Signs Of The Times

Spirit Of Antichrist

By

J.M. Beatty

Matt 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. (2) He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. (3) And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (4) A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (KJV)

Confusion and fear could easily be the Christian state of mind, when we read the news papers watch the news on TV, even drive the freeway during a normal commute. What is going on around us? Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day for their failure to discern the signs of the times. Can we also discern the seriousness this prophetic day that is dawning in our midst.

Spirit of Antichrist

I Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (KJV

I Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (KJV)

I Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (KJV)

II Jn 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (KJV)

Apocalyptic doctrine is the vogue dogma of this current generation. End time books, movies, press releases, and doctrinal debates saturate the media and Christian philosophy. On the lips of sacred and secular media personalities is the admonition of a coming great world teacher known in Christian circles at the antichrist.

Students of denominational Bible prophecy look to Europe for the coming of the antichrist who will establish a ten nation confederacy in the form of a one world government. The same Bible students the antichrist is a man who deceive the world with his great political prowess. We are so preoccupied in the coming of the "son of perdition", the wicked man and his government that we fail to soulfully meditate the writings of the Apostle John to identify the Spirit of Antichrist. The antichrist is not a man, it’s a spirit released upon the earth.

Will the antichrist have a human host? Absolutely yes! The evil spirit of antichrist has had many different human hosts throughout world history.

Antichrist of History

Rev 17:8-11 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (9) And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. (10) And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. (11) And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (KJV)

The book of Revelation teaches that the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit is the spirit of antichrist (Rev 9:11; 11:7). John also taught that beast has seven kings who will exercise the authority of the spirit of antichrist in human history. The Antichrist Spirit first expressed itself in the early Babylonian empire; from Babylon the Antichrist Spirit expressed itself in Egypt, Persia, Assyria, Greece, Rome, and eventually in the new world order to be established by the Antichrist. When John wrote the book of Revelation, he was currently imprisoned by Rome on the island of Patmos; therefore five antichristian kings had fallen by time of John's imprisonment; one existed at the time of John's writings - Rome, and the seventh expression would come at the end of the age. Now the riddle should not be so confusing; five antichristian governments have fallen, one antichristian government co-existed with the first century church, and one is yet to come, at the end of the age.

The personality of the antichrist spirit does not changed because different human events occur. This spirit will always express itself in the same fashion no matter who the human agent is. It could be Antiochus IV, or Nero, or Hitler, the spirit will always express its nature and personality. The Antichrist spirit is the same no matter who the human agent is. This spirit seeks world dominion, and it exhibits a vehement hatred for God and His people. It will always persecute the HOLY PEOPLE (Jews or Christians), because this spirit seeks to possess the worship of God.

Four Characteristics of the Antichrist Spirit

The Antichrist Spirit will always express itself with the same four characteristics: lets ponder them for a moment. The writings in Daniel Chapter Seven and Revelation Chapter Thirteen will aid us in identifying the four basic personality traits of the antichrist spirit.

Humanist Manifesto

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (KJV)

How would the antichrist spirit seek world dominion? What must the antichrist control in order to establish his new world order? Without the MEDIA nothing lasting can be accomplished.

John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Times, said the following "toast" before the prestigious New York Press Club in 1953:

There is no such thing, at this date of the worlds history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it. What folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools of vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull our strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

Edward Bernays, assistant to William Paley, founder to CBS wrote:

Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

David Rockefeller At the Bilderbergers meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany, 1991, regarding the preparations for the world government, one world dictatorship, told the following:

We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications, whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world, if we had been subjected to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march toward a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.

New Age Religion

Rev 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (KJV)

"Incredibly, more than 200 million people in over 60 nations are being denied their basic human rights for one reason only: they are Christians. The main reason Christians are being persecuted today is the simple fact that Christianity is growing fastest in countries where human rights are being violated or do not exist." Rev. Johan Candelin; Director of the Religious Liberty Commission, World Evangelical Fellowship

Three Phases of Persecution (Rev. Johan Candelin)

    1. Disinformation: Disinformation begins more often than not in the media. Through printed articles, radio, television and other means, Christians are robbed of their good reputation and their right to answer the accusations made against them.
    2. Discrimination: Discrimination relegates Christians to a 'second-class' citizenship with inferior legal, social, political and economic standing than the majority in the country.
    3. Persecution: Once the first two steps have been taken, persecution can be practiced without normal protective measures taking place. Persecution can arise from the state, the police or military, extreme organizations, mobs, paramilitary groups, or representatives of other religions.

Consider for a moment that the antichristian human host will not establish a new one world government, but will rise up to control an existing governmental structure. Examine the four basic and lets ask ourselves one thought provoking question. Are the seeds of these character traits surfacing in the world today? I think we all would agree that the post-Christian world is yielding to the spirit of antichrist at a rapid pace. Should we desire to formulate in our thoughts the political world of the coming final expression of the antichrist then look to the history of the Roman empire, and factor in the global power of satellites and computers.

We are in the midst of a horrid cultural revolution between the liberal world view of the globalist mindset and the traditional spiritual values and morals of our Christian heritage. It is unknown at this time which world view and morals will win the day. Much of the world has already embraced the one world globalist point of view. The Christian church in this nation is one of the last bastions of traditional moral values.

Immoral Spirit

Dan 11:35-37 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. (36) And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (37) Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (KJV)

This area of Daniel is a clear prophecy of the rise and fall of Antiochus IV. During the days of this evil man the wise did stumble, many devote Jews compromised with the Hellenistic culture being forced on them. Antiochus IV was a man who honored the Roman gods, especially the Olympian Zeus. It is interesting to note that the antichrist spirit exalts itself above all, and his human agents have no desire for women. Please remember that the spirit of antichrist does not change with the passage of time. The same evil characteristics we find in this area of scripture will also be manifested in the final antichrist.

Social Defilement

In Romans 1:18-32, Paul describes the corrupted spiritual condition of the Roman empire. John clearly taught us that Rome was a political agent of the spirit of antichrist. From this truth we can conclude that the Apostle Paul described the social deterioration of the spirit of antichrist. Should we desire an interesting Bible study correlate Romans 1:18-32 with 2nd Timothy 3:1-5. Once we have completed our correlation we could only conclude that Paul described a final expression of the antichrist spirit that will arise in the last days.

Romans 1:18-32

2nd Timothy 3:1-7

Unrighteousness

Unholy

Fornication/Homosexuality (Vial Affect.)

Divers Lusts

Covetousness/ Envy

Covetous

Maliciousness/Malignity/Wickedness

Fierce

Murder

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Backbiters/Whisperers/Debate (Quarreling)/Deceit

False Accusers

Haters of God

Blasphemers/Despisers of good

Proud/Despiteful (Proud)

Proud/Highminded

Boasters

Boasters

Inventors of Evil Things

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Disobedient to Parents

Disobedient to Parents

Without Understanding (Stupid)

Incontinent (Without Self Control)/Heady (Rash/Reckless)

Covenantbreakers/Implacable

Trucebreakers/Traitors (Surrender)

Without Natural Affection (Hard Hearted toward Family)

Without Natural Affection

Unmerciful

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Unthankful

Unthankful

Lusts of the Heart

Lovers of Pleasures/ Lovers of Self/Divers Lusts

Is it possible that Paul was describing a final expression of the antichrist that will arise in the last days?

Homosexuality

Consider this thought: Is it possible that the Spirit of Homosexuality is an expression of the Antichrist Spirit? We have evidence in Daniel 11:37 that the antichrist human host will not have the desire for women. This is not natural human sexuality for a normal human male. Its possible to conclude from this statement that the spirit of antichrist is a demonic expression of immoral and perverted sexuality. Notice that the Roman empire reached a point where its men "…burned in their lust one toward another;…" is it possible that the rapid growth and political power of the gay rights agenda is the result of the spirit of antichrist.

These issues are as recent as the latest news release. President Clinton just issued an executive order authorizing June of 2000 as Gay Pride month. The edict encourages all forms of government and business to offer open forms and displays of the tolerance of gay rights.