To enable us to know the point we are in through the things that happen in the world.
1. Who is an Anti-Christ?
An AntiChrist is the one that stands in opposition to the truth about Christ. It is not the one that is ignorant of Him. He knows the facts about Jesus but denies the truth about Him.
a. The following scriptures can shed light on the antichrist. 1John 2:18-19 “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. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1John 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.” 1John 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.”
b. The antichrist is in the world from the beginning of Christianity with the early apostles.
The antichrist in different ways is described as the Man of Sin, The Spirit of Error, Babylon the Great, False Prophet, a Little Horn, The Beast, Satan, etc.
Satan reigned from the fall of Adam until John. And there was much violence, much conquest, plunder, tyranny, genocide, much looting, slavery, captivity, ethnic cleansing, wars, imperialism, much idolatry when prophets of devil were part of the thrones of government. People of God were beheaded and killed at will without fair judgment.
Then Jesus came and defeated Satan and changed the order of things, and brought liberty, love, equality, peace, righteousness, joy and rest for every man to believe and enjoy these attributes.
Christ has taken devil’s dominion to reign for a 1000 years. But that during this millennium reign of Christ, the antichrist is already present in the world and that the mystery of iniquity is already at work but is hindered by the people of Christ (2 Thess. 2:7). How is the mystery of iniquity going to work at this period? This is the question.
2. The Fake Church has Satan as the Head.
The Devil has created a parallel and fake church with the false prophet as the head. The work of his followers is to condemn the attributes of Christ and to present the nature of the devil as God. The fake church relies only on miracles, signs, and wonders as the evidence of the presence of God (Rev. 16:13-14). He propagates the fruits as in Gal. 5:19-21 as the fruits of Christ instead of as in Gal. 5:22-24.
In Rev. 17:5 the antichrist is called mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlot. Mystery means you cannot understand until it is explained. It is the spirit of excessive desire for wealth and things of the world. He makes men love the world more than God; even ready to kill and to die for it. This is Babylon the great mammon. It feeds on sorcery, magic, robbery, conquest and plunder, slavery, imperialism, idol worship and barbarism. Money, wealth, defence, protection and leadership are the goals. The mother of Harlot has a cup full of promises if you denounce God. He is the head of the gospel of prosperity which is being propagated by seducing spirits.
The antichrist fascinates people with words, fanciful appearance, and exaggerated actions. He overstresses people with lies, fastings, prayers and works that have no bearing with divine nature. Through extortion, deception, and sorcery, he makes some very rich and others very poor. The leaders of the antichrist church are among the wealthiest people in the world. They live in pleasure and luxury (2 Pet. 2:13-18, James 5:5, Rev. 18:3,7,9).
The wine in the cup of the Mother of Harlot are the promises of greatness through ritual killing, fraud, extortion, rape, ritual sex, and sacrifices of cruelty and blood. So, he is guilty of the blood of saints because he killed them in defence of his doctrines (Rev. 18:3).
3. The Rulers of the Darkness of this World (Eph. 6:12).
The high places of devil are places of devil worship, secret society centers, juju shrines and the office of the false prophets. The conglomeration of antichrist in their operation is described in Daniel as a kingdom with a king called a Little Horn with a mouth speaking great things against God (Dan. 7:8,25), He denounced the truth about Jesus Christ. He says there is no God. He has eyes like that of a man meaning that he has security networks, cyber-links, and military intelligence that makes him see everywhere in the world.
He is the same as the Beast that came out of the sea in Rev. 13. He arose out of the desires of the people of the world for defence and security and survival. He came up as an authority having dominion over the world. Then he makes God a lie, and everything to be subjected to scientific proof. That the world needs scientific discoveries as solution to its problems. Science, craft, and invention of evil things will increase. Magic shall be united with science because there shall be explanation. Only the bible is excluded because there is no proof (Dan. 8:25).
4. The fake church that is made of false prophets shall emerge as the second Beast.
a. This is a false Christ and a false prophet (Rev. 16:13-14).
And the kingdom and the government at the time shall give him its upper hand and full recognition as spiritual leader and the church and the world shall be married to work in the same direction against the true God.
b. He presents the values of the world, the traditions and customs, and the ways of the world as the ways of God. And with what he interprets as liberty and freedom he makes the world to live their life in honour to the first beast.
c. He makes the world to be united as one government with one law and power to enforce compliance without which you may be killed.
d. The first beast is a phase of Satan as God and as an antichrist, the second beast is another in support of the first, and the body that shall be formed is the fullness of it in its operation to kill the people of God.
5. The Second Beast is a False Prophet and a Seducing Spirit.
a. He legitimizes devil worship through freedom to do evil such as gay marriage. He feeds on banqueting, revelings, drunkenness, feastings, ceremonies, entertainments, fun and comedy, politics of blood, illegal businesses, wars, extortions and immorality, etc.
b. He is a master of magic, exorcism, witchcraft, sorcery, soothsaying, false prophecy, astrology, etc. He cultivates these ways into the character, conduct and behaviour of the people as acceptable practices and way of life, making their hearts and minds and disposition be as those who have denied God.
c. The name of the beast is blasphemy; the mark is blasphemy because the mark and the name are the same. He makes everyone including, institutions, associations, and all human to be blasphemous, as the identity of rebellion against God. There shall also be scientific discoveries that will try to disprove God’s existence.
6. The Witch (or Wizard)
The antichrist or the false prophet is a witch or a wizard.
a. The word witch in Ex. 22:18 and Deut. 18:10 means an enchanter or a soothsayer, a consulter with familiar spirit, a magician, juju priest etc. they are possessed with the witch demon which one cannot see (Eph. 2:12).
b. The false prophet is a corporate body that uses words or body movement or regular acts to produce magical results. The regular unknown tongues which are spoken by pastors is witchcraft practice. Tongues from God are not regular but a sign and a message to those who do not believe the gospel. (1 Cor. 14:22).
c. Singing or reciting the books of psalm for power is mysticism: This is the reason wizards use the Bible.
d. Chanting the name of Jesus or Holy Ghost fire for a specified number of times for miracles is mysticism or witchcraft practice.
A false prophet pronounces the thoughts of his heart as prophecy and as the word of God. The false prophet trades in spiritual powers where one can have it without restrain or condition. There are kinds of oils, scent, perfumes, aprons, handkerchiefs, candle sticks, incense, branded water, salt, sand, gravel, soap, fruits, rings and many other things that are considered as powers of contact with God. It is not by faith but by sight. There are also places referred to as mountains where men are instructed to go for powers and anointing (John 4:23). A witch or false prophet may look decent, but he is an agent of devil and can kill. More of what appears to be the church today is not the church but the center of witch demons and marmaid spirits.
The antichrist through his character makes the word of God of non-effect. Foolish talking, jesting, babbling, comedy, idle words, old women fables, etc. all show lack of seriousness in disseminating the word of God thereby making it vain. Remember that every word you speak counts, because it is believed they are the words of God. There is no room for old women fables (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
The work of every man of God is to convince people of Christ and of the righteousness of faith to enable them to repent and be righteous.
The antichrist preaches Christ but denies his power to save man from sin. The testimony of Jesus is the confession of the end product of His coming and redemption work. The antichrist confesses against the end result of what Christ has done for man by teaching people that no man can be righteous (1 John 4:1-4).
7. The Man of Sin
The man of sin is another face of the antichrist. He is called the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:3). He is the head of a congregation as a man of God or as a pastor and makes the people worship him as God. He is a false prophet, a wizard, a magician, a soothsayer, a sorcerer, and the fullness of devil bodily. By reason of his wonders people pray in his name and put their gifts under his feet. In their houses are his posters as defence and protection. What he minsters to the people are branded in his name. He pronounces the thoughts of his heart as prophecies and as God’s word. He makes you believe that you can create your own world through your word. So people see him as God and desire to be like him as God themselves (2 Thess 2:10:11). By this he becomes popular. In his church is human sacrifice, ritual sex, images, pool of water or blood, ammunition, dead bodies, etc. He is a murderer.
1 John 2:19 says they went out of us, meaning they were with us before, but it is evident that while they were with us they were not part of us. Balaam was a prophet of God, but because of the desire for wealth he became anti-God, anti-Israel, and a kind of antichrist. Some started well with good intention to serve God but because of the desire for wealth they end up with the opposite of the doctrine of Christ. They cultivate into the people the spirit of lust, covetousness, idolatry, immorality, etc. This is the way of Balaam. The payment for prayers and prophecies, the admiration and praise of evil acts and of pleasing men against God (Jude 3:6). He makes men to be lovers of men more than the lovers of God, extravagant display always on the latest product, generosity with eyes full of adultery, advertisement of good works to have ascendancy (2 Pet. 14:19, 2Tim. 3:1-8).