Who is the “antichrist” in 1 and 2 John and what were their beliefs? The word antichrist is common with many people. Majority of the people already have a concept about antichrist even before they study what John says about the antichrist. Some beliefs about antichrist include the following: i. A man who is predicted by the bible would come into the world before the end of the world. ii. The man is conceptualized to be an evil, powerful leader and many people will follow him. iii. He will organize a big army that will fight against the children of God. iv. People claim he is the “man of lawlessness” Paul speaks of in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 . The meaning John brought out in (2:18) is that when the anti-Christ arrives, that will be the last hour. The people Johns referred to as antichrists were anyone who opposed Christ by teaching the wrong doctrine. When he says we are living in the last hour, the intention he had was to tell the early Christians to be ready all the time. He warned them that many false prophets were amongst them and would claim to be the savior of humans. What is the meaning we derive from John’s statement, “do not be misled, and just be faithful to the end" it is clear that John knew there lived people at that time who wanted to mislead the innocent of God? It also means that John wants Christians to be ready for God because anytime he would decide that it was over. According to John, the antichrist is not a man who would come into the world. Many confuse when John says that "even now many antichrists have appeared," in this statement, it is like the walking of a human antichrist but in 4:3 we come to learn that antichrist and the spirit that led them was active during the time of John. That means that if antichrists were going to be human, then they would not have existed during the time of John they would appear later.
Surname 5 According to John also, the antichrists were once faithful Christians of the early church. John says “they went out from us” the people he is talking about here are people who reflected what is recorded in 1 John 1. They were people who heard the gospel being preached by the apostles and fellowshipped with them. John would have called them brethren and not the antichrist, but they decided to depart from the real faith. Such antichrists have a belief of "once saved always saved" they also believed that a Christian could not lose their salvation. They were the people who moved away from the real faith that was passed down to them at the beginning.
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