[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
Another Gospel scripture that points towards the timing of Satan's existence in human form is given in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13, Mark 4 & Luke 8). In this parable, Jesus is the sower of the seed, and the seed that He sows is the Word of God, God's Doctrine. He describes three primary ways in which people turn away, or are turned away, from adhering to Him and His Word, and the one way that people cling to Him/His Word, and in the process, gain salvation. He identifies the first -- the number one way -- that people turn away from believing the Gospel as:
"When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom and understands it not, then comes the wicked one and catches away that which was sown in his heart." Matthew 13.19.
In Mark 4.15, He is quoted as saying,
"These are they by the way side where the Word is sown, but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts."
In Luke 8.12, the quote reads:
"Those by the wayside are they that hear. Then comes the devil, and takes away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved."
Again the Savior is informing us that:
the anti-Christ--the one who seeks mankind's death and destruction--would come immediately following the Lord's ministry. Further, not only did the wicked one (Satan-in-the-flesh, the devil, the anti-Christ) come on the Lord's heels in the course of human history, but
Satan's dogma and evil spirits have continued to perform the same interference both internally and externally to each human individual who has ever been exposed to the Word of God.
The Parable of the Wheat and Tares also helps us to identify the Satan-in-the-flesh. Matthew 13.24-30:
"The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did not you sow good seed in your field? From whence then has it tares?' He said unto them, 'An enemy has done this.'
The servants said to him, 'Will you then that we go and gather them up?' but he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. And in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, 'Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
Tares are weeds that look like wheat. The Master is informing us that the followers of the anti-Christ are people who look righteous on the surface. Their fruits / works, however, are despicably evil. Thus, in order to identify the anti-Christ, we must first look for the group of people who appear to be the most spiritual on the surface, but when we get to know them, watch their behaviors, and are victimized by what they do, we know them to be of evil. Then we must look for the one person who bosses those people around, for that one person is then the enemy / the anti-Christ to whom the Lord refers. Internalize, recall your own experiences, and then ask yourself who those people might be.
Another Old Testament scripture that helps us to identify the Antichrist is Zechariah 3.1.
And he (the angel) showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at His right hand to resist Him.
Joshua the high priest is Jesus. The language of the Lord was Aramaic, and Joshua (Yeshua) in Aramaic means leader, Savior, Jesus. That Satan stands at the right hand of the Lord to resist Him tells us that the human embodiment of Satan came right away after the Son was crucified. This scripture tells us much more, however. For instance, the antichrist must be someone whom humans consider to be the Lord's right-hand man.
Finally, the descriptions of the Antichrist come from two of the disciple John's letters of the New Testament, John 1 & John 2, the only scriptures wherein the terminology "Antichrist" are given in the Bible. Listen to what John has to say.
I John 2.18 Little children, it is the last time. And as you have heard that the antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists whereby we know that it is the last time. 19They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us. But they went out so that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
22 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denies the Father and the Son.
4.1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know you the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. 3And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God, and this is that spirit of antichrist whereof you have heard that it should come, and even now already is it in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. 5They are of the world. Therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.
2 John.6 And this is love: that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment: that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. 7For many deceivers are entered into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Okay, people, it's time for you to internalize to see if you can discover Satan's identity for yourselves. The Antichrist was here on earth in human form shortly after the time of Jesus' resurrection. Who is it?
He came out from the circle of the Lord's disciples.
He denies the Father and the Son.
He does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
He speaks of the world; i.e., he promotes inappropriate sex, money, property, prestige, and the power to manipulate and control other people.
He does not walk after God's commandments.
He is the leader of many antichrists.
He is the most powerful man on earth.
The power he gained while he was in the flesh must have continued non-stop to this day.
He must be the primary force behind the realm of wicked human behavior.
He must dominate the wickedness in mankind's beliefs, thinking, relationships, emotions, and activities including in the areas of work, play, education, politics, sex, religion, philosophy, and the world's legal justice systems.
His primary goal was to seduce people into willfully maligning and defying the Son of God.
He succeeded at replacing the Son of God as the spiritual ruler of planet Earth.
He sought to be the king over all of the kings of the earth, not just while he himself was in the flesh, but afterwards.
He is humanity's ultimate counselor; i.e., the one person that more people look up to for answers to solve their daily problems than any other person; someone that people look up to for inspiration and salvation; someone that people trust to know the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
He suckered people into thinking that he himself was such a know-it-all that he knew more about God and salvation than the Son of God Himself knows.
Genesis 3.1 tells us that he is a serpent, a snake, a sleazy, slinky creep who also happens to be the most subtle (sneaky, cunning, crafty, skillful, elusive, difficult to understand or distinguish, perceptive, insightful, refined, able to penetrate deeply and thoroughly, and operating insidiously, etc.) beast of the field of beastly human evil-doers.
Just his title as the anti-Christ tells us that he must HATE the Son of God.
Because he is Satan-in-the-flesh, he has to be the very one that Anton LaVey and all his nasty little Satanists worship.
And he must be somebody who is so wicked and evil that he seeks the destruction, not the salvation, of human life.
Who is it?
For those of you who cannot figure it out yet, we move on.