Question: Who do you people believe is the anti-Christ and when will he come?
Great Question. And according to God’s Word… not anywhere near what most people think! Most people today – and tragically, even most self-proclaimed “religious” people – believe that the anti-Christ is some yet-to-come world ruler who will seek to destroy Christianity once and for all. Every time some despot arises to rule some foreign power, or someone is elected to the U.S. Presidency with whom they disagree, they cry out that this must surely be the anti-Christ who has now, finally arrived on the scene after all these centuries. Like those who proclaim that Christ’s earthly kingdom has not yet come either – despite the fact that Paul and the Lord’s church in the 1st century were already in it (Col. 1:13-14; and they couldn’t be in something then, that still hasn’t come today could they?), these folks don’t seem to know God’s Word any more than some religious folk of Jesus day (Matt. 22:23-46).
Bible Fact: the absolute totality of Biblical references regarding “anti-Christ” are: 1 Jn. 2:18-22, 4:2-3, and 2 Jn. 1:4-11. From these we clearly learn that anti-Christ is: ANYONE who denies the reality that Jesus is the Christ (“Messiah”); ANYONE who denies the absolute authority of the truth of the Word of God (in word or deed) by not abiding in and obeying the teachings of Christ; and that many, many, many of these people who denied the authority of and were in rebellion to Christ (which is simply all that the word “anti-Christ” means) already existed in the 1st century A.D. when John wrote, just as they do today.
Check out these references in your own Bible. This isn’t the fantastimagorical fantasy mystery that so many want to make it today. Scripturally speaking, ANYONE today who denies Christ’s authority as the one and only Messiah, Son of God, and Savior of mankind, is in reality an “antichrist,” including not just atheists, Buddhists, and Muslims for example, but also those who follow mere men’s teachings in their man-made denominations instead of the Savior Himself by subjecting themselves to Him in humble obedience and becoming a part of His one, exclusive, New Testament church as seen established and experienced in Scripture!
And only those that know the truth of God’s word, are surely set free from all of those otherwise man-made manifestations, mad ravings, and misinformation of man’s own vain imaginings (Col. 2:18-23) regarding the ‘antichrist.’