My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:10-12).
Our warfare is not against mortal beings, but against spiritual powers, the devil and his demons. However, that does not mean that there are no visible enemies of Christ; certainly, there are visible manifestations of the antichrist spirit. One thing that must be understood is that Satan and his demons (which are spirit beings) cannot carry out their works in this physical sphere without using a host (a physical body). Here is an example, when Satan wanted man to fall (Adam and Eve) in the Garden of Eden, he entered into a serpent and deceived Eve (Genesis 3). When he wanted to kill Abel, he possessed Cain to carry out the task (Genesis 4). When Satan and the host of darkness planned to destroy the Son of man, he put the thought in the heart of Judas, when Judas entertained that thought, Satan gained entrance into his heart and totally possessed him, and it was then that Judas betrayed Christ;
“The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper’ (John 13:2) After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” (vs:27)
We should guard our hearts carefully with all diligence because our mind is a battlefield of good verses evil. When one complacently opens his heart and allows Satan to sow his seed in it, that person will eventually become his physical agent (Proverb 4:23). The antichrist in human form is beyond one person (John 2:18-22), the visible antichrist (the enemies of Christ) includes anyone who allows himself to be used by Satan to do evil. Judas Iscariot became an antichrist when he allowed Satan to use him to kill Yehoshua for money. Those involved in any type of sexual perversion, drug dealings, fraud, consulting/channeling demons, stealing (no matter how petty), using the church and the name of God for personal business and selfish gain, murder (physical and spiritual), physical and mental abuse, incest, abortion, using a charm (witchcraft/juju) to obtain a job, or gain promotion, using witchcraft to secure any desire,using charms for any purpose, idolatry, practicing any type of magic, gossiping, lying, and other forms of evil acts are the enemies of Christ; “the antichrists of this world” (James 4:4), especially those who refuse to submit to the Messiah of Israel or who have twisted his teachings to correspond to their own religious beliefs.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. (I John 2:22).
We should not live in fear or be worried about the coming of the antichrist, instead we should be thinking of how to live in holiness and please God because John teaches that the antichrist is already here in the world;
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 (John 4:3).
Satan with his angels were discharged from heaven when he attempted to exalt his throne above the stars of God (Isaiah 14:12-15). Yehoshua said, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven (Luke10:18). Yochanan saw in the vision given to him by Christ, how Satan and his angels were thrown out of heaven. (Revelation12:7-9). Simon Peter said;
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your fellow believers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5:8-9).
As Satan and his fallen angels are here in this world the antichrists are here also, so let’s be mindful of their deception. The scriptures say that the mystery of lawlessness is already at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7). The sad thing is that the antichrist has dominated the Christianity religion and is using it to hinder God’s truth. The spirit of the antichrist is very subtle and is accomplishing his mission by using the people who think they know God. To be continued…