Reputation Points: 17
Is there a "the" antichrist?
I think one of the most misunderstood and misleading terms used by students of prophecy is to say ”The” antichrist.
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. 1John 2:18
Note that the Greek does not state "the" antichrist shall come. The meaning could be the spirit of all those opposed to Christ, and not necessarily a single individual, as there are many antichrists as I John tells us.
They 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, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. I John 2:19.
Note that six times the reference is to ... "they", not one individual.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ: He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1John 2:22
Is the word "he" in this passage indicating one single individual? Is there only one that denies?
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. 1John 4:3.
Does the text say "the" antichrist should come, or is it "the spirit of antichrist" that should come?
The text tells us that "it" is already in the world. Clearly "it" is the spirit of those opposed to Christ and not a single individual.
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. 2John 7
Do the above passages prove that there is one single individual that is "the" antichrist? I think not.
However,the Bible indicates the following as possibly being a single individual, or a singular kingdom.
"The" little horn.
"The man of sin.
"The son of perdition.
"The" rider on the first white horse.
"The" beast out of the earth.
"The" first beast.
"The" second beast.
"The" False Prophet.
"The" numbered beast.
"The" image of the beast.
Using the term "the antichrist" (as though there is only one) is deceptive and leads to confusion if we wish to seriously discuss (for example) the False Prophet, or the image of the beast or the little horn etc..
Revelation NEVER uses the term antichrist to identify one of its subjects.
Satan is quite satisfied that Christians continue to use that term, for as long as they do, the identity of those individual subjects in Revelation and elsewhere remain clouded and obscure, leading to confusion by using such an all encompassing, non specific identifying term.
Example: If you were to say ... Obama is "the antichrist", the question still remains unclear as to what you are claiming.
Are you saying he is the "little horn"?
Are you saying he is one of the beasts?
Are you saying he is the false prophet?
Are you saying he is the numbered beast?
Are you saying he is the image of the beast?
Consider the statement "He is antichrist". Compare that fuzzy, non identifying, all encompassing statement to the following:
A discussion takes place between two Christians that study Bible prophecy wherein one says:
"The pope is the False Prophet."
That cuts to the quick. There is no confusion. Whether he is right or wrong in his claim, you KNOW exactly what he is claiming. Your mind is not cluttered up with all the other possible options.
I think there would be much less confusion between opposing posters if they would come straight out and say exactly what they mean and who they are referring to instead of the reader having to try to decipher some fuzzy statement or word such as "antichrist".
I hope this makes sense to students of prophecy.
Last edited by canada; 12-04-12 at 11:47 AM.