Summary: Today I want to speak to you about something that some of you may find alarming or controversial. Today I want to speak to you about the spirit of the antichrist.
Today I want to speak to you about something that some of you may find alarming or controversial. Today I want to speak to you about the spirit of the antichrist. Before proceeding, I wish to make two very important clarifications. Number one, I would like to make it perfectly clear that my intention is not to alarm or insult anyone; my intention is to teach and preach the true word of God. Second, I want it to be very clear that I am not a great theologian, nor a great teacher, I am like all of you, and the only difference between us is that I received a calling from God, and I answered, I am here. It is very important to clarify these two small things because today’s theme is not easy, and I do not want anyone to misunderstand me.
Now, when you think of the antichrist, the majority of the people immediately think of the antichrist as it is described in the book of Revelations, and all say that this is something that has not yet happened and is in the far future. Of course, the events that we find in the book of Revelations have not happened, but I am convinced that someday they will. Even though the antichrist in physical form has not yet manifested in the world, the devil is strongly attacking humanity. With its lies and falsehoods, the spirit of the antichrist is leading many to hell. Maybe some may think that the antichrist is solely like we find in the book of Revelations and that’s all, but I tell you that is not the case. Let’s go now to the Word of God so you may understand what I am talking about.
1 John 2:18-19- “ Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they really did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
To fully understand the message that God has for his people, it is necessary to stop for a brief moment and analyze the meaning of the word antichrist. The word antichrist is a grouping of two words, “anti” and “Christ”. Christ of course does not need explanation since we all know that it means the anointed, the Son of God. Now, according to the dictionary, the word “anti” means ‘opposite’ or ‘with opposite properties’ so the antichrist is the contrary of, or the opposite of Christ and his teachings. Keep this definition in mind, because it is the key to today’s message.
Like I told you at the beginning, the antichrist like we find in the book of Revelations has not yet manifested himself physically in the world, but the spirit of the antichrist has been parading around the world for many years. This is very clear in 1 John 4:3 when we read “but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” But, can this be possible? Let’s discover the system of the antichrist that is being spread in spectacular form.
To discover the promotion of the system of the antichrist the only thing we have to do is to pay attention to recent events and the resent news that are causing great sensationalism in the past few days. What news am I talking about? I am talking about the recent death of this man with the title “pontiff” and the recent election of the new leader of the catholic institution. I say this because you cannot listen to any news stations without them mentioning with spectacular form the news that refers to the decision of the catholic institution regarding their new leader. I was listening to the radio the other day and the announcer was stating with great emphasis “now the two billion Catholics that exist in this world have their new leader.” In listening to this announcer, and watching all the programs transmitted on television, one would say the whole world was watching for the election of the new pontiff. After seeing all those special reports, one would say that the whole world was waiting for the election of the new highest priest of this religious institution that as we discover through the Word of God, is nothing more than the representation of the antichrist here on earth. I want you to notice that I said religious institution, and that I did not say church as the world calls it.