Forestall the antichrists
The historic books of Maccabees from the Apocrypha should be read for they give an historic account of the times of the dark era which are a shadow of the last days - the end times.
Why does the Lord want to bring this to our notice today?
We are all taken up with the Antichrist who is to come at the end but do not discern the many antichrists who come before him. The Apostle John in his first letter talks of the many antichrists which were not from any other religion or belief but were and are from among the Christians.
In today's world the biggest enemy is not the other nations but those elements from within themselves who are know as terrorist. No country can make peace with a terrorist and the results we have seen in Pakistan. A terrorist is not an alien or an outsider but a citizen of the same country and is differentiated by his mindset, his way of thinking. To make peace one needs to be of one mindset, therefore peace with a terrorist is just an illusion which leads to disasters for that country.
Why are we talking world politics?
John in his letter does not only point to the fact that there are many antichrists but also shows how to identify them. They are the ones who deny Jesus Christ as Son of God and God Himself who came in flesh and as the only Saviour.
In today's world we have people talking of peace among religions. People of different religions are not aliens from different planets or citizens of different countries; they are people of different mindsets. How can two people of two different mindsets be of one mindset unless one forsakes his or her thinking?
I am not against peace. We should have peace as human beings; we should love one another and help each other who is in need and live in harmony. But when we say peace among religions then we as Christians will have to compromise Jesus as the only way to God, coming to an understanding that there are many ways to God; this is the works of the antichrists.
John says in the end days the antichrists will stand exposed and so I voice this message. It may be hard unto some but let the truth be, so that you may be saved for the ways of the serpent.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, we pray that your people be blessed with your Spirit of discernment and wisdom, so that they may be saved from the serpent and his deceivers. Lord, open the minds of your people strengthen them, fill them with faith that they as true Christians speak up and spoil the works of the enemy...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 John 2:18-19
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.
19 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.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
1 John 4:1-8
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
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.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
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