[Note: This article is a hard-hitting and direct approach. Do
not read if you are easily offended or want to remain in a comfort
zone. There is much to learn from this article though]
Identifying the Antichrist
Other scriptures that inform us that the Antichrist has already been here come from the Gospel. Formed of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John within the Bible, the Gospel relates the story and teachings of the Jesus, God's only begotten Son.
In Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus warns us of the madness that was coming and of His return. Within these teachings is the forewarning that the Antichrist was on his way and would soon make his appearance in human form. The scripture quoted here is Matthew 24.3-34.
And as Jesus sat upon the mount of Olives, His disciples came to Him privately saying, "Tell us when shall these things be?" and "What shall be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?"
Jesus answered, "Take heed that no man deceives you, for many shall come in my name saying I am Christ, and shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet -- for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations. Then shall the end come.
When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place (whoso reads, let him understand that the Holy Place is the Gospel). Then let them which are in Judea flee into the mountains, let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house, neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray you that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day, for then shall be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time. No, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved -- but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, 'Lo, here is Christ,' or, 'There He is,' believe it not, for there shall arise false christs and false prophets who shall show great signs and wonders insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, if they shall say to you, 'Behold, He is in the desert,' go not forth; or, 'Behold, He is in the secret chambers,' believe it not, for as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be, for wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven. And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds -- from one end of Heaven to the other.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree. When his branch is yet tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh. So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near -- even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, 'This generation shall not pass until all these things be fulfilled.'"
Know that the word "verily" means "of a certainty." In other words, "verily" is a lot like saying, "for sure," "definitely," "positively," "absolutely," and "no doubt about it." The vast majority of humans would claim that the Master's second coming hasn't happened yet, and therefore that these scriptures cannot be true. Wrong! Those humans simply did not make direct, conscious contact with God to have Jesus' Spirit resurrected inside themselves. Because the anti-Christ is the primary source of the wickedness and deception described by the Master, the last sentence, "Verily I say unto you, 'This generation shall not pass until all these things be fulfilled,'" tells us that the world's number one heavy-duty bad guy was about to surface when the Lord spoke these words to His disciples of that generation nearly 2,000 years ago.
Now add the reality that one of the greatest threats to human life is nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. We are already getting a taste of it with the Muslims' attacks on September 11, 2001 and the immediate poisoning with anthrax thereafter. Picture some mad religious leader like Osama bin Laden or national leader like Saddam Hussein dropping the bomb and you personally being victimized by that bomb. How would that form of death be any worse than what human beings have endured for the past 2,000 years?
How would that be worse than being burned at the stake, or having Idi Amin's henchmen cut off your genitalia and stuff them in your mouth?
How would death by a nuclear warhead be worse than fathers, mothers and their children being executed by means of Hitler's gas chambers?
Would the bomb be worse than having men, women, and children walled up inside stone buildings and starved to death, or locked up in barns and burned to death when the barn was intentionally set on fire as was done to thousands of Jews during the Black Plague?
Would a nuclear bomb be worse than having your mother's boyfriend put out his cigarettes on your body and beat you to death with electrical cords, fists, and kicks?
How could it be worse than having some KKK clones roll your body in hot tar and feathers, gouge out your fingernails, and hang you?
That so many horribly despicable behaviors have been carried out by man from the time of the Master's appearance on earth to today tells us that the abomination of desolation has been going on for nearly two thousand years, and enough is enough!
A second Gospel scripture that points towards the timing of the appearance of the anti-Christ is given in John 14.30 wherein Jesus tells His disciples:
"Hereafter I will not talk much with you, for the prince of this world comes and has nothing in me."
The Lord spoke those words just prior to His crucifixion. "The prince of this world" is merely another term for the anti-Christ. The Master's use of that terminology is designed to help us identify the bad guy. The next step is to ask ourselves, "Who qualifies as being the prince of this world? Who rules over the vast majority of the world's human population. To whom do people look up more than any other single human being? What man is regarded as being superior to the Son of God?" Only man's inability to perceive the answer has resulted in the false belief that the prince of this world has not come yet.
Perhaps the one scripture in the Bible that most clearly identifies the timing of the anti-Christ is given within The Revelation, the last book of the Bible. For nearly 2,000 years the true meanings behind John's descriptive language have been sealed in order to prevent liars and phonies from perceiving the book's contents. The meanings have been so hidden from public view, in fact, that the early Christians who decided which books would be considered authentic scriptures argued with one another over whether The Revelation was legitimately of God. Most people appear to know intuitively, however, that The Revelation is indeed of God. Even Satan-worshipers are fascinated by the book as is revealed in their open display of 666 imagery, Revelation's terminology for the mark of the beast, Satan. Many Muslims are greatly interested in The Revelation as well -- a fact I discovered accidentally while studying the world's religions with Muslim students. Muslims mock the book because they do not know to whom the various numbers of people and angels refer. When they study the book with the explanations of the numbers provided, however, the religion of Islam will be on its way to being disarmed, because like many Christians, many Muslims care deeply about their own salvation. When such Muslims wake up to see the prophecies fulfilled, see Truth explained more fully, and recognize God's awesome power, they are going to clean up their act and turn into genuine angels, too. You can take that to the Bank of Life.
The book of The Revelation begins:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave unto Him to show unto His servants those things which must SHORTLY come to pass. And He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John who bore record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things that are written therein, for the time is at hand.
That the things reported in The Revelation were shortly coming to pass, and the time was at hand when John wrote the book tells us loud and clear that the anti-Christ was here shortly after the Son of God was on earth in human form.
Another scripture that nails down the timing of the anti-Christ is given in Revelation 17.8 wherein the angel tells John:
"The beast that you saw was, and is not. He shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition. And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder (whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world) when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
The word perdition comes from the Latin word perdere meaning "utter destruction." Not only is the purpose and function of the anti-Christ to destroy, but he succeeds at destroying primarily by means of uttering / speaking / commanding other people to destroy their fellow man. In the process, he and his followers create the hell on earth known as perdition. The pop-out phrase that identifies the timing of the anti-Christ's life on earth, however, is "the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." That phrase tells us that God, who sees the future, knew that by the time anybody would gain the ability to solve the mysteries of The Revelation, the beast / anti-Christ would have already been here and gone. Because The Revelation states that the history described therein must shortly come to pass, the anti-Christ was either already dead or was about to die when John was writing the book. Even after the anti-Christ died, however, he "yet is" because the evil spirits by which he was consumed live on through all the people who have been poisoned into believing and obeying him. He "yet is" to this day as I write.
Now hold the thought that believing the Son of God is critical to man's gaining salvation and eternal life in Heaven. In the Gospel according to Mark, the first words that come out of the Savior's mouth are these:
Now after John the Baptist was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent you, and believe the Gospel." Mark 1.14-15
Mentally gather all these scriptures together.
Note how many times God warned us of all the nasty things that were going to happen following the Lord's resurrection, including the coming of the anti-Christ on the Son's heels.
Add to your awareness that believing Jesus is critical to gaining salvation.
Review in your own personal experience all the people who claim to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and yet do not believe Him.
Do so, and you will know that the vast majority of people who claim to believe in, worship, and adore the Son of God are phonies. They may believe THAT Jesus is the Son of God, but they do not believe Him. Their failure to believe Him means that they have not gained salvation, and are no more in the state of God's amazing grace than is the man in the moon.
Are you starting to discern who the anti-Christ is yet? I ask because in my view it would be wonderful if you could identify him before he is named herein.