The Time of the First Antichrist
When did the antichrist began
I have no doubt there will be some who will not like what is revealed in this Hub. I will state here and now that I make no apologies. I will use verses in the Holy Bible to back up what I say. If you are not a believer in the Holy Bible, then it's a moot point.
The subject that I will deal with, as far as I know, has not been covered before. The time of the first antichrist is a subject that as far as I know has not been talked about nor have I ever read anything about it. I think you will find the following to be very revealing.
Although I am aware the subject of the antichrist has been much talked and read about, I have never known anyone who has come out and spoken or written about the early days of the antichrists. I like to refer to this as the First antichrists.
This Hub is not about prophecy of the antichrist, nor the antichrists that I believe exist even today. But this will identify those who were antichrists almost 2000 years ago. And this subject, no doubt, will come as a surprise to many. It is my intent to show you the FIRST antichrists who spoke out against Jesus the Christ.
First we must understand where the word antichrist came from and what exactly it is. The word antichrist is mentioned in the Holy Bible four times. The Apostle John is very clear about his writing on the subject. In them he defines the antichrist and the spirit of the antichrist. The following are all of the verses where the antichrist and the spirit of the antichrist are mentioned and defined.
1 John 2:18 (NKJV) states: 18 Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
1 John 2:22 (NKJV) states: 22 Who is a lier, but he who denise that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denise the Father and Son.
1 John 4:3 states: 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now already in the world.
2 John 1:7 (NKJV) states: 7 For as many have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and antichrist.
So, within these four verse it is not hard to understand the type of persons to be an antichrists. And the spirit of antichrist. It is clearly spelled out. So in a nutshell, what these verses are saying, that if anyone denise Jesus Christ as the Son of God, then he/she is an antichrist. And if anyone does not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh then this person is an antichrist.
John describes in one of his verses, "that now antichrists are in the world." So does this mean the antichrist began at the time 1 John was written? Could antichrists been in the world long before 1 John was written?
I believe the most simple and direct answer is; Yes.
All we have to do is read a number of verses in the Book of Matthew. And if we go by how the Apostle John defines antichrist(s) in 1 John, then it is easy to decern who the first antichrists were in the Book of Matthew.
Matthew 12: 14-15 (NKJV) states: 14 Then the Pharisees went out to plot against Him, how they might distroy Him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And a great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
Another verse reveals more antichrists:
Matthew 26:3-4 (NKJV) state: 3 Then the chief priest, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.
More verses reveals antichrists:
And Matthew 26: 63-66 (NKJV) states: 63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him; " I put you under oath by the living God; Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God". 64 Jesus said to him; It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying" He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses. Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 What do you think? They answered and said, He is deserving of death."
One last verse to reveal more antichrists:
Matthew 19:7 (NKJV) state: 7 The Jews answered him, " We have a law, and according to our law, He ought to die because He made Himself the Son of God."
I could continued to described many more verse throughout the gospels of Mark, Luke and John that have similar descriptions of antichrists types like those I've just mentioned. The Pharisees and scribes plotted many times to destroy Jesus and to stop His ministry because they did not believe He was the Son of God or that Christ had come in the flesh.
Even during the three and onehalf years of Jesus Christ's ministry the antichrist(s) was there to try to destroy Him. But they did not succeed. Jesus Christ succeeded in establishing the foundation of His ekklesia. And the gospel of the Kingdom of God will continue to go out into all the world.
If we are to accept how the Apostle John defines the antichrist, then we should be able to decern the Pharisees and scribes as the First Antichrists. But it is most important to note the multitudes of those who accepted the teaching of Jesus Christ DURING His ministry. As a result, the foundation of His ekklesia (called out ones) was set. And the ekklesia (called out ones) of Christ has continued to spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God and no amount of antichrists, then or now, can stop it.
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