The Antichrist Spirit
The Apostle Paul tells us that in the last days there will be a great falling away. This great falling away is not so much Christians falling away from church but the church falling away from the Truth. The church has been preaching and teaching for years about the coming Antichrist. We have been expecting the appearance of the Man of Sin, the son of perdition. Some say that he will be revealed in our time, that he has already been born and is living somewhere on the earth.
There are many who ask, is there such a man? You better believe there is, and he is totally possessed of Satan. But when he appears, he will be well-received. He will demand the devotion of all mankind, setting himself up as God before the world!
The only reason the Antichrist hasn't been revealed yet is because his time hasn't come. But one day the Holy Spirit will lift His restraining hand, the church will be raptured, and the Man of Sin will be revealed in full power. The Bible also tells us that when this evil man's time is finished, he will be consumed by God: “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
We have a Savior who is in heaven at the right hand of the Father. He is a living person, with a body, flesh, hair, eyes, etc. and He is God. And though we are here on earth, His Spirit dwells within us: "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:6).
Yet, there is another Christ-spirit at work in the world, the antichrist spirit. Just as surely as Christ has given us His Spirit, there is an antichrist spirit possessing many apostates. And that spirit is at work in the world, preparing hearts for the coming of the Man of Sin! "...this is that spirit of antichrist, where you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 John 4:3). John is saying here, "You've heard about the coming of the Antichrist. It has been preached and taught, and you expect his arrival. But, beloved, wake up, because the spirit of antichrist is already at work!"
You must understand, the Antichrist is not going to suddenly appear on the scene and overwhelm humankind. Just the opposite, his spirit is mysteriously at work now, setting up his kingdom in cold, compromising hearts. And when the Man of Sin finally appears, he will publicly be revealed to a world that is already prepared for him, to hearts his spirit already possesses!
Now we see a growing antichrist sentiment and conduct. But soon this will turn into a flowing stream, and, eventually, a vast ocean. And when the Antichrist finally appears, even the religious church goers (not real Christians) will welcome him, because their hearts will be of a kindred spirit! When the Tribulation begins, there will be a church on earth, a one world religion. It’s in the making right now in the ecumenical church. Beware!
Paul warned of this. He said that in the last days false prophets would infiltrate the church, preaching another gospel and another Jesus. Many such false prophets have already appeared, preaching the gospel of the Antichrist: " For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way." (2 Thessalonians 2:7).
Many pastor’s and preachers preach a gospel and a Jesus every Sunday, but it is another gospel and another Jesus. What did Paul mean by another? One conjured up, made up in the minds of men, making the gospel and Jesus fit their own thinking instead of what the Bible truly say’s. Many Mega Churches are guilty, and many smaller churches are trying to imitate them. It’s more about how many we can fit into a building than how many we can get into heaven! Pastor’s and churches, I have a word for you, “everything that glitters are not God.” Preach the WORD even when it’s not popular to do so! God Bless!!