I have been following this guy who claims now he is Antichrist. As a matter of fact, being visited by Angels, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda claims he is the re-incarnate of Jesus Christ. He says, "Jesus will never come and appear in the clouds" as most christians believe. He also tells anyone who will listen that the word Antichrist is a mistranslation. That indeed Jesus was supposed to come again incarnate in a person. Today that person, according to Jose Miranda is him.
But Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda is not your typical minister. De Jesus, or "Daddy" as his thousands of followers call him, does not merely pray to God: He says he is God.
"The spirit that is in me is the same spirit that was in Jesus of Nazareth," de Jesus says. ..CNN [cnn.com/2007/US/02/16/miami.preacher/index.html]
This is plain to see, this guy is not your typical flake. He is slicker than Jim Jones. He appears in the mainstream Christian Idealogue with the same rhetoric. The only difference is that the Jesus most Christians worship, is in the congregation leading the service. His followers are ardent and openly are going after the tatoo of 666, which their leader has proudly displayed himself.
And what about the tattoo of 666 on his arm?
Although it's a number usually associated with Satan, not the son of God, de Jesus says that 666 and the Antichrist are, like him, misunderstood.
The Antichrist is not the devil, de Jesus tells his congregation; he's the being who replaces Jesus on Earth.
"Antichrist is the best person in the world," he says. "Antichrist means don't put your eyes on Jesus because Jesus of Nazareth wasn't a Christian. Antichrist means do not put your eyes on Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Put it on Jesus after the cross." CNN Ibid
The plain truth of the matter is most Americans like religion. They see this guy and go into the church service and feel great. No one really can understand that this guy does have a Spirit about him. It is called the spirit of Antichrist. It is a spiriit of deception that can lure anyone. The real Lord Jesus Christ told us that such men would come in his name. Especially in the last days, we were warned. We were told repeatedly to not be deceived, yet many are deceived by this man. The warning about this is vivid and stark. We are not to go anywhere near such a deception! Why? Because, it will be so powerful and convincing that you could be deceived.
Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
If it were possible this deception could deceive the very elect. This means that it is indeed possible. It is such a thing that believers should be aware of. We need to know in whom we believe. Ours is a faith that will be tried. Today, many are sleeping in their houses of glitz and glamour. They live daily in the daily diatribes of peace and safety. The church today is facing a crises and they are not aware of it.
Paul warned this deceiving person, known as the 'son of perdition' will come. Christians call this person the Antichrist. The Word Antichrist appears only in 1 John 2, verses 18 and 22; then in 2 John verse 7. The word in the greek is a noun, antichristos is the transliteration of the greek. From this word we get the idea of a person who is Anti or opposite of Jesus Christ. This person, who is to come, has a Spirit. This spirit is called the Spirit of Antichrist. This person denies Jesus is the Christ. As like the deceiver Jose above, who states he is the real Jesus, denies that Jesus will come in the clouds, in the flesh and body of the True Son of God. This denial, presents the case and substance of who this man is.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jose may not be the real coming "son of perdition". The one coming will be with signs and wonders that will look real, feel real, and deceive many. The "son of perdition" will be the incarnate of the angel of light, Lucifer himself. He will appear as angelic, holy, Godly, and the savior of the world. In essence, though, and in substance, he will place himself as God, declaring himself to be God. He will condemn God, Jesus Christ, and all heaven as false. He will deny hell, sin, and any related doctrines to what Christ Jesus brought. This destroyer will lead many astray and will lead the world in defiance against the one True God and
Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, Messiah Yeshua.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
We are now in that timing and sequence of the arrival of the "son of perdition". But before he does arrive, scripture is plain, many such deceivers will come on the scene. They will lead many astray, and fool the world. Only those in True union with the Lord Jesus Christ, in Prayer, Word, and Spirit will know the Truth.
You might be surprised that Ephraim the Syrian states the rapture will happen to protect the elect from confusion-not wrath. Of course the wrath will come later. The word for anti would be better tranlated as in place of. This guy is a pitiful example of what the antichrist will be. The antichrist will probably come stating that Jesus wasn't the Son of God b ut he is. He will do miracles including levitating. Note I said probably because we don't know exactly until it happens.Thanks for the information.
Some coworkers showed this to me yesterday and I went over with them some of verses you mentioned. This should come as no surprise to us. We're going to see more of this. That's why I'm so passionate about evangelism and apologetics. So may people are going to be deceived unless we, the church, do something about it. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.
Situations like this are the very reason I am writing a book entitled "The Gospel according to Goliath"...it addresses this in as many ways as I can think to write them. I've just started and already I am up to chapter 14. Thanks for the info. and the reminder.