Summary: Our subject this morning is Antichrist is here. Yes I know that many are looking for Antichrist to come in the future and while they are looking, the Bible tells us that he is already here.
Sunday September 03, 2000
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
The term ”last time” is referring to the end times, or rather the time between Christ’s first and second comings.
We find that the word last also gives a since of urgency, Christ will return soon!
Our subject this morning is Antichrist is here. Yes I know that many are looking for Antichrist to come in the future and while they are looking, the Bible tells us that he is already here.
The antichrist is here. Do any of you here this morning know who the antichrist is?
In fact John said nearly two thousand years ago that there were many antichrists then.
As we study together today, we trust that you will understand what the Bible means by Antichrist, why there are many antichrists in the world, why the devil wants to deceive you into believing that some specific man is going to rise up in the future that will be the Antichrist, and what God wants you to do about the Antichrist.
Let us begin with what the Bible means by the term "Antichrist":
The Greek word translated Antichrist means an opponent of the Messiah.
Therefore anyone who opposes Jesus Christ as the Messiah is an antichrist.
No wonder that John told us that there were many antichrists in his time.
And indeed there are many antichrists in our time for millions do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Millions are antichrist. They are against Jesus.
Jesus told us in Matthew 12:30
30 Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
And let’s read it again in the King James Version,
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Yes, if you are not with Jesus, if you are not helping him to gather souls; then you are against Jesus.
And if you are against Jesus, then you are antichrist.
No wonder John said there were many antichrists.
Indeed there are millions in our world that are against Jesus.
There are multitudes that are scattering abroad.
In fact there are few that are with Jesus and helping him to gather the lost sheep into the fold of God.
Therefore, you that are not Christians this morning, are Antichrist.
Now I would venture to say that, that statement would hit a lot of people with quite a blow.
Everyone that is not a born again Christian is an antichrist!
I know that a lot of people out there are using the excuse that there is going to be one main dude that will be the antichrist.
You have to look at what the bible says, and when it was written.
John was talking about the antichrist in A.D. 90, now that was 2000 years ago. There have been several main dude antichrist’s since he wrote that book of 1st John.
Look at all of the years that have gone by, and look at all of the antichrist’s that have come, gone and died. Look at Hitler for instance, look at all that he did.