Summary: Sermon series on 1 John
Series: 1 John
Passage: 1 John 2:18-23
Title: The Antichrists in the Last Hour
Last Week in Review
Week 8 – (1) Do not love the World (2) Do not Desire the World
INTRODUCTION: “It is startling to think that Satan can actually come into the heart of a man in such close touch with Jesus as Judas was. And more he is cunningly trying to do it today. Yet he can get in only through a door opened from the inside. Every man controls the door of his own life. Satan can't get in without our help.” S.D. Gordon
VERSE: “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. 19They 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. 21I 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. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:18-23
POINT #1: Recognition of the Antichrists (1 John 2:18-19)
• Explanation: John had an awareness and passion for the end times (see Revelation). After he warns his audience about following the world he now directs their attention to these people called “antichrists”.
o “Antichrist” means that which is against or in opposition to Christ. The actual word “antichrist” is only used by John in the entire Bible (shall come/many - 1 John 2:18; denies the father and the Son - 1 John 2:22; Spirit - 1 John 4:22; Deceiver - 2 John 1:7)
• Antichrist the person: The name “antichrist” has been applied to the “little horn” of the “king of fierce countenance” (Dan. 7:24, 25; 8:23-25) referring to a king who would rise to power to oppose God’s authority. This antichrist would oppress God’s saints, abolish laws, and institute a new system that appears friendly to Israel. He will be the “beast from the sea” in Revelation (Revelation 13:1; 17:1-18)
• The “Anti-Christ” (singular) seems to indicate a supernatural being and not an bodily person (as pointed out above)
• Antichrist the people: The word “antichrist” has also been given to name those “false Christ’s” Jesus spoke about (Matthew 24:5,23, and 24). Paul stated that these “men of sin” were deceivers (2Th 2:3,4,8-10) and adversaries to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
• Many Anti-Christs – (plural) the human incarnation/representatives of “the Anti-Christ” (singular
• Illustration: 10 contrasts between Christ and the antichrist