Other Bible Teachings
The words, ANTI-CHRIST, can be be found only 5 times in the whole of Scripture, and that is in the Apostle John's Epistles.
1 John 2:18......YE HAVE HEARD THAT ANTI-CHRIST SHOULD COME..
1 John 2:18......EVEN NOW ARE THERE MANY ANTI-CHRISTS.
1 John 2:22.....HE THAT DENIETH THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST...HE IS ANTI-CHRIST.
1 John 4:3.......THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST.
2 John 7...... MANY DECEIVERS ......WHO CONFESS NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME IN THE FLESH. THIS IS A DECEIVER AND AN ANTI-CHRIST..
WORLDWIDE RELIGIOUS TEACHING:
Briefly, this teaching is that an "Anti-Christ", a person of great importance, appears in Israel and claims to be the Messiah. It is the "LAST DAYS" and he rapidly rises in power and is acclaimed by the Jews. He builds a Temple on the site of the (Islamic) Mosque of Omar, which is today fanatically regarded by the Arab nations as their own peculiar religious treasure. He makes a "covenant" with the Jews and is their leader for three and a half years, meanwhile extending his influence over the whole world. He breaks the "covenant" with the Jews and brings them into great servitude and the TRUE Messiah then appears, overthrows him and he is no more.
This very disputable theory contradicts God's word about the "thief-like" coming of the Lord Jesus (Rev 16:15), for IF the Anti-Christ theory is true, the nations would have ample and adequate warning of the coming of the Messiah. Not only so, but there are many other difficulties which we cannot at this juncture, devote space to explain . The real TRUTH is...the power of Anti-Christ is already here and has been for many hundreds of years
THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST:
Contrary to this modern teaching, no direct Scriptural link can be established between ANTI-CHRIST and THE WICKED ONE...THE MAN OF SIN...THE SON OF PERDITION...THE BEAST...THE LITTLE HORN...OR THE LAWLESS ONE. No where in the Bible does the word of God ever claim in simple terms that any one of these is the ANTI-CHRIST. However, because of the real meaning of the word(s), Anti-Christ, any one of them, and indeed any one of us, can be an ANTI-CHRIST. The Apostle John did not teach that Anti-Christ was any one particular person at all, but rather that there was, and is, a SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST, an adverse mental disposition that denies Christ came in the flesh.
Many who claim to be Christians would throw up their hands in horror at the suggestion that they could be anti-Christ, yet this is happening today, as we will demonstrate.
AN ADVERSE MENTAL DISPOSITION:
The positive and definite evidence of this is written clearly in 1 John 4-3....
"EVERY SPIRIT (person) THAT CONFESSETH NOT THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COME.....IN THE FLESH, IS NOT OF GOD; AND THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST, WHEREOF YE HAVE HEARD THAT IT SHOULD COME, AND EVEN NOW ALREADY IS IN THE WORLD".
Do you see the simplicity of this statement? The Apostle John simply equates the acceptance of an incorrect Biblical belief, common to many today, with an "adverse mental disposition", which he calls the SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST. This is in contrast to the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, which Jesus told His disciples, already dwelled in them. (John 14/17). This SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST, the adverse mental disposition, he spells out carefully so there would be no misunderstanding. It was the REJECTION of the clear Biblical teaching that JESUS CHRIST HAD COME IN THE FLESH.
WAS JESUS THE "MESSIAH-GOD" OF THE TRINITY?
That "rejection" of a clearly defined Bible teaching, is frighteningly apparent in many Churches today, for they endorse the Roman manufactured dogma that Jesus was in fact GOD, a spirit being, who changed to human flesh, a spirit being who was "God the Son", the "second person" of the (supposed) trinity, a dogma which even the Roman Catholic church admits in one of it's Catechisms, was never revealed by God to His people. In Book 2 of the Catholic Catechism for Schools, issued on the 1 st of September 1963...the Australian Hierarchy blatantly state..."GOD HAD NOT TOLD HIS PEOPLE...(Jew or Gentile ??), THE MYSTERY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY, NOR HAD HE SAID THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD BE GOD HIMSELF".
SPECULATIONS ON A REVELATION TO FAITH!
In confirmation of this blatant deceit taught to millions, the ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA once commented.. "The propositions constituent of the dogma of the trinity were not drawn directly from the New Testament and could not be expressed in New Testament terms...they were products of REASON, SPECULATING on a revelation to faith...they were only formed through centuries of effort, only elaborated by the aid of conceptions formulated in the terms of Greek and Roman metaphysics.."
"ANTICHRIST" NOT BIBLICAL DOCTRINE:
In other words, the Trinity, which denies Jesus Christ came in the flesh, is not a Biblical teaching. It is a manufactured imagination and is the basis of THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST. Because the Trinity teaching is not in the Bible, it is not a "DOCTRINE NECESSARY FOR SALVATION", as some Churches claim when they make it compulsory for their flocks to accept it as 'truth'.