9: Section 2
Youngís Concordance entry for "Antichrist"
shows that the word occurs four times in the Bible.
An opponent of Christ, antichristos.
1 Jo. 2.18 antichrist shall comeÖ..are there many
He is antichrist, that denieth the Father
3 this is that (spirit) of antichrist, whereof
2 Jo. 7 This is a deceiver
and an antichrist
us see what these verses tell us:-
1 John 2 v 18,19
18 says that there were many "antichrists"
around in John's time in the first century. Verse 19
makes it clear that these "antichrists" were
originally part of the first-century community of believers
- "They went out from us".
1 John 2 v 22,23
verses give the added information that antichrists "deny
that Jesus is the Christ". They also refuse to
accept Bible truths about God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
1 John 4 v 1 to 3
is related to false prophets in these verses. They say
that such people do not accept that Christ "came
in the flesh". They also confirm what was stated
in 1 John 2 v 18, that the problem was around even in
2 John 7
verse again confirms what you have already learned,
i.e. the problem was already there and one characteristic
was the denial that Jesus "came in the flesh".
to Strongís Concordance shows us that "Antichrist"
is comprised of two words "anti" and "Christ".
The word "anti" means "against"
or "instead of". So we are being told that
this influence is opposed to, or claims to be in the
place of, Christ himself.
influence which was around in Johnís day.
influence which spread from some of the believers.
influence which denies that Jesus is the Christ
influence which denies the Father and Son relationship
of God and Christ.
influence which is opposed to Christís teachings.
influence which, despite all the above characteristics,
claims to be instead of Christ.
we look at Youngís Concordance again we are told that
"church" means "that which is called
out". Strongís Concordance defines the church as
a company of people who have separated themselves from
unbelievers and are united by their common faith.
means "anointed" and is the Hebrew form of
the Greek word "Christ". People and objects
were anointed in Old Testament times to indicate "holiness"
or "separation to God".
was fundamentally an act of God, as 1 Samuel 10 v 1
indicates. It was regarded as the giving of Divine favour.
Psalm 23 v 5 and 92 v 10
indicates an appointment to a special place or function
in Godís purpose.
Psalm 105 v 15 and
Isaiah 45 v 1
ideas of "separation to God" and "appointment
to a special place in Godís purpose" were part
of Jesus Christís mission. This is why he was given
the name of "Christ"
mediatorís function is to intervene between two parties
in order to restore peace and friendship. It is the
role of Jesus to restore the peace between God and men.
1 Timothy 2 v 5
at the "Antichrist" references. Donít look
at what we have said, but write down in your own words
what the verses are saying. Look up cross-references
if your Bible has them, and write down what they say.
There has been a lot written about this subject which
is not based on the Bible, so be careful not to draw
conclusions which are not supported by the Bible.