2 Spirit of Antichrist – Part 2

Satan is striving to establish a kingdom in which the spirit of antichrist is so pervasive that the world will accept an individual who fully embodies and personifies this spirit. Among Christians today, this individual is commonly called “the Antichrist.”

 

The notion of a coming Antichrist has long captivated the imagination of Christians. For many, he has replaced Christ as the central figure in Biblical studies of the end times. Many Christians have become so fixated with the individual known as the Antichrist that they have lost sight of the fact that the account of the book of Revelation is the story of Christ’s ultimate and final victory. In the end, the Antichrist will be nothing more than a defeated foe who has been brought down to hell (Isa. 14:9–11Rev. 19:20).

 

Throughout the centuries Christians have diligently sought to distinguish who the Antichrist might be. This quest has largely revolved around in-depth studies of Bible prophecy. It is true that a vast amount of information is provided in prophecy for the discerning Christian to identify the Antichrist when he eventually arises to power. Nevertheless, the nature of prophecy is such that the identity of the Antichrist as an individual will likely never be known until his rise to power begins. Instead, the Christian has been given a far more valuable means of protecting himself against the Antichrist. Rather than seek an individual, we are told to look for a particular spirit. It is only through the increase of this spirit that the individual known as the Antichrist will be capable of rising to power. This is why Christ commissions us to test the spirits in 1 John 4:1–3.

 

Every Christian should be intensely interested in identifying this spirit and earnestly striving to fight against it. It is imperative that each Christian be capable of defining and identifying the spirit of antichrist in order to protect himself from succumbing to its influence. Without a clear understanding of what this spirit is and how it manifests itself, the Christian cannot hope to resist it. Ignorance of this spirit makes the Christian vulnerable to its attacks. Fortunately, Scripture has provided us a myriad of means to identify it.

 

To begin with, we should recognize the distinction between the individual commonly called “the Antichrist” and “the spirit of antichrist.” Scripture informs us that the spirit of antichrist has been present and active in the earth since at least the time that the Apostle John penned his epistles. This spirit sets itself in place of, or against, Jesus Christ.

 

The spirit of antichrist is active in the world today and is working to establish an environment which sets itself against Christ and which will provide for the rise to power of the individual known as Antichrist. This individual will be the embodiment and personification of this spirit and will set himself up on earth in the place of Christ.

 

The actual term “antichrist” only appears four times in Scripture. In each case, the term is used by the Apostle John. Surprisingly, we do not see the title “Antichrist” appear anywhere in the book of Revelation. In fact, each use of the term was penned before John’s vision of the end times occurred. Of these four references, only two instances refer to the individual known as Antichrist. Rather, the Apostle John seems to be focused primarily upon the spirit which defines the individual whom he identifies as “Antichrist:”

  • 1 John 2:18“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.”
  • 1 John 2:22“Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”
  • 1 John 4:3“[A]nd every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
  • 2 John 1:7“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

 

Our goal in this study is to learn to recognize and resist the spirit of antichrist. One means of recognizing the spirit of antichrist is to consider the character traits of the individual who will one day embody and personify this spirit. Therefore, let us see what we can learn about the spirit of antichrist by observing what we are told about the individual known as Antichrist.

 

In his epistles, the Apostle John appears to be coining the new title, “Antichrist,” but he expects his readers to immediately recognize to whom he is referring because he says in 1 John 2:18, “[Y]ou have heard that antichrist is coming.” Until this point, Scripture has never referred to any individual by the title “Antichrist.” Who then is this individual that John is calling Antichrist? According to 1 John 2:18, the Antichrist is a prophesied individual. This is someone whose arrival the church was anticipating but who had not yet arrived at the time that John penned his epistle titled The Book of Revelation, written approximately 81–96 A.D.*[1]

 

“Antichrist” is defined as one who stands against, or in substitution for, Christ and is opposed to Christ.*[2] According to Koinonia House Institute, thirty-three titles are bestowed upon this individual throughout Scripture.[3] In the book of Daniel, he is referred to as the “little horn,” “bold-faced king,” “contemptible person,” and “king of the north.” We will briefly consider several descriptive passages, but the conclusion is that this individual will take a stand against God, His Son Jesus Christ, the church, and righteousness in the last days. Therefore, it is reasonable that the Apostle John would refer to this person as “Antichrist.” Consider the traits of this individual which led the Apostle John to call him Antichrist:

  • Daniel 7:8, 20–21“[T]here came up among them another horn … that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them,”

Note: Antichrist—referred to here as the “little horn”—will speak boastfully. This description is often repeated. We eventually learn that his boasts are even directed against God Himself. In this passage, we read also that he will take his stand against God by waging war against God’s people and defeating them.

  • Daniel 8:9–12“Out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land. It grew great, even to the host of heaven. And some of the host and some of the stars it threw down to the ground and trampled on them. It became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown. And a host will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because of transgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper.”

Note: Antichrist will magnify himself even unto the prince of the host of heaven. Jesus is the prince of the host of heaven. We are provided this clarification when we read “[T]he daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.” Jesus is the only one who receives sacrifice and a sanctuary for worship. Thus, this “little horn”—Antichrist—makes himself equal or superior to Jesus Christ. Moreover, he stands against God and His Son Jesus Christ by preventing sacrifice and worship to God and by desecrating His temple.

Once more, we read that the “little horn” opposes truth and will wage war against God’s people. It even appears as though he will wage war against God’s angels because it speaks of him attacking the host of heaven and casting stars to the ground. Stars are a common symbol for angels in Scripture.*[4] This may be a depiction of the war in heaven that is described in Revelation 12:7–9. In any case, the “little horn” clearly establishes himself against God and against Jesus Christ, hence John’s title for him as “Antichrist.”

  • Daniel 11:28–33, 36“Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. … “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods.”

Note: Antichrist (the “King of the North”) will not only attack God’s chosen nation of Israel, but he will also encourage and support others to attack Israel. Time and again we are told that he will attack and kill the people of God.

As we have already seen, Antichrist will be filled with pride and arrogance, and will magnify himself even above God. In his pride, he will blaspheme against God and will prevent sacrifices made to God. Eventually he will set something in the temple of God that will desecrate it. Many believe this will be an image of himself as god—possibly the image we read about in Revelation 13:14–15. In any case, it is clear that the Antichrist is most decidedly opposed to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

 

Clearly, the prophecies provided in the book of Daniel sufficiently portray a prophetic individual deserving of the title “Antichrist.” Several times it is specifically prophesied that he will stand against Jesus Christ, both spiritually and physically. Nevertheless, the Apostle John might also have had in mind the teachings of the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians. Paul is believed to have written his second letter to the church at Thessalonica about forty years prior to John’s epistles. In his letter, Paul spoke of the little horn in Daniel, but he chose to refer to him as the “son of destruction” and “the man of lawlessness.” Consider the traits of this individual which may have led the Apostle John to later call him Antichrist:

2 Thessalonians 2:3–4, 7–9“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. … For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,”

Note: The son of destruction is deserving of the title “Antichrist.” He will receive his power from Satan and will mimic Christ with all kinds of lying signs and wonders. He will openly oppose God and will eventually sit in the temple of God declaring himself to be God. Seeking to exalt himself above God, the son of destruction will stand against God and His Son Jesus Christ.

 

Certainly, John’s title of Antichrist is well suited to this little horn or Son of Destruction. This individual will stand opposed to God and His Son Jesus Christ and will offer himself as a substitute for Christ. Of course, if the spirit of antichrist characterizes this little horn, or Antichrist, of the last days, then those traits or qualities which define Antichrist also define the spirit of antichrist. This seems to be what the Apostle John meant in 1 John 4:3.

 

We are given a glimpse of these traits even in the very names conferred upon Antichrist in the above passages:

We are also provided an extensive list in the above passages of specific traits and qualities which define Antichrist, and thus the spirit of antichrist:

  • Pride
  • Boasting
  • Violence
  • Irreverence
  • Duplicity
  • Lying
  • Self-will
  • Blasphemy
  • Deceit
  • Murder
  • Heresy

 

Already we have a sufficient degree of information to grasp the Apostle John’s understanding of the spirit of antichrist. Nevertheless, John does not rely upon his readers’ general Bible knowledge. Instead, he proceeds to supply several ways of identifying the spirit of antichrist at work in the world today.

 

First, it is important to note that the Apostle John never limited the spirit of antichrist to one particular individual. He recognized that it will eventually culminate in an individual, but he also recognized that the spirit of antichrist is far greater than any single person. The Apostle John realized that at the heart of the individual known as Antichrist is a driving motivation which is rooted in, and encouraged by, spiritual beings—Satan and his fallen angels—which he identifies as the spirit of antichrist. This is an attitude of rebellion which sets itself in place of or against Jesus Christ and the things of God. Consequently, anyone who is defined by this spirit and is working to further its influence, can rightly be called an antichrist. This is the intent behind 1 John 2:18 and 1 John 4:2–3.

 

Likewise, the Apostle Paul recognized this spirit and taught that it is active in the world today. Paul’s title for the “spirit of antichrist” is “mystery of lawlessness.” In 2 Thessalonians 2:7 the Apostle Paul writes, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work.” This is likely the same spirit that Paul references in Ephesians 2:2 which says, “[I]n which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—” In any case, Paul affirms John’s teaching that the spirit of antichrist is a very real and present threat to the church.

 

According to the Apostle John, the spirit of antichrist can be recognized using one of several very simple litmus tests:

1)  The spirit of antichrist denies that Jesus has come to earth in the flesh

According to 2 John 1:7, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.  Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” Also, 1 John 4:2–3 says:

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Some people expressly state that Jesus never truly became a human, while others simply imply it. Various explanations are offered, but the end conclusion is that Jesus never became flesh. Such teaching denies the validity of Scripture. Philippians 2:5–8 states that Jesus not only looked human, He had the very nature of a human and even experienced death as a human:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Additionally, this claim denies Jesus’ ministry of suffering and of enduring temptation as an example for us. However, Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Most importantly, this teaching denies Jesus’ ministry on the cross. If Jesus never became human, then Jesus could not have died for the sins of the world. This, of course, contradicts many verses of Scripture, including Romans 10:9 which offers the gift of salvation to anyone who is willing to receive it, “[B]ecause, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

At its heart, the teaching that Jesus did not come in the flesh undermines and rejects the very gospel message itself. From this point, we can see that the spirit of antichrist does not believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be. It does not accept that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, human, or possibly even reality. Consequently, when we hear people talk about Jesus as a force or an idea, we know that we are listening to the spirit of antichrist. Likewise, when we hear people claim that there are more ways to God than through Jesus Christ alone, we know that we are listening to the spirit of antichrist.

2)  The spirit of antichrist is a deceiver and a liar

2 John 1:7 says, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” The spirit of antichrist uses lies, trickery, deceit, hypocrisy, and beguiling to spread its message. Consequently, it will avoid confronting pure truth. This is what John 3:20–21 tells us, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” Nevertheless, do not be fooled. The best deception incorporates elements of the truth. A lie that is wrapped in truth is the most dangerous kind of lie. The spirit of antichrist will use deception to present lies which look and sound like they are truth. This may be by presenting genuine truth married to a lie. Thus, the spirit of antichrist does not fear truth; instead, it fears pure and undistorted truth.

3)  The spirit of antichrist denies that Jesus is the Messiah—or “the Christ”

1 John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.” This denial was implied in the earlier denial that Jesus has come in the flesh. The denial of Jesus as the Christ—as Messiah—can be subtle, as in denying His humanity, but it can also be blatant. Fear of the gospel message often drives this spirit to a brazen denial of Jesus’ ministry as Messiah—our Savior. Ultimately, if Jesus is not truly our Savior, then He is not our only means to salvation. It denies that Jesus is God because if Jesus is not the Messiah, then He cannot be God. And it denies that Jesus is an authority over our lives. If Jesus is not our only means of salvation, then we are not obligated to abide by His teachings. Thus, when we hear statements like, “Do whatever you want;” “If it feels good, do it;” or “There are no absolutes,” we are listening to the spirit of antichrist.

4)  The spirit of antichrist denies that Jesus is the Son of God

1 John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.” This too was implied in the denial that Jesus has come in the flesh. Many times, those denials which begin in subtlety soon progress to blatant defiance.

By denying that Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus’ claim to deity is rejected. For some, this is a complete rejection. They believe that Jesus was no more than a man. When we hear people make statements like, “Jesus was a good teacher just like Buddha, Krishna, or Ghandi,” we know that we are listening to the spirit of antichrist. For others, Jesus is considered a god—but not the true God. Such people consider Jesus to be a lesser god or a powerful angel. We find this thinking especially prevalent in the religion of Gnosticism.*[6] A popular example of this claim can be found in Dan Brown’s best–selling book The Da Vinci Code.*[7]

5)  The spirit of antichrist denies God’s testimony

1 John 5:6, and 10–12 says:

This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. … Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

This testimony is that Jesus Christ—being both God and human—is the source of eternal life. According to verse 6, this testimony is confirmed by the Holy Spirit. It is important to realize that the Holy Spirit led godly men to write this testimony in what we today call the Bible (2 Peter 1:20–21). The Bible is the record which testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God come to earth as a human to receive the penalty for our sins and to offer us eternal life. If a person truly believes the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the Word of God, then he will accept this truth. As such, he will never accept the lies offered by the spirit of antichrist—that Jesus is neither the Son of the God, nor the Messiah. Consequently, the spirit of antichrist both denies the testimony and the authority of Scripture, and it is the result of such denial.

Thus, we see that the spirit of antichrist is a mindset which sets itself against Christ as a result of failing to submit to the authority of Scripture. The spirit of antichrist:

  • Denies that Christ came in the flesh
    • Does not believe that Jesus is whom He claimed to be
    • Does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, human, or even reality
  • Is a liar and a deceiver
    • Uses lies, hypocrisy, trickery, deception, and beguiling
  • Denies that Jesus is the Messiah
    • Denies that Jesus is the only means to our salvation
    • Denies that Jesus is God
    • Denies that Jesus is an authority in our lives
  • Denies that Jesus is the Son of God
    • Denies the deity of Christ
    • Denies that God the Father and Jesus are one God
  • Denies the validity and authority of Scripture

 

We have already seen some of the fruit of this spirit of antichrist by observing the qualities and traits of the individual known as Antichrist. However, Scripture has far more to say about the effects, or fruit, of this spirit. We know that the spirit of antichrist will be the prevalent and defining spirit of the last days. Therefore, those qualities that we see in 2 Timothy which describe the spirit of the last days are actually the fruit produced by the spirit of antichrist. The following lists include the King James Version of the word in parenthesis when the translation differs in order to provide a more complete understanding of the fruit produced by the spirit of antichrist:

2 Timothy 3:1–9“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.”

  • Self Love
  • Love of Money (Coveting)
  • Arrogancy (Boasting)
  • Pride
  • Abuse (Blasphemy)
  • Disobedience to Parents
  • Ungratefulness
  • Unholiness
  • Heartlessness (Without Natural Affection)
  • Unappeasable (Truce-breaking)
  • Slander (False Accusations)
  • Lack of Self-control (Incontenence)
  • Brutality (Fierceness)
  • Hating What Is Good (Despising Those Who Are Good)
  • Treachery
  • Recklessness (Headiness)
  • Conceit (High Mindedness)
  • Love of Pleasure More Than Love of God
  • The Appearance of Godliness but Denying Its Power
  • Opposition to Truth (Resists Truth)
  • Foolishness

Note: In 2 Timothy 3:1–9, we also see that the spirit of antichrist is subtle, stealthy, and enticing. It preys on the weak, the unfaithful, and the unrighteous, and it specifically targets women. When we read that it creeps into houses, we can also learn that the spirit of antichrist targets people where they are most comfortable or feel most safe.

 

Certainly, we now have plenty of means to identify the spirit of antichrist. Nevertheless, it could be argued that some other lists in Scripture also describe the fruit of this spirit. Given that the spirit of antichrist sets itself against, or is opposed to Christ, it is reasonable to believe that it therefore embraces those things which Christ opposes. As such, the fruit of the spirit of antichrist likely includes those qualities which we are specifically told that Christ opposes.

 

According to Galatians 5:24, Christ conquered the nature of the flesh, thus revealing His opposition to it, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Therefore, the fruit of the flesh described in Galatians 5 can also be considered fruit of the spirit of antichrist:

Galatians 5:19–21“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

  • Sexual Immorality (Adultery and Fornication)
  • Impurity (Uncleanness)
  • Sensuality (Lasciviousness)
  • Idolatry
  • Sorcery (Witchcraft)
  • Enmity (Hatred)
  • Strife (Variance)
  • Jealousy (Emulations)
  • Fits of Anger (Wrath)
  • Rivalries (Strife)
  • Dissentions (Sedition)
  • Divisions (Heresy)
  • Envy
  • Drunkenness
  • Orgies (Reveling)
  • (Murder is also listed in the KJV)

 

The list of the fruit of the flesh in Galatians parallels Paul’s list of the fruit of disobedience and darkness in Ephesians 5. They are likely both pieces of God’s master list of the fruit of the flesh as it is God who inspired the Apostle Paul to write both lists. In any case, we can be sure that the list in Ephesians of the fruit of the children of disobedience and darkness is opposed to Christ. Christ is set forth as a child of obedience for us in Hebrews 5:8, and He is the light according to 2 Corinthians 4:6 and 1 Peter 2:9. Thus, the fruit of the children of disobedience and of darkness can also be considered the fruit of the spirit of antichrist:

Ephesians 5:3–12“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.”

  • Sexual Immorality (Fornication and Whoremongering)
  • Impurity (Uncleanness)
  • Coveting
  • Filthiness
  • Foolish Talk
  • Crude Joking
  • Ungratefulness
  • Idolatry
  • Disobedience

 

Another means of identifying the fruit of the spirit of antichrist is to consider who will be excluded from Christ’s kingdom. Those who are partakers in Christ’s kingdom are those who have taken upon themselves the image and likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29Col. 3:10). Therefore, those who are refused participation in Christ’s kingdom are those who have stood opposed to Christ’s image and likeness. As such, their qualities can be considered qualities of the spirit of antichrist:

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9–10“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
  • Revelation 21:10 and 22:15“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, … Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
  • Unrighteousness
  • Sexually Immoral (Fornication and Whoremongering)
  • Idolatry
  • Adultery
  • Homosexuality (Effeminate and Sodomy)
  • Thievery
  • Greed (Covetousness)
  • Drunkenness
  • Reviling (this means abusive)
  • Swindling (Extortion)
  • Murder
  • Sorcery
  • Lying and Love of Falsehood

 

Finally, the spirit of antichrist must set itself against the Spirit of Christ. According to Isaiah 11:2, the Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of the Lord, who is also called the Holy Spirit. This is further affirmed in Romans 8:9 and 1 Peter 1:11. Therefore, the spirit of antichrist must be opposed to the fruit of the Holy Spirit:

Galatians 5:22–23“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

  • Hatred [anti-love]
  • Depression [anti-joy]
  • Strife [anti-peace]
  • Impatience [anti-patience]
  • Unkind [anti-kindness]
  • Evil [anti-goodness]
  • Unfaithful [anti-faithful]
  • Harsh [anti-gentleness] (The KJV uses the term “meek” which means gentle and humble. This expands our understanding of this fruit of the spirit of antichrist to include pride.)
  • Lack of self-control [anti-self-control]

 

By now our heads should be spinning, but this only proves how much information the Bible has provided Christians in order that we should be able to quickly identify the spirit of antichrist and stand against it. In ending this brief examination of the spirit of antichrist, let us quickly review our conclusions:

General definition of the spirit of antichrist

  • That which sets itself in place of or against Jesus Christ

 

The spirit of antichrist 

  • Denies that Christ came in the flesh
    • Does not believe that Jesus is whom He claimed to be
    • Does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, God, human, or even reality.
  • Is a liar and a deceiver
    • Uses lies, hypocrisy, trickery, deception, and beguiling
  • Denies that Jesus is the Messiah
    • Denies that Jesus is the only means to our salvation
    • Denies that Jesus is God
    • Denies that Jesus is an authority in our lives
  • Denies that Jesus is the Son of God
    • Denies the deity of Christ
    • Denies that God the Father and Jesus are one God
  • Denies the validity and authority of Scripture

 

The spirit of antichrist produces

  • Self Love
  • Depression
  • Love of Money (Coveting)
  • Arrogance (Boasting)
  • Pride
  • Abuse (Blasphemy)
  • Disobedience to parents
  • Ungratefulness
  • Unholiness
  • Heartlessness (Without Natural Affection)
  • Unappeasability (Truce-breaking)
  • Slander (False accusations)
  • Lack of Self-control (Incontinence)
  • Brutality (Fierceness)
  • Hating What Is Good (Despising Those Who are Good)
  • Treachery
  • Recklessness (Headiness)
  • Conceit (High Mindedness)
  • Foolishness
  • Love of Pleasure More Than Love of God
  • A Form of Godliness which Denies Its Power
  • Ignorance (Foolishness)
  • Opposition to Truth (Resisting of Truth)
  • Corruption
  • Sexual Immorality (Adultery, Fornication, Whoremongering)
  • Impurity (Uncleanness)
  • Sensuality (Lasciviousness)
  • Idolatry
  • Sorcery (Witchcraft)
  • Enmity (Hatred)
  • Strife (Variance)
  • Jealousy (Emulations)
  • Fits of Anger
  • Wrath
  • Rivalries (Strife)
  • Dissentions (Sedition)
  • Divisions (Heresy)
  • Envy
  • Murder
  • Drunkenness
  • Orgies (Reveling)
  • Filthiness
  • Foolish Talk
  • Crude Joking
  • Disobedience
  • Unrighteousness
  • Adultery
  • Homosexuality
  • Thievery
  • Greed (Covetousness)
  • Reviling [this means abusive]
  • Swindling (Extortion)
  • Impatience

 

The spirit of antichrist resists

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness / Meekness
  • Self-control

 

The spirit of antichrist is

  • Stealthy
  • Subtle
  • Enticing
  • Not confined to an individual
  • Of a spiritual nature
  • Unfaithful
  • Harsh
  • Evil

 

The spirit of antichrist especially targets

  • Women
  • The Weak
  • The Unfaithful
  • The Unrighteous
  • Those Who Are Comfortable

  1. The historians Irenaeus, Clement, and Eusebius all write that the Roman Emperor Domitian exiled John to the Island of Patmos, and after Domitian died, John was allowed to return home. Domitian ruled from 81–96 A.D.
  2. antichristos (G500) can mean either ‘against Christ’ or ‘instead of Christ,’ or perhaps, combining the two, ‘one who, assuming the guise of Christ, opposes Christ’ (Westcott).” (Vine, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 30.)
  3. “Topical Bible Study: The AntiChrist.”
  4. As an example, consider Job 38:4 and 7 which says, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. … when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” In Hebrew poetry, the second line clarifies and emphasizes the first line. Thus, the sons of God are referred to as the morning stars who witnessed and celebrated the creation of the earth.
  5. This title is not included in the above passages. Instead, it was merely alluded to earlier in this chapter. Daniel 11:21 says, “In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”
  6. Gnosticism was a particularly prevalent heresy in the second century. It maintained that salvation could be attained through secret knowledge. Among other things, this knowledge includes an understanding that all things physical are inherently evil and are the creation of a rogue Archon named Jehovah whom Gnostics call “The Fool” because he convinced His creation that he is the only god. Furthermore, because the physical is considered evil, Gnostics deny that Jesus Christ became mortal man, choosing instead to believe Him to be wholly spiritual.
  7. The Da Vinci Code is a fictional mystery-thriller which pursues the idea that the Merovingian kings of France were descended from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. In 2003, the book was outsold only by J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In 2006, the book was adapted to a film of the same title. (Minzesheimer, “‘Code’ deciphers interest in religious history.”)

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