The Spirit of Antichrist
The Stench of Hell
"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 was coming, and is now already in the world." -1 John 4:3 (NKJV)
Imagine a hot mid-summer's night, the windows in your home are wide open and a calm breeze is coming through. The air is so fresh, the breeze refreshingly cool as the stillness of the night settles in. Then with little warning the putrid and rancid smell of a skunk rushes in upon the once sweet smell of the fresh night air permeating your home. Your home now reeks of this infectious, nauseating and sickening smell so much so that you can almost taste it. Well, the comforting breeze and pleasant night air is gone at least until it blows over but unfortunately it lingers for some time. For those that live in rural areas this is and all too often occurrence accompanied by this repulsive smell.
So it is with our society today and I speak mainly about America, it's moral fabric is deteriorating rapidly and it now reeks of a noxious smell of Godlessness. Although many nations of the world can apply this message, my concern is for the USA. Today, America is in a state of confusion and moral chaos, diseased with immorality, sick with corruption, greed, lust and suffocating from a lack of the fresh air of Godly morals, values, beliefs and Biblical truths that once guided and directed our nation. God's Holy Spirit is being told to depart across all facets of our society. We have kicked Him out of almost every aspect of our national, personal and private lives. We have become an arrogant, in-your-face rebellious technology-sophisticated culture no longer in need of God in our lives. So what has come in, what is replacing His presence? I can tell you about one unseen, subtle and cunning presence – it is the spirit of antichrist as recorded in scripture. It is spiritual wickedness packing evil, hate, filled with a nefarious and vile power and is corrupting the minds of leaders here and world wide. These are principalities in high places. This is all in preparation for the one that will come; when the Wicked one is revealed – 2 Th 2:8 – in the days preceding Christ's return to earth.
"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 2:18 (NKJV)
Scripture is absolutely clear – a life, a city, state or nation without Almighty God embraces the spirit of antichrist. And in America these spirits have staked out a sure foothold in our land like never before. We have 'dens' of wickedness, perversity, lawlessness pervading our land. The Godly fresh air we once enjoyed has been overtaken by the invasion of nasty and horrid spirits – spirits of antichrist. We have allowed the stench of hell into our land. Folks, this is all to real for we know that anything not of God is of the Devil, plain and simple.
"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. – Eph 2:1-3 (NKJV)
In our nation and other nations of the world the unseen enemy of our souls – the spirit of antichrist – has infected and invaded our governments, our businesses, our courts, our homes, our schools, and our churches. Why? We have stiff-armed and dissed the Creator of the Universe and driven Him out of our lives. We, being wise in our own minds, have chosen a new way, a new 'modern' course for our lives putting the Lord on the shelf or in the back seat. And according to God's word, this way is the way of darkness. We have told Him to get out! Not so much with words but by how we live and with what we say, what we think and what we do. The demonic realm has taken control of what is now prevalent on TV, in movies, in video games and through the proliferation of social networking. It is through technological gizmos and gadgets a new culture has emerged – one that has welcomed these 'idols' replacing God as foremost in the minds of people. Can I say this … we have become a nation of Godless intellectual self-righteous 'zombies', walking after the the things of the flesh instead of the things of the Spirit of God.
And what then is the result of this rapidly morphing American culture without God as the focus? Delusions are here and more are coming in force -2 Th 2:8-15. As we can see, many are caught up in deceptions of all kinds deluded into thinking that evil is good and good is evil, wrong is right and right is wrong -Isa 5:20. But … God has a remnant, a group of people who will remain pure and holy before a Righteous and Living God. These are the people that live by the Book – the Holy Bible. They do not compromise, yet they hear, see and discern, they do not tolerate, yet they extend grace and mercy, they do not hate, but offer Christ's love, they do not condemn, but offer Jesus' message of salvation. These are the people, the Christians, that will be known as the ones that are called, chosen and faithful – Rev 17:14.
Make no mistake God is not kidding in all this. Scripture is clear and there are no alternate, symbolic or allegorical meanings to the scriptures presented here.
"He who [continues in his] sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother." – 1 John 3:8-10 (NKJV, emphasis added is mine)
This has been a difficult message to write today – it contains the truth that many don't want to face, hear or understand. Especially and above all in our Christian churches that stand for nothing and hide behind weak pulpits.These are tough Biblical truths – God's truths! Above all we must remember that God is love – He loves us more than we could ever know but in His kindness He also brings a severity, for how can you know the kindness of God without knowing His severity – Romans 11:22. If you have fallen away from God or you don't know Him (have a personal relationship with Him) and want to become a citizen of heaven through His atoning sacrifice on the Cross and receive the free gift of forgiveness for your sins, please click here for Biblical instructions on how to receive God's no-strings-attached free gift of salvation.
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher
"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" -2 Peter 3:11-12