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Question: Did Jesus Reveal the Name of the Anti-Christ?


Red Question MarkDid Jesus reveal to us the name of the Anti-Christ?

The quick answer is that He did not, nor did any of the apostles or prophets who wrote the New Testament reveal that.

In fact, 1 John 2:18 says,

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” (emphasis added).

John wrote this near the end of the 1st century A.D. (i.e., in the 90’s). He called his own time “the last hour.” That seems strange to us, because more than 1900 years have passed since then. But the entire time between the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 until the Lord returns are known as “the last days.” In Acts 2:16-17, to explain the outpouring of the Spirit visible that day, Peter quoted Joel 2:28ff.

This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, say God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams….”

Note that John spoke of many antichrists. The word for antichrist means against Christ, or literally, substitute Christ. Men have made many substitutes for Christ, sometimes a human being as a substitute and sometimes a human system as a substitute.

In Matthew 24:5 Jesus said, “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” These deceptive “Christs” are substitutes for the Christ. Hence, they are (by definition) Anti-christ. Verses 23-27 add,

Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or “There!” do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore, if they say to you, “Look, He is in the desert!” do not go out; or “Look, He is in the inner rooms!” do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

These passages lead me to believe that “Antichrist” does not refer to a single individual who will burst on the scene just before the Lord’s return from heaven to wrap things up for the present evil age. Rather, it seems to be a spirit working in numerous individuals and movements that deceive many.

The Lord warned us such deceivers would come offering substitutes for the good news of the Son of God. Some of these are trusted people who appear to be genuine. After all, liars and con men never wear signs saying, “I am a liar. You cannot trust a word I say.” In spite of the Lord’s warning that we should be skeptical of such claims, many still fall for them with all gullibility.

When Christ really comes, there will be no question about it. The splendor of His presence will overshadow all the lying wonders of the substitutes. “Every eye shall see and every tongue confess” in that day.

In the meantime, keep seeking Jesus in His word and walk with Him each day. This will keep you close to Him and will protect you from those who seek to deceive with a substitute Christ.

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6 Responses

  1. Jerry, you ask the question, “did Yeshua reveal the name of the antichristos (untranslated word meaning one against Christ)?” Yes, He did, the antichristos, the son of perdition of His generation was Judas. He was the betrayer, a false prophet above all others. It is he who put himself in the place of God. It was he who apart from Yeshua Himself could not be understood to be the betrayer.

    You stated that none of the apostolos (in their writings, the New Testament) of the generation following Yeshua revealed the name of antichristos? Yes, one did in his writings, John. For he said “Yeshua said, I hate the deeds of those who follow Nicolas”. Nicolas, he was the antichristos in that generation of judgment, the “not one stone left standing upon another” judgment of Yerushalem. Not, other apostolos at the time declared in their writings the name of antichristos, though all the “saved ones from judgment” would know the name of the anitchristos, Nicolas, before that day of judgment. Paul states in 2 Thes at the time of its writing there were men who were prematurely declaring the day of Christ is at hand, because the falling away had yet to occur and the man of sin, the son of perdition had yet to be revealed. At the time of the writing of 2 Thes, the falling away had not already occuured and God had not revealed the antichristos.

    Now speaking of our generation, a generation of judgment, for the time of Gentiles (nations) has been fulfilled, “the day of Christ is at hand”. I say this not prematurely because the falling away has occurred. The one true gospel is rejected. And the one true gospel is the Christ , Yeshua of Nazareth, died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Old Testament. And the man of sin, the son of perdition, the betrayer, the antichristos (they are one and the same) has been revealed. For Yeshua says in this crooked generation, “I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham.”

    Daniel

  2. Daniel,

    Thank you for your comment.

    All of my posts marked QUESTION are responses to questions sent to me by others, either from this blog or, most likely, from The Question Box located on http://www.Plymouth-church.com where I also answer and archive these questions. The person who asked this question asked if Jesus had named the Antichrist, not if an antichrist had been named.

    You are correct in saying that Judas was an antichrist in that he rejected Christ in favor of 30 pieces of silver, though there is no suggestion that he set himself up in opposition to Christ any more than any man who rejects Jesus.

    Nicolas was also an antichrist, in some ways even more than Judas (who was merely venal while Nicolas actually questioned who Jesus is and led people away after a false Christ).

    In Revelation 2:20, Jesus also identifies “that woman Jezebel as one who led disciples away after herself. By falsely claiming to be a prophetess, she would also likely qualify as an anti Christ.

    I would even agree with you that the “son of perdition” Paul mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2 as he spoke of the coming great apostacy was an antichrist, even though I did not mention this in my answer.

    But remember that John said in 1 John 2:18 that “many antichrists have come.” The question I was answering was whether or not the antichrist had been named.

    I replied that he has not and that I have doubts as to whether this term even refers to one final great antichrist who will burst on the scene just prior to the return of Jesus to claim His own. There may be such a person, but I have my doubts.

    As I said in my original reply to the question, we can remain safe from the deception of any antichrist by continuing to walk with Jesus, listening to Him in the Word of God revealed through His apostles and prophets.

    Jerry Starling

  3. Jerry, Judas was “a antichrist”, and “the antichrist” of the generation of Yeshua. Nicolas was “a antichrist”, and “the antichrist” of the generation of judgment after the generation of Yeshua. The apostle John makes this distinction in 1 John 1:18, “Little children, you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time.” There is “the antichrist” and there are “antichrists”. There are “false prophets” and there is “the false prophet”. Judas was called the son of perdition by Yeshua. Paul called the antichrist who had not yet been revealed at the time of the writing of 2 Thes, “the son of perdition”. Antichrists are false prophets. “The antichrist” is a false prophet. But not all false prophets are “the antichrist”.

    You mention that Judas did not set himself up opposed to God. Quite the contrary he took matters into his own hands betraying Yeshua, not knowing that he was fulfilling the purpose of God. This is like Nicolas. This is like “the antichrist” of our time. Yeshua says, “I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham.”

    Daniel

  4. Daniel,
    Where do you get the idea that there is a different, specific antichrist for each generation?

    I can certainly grant that Judas was an antichrist. I doubt, though, that his role in the death of Jesus was any greater than that of, say Caiaphas – except that he had been “a familiar friend.”

    Twice now you have said,

    Yeshua says, “I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham.”

    Where do you get this information? Don’t you need to be careful not to take God’s place of judgment yourself? God is the one to judge all of us – and unless God has spoken directly to you and commissioned you as His prophet, it is a dangerous thing to do.

    Remember what Jude wrote:

    But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” – Jude 9.

    Michael would not rebuke even the devil himself – but left that to the Lord.

    You should be careful when you make yourself a judge in the place of the one Lawgiver and Judge (James 4:12).

  5. Jerry, I did not say there was a specific “antichrist” for every generation. I said there was a specific antichrist, betrayer, for the generation of Yeshua. I said there was a specific antichrist for the generation following Yeshua’s. For the generation following Yeshua was a generation of judgment, Yerushalem was judged by God. And I said there is a specific antichrist for this crooked generation, again a generation of judgment: the time of the Gentiles (nations) is fulfilled. I say by the word of the Lord, “the day of Christ is at hand”. No man can say this in spirit and in truth unless the falling away has already occurred and the man of sin, the son of perdition, the antichristos has been revealed. He has!

    I speak the very words of John, the apostle, in the same spirit in a generation of judgment. For John quoted the words of Yeshua, “I hate the deeds of those who follow Nicolas”. I too quote the words of Yeshua in this generation. Would you warn John? Do I bring wailing upon Billy Graham. I said, Yeshua says, “I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham.” For he is “the prophet” most contrary to the very words of Yeshua, “a prophet is not without honor, except in his homeland.” It is he who has been honored in all the land of the Gentiles. This is contrary to the Christ. This is anitchrist.

    Daniel

  6. Daniel,
    You get the last word. I have no more to say on this matter.
    Jerry

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