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?

AN'TI, n. [Gr. See Ante.] A preposition signifying against, opposite, contrary, OR IN PLACE OF; used in many English words.

CHRIST, n. THE ANOINTED; an appellation given to the Savior of the World, and synonymous with the Hebrew Messiah. It was a custom of antiquity to consecrate persons to the sacerdotal and regal offices by anointing them with oil.

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:

1Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard that the anti-messiah is coming, even now many anti-messiahs have come. This is how we know that it is the last hour.
1Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have stayed with us – but in order that it might be made manifest that none of them were of us.
1Jn 2:20 And you have an anointing from the Set-apart One, and you know all.

1Jn 2:26 I have written this to you concerning those who lead you astray.
1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him stays in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as the same anointing does teach you concerning all, and is true, and is no falsehood, and even as it has taught you, you stay in Him.

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.
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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:

1Jn 5:19 We know that we are of Elohim, and all the world lies in the wicked one.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who leads all the world astray. He was thrown to the earth, and his messengers were thrown out with him.

It is written He was going to send a strong delusion to those who did not love the truth:

2Th 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood,
2Th 2:10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood,
2Th 2:12 in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness.

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. The 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.
Matthew 15:7-9, John 5:39-40, 2 Timothy 3:7 [Refer to 1 John 8:31-32]

They do not have the teachings of Christ in them that set them free from sin.

People who are taught by themselves, other people (eg. "men of God"), seducing spirits and not by God directly; they continue to sin.
Jeremiah 17:5-7, 2 Peter 2 (note verse 1-3, 14-15,19-21)

They are not taught by God who teaches them how to stop sinning.

People who believe we cannot completely stop sinning and be perfect in this present life and who continue to sin.
1 John 3:5-9, 1 Peter 4:1-2, Jude 1:24, Hebrews 10:26-31

They have not experienced Jesus sin destroying power as this is His purpose in coming.

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:

Rom 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim.

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.
Jesus stands for the Laws and Culture of His Kingdom, which happens to be His very teachings.
Jesus came to destroy sin, so that His Kingdom will have dominion upon the Earth.

Those who hate Jesus are simply those who still sin and are still lovers of this world and the things in it:

1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world nor that which is in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 Because all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but the one doing the desire of God remains forever.

Jas 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the matters of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the matters of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards God, for it does not subject itself to the Law of God, neither indeed is it able.
[Please reference: 2 John 15:5, 1 John 4:4, 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:18]

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:

1Jn 4:3  and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 
1Jn 4:4  Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 
1Jn 4:5  They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 
1Jn 4:6  We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

John makes mention the spirit of anti-christ denies Jesus, denying Jesus is as simply as not obeying Him, to as complicated as teaching false doctrines about Him, to not believing in Him at all. If you keep reading he also mentioned, they are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them… This description fits a very broad span of people; the world is anti-christ. Many Christians are still joined to the world and still sinning, believing they are saved because they believe lies that are taught to them, they are not part of the few Jesus spoke of.

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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