How close are we to the final defiance of Antichrist against Christ? Most people expect the Antichrist to be a human being. I also think Antichrist will be a human being, but the human being will only be a figurehead for the real Antichrist, who is a rebellious fallen angel.
The rebellion of that fallen angel against God has been ongoing ever since the angels made their choice to serve God or not serve. They were all perfect when first created, knowing everything they needed to know from the first moment of their creation. They were not at all as we are, who have no recollection of our coming into existence, and no infused knowledge. We cannot remember beyond out third or fourth year, and everything we know, we learned from others who taught us. Whether or not those who taught us knew the truth is a big factor on the accuracy of what we know.
No so with angels. They knew the truth from the beginning when they were still perfect. Scripture tells us some rebelled. “We will be as gods,” they thought. They followed the lead of one of the most powerful, most knowledgeable angel God created: Lucifer. The name means “bearer of light.” Other angels followed. They all were cast from heaven and became devils. Lucifer became “The Devil” or “Satan,” which means Adversary. Lucifer is Christ’s adversary, Christ’s rival, the real Antichrist.
The human figurehead, the man we will recognize as “The Antichrist,” will have freely allied himself with Satan, allowing Satan to function in human form through him. The human Antichrist will have a very short career, seven years, we’re told. His career will be so short, that he will be upon us before we recognize him.
If one wants to predict the final days, the person to try to recognize is Satan. Satan’s influence on the human race is mentioned all through Scripture, from Satan’s influence on the first human beings to the warnings Christ gave about Satan. Satan is the great red dragon who tried to destroy the woman and her child. Satan and the fallen angels were bound so that Christ’s Church could become firmly established. Then, Scripture warned, Satan will be released to seduce the nations.
The historical question is “when was Satan released?” I think Satan was released five to six centuries ago. Satan influenced clergy to falter in their faithfulness to Christ, and used the scandal of their infidelity to encourage whole nations to rebel against the Church Christ founded. That rebellion destroyed the unity of the Church and totally destroyed the then existent Christian Political Empire.
Since then, what was once Christendom, has disintegrated into separate nations that, for five hundred years, have fought war after war, each one more deadly that the preceding one, until now we are faced with a possible war of annihilation. What was once a unified Christian Church has splintered into twenty thousand conflicting sects with many conflicting opinions, so that everything Christ revealed is contradicted by at least one sect. Their arguments and rebuttals have reduced the Christian message to near chaos.
There have been men who led whole nations into defiance of Jesus Christ, for example, Hitler leading Nazi Germany and Lenin, followed by Stalin, leading International Communism. Many persons thought these men were The Antichrist but, obviously, they were only precursors of The Antichrist. The Antichrist will be even more dangerous and more destructive than Hitler, Lenin, or Stalin.
The nations, today, tell us that we are in the Post-Christian era. New forms of religion, non-Christian, occult, even Anti-Christian are promoted daily. Some religions, today, teach their flocks unbiblical precepts, like sex outside of marriage, same sex marriages, abortion of the unwanted, worse than that: the harvesting of tissue from partial-birth abortions for profit. Others teach the killing of innocent people in suicide bombings, in direct contradiction of God's commandment "Thou shall not kill."
Satan is behind all of this. Sooner or later, probably more soon than late, the final human partner with Satan, The Antichrist, will go further than God will tolerate and God will say: “Enough!” We might live to see that day.
This is an excerpt from “Apocalypse: Four Horsemen Three Woes,” available through a free download through www.lulu.com/maurice-williams
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There are four scriptures in the books of John, which teaches of the antichrist,
1. 1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
2 1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
3 1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 2 John 1:7 For 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.