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The anti-Christ?

Discussion in 'Theological Concepts' started by Eddi, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Eddi

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    When the anti-Christ comes, how will we know that he or she is the anti-Christ?

    Or will it not be obvious until it’s too late to stop him (or her)?

    Indeed, can we resist the anti-Christ's nefarious designs?

    And what are the anti-Christ's nefarious designs likely to be?

    And could they even be resisted?

    What does a person have to do to be considered the anti-Christ?

    I have a gut feeling we are either in (or approaching) "end-times"

    So I’m on the look-out for an anti-Christ figure to somehow emerge

    But I’m not 100% sure what to look out for

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. shunyadragon

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    The anti-Christ is the mythical boogie man in the cave. Even between churches everybody, and all those the believe differently are accused to be following are anti-Christ.
     
  3. Tony Bristow-Stagg

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    I would offer we must look within.

    All that are not for Christ, are really a shadow of the anti Christ. The Antichrist is a station of the highest rejection. It is a person that has seen the Station of Christ in the Messenger and then tried to take that station for themselves.

    A follower of Jesus could just as easily become a shadow of the Antichrist, by knowing of a Messenger, but not accepting Christ.

    Christ is a station (Anointed One), Jesus when born was not known as Christ, but became known as the Christ. When Christ returned as promised, the name was not Jesus and the world again had the chance to accept Christ in a new name.

    I see there is a Antichrist in each age, one that commits the grave error of knowing of and rejecting Christ, one who's rebellious spirit over time leads many astray.

    That is my thought. Regards Tony
     
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  4. Miken

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    The antichrist appears in the NT only in the epistles of John. Despite Hollywood and the popular imagination, the antichrist does not appear in Revelation. (And BTW 666 is the number of the Beast who is not Satan.)

    In the epistles of John, the antichrist is anyone who does not profess the proper doctrine about Christ, that Christ is the Son of God (in the supernatural sense) and came in the flesh. Denying that Jesus was the Son of God, that Jesus has been an ordinary human, removed the power of the sacrifice. Denying that Jesus came in the flesh also removes the meaning of the resurrection. Both of these were key tenets of proto-Christianity.

    There are many antichrists, deniers of the divine nature of Jesus. John is talking in particular about members of his own community who left. He is cautioning remaining members not to fall into error and lose eternal life.

    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. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 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. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.

    1 John 4
    1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 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.

    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. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
     
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