I John 4:3 says,
3 and every spirit (humm, more than one!) that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God (speaking of those that do not know and love the Lord, believe He even exists or that have been born again, but turned away from Him). And this is the spirit (not physical?) of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world (this was written somewhere around 98 AD).
I John 2:18
18 Little children, it is the last hour (in each age of man we can see they watched expectingly for the end); and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (we know the end is near with the increase of this spirit).
II Thessalonians 2:3
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (Judgment and the following restoration) will not come unless the falling away comes first (people leaving the world's religious systems because of the false doctrines and lies concerning this and many other subjects), and the man of sin is revealed (we must know who he is), the son of perdition, (now it does sound like one man?)
I Corinthians 12:12
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ (the body of Christ referred to as one man).
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you (not God) who weakened the nations! (through sickness, pain, debt, death etc.)
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north (bragging he will be on Mt Sion and sitting in and operating through God's highest governmental offices);
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I (Lucifer or as he is also known, the devil and Satan boasts he will push himself higher than God and all His angels) will be like the Most High.’ (He actually has the audacity, the pride and arrogance to challenge the Almighty, the God that created him!)
Side thought: This decree
was incidentally the birthing of the world's competitive nature
and the root of much abuse and heartache as it drives man to be number one, the best of the best , goal setters with natures much like his mentor.
Let us return to II Thessalonians 2:4, and continue our quest to understand the Antichrist.
4 who opposes (speaking of the man of sin) and exalts himself above all that is called God (do we recognize these words!!) or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God¨.
So okay, now we see the man of sin, but where is this temple he rules from
? Where is its location? Again, let us allow scripture to enlighten us.
I Corinthians 6:19 reveals it.
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (we are God's temple that Lucifer or the devil declares he will rule from!)
II Thessalonians 2:6-8 speaks of this very thing.
6 And now you know what is restraining (the Lord), that he (Antichrist) may be revealed in his own time (a time set by God that determines the end of time itself allowing eternity to resume and the end of Satan's rule).
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work (clear back in Paul's day); only He who now restrains will do so until He (there was no capitalization in the original scripts, and this should not be capitalized) is taken out of the way (in other words, until God's people fully understand the opposing body of Antichrist and can choose to be or not to be a part of it as we see in verse 8).
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed (finally all humanity will see Satan or Lucifer through his body), whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth (release truth that will expose and destroy him and those that follow him) and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (Through the light, the illumination of God's end time knowledge as the Word, Jesus Christ comes forth through His body to destroy the plans, the works of His enemy.)
Matthew 5:14 shows us this body.
14 “You are the light of the world (the body of Christ). A city (New Jerusalem) that is set on a hill (Mt Sion) cannot be hidden (because spiritual eyes are being opened).
II Corinthians 4:4
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (If you can just believe!)
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
In fact, Isaiah prophesied this decree of God long before the days of Mark.
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplishwhat I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (This is law!)
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Colossians 2:15 shows Christ's victory over the enemy.
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
I John 3:8
8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. (The roots of all evil and the systems of this world can be traced to right here!) For this purpose the Son of God was manifested (came to earth), that He might destroy the works of the devil. (Mankind would not have survived had God not sent the Lord to save us. With each age the world has become increasingly evil and without intervention would self-destruct.)
As we continue in II Thessalonians we will begin to see more of the answers.
II Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 The coming of the lawless one (the body of Satan) is according to the working of Satan (he is their head), with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (Remember. Babylon, Satan's city, his bride, the world's church can look good, appear holy and at the same time be steeped in sin and total hypocrisy.)
10 and with all unrighteous deception (remember also the blinded eyes?) among those who perish (why?), because they did not receive the love of the truth (the old church is satisfied with moldy bread, compromised morality and messages straight from man's intellect fed by the wrong knowledge), that they might be saved. (how very sad!)
11 And for this reason (did not love truth) God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie (if one is not interested in God's knowledge they are no better than Adam and Eve and are in the end discarded),
12 that they all may be condemned (old King James says plainly damned) who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (Defended their right to be who they are, spiritually in a comfortable place and unwilling to change!)
The book of Daniel reveals Satan's clever tactic is to attack the Godly
through unsuspecting ones they may be friends with or even related to as well as showing us his predestined demise.
45 And he shall plant the tents (the bodies of his people) of his palace (his house) between the seas (the sea of humanity) and the glorious holy mountain (New Jerusalem and Mt Sion); yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him (mankind will have been made aware of his body, enlightened as to who is the head of that body and pull away).
Again let us use another scripture from God's kingdom to even better comprehend the plans of the enemy
I Corinthians 3:9
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field (we are His land)M you are God’s building (His house).
I Peter 2:5
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Obadiah 1:18, 21
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; they shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,” for the Lord has spoken.
21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.
13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man (the Lord's Day of Judgment):
27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage (interested in creating a life in this world even though warned the end was near), until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all (or we could say, Christ came like a thief in the night and they were not ready).
38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it (to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord not Satan).
I John 5:4
4 For whatever is born of God (the born again new species) overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. (What we believe. Jesus overcame the world and we are in Him, thank you Jesus!)
17 blessing I will bless you (God called Abraham His friend), and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. (This is us!)
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Isn't this awesome!)
I Corinthians 15:50-54
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood (our carnal man) cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption (the Adamic race was corrupted).
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed— (if we are a part of Jesus Christ not Antichrist!)
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we (the new species, Abraham's Seed) shall be changed (from the house occupied by the enemy for so long to houses restored by God in an instant).
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (or spiritual clothes).
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Acts 3:20-21 sums it all up.
20 and that He may send Jesus Christ (to enforce His victory on earth), who was preached to you before,
21 whom heaven must receive (remember Jesus is restrained until the man of sin was revealed) until the times of restoration of all things (the plan God had for man before he fell), which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (remember, His Word does not come back void, it accomplishes what He has spoken).
So in closing, we know now who the Antichrist is
. It is the body of Satan
. We know also, because we have a free will, we can choose to remain a part of this world
, Satan's kingdom and his body where death reigns
. Or we can be born again
, develop a taste for truth
, be nourished and grow into a completely new species
, a part of the body of Christ and His Kingdom where life is eterna
l. Once again, we are each one evidence of one body or the other
! We also plainly see Satan's body stems from fallen Adam crossed with angels
full of lust, perversion and lawlessness. It is this body mirroring both the angels and Satan's nature
that developed this world and its society. Waiting in the wings for the Lord's Day
and total restoration of creation is Christ's body
! They have been seeded with the fruit of the Spirit
, blessed and gifted by the Holy Spirit
with the abilities humanity had when they were perfect in the garden
. These stand ready to build a new earth
. Ones that love the law
, love each other and above all love God
. Christ lives through the obedient, Satan through the lawless
. Christ lives through the humble
, Satan through the proud
. As heaven and hell, Christ and Antichrist meet face to face through humanity
the two realms, the spiritual and natural meet and become one
and the victory now in the supernatural manifests
on earth, Christ wins