The Man of Sin

antichrist 3

Q. Can you comment on the Antichrist?

(Continued from yesterday)

The name antichrist is used only by the apostle John, and appears 5 times in 4 verses, all in his 1st and 2nd epistle:

1 John 2:18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
• 1 John 2:22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.
• 1 John 4:3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
• 2 John 1:7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

Notice the following:
• There are many antichrists at the last hour, so the name refers to a group, not an individual.
• They are liars and deceivers.
• They do not acknowledge Jesus, His incarnation, and deny that He is the Christ, the Anointed.
• In denying the Son they deny the Father.

The idea of an individual Antichrist comes from Paul’s description of the man of lawlessness (man of sin in KJV) or the lawless one, even though the name Antichrist is not actually used there:

2 Thes 2:3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
• 2 Thes 2:8-9 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

Notice again the focus on “deceive” and “lie”. The man of lawlessness is also called the man doomed to destruction (son of perdition in KJV). This latter name is used for one other person in the Bible – Judas Iscariot:

John 17:12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

Some therefore conclude that just as Judas was the Lord’s apostle but betrayed Him, the Antichrist will be a nominal Christian who commits apostasy, or rebellion.

(To be continued)

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