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06-Antichrist Evidence, Part 1

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Kameron DeVasher

Pastor of Kalamazoo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Michigan

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  • October 23, 2013
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worksheet number six Antichrist evidence part one note even if a part one wouldn't not automatically imply the good of you parts who you don't want them to denote nobility tomorrow night you could be Friday night it were to go back into that Saturday night but no willing to spend two nights on this topic but it deserves to nights worth of material no other tell you right now that tonight you will not discover who the antichrist is I don't have your hopes up I know that's what you're hoping I don't know what you're hoping on but if that was your help and put that aside say that writing a tonight what would you discover is of the Antichrist isn't before he could learn a lot of times we have to unlearn fatal brain scrubbing if you want to call it likely wrap halfway through the Bible actually says that tonight would be discovering who the antichrist is but who the antichrist isn't the antichrist isn't it before we begin our study of course we want to pray to Jesus Christ that we have an understanding of his Word clearly he meant was that generally father thank you so much for the opportunity the privilege of coming together in Christian fellowship and studying your word now we ask that you send your Holy Spirit inspired the writing of that word to give us clear understanding of that word and application of our lives help us to see you more clearly than ever before he prayed in Jesus day and now before we gone shopping for the study of the Antichrist in the what does this power the Bible speaks of is I want to be patently clear this series of meetings is not all about the antichrist is about Jesus Christ wreck on knowledge of the antichrist will not save you but a knowledge of Jesus Christ is what we all need for salvation is that clear bank with make sure we can see that biblically and why the importance of studying the antichrist of it all about Jesus but what even worry about the enterprise will take a look at the blood start in second Corinthians night in the New Testament page eleven thirteen in your pew Bible second Corinthians chapter four starting with verse five is an easy tetramer second Corinthians four five six chapter four second brigade page eleven thirteen verses five and six notices that the apostle Paul was preaching about Jesus as he does it says here we do not preach to our software preaching about us we don't want you to fall in love with us it only like us we want you to know and love Jesus Christ and the Garden City makes his labor we do not preach ourselves but whom Christ Jesus the Lord and arsenate and ourselves your bond servants for Jesus sake what is the God whose amended life to shine out of darkness who shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ the notice God wants us to learn and know him through Jesus Christ and having a knowledge of Jesus Christ of the God who he is and who send him is been what most important thing in salvation in fact let's continue on with this theme go to the apostle Peter second Peter chapter one second Peter chapter one another easy winner versus two and three second Theatre one versus two and three if a page eleven sixty five effective the very bottom of that page it goes over eleven sixty six second Peter chapter one verses two and three here the apostle writes Grace and peace be multiplied to you and what's that word knowledge of him notice building grace and peace by knowing about God into me we know from knowing God himself Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ as his divine power has given to us all things and that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue and he goes on to say more things that I want to highlight different for the apostle Paul and for the apostle Peter Witten knowledge of God is the key to salvation knowing Jesus Christ is the most important thing in this world John chapter seventeen what does Jesus say about this topic John chapter seventeen of three page ten forty five John chapter seventeen Jesus himself speaking we pick up in verse three Jesus is praying to the father Jesus still on earth speak to his father in heaven and notice what he says and this is eternal life now before we go on with the rest listens you think this is an important sentence to know Jesus as health is about the state this is eternal life is very important whatever effect is that and this is eternal life that they may want never know you really speaking to his father this is eternal life they may know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent patently clear Jesus himself that this is eternal life and knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ is what my mission is what I'm trying to get across it is salvation for you this is eternal life a knowledge of Jesus Christ so the question is why do we need to study the antichrist all we need to know Jesus Christ will think about this Satan also studies the Scriptures does he not absolutely and he knows the knowledge oh true God and Jesus Christ the music is salvation brought his goal is for us to not these days so all he wants to impede our knowledge of God and Jesus Christ at the Bartok might by smearing his character by besmirching his image and getting us to be deceived about God so we don't actually know God and Jesus Christ whom he sent which brings us to this bill in the blanket on your worksheet an interesting point in perhaps a disturbing thought but is it possible to think or believe your following Jesus when in reality when you're actually following his enemy is it possible to think your following Jesus only two in real life the following the enemy is if the goal is to know Jesus Christ it would seem like Satan 's goal is to get you away from that doesn't have the anti- Christ this whole concept of the antichrist is probably something we need to think a little bit more deeply than before yet in effect to what this power even is we want to talk about what is the essence of the university the purpose of there being an antichrist what does it all mean so that study this out how does Satan work with the back of the book of Revelation Revelation chapter twelve we seen this passage several times page eleven eighty two in your pew Bible going back to the beginning of this whole great controversy there's going this cosmic battle between Christ and his Angels and Satan 's angels and notice what it says chapter twelve verses seven to nine and war broke out in heaven Michael and his angels fought with the Dragon and the dragon and his angels fought but they did not prevail nor the place found for them in heaven any longer so the great dragon was cast out and your health is through that great dragon is that serpent of old called the devil and Satan and notice what it is he does clue whatsoever deceives those of the state who persecute or oppresses or harms even though I'm sure he would love to persecute the press and harm what weapon does the youth who deceives the whole world he was cast of the earth and his angels were cast out with them so Satan 's most effective weapon section is not oppression the persecution of the force brutal violence simple deception Jesus back in John chapter eight page ten thirty five in your pew Bible John chapter eight you recall this encounter the beginning verse thirty seven when Jesus was having this conversation with the religious leaders of the time who claim to be the true descendents of Abraham and Jesus and confess yes genetically you are children of Abraham but you're not of the Spirit of Abraham because you want to kill me and Abraham never once tried to kill me yield on the other hand don't do the will of my father back into the well of what he say of me thought and look at verse forty four who is this father that they are doing well you are of your father with the Bible say the devil and notices and the desires of your father you want to do one of those designers he was a murderer from the beginning and they want to murder Jesus absolutely and does not stand in the truth now fascinating in order to if you were to study the life of Christ and especially the closing scenes of the life of Christ and he was led to the crucifixion do not let bear fairly and squarely you had a lock try with that bring people up on the stand and burdens of July right because the truth would not have put Jesus on the cross but the desires of their father they wanted to do they wanted to murder Jesus in order to do that they had to tell lives again verse forty four you are of your father the devil and the desires of your father you want to do he was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him he speaks a lie he speaks from his own resources for he is a what that work liar and the father of again Satan 's most effective weapon in fact I would go so far as the state 's only effective weapon is deception if Satan showed up in some sort of picture character that we think the devil would look like I will I do need acting up or you don't but you have a picture in your mind for some Satanic awful people think we shall be like okay you would be like no I don't you're scary and whenever you can do it would not be effective but is is that he does that this is the disease itself lies in fact he goes on to say look at second Corinthians Chapter 11 page eleven eighteen second Corinthians chapter eleven verses fourteen and fifteen at page one one one eight in your pew Bible describes the work of the followers of Satan and Satan himself apparently they were the true apostles of Jesus Christ and sent out of course and there were some false apostles and one of these things are going to notice as we go along we want to put the concept in your head tonight that everything that God does through everything truly is the Dubai gone Satan has been off with the counterfeit make everything that God does through Satan has a full for every genuine article state and has a somewhat distant chapter eleven second Corinthians starting with verse fourteen will start researching for such are false prophets and that is the next word what kind of workers are the deceitful workers they're not telling that you are deceiving people deceitful workers transforming themselves into what apostles of Christ delivered about that if they wanted if all possible false apostles how would they get people to believe them what they want to come across as true apostles right that only makes sense you ever come up with them as they buy land about how you lie when it can undermine the whole scheme right to notice against restricting what he says for such are false apostles deceitful workers transforming themselves into apostles of Christ so that I could tell you right at the back time of both the possible they would have no followers so verse fourteen where they were never in no wonder the Bible says for whom Satan himself does what transforms himself into an angel of light when he came to Jesus in the wilderness do you think you showed up is this evil creature will only how so good to see him so sorry you're having a difficult time in fact I've been sent with the message of God you're allowed to just do a little miracle for yourself does turn these stones into bread in fact you really have to go to Calvary just worship me really smooth how did he come to the woman admitted that in the garden of Eden and say hi on the enemy God Donovan I'm here to help you be better for you deceitful he dresses up as an angel of light according to Scripture plus it makes sense when Jesus talks about inside the events Matthew chapter twenty four page nine sixty in your pew Bible Matthew chapter twenty four and verse four right after they ask you remember last night 's twofold question when will all these things be and what we the sign of your coming into the HCC verse three Jesus first response is that what should we look for when you think about your company as we look forward to the coming into the world and Jesus verse or answered and said to them take heed that no one wants that work this evening he doesn't say watch out for wakes and we doesn't mention those because the very first thing I want you to know about earthquake zone a disease is not about war it's about perception take Keith any watch out be prepared don't let anyone deceive you because I think of a diversified for many will come how in nineteen Safari even claiming that I am the Christ and will what's that word see many Satan is a deceiver he is a liar in fact not just a liar who is the liar from which all other liars have learned their trade make the father of lies any works by deception therefore those who are of the same spirit as Jesus called out what worked in the same methodology false things don't show up claiming to be false or he would work a think about that think about this exceptional work on the lengthy Athens the deception what does it mean to be busy deception only happens when you may it isn't happening right now deception only happens when you think it isn't happening no one who is being deceived is aware that they are being saved otherwise they would no longer be the state right the SS got somebody with me to the argument of the beloved is that no help so now the problem becomes you can think you're doing one thing well but in reality you're doing the exact opposite how do you know the difference when crisis take heed that no one deceives you how do you determine whether something is true or false what is the original with a counterfeit how do you know the difference while efficacy by the way Satan knows the best way to get away with something bad is to make it seem what good I get someone put on a table a bottle of poison with the skull and cross bones on it it was smelly there was ever a scary I doubt many people would be leeward into drinking at give up warning signs red flashing lights don't drink this a very few people of any lever will seem to have much much much much much more poison sitting there but it would be ineffective if you can't get anyone to drink it out we took the same substance and mixed it into a nice glass of water some sort of beautiful spelling juice you have much much much greater success if you can turn that counterfeit into something that smacks of the original right this is the essence of deception it only happens when you think it isn't happening now with apply this to the answer many people fully expect the antichrist to be a sinister politician or a military leader or some such similar type of overtly evil figure who will peer the very end of time to openly oppose God and make war with Christians okay the vast majority of the Christian world have this picture of the Antichrist Internet but it openly against God it will only show up the very end of time it will oppose all of Christianity it will be a political figure and military figures some sort of pagan even think of some sort of sinister overtly evil the good spot they will that is evil in itself that is the antichrist that friends is not how Satan works if he wants you to believe that something in the place of Jesus Christ is connected dress-up as something Christlike now Scripture paints of vastly different picture than what most people believe about the antichrist fully God has not left us in the darkness of the identity of is that there is person is no one to be awful think about this if God is no we talk about inside the Vinson against earthquakes and pestilences and earth running famines in all the different wars and all the signs of the end we look for and as we get into in the evidence as we study prophecy we also see warnings about this antichrist these this active people who were victims however it's going to be warring against God 's people and Jesus is watch out for it is all that I don't want to follow the enterprise I don't want to be deceived any safe Lord what is the antichrist is a fundamentally just have to guess first of all that's pretty mean for him to say watch out you are what you think like Internet with one of the executive all that doesn't fit the character of God we've seen God is not only creator he relates to his and he communicates with us that any were reading from the book right he's demonstrated he wants us to know things it's not in the character of God to withhold vital probation from and does everything he writes about is that here's what I'm going to do here's my plan know it for yourself be prepared yet somehow the world as well the Bible one is about antichrist we just have to guess what it's been a be know you don't praise God he communicates the truth to us so we can do it discern between the tree noon and the counterfeit God is not what does the dark as to the identity of this personage the Bible provides more than enough information clues that we identify who or what is antichrist power really is them when we get into the antichrist again tomorrow night work with I mean tomorrow night don't offer deceiver and Friday night as the truth of the matter Friday night when we come back we'll talk about what the who or what the antichrist is the burden of the knife message it did disabuse your mind to you don't have a quandary thinking of what the antichrist isn't going to clear up the space in your head so we can be ready for identifying and friends it's going to be clear enough that I don't have to tell you you will see it for yourself directly from Scriptures are clear continuing now this term antichrist it is in the Bible it is a term that's in the Bible but what is not often used in the Bible in fact only one author actually employs the term antichrist if the apostle John is not even in the book you've been oriented to John writing in Revelation the book of Revelation doesn't use the word and new Buffalo John you only find it in the letters of John first and second there John you could lose their first and second automatic but there are references to this entity this power besides just the few mentions of the word antichrist there are other terminologies used for this saying presents the same or think power besides just the antichrist that you find it first John and second joint for instance in the prophetic book of Daniel Daniel chapter seven and chapter eight refers to the same power except instead of calling to be antichrist they called it the little Lord you think white to come back and on the subsequent night okay namely Friday night the Lord Daniel seven and January also the book of Revelation it doesn't make mention of the same hour but it doesn't refer to as the term Antichrist refers to as the beast from the sea and also second Thessalonians the apostle Paul refers to the same power the calling of the man of sin or the son of perdition would be looking at that little later this evening you'll also find other references to it in the book of Revelation you'll find it referred to as Babylon or the other of our lives need some pretty unflattering things if you think about it Madison son of perdition little warranties from the sea Babylon mother harlot Antichrist out of those found positive in and it's well intended they're not popular but those are not different things are all referring to the same entity this same power that John refers to as the antichrist but will not look at all the different references like were to make second Thessalonians our home base for the rest of the study let's go there now second Thessalonians chapter two starting with verse one to three page eleven thirty eight in your pew Bible second the flowing chapter two starting with verse one here the apostle Paul is looking forward in history looking down the stream of a prophetic events and he makes some certain statements about the condition of the church and what's going to be going on in the church after this early stage of the church after his departure as we get closer and closer to the coming of the Lord not Mosley says here starting with verse one now brethren concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him so everything were about to read is in reference to Jesus return okay concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ that our gathering together to him we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled neither by spirit or by word or by letter as if from us as though the day of Christ had come now I believe the poll one can see the day of Christ's return in his lifetime he would love to see Jesus face to face but notice he apparently had to write to this church in Thessalonica the Thessalonians for a second time this is the second Thessalonians and apparently there was a trouble within the church stirring rumor had it that the day of Christ is returned either had already happened or was imminent he was even at the door right then and there and apparently people think Hope all that also doesn't mean it there writing to sleep I saw it all that I heard it from his open notice what you got the correct is concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him we ask you not to be soon shaken in minor trouble either by spirit of my work or by letter as if from us as though the day of Christ had come to think that the day of Christ already has or is coming right now why would he say this you know usually we preach Jesus is coming soon we didn't just watch what Jesus is coming quickly Paul says slow down in front because he didn't want Jesus to come and eat he truly believed Jesus was going to return to notice what he says first three laps no one wants that were seeping by any means apparently there was a deception about the return of Christ it was starting to kind of circulate around amongst the people of Thessalonica nieces friends don't even don't even think about it for a moment let no one deceive you by any means and now notice what he says for that day at D the day the Lord returns be in the world for that day will not come what I think the Lord the sentence doesn't end there is nothing today Lord will come what he's saying is the day the Lord will come on and all something happens first the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed the son of perdition right now we've outlined here you from Daniel chapter two Babylon media Persia Greece Rome Rome divides these ten kingdoms of divided Europe and here we stand at the end of the train of history the very next event is the coming of Jesus Christ but he said in that day when they were living this is during the time of Imperial Rome the legs of iron was when Paul was writing these is yes Jesus is coming what is not right now and the way we know it's not happening right now is because there are some things that have to occur what first before that happens we need to see whatever this is here happen first in what is that thing that he refers to is occurring first something had to be revealed let no one deceive you may have been that day shall not come except there come a hauling away first that man of sin be revealed the son of perdition and again that let no one deceive you have that little Matthew twenty four reference America that's exactly what Jesus said about the coming of the Lord let no one deceive you think about the logic of this the only things that can fall away are things that at one point were together does that make sense you can't follow away from something you want join together with the start with enough interesting of that term falling away in Greek is this is synonymous with divorce the same verbiage you use for divorce of a marriage and dissolution of that bond is the same thing they found that the falling away the would have to come before Jesus Christ got the questions falling away from what the implication is something 's going to fall away within the church before Jesus Christ returns don't get the picture that most people have in mind is the antichrist is outside the church will close the incumbent crushing burden of Paul's language you're never going to see very explicitly talked about a falling away from within the community of faith and notice what he says goes on that the man of sin may be revealed what that next term the son of what search your Bible high low you'll find two references to this brings the son of perdition the one apologist views second Thessalonians son of perdition and one other person used that phrase son of perdition in all of Scripture anyone know who it is Jesus Christ Jesus Christ use that term and will looking up go back to John chapter seventeen page ten forty five as we try to get the correct conception of his Antichrist Howard Johnson seventeen in verse twelve Jesus in prayer to his father the close of his ministry here speaking about his own disciples says to his father in heaven while I was with them in the world I kept them in your name again then that is his disciples as follows I kept them in your name those whom you gave me I have capped an event is what lost access whom son of know he is referring to his disciples and apparently one among his disciples looked this son of perdition was going on Matthew known about Peter James no who is the one you thought you shooters and Judas is stereotypically and there was only one and that one was from within his own ranks right and it's interesting that one was part of the inner circle and it fell away and betrayed him from within he was not a great use on a Roman he was not paying any without even he was not even part of the religious leadership it openly oppose Christ affect on the outside it looked like he was a supporter of Jesus Christ he was in his inner circle which Jesus refers to them as this son of perdition in the disciples and it's interesting that Paul and second Thessalonians when describing the antichrist our refers to them as son of perdition again that talks about from the inside falling away not from the outside coming in to persecute a different perception of the antichrist power in fact accepted twenty acts chapter twenty page ten seventy five in your pew Bible accepted twenty people who call obviously has this thinking of a falling away from within the church on his mind as he speaks to the leaders of the early Christian church here in acts chapter twenty and to give you some context the apostle Paul is coming as were going to find out to the Ford beginning of his life his ministry on earth is headed to Jerusalem and people to begging local routers don't know I'm not going to let Moscow but he knows that there's a sense of danger there about this trip to Jerusalem he's taking any gathers together the elders of the church of Ephesus and he has to talk with them and notice what he says in verse twenty seven twenty therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers to shepherd the church of God which he purchased with his own blood that is these are the leaders of the church is talking to me said take heed to yourself and to all the flock because your leaders of the Holy Spirit is put up verse twenty nine for I know this is writing with a very secure sense of certain senior shrewdness I know this that after my departure based on that is that the after I've made off with the droned on and on after my departure savage wolves will come in where among you not sparing the flock in verse thirty makes it patently clear also from among the your cell be speaking to the leaders of the church from among yourselves men will rise up now this is very good at forgetting going to Daniel chapter seven on Friday night they go forward in the biblical prophetic chapters of Scripture notice the language here men from among yourselves will rise up speaking perverse things to what end to draw away the disciples after cells bring up to the leaders of the church is supposed to be drawing people to Jesus correct but instead to be drawing people to sell what is that sound like anyone in heaven right Lucifer we talked about that he was the right-hand man of God was covering Chaffin 's whole point was to is to lead people in worship of God but he started to siphon off some of that glory for him now would Jesus said the desires of your father you want to do also I noticed that after my departure from with mother your selves men will rise up speaking perverse things to draw people away to themselves fascinating therefore watch and remember that for three years I do not cease the one everyone night and day with years obviously was very significant for the above supplies like I've done this for years with tears to help and you have to know I'm probably not going to see you again but after my departure this will happen I know for certain that this is the same apostle Paul who we has to go back to second Thessalonians chapter two is writing this counsel second Thessalonians again chapter two of that could be home base for the rest of our study we says in verse three let no one deceive you by any means that they will not come unless the falling away comes first in the man of sin is revealed the son of perdition and again that son of perdition come from within the church involved away instead of being an oppressor who go to hell like to attack now goes on to describe and even more who opposes verse four and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped so that he exists as God in the example of God showing himself that he is God now is this antichrist power opposed to God yes very clearly says it right in the text but in his opposition of God he doesn't show up as gods in any of them if you write in an amount in order to oppose God he tries to replace draw you see that you look at it in the text again with Rita once again and Wilson go without let no one deceive you by any means that they will not come with the falling away comes first the medicine is revealed the son of perdition who opposes and exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped so that he sits as God in the temple of God showing himself that he is not now another popular belief that the Temple injury will be physically rebuild an minute military power this Antichrist beast we think that will come in sit in that Temple and try to rule the world the friendly show you record from Scripture that is not what the apostle Paul had in mind when he said the temple of God most almost exclusively when Paul writes of the temple of God he's not talking about the Temple in Jerusalem by the way what did Jesus say was going to happen in that temple in Jerusalem it was destroyed right is in that was not too far he is not looking inside a physical temple he's talking about something else we can prove this from Scripture go to first Corinthians if any page eleven hundred first Corinthians chapter three verses sixteen and seventeen first Corinthians chapter three verses sixteen and seventeen when the apostle Paul talks about the Temple of God what is he actually saying chapter three verses sixteen seventeen noticeably right do you not know that you are about what temple of God so he's using this analogy talk about people not a building a place where people and do you not know that you are the temple of God in the Spirit of God dwells in you if anyone defiled the temple of God God will destroy him and again is not cognizable in graffiti on rocks right is on the people constitute the temple of God if anyone filed the temple of God God will destroy him for the temple of God is holy which temple you are and Paul invokes the phrase temple of God he's talking about people specifically the church of God not a building called the Temple Rebecca is look at another one second Corinthians just turn to the right one book second Corinthians chapter six in verse sixteen here he uses the phrase the temple of God again again this is the same author who wrote second Thessalonians where the antichrist is listed in the temple of God within me to sit in the temple of God I believe it's not a place in the Middle East I believe it's the God 's people on the earth again he says here verse sixteen what agreement has the temple of God with idols for you are the temple of the living God any quote Scripture to back it up Old Testament Scripture that look forward to the New Testament on a severe convenient for sixty as God has said I will dwell in them and walk among them I will be their God and they shall be my people and Paul talks about the temple of God we've not gotten out of place or building he's talking about the church the people of God on earth it is clear that so when he says back and second Thessalonians now that this one who will oppose and exalt himself as God will sit in the temple of God what is he talking about even to sit inside of the church and put himself in the place where God should be in his effort to oppose God he's going to make a substitute for God fascinating fascinating which by the way you look this up in the dictionary you think of was the term is called Antichrist that means against Christ will yes it does mean to propose something to be against it but also you can look this up anytime you want it also means in the place or a substitute or counterfeit for swap and I believe this is how Satan wants to oppose God the same warfare that he started in heaven with a war not of weapons but a war of words he was brought down to the earth and that his is one effective weapon is deception he doesn't want to come out and be the open opposer of God he wants to be a subtle imposter of sit in the temple of God and be worshiped as such so being in the place of God has been Satan 's ultimate aim he recalled within all of this region is not written down there because little extra text if you like it back in Ezekiel chapter I mean Isaiah chapter fourteen you recall the original motive in the heart of Lucifer the God and cast out of heaven starting verse thirteen for you have said in your heart I will listen in the habit of note is the language is also similar to second Thessalonians I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will sit on I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the multi- and apparently there's going to be a power on the earth who sits in the church doing the same thing the Lucifer try to do in the course of think about this as God has his representative on the earth Jesus Christ revealed this character to the world Satan has his representative on the earth to reflect his character and the God the father has Jesus Christ and Satan the Dragon have the anti- Christ's both claiming to be Christ that one is true and what is false one is the genuine the other is the counterfeit again but that only makes sense that his eye being the place of God has been Satan 's ultimate aim is it only makes sense that his representative on earth the Antichrist would try to take the place of God 's representative on the earth Jesus again we continue one second before you jump into coming to a close with follow along the thinking of the apostle Paul here second Thessalonians chapter two now would pick up the first six and he goes on to say and now you know what is Reese training that he still talking about the son of perdition was antichrist power may really be revealed in his own what that work I know not to focus too much on this concept and night but when we come back to Friday nights when it was very clearly but apparently there was a time in which this antichrist power would be fully revealed me before right now there was a power race training that Antichrist from fully being revealed a fully being matured will be developed by again verse six and now you know what is restraining that he may be revealed in his own time for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work not we can show you tech architect department look at several of them in just a moment but the vast majority of the Christian world believe that the antichrist is simply a power that will show up at the very end of time out of the clear blue to attack people got what according to the apostle Paul and were often is the according to John this spirit of antichrist this power of the enterprise was already at work in the earliest centuries of the church the very beginning of the apostolic church it was already stirring impulsive I know for certain that this will be matured and revealed in its own time it's being restrained and withheld right now but it's already stirring already at work and he goes on only he who now restrains will do so oh until he is taken out of the way and so there is this how it is holding this antichrist power in check but it's something that can be pushed away and this man of sin the son of perdition will be revealed falling away from within the church continuing on bilingual to give you some passages about this first John chapter two first John chapter two inverse eighteen page eleven sixty nine just to reinforce this concept that the antichrist power that everyone thinks is good to be around just at the very end of time the Bible writers sought already at work in their time first John chapter two in verse eighteen little children it is the last hour and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming even now minting any and many antichrists have come by which we know that is the last hour and notice what he says in verse nineteen where they come from they went out from where from us again to writing from from the perspective of the charges think the antichrist the power that is already coming up is coming from within all they went out from us but they were not of us for they had been of us they would have continued with us but they went out they might be made manifest but none of them were with us both Paul and John talk about this and John the Baptist talk about the spirit of antichrist already agitating many antichrists are going out in the boat Paul and John referred to as Antichrist powers not coming from outside the church but from falling away from within the church coming from us and at some point will be made manifest B Mayne C will be revealed as Paul said but another one chapter for the same book just wrote a one-page chapter four in verse three to start with first one with him from context beloved do not believe every what spirit does that mean just believe every spirit no but you don't disbelieve everything nor do you believe everything what you do you supposed to test the spirits notice of that beloved do not believe every spirit test the spirits so this is a great rule of fun in the Christian walk not everything claiming to be spiritual is actually spiritual not everything claiming to be Christian is actually from Christ and Jesus I let no one deceive you many will come out in my name they are false apostles false profitability this full-featured beloved do not believe every spirit but test the spirits whether they are God because many false proper gone out of the world by this you know the Spirit of God every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God and this is the spirit of the antichrist right is a mindset business visit character of the antichrist analysis which you have heard it was coming future tense and is now aware already in the world repeatedly the Bible authors apostolic leaders as they look forward to the antichrist as they please disabuse your mind of the idea of the antichrist is just the very last moment of earth history apparently it's already at work in the earliest hours of the church is that someday this is the fully reveal itself be manifest all would think there's something with strict restraining withholding this power for right now now you I am it will be revealed and very clear very clear to let the back of second Thessalonians chapter as we finish up our study this evening second Thessalonians chapter do not clearly I have not told you who the antichrist is I hope we made it very clear who the antichrist isn't a second Thessalonians chapter two notice how it's been a work always has a few more things verse eight and then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming so apparently get this picture spirit as John would say of the Antichrist is already at work in the world Paul would say the same thing but in Paul's time there was some power keeping that Antichrist from fully developing and being fully revealed yet when it is fully revealed it will continue until as Paul says there it is destroyed and what will destroy the antichrist the second coming brightness of his coming and so apparently this power is not just some last few years of earth history a few weeks or a few months of scary covenant of at least started in the early church it develops over time it fully revealed itself in a set period of time and it will be destroyed by the brightness of his coming I was looking for a spiritual power coming from within the church opposing God by putting himself in the place of God has a set time to be developed and seen by all and will be destroyed when Jesus comes again be very clear that the Bible is telling us here so let's continue on your university when the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will destroy what consumer the right now through the brightness of his coming and how does the work the coming of the lawlessness one is according to the working of whom courses according the working of Satan because he Satan 's representative on the RFP works just like his father is according to the working of Satan with all power signs and what line which is how he works my deception by falsehood by telling lies now let's come down to reviewing the evidence as we bring herself to close here since knowing Jesus Christ means the hope of salvation for us Satan is continuing his deceptive warfare through his representative the Antichrist the Bible describes the antichrist as a subtle betrayer of Christ from inside God 's people not in open up closer of Christ from the outside and so while we have not said positively identified who the antichrist is I want to be clear that you know who the antichrist is it's not some sinister political and military power some foreign heathen pagan nation state coming in at the very end of time to oppose all Christianity and in an apparently it's a power that had a spirit already churning in the early church would be developed and revealed a certain point in time we continue to work claiming to be Christ claiming to be in the name of Christ but actually opposition to Christ and would not be destroyed until Jesus himself comes again when Jesus Christ meets the antichrist and Jesus kingdom as finally has tonight 's message been clearheaded at and you understand that you may not even agree with you yet but I want you to go home review the evidence for your so look at the past begin goal needed your favorite Bible of mixer those are in your Bible and think what is my picture of the Antichrist and when I get this and if it's not what the Bible says have the commitments they whatever the Bible says I want to be faithful to I want to understand whatever the Bible says the faithful to that because I don't want to accidentally follow the antichrist I want everything I do to be positioned squarely and exclusively on Jesus Christ alone amen about has for WordPress heavenly father thank you so much for being a God who communicates your will to us and we are living in the midst of a great battle boy we haven't is an angry flow out there the Bible says you prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour the Lord we 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