IPD:Antichrist

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How should we treat the antichrist?

We should depart from antichrist rather than point our finger at the antichrist and say he is the antichrist.

Why, because of legal reasons and because of Jesus want to keep us from evil in this world (John 17:15) and we should not have our heart established with divers doctrines but rather with grace (Heb 13:9) and we should love our neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40).

So then we get into an unchurched situation.

The thing about loved not their lives unto death (Rev 12:11) is really about when you are not able to depart from the antichrist. Such as when you are arrested or in chains or whatever.

So don't name a person as being an antichrist publicly. Don't approach an antichrist to call him an antichrist. But I think we are allowed to talk about that we think someone is an antichrist among trusted friends and also to publicly talk about and disagree with doctrines that the antichrist promotes.

We are allowed to disagree with an antichrist.

As an example of the carefullness with naming an antichrist could Paul be used. He says "only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Here I believe he is taking about the Roman emperor that was letting (hindering) the papacy to come to power, until the roman empire fell and the papacy took over and the antichrist system became clearly visible.

So I dont think that we are denying Jesus when we dont publicly expose a person as an antichrist. But I do think that we should be aware of who are antichrists and depart from them and also among trusted friends we can talk about who we think are antichrists.

You should discern yourself who is an Antichrist.

Scripture

(John 17:15 [KJV]) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
(Hebrews 13:9 [KJV]) Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
(Matthew 22:36-40 [KJV])
 [36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
 [37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
 [38] This is the first and great commandment.
 [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
(Revelation of John 12:11 [KJV]) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
(2 Thessalonians 2:7 [KJV]) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

When are antichrist around ?

Notice also that the word Antichrist is not mentioned in the book of Daniel neither is it mentioned in the book of Revelation. The only place in the bible that it is mentioned is the first epistle of John and the second epistle of John. We have no proof of that the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation has anything to do with Antichrist whatsoever.

(I John 2:18 [KJV]) 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.

Its clearly stated in 1 John 2:18 that there are many Antichrists around now. Its not a future thing as far as the bible says. Its affecting believers now.

What are the characteristics of an antichrist ?

The Antichrist could be explained as another Christ. They could be an enemy of Christ but they are a substitute for Christ.

(II Corinthians 11:4 [KJV]) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Professing christians can be Antichrists as we see in 2cor11:4.