If someone was to tell you that you are an anti-christ or believe anti-christ doctrines, this would be a huge offense because of what the world teaches. It would be insulting because it implies one is an enemy to Jesus, hates Him, and would rather other things in place of Him. Let's not forget to mention the teachings on "The Anti-Christ", no one wants to be associated with the likes of this character, especially it's name or what it stands for. However what does anti-christ actually mean? Putting all feelings and offense aside, what if we were taught falsely about the definition of anti-christ, what if it is simpler and if identified in the current season, some that can easily be repented of?
What is anti-christ?
Anti means against or in place of, Christ means the anointed one or the anointing. So anti-christ can mean both against the anointed/anointing or in place of the anointed/anointing. John warned about anti-christs:
John warned that anti-christs come out from Christians and made sure to mention twice to the younger in the faith that they have an Anointing that TEACHES THEM ALL, that they have NO NEED FOR MAN to teach them. This is very important, it is the anointing that teaches us. So if you have something or someone who is either against or in place of the Anointing they themselves are anti-christ or the act of putting the thing in place is anti-christ. When this happens we now have something or someone else is the teacher and not God.
So to make things clear, anti-christs are Christians who are taught by anything or anyone else apart from the anointing of God and those who are against the Anointing of God, they are the very teachers who are in place. Since the Anointing of God is the teacher, this means the Anointing of God is the Law giver of the New Covenant, this is the very Holy Spirit of Christ, those who are anti-christ are also against the New Covenant where God writes His laws in our hearts and minds and teaches us, where we do not need man to teach us.
How strong of a deception
This deception is strong because people are being taught that they are something they are not. They are also being taught false definitions of things so it becomes hard to see who you really are verses who you are not. They are also told they are authentic and that they are following the LORD, they are taught that they are saved, know Jesus and that they are in the true church, however, they are being taught all this by people. These people then say "this is the way." When Jesus said He is the way.
There are many anti-christs in the world today, in fact there were many in Johns day, there are more now. They are so hard to see at first because as the scripture says the whole world lies in the wicked one and the wicked one has deceived the nations:
It is written He was going to send a strong delusion to those who did not love the truth:
Sadly this strong delusion which is a judgment has begun with God's house, His people (More on this: A warning). God's people are taught by men, not by Him. They Bible is not taken for what it says, to be taught by God and obey Jesus by faith, instead it is now studied, interpreted and people come to their own meanings of what is clearly written. These meanings become doctrines and they teach others. It seems very true because they are false teachings inspired from a book of truthful testimonies. People defend their teachings through pride of the knowledge they have which was never received through Jesus alone. Many get snared by following gifts even their own, forgetting Jesus said He will say to many that He never knew them even though they were gifted and used by Him (Matthew 7:21-23). Because belief has been redefined to simple acceptance which requires less work than the true definition, many have taken on a form of godliness but deny the power. Many are deceived by false teachings that are mixed with truth and lies.
The only ones who come out of this delusion are those who have a love for the truth that sets us free, that has power to save, which we can only received from Jesus alone who is the Light of the world. Those who delight in unrighteousness will continue in anti-christ doctrines because it allows for them to stay comfortable even with the little bit of sin that is in their lives while at the same time allowing them to taste a form of godliness and feel as though they are the very things they are studying. The deception of hypocrisy is powerful because those acting truly believe they are authentic, yet sadly many have either fallen away or are victims to false teachings of those who fell away before them.
Fear keeps many from coming to the light. Once the subject of being perfect and ceasing from sins they are doing comes up, or once some one touches the religious idols of traditions and doctrines, they become very defensive and are ready for fight or flight. Those who fight, out of pride try to justify sin or their religious hypocrisy, those who run do not even finish reading, listening or discussing subjects, both refuse to believe the truth that sets us free from sin. They continue in their beliefs under this strong delusion, because they love their unrighteousness that they ignore while saying they are righteous.
What do anti-christs look like
There are people who are anti-christ and then there are people who are simply victim to teachings that are anti-christ. Here is a reference of what anti-christs look like in comparison to the New Covenant:
People who hold their traditions, study, rules of their religion, and things like these in their hearts and minds and continue to sin.
As you can see they have things in place of God's laws and in place of God being the teacher and therefore they are not living witnesses of Jesus sin destroying power which is done through His Spirit which is the Anointing:
Anti-christs have their own doctrines, almost everything about Christianity has been redefined including the identity of who the church is and how the church looks, so many are completely in the dark and have no clue: Do you believe anti-christ doctrines?
Anti-christs live in sin and hypocrisy because they are not trained completely by Jesus, by His Anointing so everything they know is in part. It is written: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things, (1 John 2:20 also see: John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:16, 13:2). Yet anti-christ admit they cannot know everything, no one can know everything which contradicts the testimonies before and then teach things in part without full understanding, then in pride defend their in part doctrines. This is all because they have rejected the Anointing of God and put other things in place of Him, they are in an anti-covenant not the New Covenant where God teaches us personally: More on this.
How Easy is it to be an Anti-Christ?
It is very simple and easy to be against Jesus and even hate Him and not know, if you have been lied to about the truths of who Jesus is, what He stands for and why He has come.
Jesus the son of God, is the Word of God, the Sword who destroys sin.
Those who hate Jesus are simply those who still sin and are still lovers of this world and the things in it:
Any one who is still sinning and still loving this world, basically anyone who is not a true obedient Christian can be classified as anti-christ:
If you do not want to be against Jesus (anti-Jesus, anti-Christ), then you must be learning from Him and obeying Him.
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