If we first define the spirit of antichrist we can then look and see what religious system fits with this spirit. I believe a religious system exists that fits all that the Bible teaches about the spirit of antichrist.
The little epistles of First and Second John are where we find the clear teaching of the antichrist spirit. The word antichrist is only used in these epistles. The Bible does not call the person of Antichrist by this name, it calls him the son of perdition, man of lawlessness, and the beast. The word antichrist is used to describe the spirit behind him.
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. 1 John 2:18
This verse tells us that there are presently many antichrists. Verses 22 and 23 tell us that those who say that Jesus is not the Christ is a liar and is antichrist.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 2:22-23
We are told that antichrist denies both the Father and the Son. This is two thirds of the Trinity. We are going to see which religion fits this description.
The antichrist spirit will deny the deity of Jesus. It will also deny God the Father. This is reaffirmed in 1 john 4:3:
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. 1 John 4:3
We see that the spirit of antichrist was already at work in the first century. There were already those who denied the deity of Christ. They denied that God has a begotten Son who came in the flesh. The mark of antichrist is this denial of the Father and the Son. The spirit of antichrist denies that God became flesh and dwelt among us.
Notice the context for this verse.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
We are to try, or test, the spirits by the Word of God. We are to expect many false prophets and teacher throughout this age. In the end times we should expect one religious system that will deceive many. This will be the spirit of antichrist. We are going to lay out the evidence that this system is Islam.
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
Every verse that mentions antichrist says that this spirit denies Jesus Christ. To deny that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is to deny the Father and the Son. The evidence clearly shows that this is the identifying characteristic of the spirit of antichrist. This is what we should look for when we try to identify the antichrist religion.
Something that greatly concerns us here at Fortress of Faith is that we see many churches and Christians teaching that we worship the same God as Islam. We believe that this is part of the movement toward the antichrist system. It is getting Christians to come to a place of embracing the end time one world religion. How great a deception it would be to get Christians to believe that the antichrist spirit’s god is the same as our God.
We see a lot of movement in this direction. Chrislam is an effort to blend Christianity with Islam. We have covered this issue in past articles. If you go to our website. Do a search for “Chrislam” you will find a lot of information on this subject.
Is The Catholic Church The Antichrist Spirit?
Some of you will remind us that the Catholic Church has been considered the religion of antichrist for centuries. You will tell us we are wrong in thinking that it could be Islam.
We are not here to defend the Catholic Church. We know that it does not line up with the teachings of the Bible. We know that it is often in opposition to what the Scriptures teach. The question isn’t, is Catholicism a false religion? The question is, according to the Scriptures, can it be identified as the religion of antichrist?
Catholicism doesn’t fit with the scriptural definition of antichrist because it strongly believes in the Trinity and in the Father and the Son. It doesn’t deny the Father. It doesn’t deny the Son. It doesn’t deny the Holy Spirit.
Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh. They believe in the concept of His crucification and His resurrection.
No matter how hard we try, Catholicism does not fit with what the Scriptures teach concerning the spirit of antichrist. According to the Scripture passages we have looked at it just doesn’t fit. We are clearly taught that the spirit of antichrist will deny the deity of Christ, His being the Son of God come in the flesh, and the Father. We can eliminate Catholicism as the religion of antichrist.
How Well Does Islam Fit With The Antichrist Spirit?
We are going to see how well the scriptural identity of antichrist fits with the teachings of Islam. The more I have studied this issue, the more I am forced to admit that Islam fits the biblical description better than any other religion. It denies both the Son and the Father. This is the central difference between Islam and Christianity. This difference is so pronounced that I can’t see why anyone would try to join these two faiths together. We actually see the Pope moving in that direction so even Catholics need to be on guard.
Although I don’t understand how this can be done, the Bible does teach there will be a joining of religions into one world wide religion.
What does Islam teach about the deity of Christ? The Qur’an denies the deity of Christ in no uncertain terms.
Surah 4:171 O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, ….. so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Far be it from the glory of Allah that he should have a son.
This verse warns us as Christians, the People of the Book, against saying there is a Trinity, which they believe means three gods. It tells us that it is beneath Allah to have a son. This sounds to me like a pretty strong denial of the deity of Christ and His being the Son of God.
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