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.
It’s clear in this verse that antichrist is a “spirit,” not a man. The pronoun used for antichrist is “it” as opposed to “he” or “she,” along with the term “spirit” used in reference to “antichrist.” Notice how there’s no “the” before the term “antichrist.” In
other words, it isn’t “the antichrist” as in a man, but simply, “antichrist” as in a “spirit of antichrist.” There’s a very important distinction being made here.
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Many have taught that “antichrist is a particular man” who comes as a world dictator who will persecute Christians and Jews everywhere and force a mark upon everyone and so on. But, is that a teaching of scripture or of men? Let’s examine what the scriptures have to say about this —
2John 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.
In this verse we see that anyone who doesn’t confess that Jesus came in the flesh, is “AN” antichrist! Note the use of the word, “an” before antichrist and not “the.”
1John 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.
By, “that antichrist” is not meant an individual, but simply that a “spirit” of “antichrist” shall come, the same “spirit” that was already at work when 1 John was written. You have to compare scripture with scripture to get the true picture! So, compare this verse to 1 Jn 4:3 and you will see that it confirms that “antichrist” is a “spirit” which the disciples had HEARD was “coming” but the author writes that this “spirit” of anitchrist was ALREADY in the world!”
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.
Again, there is no “the” before “antichrist.” This verse is simply stating that ANYONE who denies that Jesus is the Christ, (the anointed one) is “antichrist,” against or opposed to Christ.
These four are the ONLY verses in the entire Bible that mention the infamous term, “antichrist.”
So, let us reason together….does it make sense that a word or a concept mentioned only four times in the bible should be made into a major doctrine of Eschatology? Should thousands of books, articles and bible studies have been devoted to the study of who the end time Antichrist is, if the ANTICHRIST IS A SPIRIT AND NOT A MAN?? While there is a Son of Perdition, a Man of Sin, and “that Wicked” (2 Thess 2:3-12), might these also be “spirits” who influence many individuals and not just one man? In this passage however, “that Wicked” appears to be an individual, and the fact that it’s captialized would seem to indicate it’s someone of status, like the False Prophet of Revelation 19:20 & 20:10 perhaps? 2Th 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (“even him” was added by translators and wasn’t in the original text) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
For a couple of centuries at least, modern teaching on antichrist has centered upon “a man” – some future despot whose identity everyone wants to know. How many hours, days, weeks, and years have well meaning theologians and bible students wasted on this frustrating search that seems to lead nowhere? Using Gematria, Bible Codes and the like, many names of individuals have added up to 666, the supposed antichrist’s number which would indicate that something is wrong with the premise that antichrist is only ONE individual. Maybe that’s because antichrist is a “spirit” and not a man, or there are many antichrists as 1 Jn 2:18 states. Many believe that antichrist, the Man of Sin, and the Son of Perdition are all one and the same, but is that a proven fact or more supposition?
In all reality, gematria most likely plays NO part at all in determining the NUMBER of the Beast – 666. After all, as stated the gematria theory has MANY problems that are far too numerous to even address here – greek or hebrew, and the fact that the origin of gematria itself can be historically traced to the occult, numerology, astrology, etc, and is NEVER even once mentioned nor suggested in ALL of the Bible.
To this end, there is absolutely NO suggestion with reference to Rev. 13:18 of just how one is to ‘derive’ the Number of the Beast – 666. Germatria has simply been the preferred TRADITIONAL assumption. 
The “spirit of antichrist” came on the scene soon after Jesus Christ ascended back to His Father in Heaven and is here today. You can see and hear it whenever men deny that Jesus came in the flesh which means that He, being a divine being, was born as a human being with a real flesh and blood body. The antichrist spirit has been around for eons and will be with us until Jesus returns. At that time all evil and sinning will cease, and the world will at last have “peace and safety” during the thousand year reign of Christ on earth, called the Millennium. 
Until then, the world will not have peace and safety, but continual wars, poverty, famine, and turmoil. The New Apostolic Reformation doctrine of “restoration” of all things and the Church taking over the major sectors of society before Jesus returns – is WRONG. Sorry NAR followers, I know many of you are sincere in your beliefs but your doctrine of a Christian utopia upon earth before Jesus returns is unbiblical, unsound doctrine, maybe even a doctrine of DEVILS. I know that hurts, but the truth often does. God’s word warns us that in the last days “perilous times will come” (2 Tim 3:1), not “good times” like many of the NAR Prophets have said, and whose prophecies that Trump would win the 2020 Election FAILED to come to pass. Trump didn’t win the 2020 election and in fact, may even get convicted of a federal crime (Inciting Insurrection) in the Senate very soon. Be that as it may, the point is that NAR prophets led Christians astray by claiming Trump was God’s anointed whom they supported because they believed the prophets. But, if you take a close look at scripture you will see that God doesn’t anoint corrupt, wicked men. God chose David to be Israel’s king because he had a heart to obey God – Acts 13:22, 1 Sam. 13:14. In ancient times, the Israelites wanted a king to rule over them instead of God, so God allowed them to choose Saul (1 Sam 8:5-8). The Israelites got what they wanted but it turned out badly for them as King Saul later departed from God and sought out a familiar spirit for guidance (1 Sam 28:7). There are four scriptures from the Old Testament telling of an incident where God PUT a “lying spirit” into the mouths of King Ahab’s prophets! I believe this occurs today because “lying spirits” are still being put into prophet’s mouths. It’s always the same crowd, prophesying only “good things,” like those in the following passage where just one prophet prophesied “truth” to the king, who in turn hated him for it! —–
1Ki 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. (They prophesied good things)
1Ki 22:7 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here besides a prophet of the LORD, that we might inquire of him? (Why did he ask for yet another prophet? Maybe he had the discernment that they weren’t being fully honest?)
1Ki 22:8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
1Ki 22:9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.
1Ki 22:10 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
1Ki 22:11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until they be consumed. (Zedekiah prophesied falsely as did all the others, except for Micaiah)
1Ki 22:12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
Kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it, modern day prophets are ever prophesying “good things” and “blessings” like Trump WILL BE RE-ELECTED and all will be well for America! America will be “Great Again!” Trump’s mantra “Make America Great Again” or MAGA in Hebrew means “to connect as in combat.”  Was Trump’s use of the term mere coincidence in light of the raid on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021?
Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab
1Ki 22:13 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak thou good. (Men only want to hear good things)
1Ki 22:14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak. (This prophet was faithful to say only what God gave him to say, not what the king wanted to hear!)
1Ki 22:15 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go up, and prosper; and the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king. (Micaiah lied to king Ahab to test him I believe)
1Ki 22:16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD? (The king knew Micaiah was lying for he never spoke “good” to him)
1Ki 22:17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return every man to his house in peace. (In other words, don’t go up against Ramoth-gilead to battle, but GO HOME!)
1Ki 22:18 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?
1Ki 22:19 And he said, Therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
1Ki 22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner; and another said on that manner.
1Ki 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him.
1Ki 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt entice him, and shalt prevail also: go forth, and do so.
1Ki 22:23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets; and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
1Ki 22:24 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? (Zedekiah being full of pride was offended at being essentially called a false prophet, so he mocked and abused Micaiah. Today’s false prophets likewise “strike” God’s true prophets for the same reason; not with fists, but with insults, accusations, and words of condemnation.
After that, king Ahab had the prophet Micaiah put into “stocks” where he was “afflicted” though he was innocent of wrongdoing – 1 Ki 22:25-27. True prophets often suffer unjust treatment by those who hate and reject their prophesying because they speak forth only that which God gives them rather than what people want to hear!
1Ki 22:28 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me.
1Ki 22:29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
1Ki 22:34 And a certain man drew his bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am sore wounded.
1Ki 22:35 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the chariot. (The king didn’t return in peace just as Micaiah prophesied. Micaiah’s prophecies came to pass, thus he was a true prophet of God)
Why did the Lord put a lying spirit into the mouth of the king’s prophets? He wanted Ahab killed and his army defeated because he was a wicked, arrogant king who was disobedient to Him. Is it possible that God put “lying spirits” into the mouths of Trump’s prophets so that they and those who followed them, would stumble and thereafter become humble? God’s ways are not our ways but they are just. Sometimes He has to humiliate (or humble) us to get us to see what “spirit we are of.” Luke 9:55
The NAR movement has fatal flaws in it, in particular the idea/belief that the Church will take over and reform seven key sectors of society BEFORE Jesus Christ can return. This is a man-made, false doctrine which needs to be called out and tossed out because…..
All descriptions from the bible about the last days depict a world in extreme distress, people dying of heart attacks (Luke 21:26) due to fear and anxiety over the things happening on the earth. Jesus himself foretells of famines, earthquakes, wars and rumors of war, many deceivers claiming to be Christ, and PESTILENCES in divers (many) places. After that, believers will be hated by all and be delivered up to be AFFLICTED! Does this sound to you like a world that will be “conquered” and or “subdued” by Christians?? The answer should be an obvious, “NO.”
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
At the end of this age, people will be hating one another and betraying one another – their “love” having become “cold.” But, let’s not stop there, let’s compare some more scriptures.
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (Notice it says “perilous” not “good” times will come)
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Dear truth seeker, do you see anything in these scriptures that affirm the NAR doctrine of “restored” godliness to the earth before Jesus comes again? No, these verses AGREE with the previous passages of scripture which depict a world in extreme darkness and distress near the end of the age. In fact, EVERY verse or passage of scripture in the New Testament agrees that the period right before Jesus returns will be a very DARK one with wickedness everywhere. The darkness will be so dense and black that a large portion of the living will not be able to see what’s happening or where they’re going, which is to Perdition, because they received not the love of the Truth – 2 Thess 2:10. Only the righteous will see and understand what’s happening because the Light of Christ illuminates their minds and hearts – John 8:12.
To all I say, don’t listen to or follow any preacher, teacher, or prophet whose doctrine doesn’t agree with what God’s word teaches. If you do, you will be DECIEVED and led away from your faith, even unto “perdition” (destruction). I pray that won’t happen to you.