatians 1:9
False spirit #2Corinthians 11:4
i. False ministers of Satan who transform themselves into ministers of righteousness #2Corinthians 11:14-15
j. Jesus spoke of many in Matthew 24 and they have large crowds today #Matthew 24:11,24
The Abomination of Desolation (2 Th 2:4)
Daniel 9:27 A covenant will be made for one seven year period
b. 2 Th 2:4 The Anti-Christ will want to be worshipped as God in the Temple
c. Matt 24:15 & Mark 13:14 He stands in the Holy Place
Dan 12:11-12 After this event there will be 3 ½ years left
/Jesus said, “I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
/(John 5:43 NKJV)
Jesus predicted that there would come a final personality of evil.
He would come in his own name, though people would reject God’s Christ, they would accept and receive the devil’s antichrist.
This is why it is important that we:
1. Take heed 1Cor.
2. Abide in His Word & know the truth John 8:31-32; 1John 2:21
3. “study to show ourselves approved unto God” & that we know truth from error, being able to detect lies whey they come our way.
!! Proof: Many antichrists have come (v.18c)
There are many who oppose and stand against Christ.
They are /denying His deity/:
They are /denying that He is the sinless Son of God/ who lived a perfect and righteous life and thereby secured the ideal and perfect righteousness for man.
They are /denying His death and resurrection/: that He died as the perfect sacrifice for man’s sins and that He rose from the dead to conquer death for man.
They are /denying His Lordship/: that He is truly the Son of God who ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God as the Lord and God of the universe.