We’ve all heard the word “antichrist” before. The word conjures up images of armageddon, scenes from Rosemary’s Baby, and, in some circles, President Obama. But what actually is the antichrist? Well, to answer this we need only look at 1 and 2 John. The answer may surprise you.
1 John 2:18 sets the stage. John knew we were living in the “end times” because prophesy said that the antichrist was coming. (Sigh, we’re still waiting, John). Lo and behold, in John’s day there were many antichrists (go ahead, click the link to see for yourself). But that doesn’t tell us much about the antichrist, however. So skip to 1 John 2:22 for more elaboration.
According to verse 22 the antichrist is someone who lies and denies Jesus and the holy spirit. Ok, makes sense. We would expect the antichrist to lie and deny Jesus and the holy spirit. What else you got, John?
1 John 4:2-3 tells us that any person who denies that Jesus will return is the antichrist. Anyone. Period. Furthermore, these (5 billion or so) antichrists are already on earth (even back then).
Skip to 2 John 1:7. We see that the antichrist is anyone who lies about Jesus.
The word “antichrist” does not appear anywhere else in the bible. It is often confused with other supernatural beings. The false messiahs and false prophets that Jesus warned us about appear in Matthew 24:24. Once again there are many, not just one. In the book of Revelation the false prophet is said to be only one (another bible contradiction).
So there you have it. If you are a former Christian (or, well, any non-Christian) then you have denied Christ and therefore Congratulations! You are the antichrist! Put that on your CV!