Antichrists


Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.  Thus we know this is the last hour.  They went out from us. but they were not really of our number;  if they had been, they would have remained with us.  Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.  But you have the annointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.  I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.  Who is the liar?  Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.  Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.  No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.  Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.  If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.  1 John 2: 18-24

Despite all of the ” Left Behind” theology of the day, John states plainly;  “It is the last hour” as if Jesus would return that very day!  And the antichrists??  Well, they’ve been around almost since the beginning.  As a matter of fact, they are more plentiful today than ever.

What is the “antichrist’s” distinctive mark?  “They went out from us…” Leaving the apostolic teaching, disregarding “what you heard from the beginning”  these are points John makes here to his community.

Christianity is so much more than “me and Jesus”.  God has called us “His people” – plural.  God has called us to community.  He redeems us individually to build us corporately into His kingdom.

What does this have to do with antichrists, you may ask?

Anyone who thinks they do not need God’s Holy church, the one founded by Jesus Christ himself, has been deceived by satan; by the spirit of antichrists of long ago.

May we all learn to love one another in God’s kingdom here on earth as we witness to the power of the true God we serve.

Amen.

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3 Responses

  1. Amen. May we learn to love one another, and also learn to be the church.

    I think the term “Left Behind theology” sums it up nicely.

    Welcome back to the blogosphere, Tim! It’s good to have you back. 😀

    ~Kelsey

  2. Hiya

    I have a few questions just to help me clarify your perspective.

    Do you think it’s ok to attend a fellowship (the bible says: do not forsake the “gathering” of the saints) or MUST we attend a church building?

    If it’s ok to have fellowship, then can a fellowship gather in non-church buildings like a home?

    What is the minimum size for a fellowship? 10? 100? 2? 3?

    Can people fellowship over coffee?

    God bless you,
    Mark.

    Thanks Mark for the questions. I will get back to you on this in the next couple of days.
    Tim

  3. Looking forward to it Tim.

    May God continue to bless you,
    Mark.

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