“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
In the second chapter of Thessalonians, Paul warns of both the Antichrist to come and the spirit of antichrist at hand. He states that the spirit of antichrist was already in the world and hard at work even in Paul’s day but there would also come a person of the antichrist in the future. To understand the differentiation you can look at the antichrist as a demonic counterfeit of Christ and the spirit of antichrist as a demonic counterfeit of the Holy Spirit.
Most see the antichrist as a great political leader, and he will be, but more then that he will be a spiritual leader for many. He will have the backing of the majority of the church and the majority of those with in it. You might think, “how will the church and the people of it be so deceived?” Because in the like manner that the Holy Spirit bares witness with our spirit to guide us into the truth of Jesus Christ and the purity of servanthood to Him backed by power, signs, and wonders; the spirit of antichrist will bare witness of the person of the antichrist and the selfishness of serving him backed up with power, signs, and wonders. Remember that the spirit of antichrist is already at work, therefor the hearts of many (if not most) are already prepared to receive him.
Here’s revelation that will help you to see the antichrist for what he really is and where he already works today. The antichrist is not coming to deceive the world (though he will, that is not his focus) for the world is already deceived. He is coming to deceive the church that he might seduce the bride of Christ, and God will let him try as a means of determining who is a faithful bride and who is not. Who is a wheat, and who is a tear. Who is a goat, and who is a sheep.
The anti Christ will be excepted and praised by most who call themselves Christians today. How can I say this? Partly because scripture says so and partly because the spirit of antichrist (that counterfeit of the Holy Spirit) is already excepted by most who call themselves Christian today. Any church that teaches or implies that you can have the Holy Spirit of God in you without it causing you to live a holy life is deceiving you. If a person is living in willful sin of any nature (even the unseen sins like pride, unforgiveness, selfishness, hatred, desire for vain glory and so on) the Holy Spirit will not reside in them. If you are living an unholy life and claiming to be led of the Holy Spirit of God then you have a spirit, but it’s not the Holy one, it’s an unholy one, the spirit of error, which is the spirit of antichrist.
Many might say, “I know I have the Holy Spirit because I have the evidence of tongues and other gifts.” Well if gifts and manifestations are your only evidence then you’re in trouble because scripture tells us that the spirit of antichrist comes with all manner of gifts and lying wonders. I tell you a truth, the only thing that Satan cannot counterfeit is righteousness and a holy life. Therefore, the fruits of the spirit are the only true evidence of the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus Himself told us to “judge them by there fruits“, less you be deceived by the gifts and operations of “false prophets” and other wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7). Christ is a holy vine, therefore if we abide in Him and draw from His Holy Grace, then we will produce Holy fruit (John 15).
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 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.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16
O how easily we justify our selfish desires, our uncrucified sinful nature, our unmortified flesh, our unrighteous self-centered pursuits of pleasure and power and call it Christianity. It is not, it is the spirit of antichrist and those that fall to it now will fall to the person of the antichrist later. Remember that in our opening passage it clearly states that both the spirit of anti Christ now (and later the person himself) is set in the temple of God, presenting itself to be God but it is not.
Be not deceived. Pick up a bible, read it, and believe it. Get to know the true God of the bible. The Holy God who gave you His Holy Word, that through it you might be washed and sanctified by your faith in it and obedience to it.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27
The church today in general is deprived of power and reduced to hype, performance, and fruitless counterfeit manifestations that bring no conviction, deliverance, true healing, or selfless holy purity to the body because it has been polluted by sin and selfishness and the justification of it by the spirit of antichrist running rampant among it. The true power of a Holy God will only stand with a Holy people. The root of all sin is selfishness and pride, the root of all righteousness is selflessness and humility. Therefor any doctrine designed to please self, appease self, build self, or flatter self is demonic in nature and is powered by the spirit of antichrist. Corrupt, sold out leaders seeking wealth, fame, control, attention, power, vain glory, and all things unGodly have succumb to the flatteries of Satan and in-turn impart these ideas and desires to their congregations and followers who then spend all their time wondering aimlessly after the beast seeking one more message, manifestation, or meeting to massage their flesh and ease their mind, but never come to the knowledge of the truth and the true Holy, delivering, overcoming Power of the Holy Spirit. They are quick to declare that God can make them great, but deny that He can make them Holy. They tickle ears, kill convictions, and flatter the flocks as they march blindly toward a pit preaching that God has power to make you prosper, but not to make you pure. Think about that, who has the power to make you prosper but does not have the power to make you pure? Remember, the only thing Satan can’t counterfeit is a holy life. So if he can create doctrines that don’t require holiness, he can deceive the world, and he has.
“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:4-5
“And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:31-32
Yes many will follow the antichrist, and even now are already following the spirit of antichrist. Yet there is always a remnant. The few that find that narrow way and walk therein with great power. The pure, the spotless, the humble, the faithful, the selfless, the obedient…the righteous. Don’t be led down the wide and easy road that leads to destruction with your eyes closed and your hands lifted high. Stop following men, messages, and manifestations and start following the Messiah! Pick up your bible, ask God to forgive you for putting your faith in everything and anyone but Him and His Holy Word, invite the Holy Spirit of God to come and lead you into all truth, then read, believe, and teach others.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:17-19
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matthew 7:14-15
“And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” – Hebrews 12:13-14