This morning my Facebook feed provided me an opportunity to review an old video I'd seen before. It's an example of a "false Christ." He actually claims to be the Jesus Christ. Did you know that this is one of the signs of the times?
The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3-9:
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, " Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them:" Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ' I am the Christ, ' and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. " Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
" Then if anyone says to you, ' Look, here is the Christ! ' or ' There! ' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."
We've all but entered into World War III. It's been deemed the war on terror. When combined with the crazy weather patterns, increases in earthquakes and the very real and growing persecution which includes beheadings, crucifixions and torture we have some pretty good indicators of the times we live in.
So what's the difference between a false Christ and an anti-Christ? The false Christ tries to mimic the true while introducing lies. Their character does not reflect what we see in God's word and their motive is usually based on the same motives as what caused Lucifer to fall! Pride and a desire for power and control (Isaiah 14:12-15).
We see a perfect example in this video. Here is a man who claims to be Jesus Christ and says there is no sin, you don't need to pray and every religion but his is false. He debunks most things in the Bible but he does like the idea of passing the plate. Instead of 10%, his closest followers give him everything. He's good with that for he likes wealth.
What does the Bible say about this?
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Another sign of the end times are antichrists. The Apostle John says in 1 John 2:18-21:
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 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 they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
John wrote this 2000 years ago. What do we learn from this portion of scripture? First, there are many antichrists. The antichrist spirit lies. The anointing from the Holy One is the true. He leads us into all truth. This anointing does not lie.
Characteristics of the antichrist spirit
1John 2:22-23 says that:
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
The antichrist spirit is behind the religions that treat Jesus as just a man. Jesus is the only way to the Father and without Him you cannot reach the Father (John 14:6). Hence, if you don't have the Son, you cannot have the Father. All you will have a dead religion. Dead religion lies, murders, and will steal. This is the fruit of an antichrist spirit. Lucifer, Satan or the Devil is in a sense the father of this spirit for he is against everything that is of God and the truth.
Hitler used a fascist form of government to murder not only Jews but Christians and other ethnicity's as well. Many thought he was the antichrist then. He wasn't THE antichrist but rather he was one of the ones today that spirit worked through.
Today, the radical element of Islam uses the same tactic and shares one of the same goals Hitler did. Wipe out the Jewish nation, kill Christians and any other people who oppose them. Lying is allowed in their religion. Apparently rape and the oppression of women is as well.
This my friends is the work of an antichrist spirit. But it does not stop there. This spirit manifests through different political leaders, political organizations, business leaders, businesses, non-profits etc. There are not just a few. The more prominent the or high profile the leader, the more the likelyhood some will think this one is THE Antichrist.
My advice, quit trying to identify THE Antichrist but rather focusing on building your relationship with God through Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is the Christos, the anointing of the true. He will lead us into all truth (1 John 2:20).
The spirit of truth & the spirit of error
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
The antichrist spirit cannot help but lie. The true Christ cannot help but speak the truth. He who knows God hears the truth but those who do not know God does not.
This is how you discern. This is why it is so important to know the truth of God's word.
The condition of the Church in America is truly a sad reflection on the work ministers have done making disciples. May who call themselves Christians do not read their Bible daily and neither do they pray. It is only through these daily activities that we develop a relationship with God and get to know Him.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, " If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
While the Church in America has been mostly anemic, I do believe there is a real Church arising. I say, let the real Church arise in the power of Jesus Christ. Let us walk in the character that reflects God's word. Let us walk in love that casts out all fear. Let us walk in faith that works miracles. Let us walk in truth that sets the captives free.
I want to be apart of this Church, don't you?