There has always been speculation over certain historical figures. It seems that each American president has been accused of being the anti-christ. People anticipate a personal, singular, evil Anti-Christ to torment us for a period of seven years before the “end of the world”. But does the Bible really speak of such a person?
The word “antichrist” only appears five times in the Bible, one of them in the plural, and all of these are in the letters of John, at 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3, and at 2 John 7. Let’s see what those passages say in the Scriptures.
In 1 John 2:18, we read: “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.” So we see that there were many antichrists even in John’s time, 2,000 years ago. To wait for a single future Anti-Christ, rather than investigate to find out who it was that John was talking about, Christians are depriving themselves of knowledge.
Further on in 1 John 2:22-23, it says: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Yahshua is the Christ? HE IS ANTICHRIST, WHO DENIETH the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father”, and in the historical context of John’s writing, the apostle can only be describing the Jews. Of course anyone who denies the Father and the Son is technically an antichrist, be it an atheist or one of another religion. But, in first century Judaea, people who accepted Christ lost their identity as Judaeans (“Jews”), and amalgamated with their fellow Greek and Roman Christians, all becoming “one in Christ”.
John continues at 4:1-3: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Yahshua Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Yahshua 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 (2,000 years ago) already is it in the world.” So while Christians await “The Anti-Christ” whom they believe to be a single future world ruler, the truth is that the antichrists have walked among us for thousands of years already! Many of them today are still called “Jews”, and adhere to that same false religion in which they rejected Christ! Their spirits are not from God, but are rather from their own father – the devil (John 8:44). John continues in 1 John 5:10: “He that believeth on the Son of God hath witness in himself; he that believeth not God hath made him a liar: because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” The Jews, by rejecting Jesus Christ, esteem God to be a liar, while hypocritically claiming to be of God! Therefore, they are antichrist.
In John’s 2nd epistle, he reinforces the fact that those who deny Jesus are the antichrists, at verse 7: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Yahshua Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” So we see that the Jews are liars, deceivers, and antichrists! In the same epistle, at v. 9: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” John proceeds to instruct his readers how to treat those who reject Christ, in verses 10 and 11: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed: For he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.” So it is evident that Christians certainly should not keep company with Jews, nor even greet them!
The apostle Paul makes a similar statement to 2 John 9-11, while discussing sound Christian doctrine, in 1 Tim. 6:3-5: “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” And so, Christians, if they truly believe their Bibles, must reject Jews, who have themselves been the antichrists all along! Christians must, of course, also reject anyone else who denies the Christ. It is only when we stop accepting evil that we ourselves could ever be healed.
So, stop looking for some ‘boogey-man’ type world leader with magical superpowers. If you want to see an antichrist, just turn on the TV. There are a lot of them on there. The good news is, one day, they will all go into the Lake of Fire which was prepared for them and their father, the Devil.