Are We Becoming AntiChrist???Posted: September 19, 2013
I posted this on Facebook this morning with these words.
Has Christianity been reduced to only believing what the Bible says about God?
Is believing IN Jesus all that is really required to live the Overcoming Life and make a difference in the World we live in?
I affixed the comment to Today’s post from “My Utmost For His Highest” a daily devotional by Oswald Chambers… I have included it below for your enjoyment and I will be using it for further reference.
Are You Going on With Jesus?
September 19, 2013
You are those who have continued with Me in My trials —Luke 22:28
It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with Him? “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66).
I do not know what you believe about the Anti-Christ but I do know what I believe about him and I will share that with you.. I am not trying to change what you believe. I am just explaining where I am coming from on the post…
Ever notice how many sets of twins are mentioned in the Bible? ….and even though they are not identical in most cases, it is still important to remember that they are twins… It is even thought today by many students of the Word that Cain and Abel were twins.. In the beginning. …Please explore the Bible for yourself and see all the twins listed in its pages..
There is a reason for this you know? Parallels, parables, the Paraclete (Holy Spirit) …all are intended to set our mind into a certain way of thinking and recognizing things. Para itself is a prefix in Greek words which means: alongside, side by side, similar, alike.. etc.. ..Follow the link for more info. if you wish. The point is, the Word of God is trying to covey something to us to aid in our understanding of truth in His word.. God is establishing a “Mindset” so to speak!
Ok, enough of that already… You see, in the western mindset, we mainly see “Anti” as opposite and different… Do you agree? Well, that was not the mindset of the eastern world where the Bible was written.. I apologize for the link… it is not very informative and kind of scattered, but I hope you will dig into this “prefix anti” on your own and develop a personal mindset… which belongs to you!!! Please..
…To me, personally, I now view (anti) as [alike but opposed]… [similar but different]… [close but not the same]… [sounds alike, but is not]… You see what I am trying to say? It’s kind of difficult to convey without taking much time and many words!
Let me say it this way.. I believe Anti-Christ, whether a person, system, form of government, form of religion and worship… or whatever Anti-Christ turns out to be (and 1 John says many have already gone out into the world)… will NOT be so easy to recognize or maybe identify is a better word? ..He/It will look very familiar to someone/something we are all accustomed to, and comfortable with… and the differences will be so subtle, they will be almost indistinguishable… get my drift?
Ok, I am done with the comparisons, if I haven’t made myself clear by now, I don’t know what else to do.. I’m starting to sound like a teacher.. and that is not my intentions..
My point is this… Jesus did not call believers, Jesus called disciples who came to believe and trust Him as they followed Him! ..His disciples not only heard his words, they also observed Him in action… They experienced His compassion, His zeal, His love.. They saw Him interact with people, they heard what He said in private, away from the crowds. They ministered with Him, assisted in the miracles He performed.. They ate with Him, slept with Him… And they KNEW Him… They did not just “Believe in Jesus”, as I am afraid it has come to today with so many of us….. and that’s the TRAP!
I know multiple sets of twins, identical and fraternal, male and female.. all are very similar, all act a lot alike. Even the fraternal twins who are of different gender are very, very similar and could be difficult to distinguish if I were only hearing about them without seeing them… Am I making any sense? The identical twins would be almost impossible to tell apart from one another without KNOWING them personally. ..I have no problem any longer telling which is which after I really get to know them! …..I know now not to be confused by their a-likeness, but to look for their differences, however minuscule, subtle and un-apparent they might be… Got to wrap this up now. Aren’t you glad?
The Bible says Satan likes to disguise himself as an “angel of light”… which means He masquerades as Jesus, “THE ANGEL of LIGHT” in order to confuse and deceive us into believing we are worshipping and following Jesus… The ole Devil tries his best.. to look like Jesus, act like Jesus, talk, walk, smell, even perform counterfeit (fake) miracles like Jesus… are you seeing now? ..If we do not get familiar enough with the REAL Jesus, we will be fooled by the Look Alike Jesus..!! The Bible has much to say on this theme i.e. Lion of Judah, Roaring lion… Lambs and Kids, (baby sheep and baby goats are almost impossible to tell apart)… Weeds and Wheat growing up together… and so on and so forth! …In the Garden of Eden, Eve was even fooled by a voice instructing her on how to be More Like God… and we know who that was now… you see?
Done… with my part. Now it is up to you… There is really no need to worry, as the “TRUTH” will always overcome the “Lie”… the LIGHT will always displace Darkness… and LOVE will always conquer Evil.. BUT wouldn’t it be nice and helpful not to be confused and deceived in the mean time??
I pray this has sparked you interest enough to at least think about the Mystery of Twin-ship laid out in the Word of God… and maybe enough to dive in to it and discovery for yourself the secrets and keys given to us in His Word… They are there for our enjoyment as well as for our awareness..!!!
Love in Him!
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.
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.