The word “ANTICHRIST” (Greek: “antichristos”-Strong’s #500= opponent of the Messiah) is only used four times in the singular and once in the plural in the bible. All are in the New Testament. Apostle John wrote in 61-62 ad that the Antichrist was coming, and was even already in the world at the time. -John 2:18; 1 John 4:3 This is revealed to those first century saints that it was the last hour before Christ’s second coming in 66-70 ad.
John said that there were “many antichrists’ that had come at that time. Those antichrists were liars who denied the Father and the Son. -1 John 2:18,22 They were deceivers who did not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. -1 John 2:18, 2 John 1:7
Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that the Day of Christ’s second coming Parousia and the gathering of the saints to Him would not come until the “MAN OF SIN’ was revealed. He would sit in the temple of God and try to show himself to be God. The only ones who stood or sat in the holiest part of the temple before it was destroyed in 70 ad were the leaders of the factions of Jewish Zealots.
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask YOU, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word of the letter, as if us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive YOU by any means; FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME unless THE FALLING AWAY COMES FIRST, and THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, showing himself that he is God”. -2 Thess 2:1-4
There are clues from the above and other bible verses that tell when this revealing of the man of sin, son of perdition would occur. (Greek: “apoleia”-Strong’s #684=perdition, destruction, damnation). This is a man (or men), not an angel. He is destined for eternal destruction in hell. Judas Iscariot was such a man. -John 17:12. The Jewish Zealots were such men, destined for hell.
First, the temple is still standing; so that dates the first century before 70ad.
Second, the “falling away” of some professing, not genuine, first century believers, comes along with the revealing of the man of sin. – 2 Thess 2:3-4 [See: FALLING AWAY”; MAN OF SIN’]
Third, the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way, so that the lawlessness, which is already at work in Paul’s time, could continue to unrestrained in Jerusalem and the temple. – 2 Thess 2:7-8. This occurred when the genuine believers in Judea fled to the mountains to escape the coming wrath of God against Jerusalem. – Matt 24:16,22; Mark 13:14, 20; Luke 21:21.
Fourth, he was called the lawless one and was working under the power of Satan. -2 Thess 2:9-10. This closely resembles the spirit of the ANTICHRIST that John had described.
Fifth, all of the unbelieving Jewish Zealots were deluded, rejecting God, having pleasure in unrighteousness, and are condemned to hell. -2 Thess 2:11-12
Finally, we should realize that “THE ANTICHRIST” is not the all-powerful worldwide leader that many have thought he is. He is not someone who we should be looking for today to try and identify. Instead, he would have been a particular one of many antichrists in the FIRST CENTURY, who was actively involved in the deception of Israel at the time of its destruction ending in 70ad. This may mean that he was one of the Jewish Zealots leaders.
*I understand that all of these teachings are going against the religious indoctrinated grain. but please continue to read them and pray without all the bad theologies and doctrines that have influenced the pure and simple words of the Bible, the Prophets and Jesus Himself. When we start to literally see the word in its proper context, history and audience relevance we start to see the WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. All the false prophecies that have gone on for centuries will be put to rest. I can’t help but rebuke the nonsense that most of us ‘christians’ have believed. So many doctrinal lies. So let me ask you, are you more dedicated and faithful to all the sensationalism and hold steadfast to theologies or are you dedicated and faithful to CHRIST HIMSELF! Because let me point out my fellow siblings that ALL THINGS WERE FULFILLED in the first century and to add to or to take away from the complete word THAT BEING CHRIST, is blasphemy!
All my fully convinced love that Christ fulfilled it all and that the simpleness of the word be revived! Diana ❤ xo
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