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The Antichrist


1 John 2:18-29

 This past week I got a notice in the mail and on the envelop it said, “Urgent!”

Nothing to a lot of people and the reason it doesn’t mean much to a lot of people is because we use the term when the situation isn’t really “urgent.”

But there are times and instances when the situation is really “urgent” and should be treated as such.

Look with me at vs. 18 again.

Vs. 18: Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.

So here in vs. 18 John is speaking to the “children” or to those who are new converts…because the new converts are the weakest in their faith…they are babies in Christ…they are the most susceptible…they are the ones who are in the most danger!.

So John says, “Children, it is the last hour”…two times in this verse John says, “It is the last hour.”

Now initially when you look at this statement it sounds like an  “end of time statement.”

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come.”

John 5:27  “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour (a change)  is coming and now is, when the dead (spiritually) shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear shall live.

John 5:28 “Do not marvel at this; for an hour (a change) is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,

John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. (Here Jesus is saying, “It is time for a change.”)

Several times John in his writing uses the word “hour” but he doesn’t use it in the context of “end of time”…he uses it to refer to a change.

So, what you have in 1 John 2:18 is a warning about a change.

And why is this so “urgent?”  Because “even now many antichrists have risen.”

And this should not be a surprise to these new converts because John says that they have “heard (past tense) that these antichrist (these people who were against Christ) were coming.”

In fact, look at what John writes in 2 John vs. 8. John says, Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.

John is not talking about the “end of time.”

So John says, “Even now many antichrist have arisen.” Who are these “antichrist?”

Well, notice in vs.18 that John says that these antichrist are many.

 But when John speaks of “many antichrist” he is speaking more specifically about the many different currents of antichristian teachings and doctrines coming from false teachers who claimed to have a special knowledge (syncretizing the gospel of Christ with their human reasoning).

 In chapter 1:7 some of these false teachers were teaching that you could “walk in the darkness and still have fellowship with God.”

And look at vs. 19: John says, “They went out from us (they claimed to be Christians), but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.

John says, “These antichrist went out from usbut were not really a part of us.”

The church didn’t lose anything when these people left because the church never had them in the first place.

And look at vs. 22:  Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

And if you look at vs. 26 you see why John is writing this: These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.

 Why would they do this? To justify themselves.

 These “children, these new converts” were going to encounter many different facets of antichristian teachings, just as we do today.

So, what do we do? In the presence of this danger that exists today, what do we do to keep from being deceived by those who pervert the word of God?

John says, These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.

 27 And as for you, the anointing which you received… (What is this anointing? Well, you learn what the anointing is by what the anointing does!)

27 And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you…

Now, vs. 27 again: And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you  and you have no need for anyone to teach you (why?); because His anointing teaches you about all things (redemption and salvation), and is true and is not a lie, and just as it (not a person) has taught you, you abide in Him.

 What is this “anointing?” Well, it is something that teaches us; about all things.

And what John is saying is, there are many false teachers and there are many false teachings who will deceive you and lead you astray.