by Tony Alamo
John is the only apostle to whom Jesus plainly revealed the mystery of the antichrist. John also is the only man of God who ever used the name antichrist in the entire Bible.1 John asked Jesus, "Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon [one of the many antichrists in the world then and today]" (John 13:25-26).
The definition of the word "antichrist" broadens with the symbolic number 666 in the gospel of John 6:66. This Scripture reads, "From that time many of His [Christ's] disciples went back, and walked no more with Him [backsliders]." The antichrist whose name was Judas walked with Christ, then walked no more with Christ, just like the antichrists who were the backslidden, former disciples of Christ in John 6:66.
The scope of the meaning of what and who antichrist is becomes clear in the following verses of 1 John 2:18-19: "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. They [former Christians] went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us."
Today's great falling away of the church from Christ is the action of those Christians who have collectively decided to become antichrists, men and women of perdition like Judas the "son of perdition."2 These are also mentioned symbolically in Second Thessalonians, chapter two as a collective group composed of the fallen away Christian antichrists who have joined themselves to the anti-Christ, secular, one world government and church which is Satan's futile attempt to dethrone God and His kingdom.
Speaking of the very last days, the Apostle Paul states, "And then shall that Wicked be revealed [all antichrists], whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him [backslidden Christians who once intended to return to the Lord, but never could because of their love for this present world],3 whose coming is after the working of Satan...with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved...That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness [sin]".4 "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?"5 It is written, "If we deny Him, He also will deny us" (2 Tim. 2:12). "Now the just shall live by faith [faith in God's promises]: but if any man draw back [become anti-Christ], my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Heb. 10:38).
Anti-Christian has the very same meaning as anti-Christ. One of the characteristics of an antichrist is hostility to Christ and His followers (1 John 4:3). It was this spirit that Enoch and Noah renounced in their messages (Jude 14, 2 Pet. 2:5-7). This evil spirit is the mind which is hostile to God and opposes Him in Romans 8:7, the mystery of the lawless. This spirit is primarily found in the intellectual modes of opposition known as "against Christ." One of the ways that this spirit (which dwells in each antichrist) opposes Christ is by opposing the doctrine of His deity and His humanity. Also, this spirit sets itself against Christ in Christ's office of "High Priest"6 as the only sacrifice acceptable to God.
The wicked people possessed with the spirit of antichrist attempt to substitute some other method of atonement for sin other than Christ, "THE LAMB OF GOD."7 They attempt to find acceptance with God some erroneous and blasphemous way, as did the antichrists Cain and Saul, through their own religion rather than through Christ's salvation. Only salvation through Christ, not some fake religion, is acceptable to God.8 A church denomination or religion never died on the cross for our sins, nor did Mary or anybody else but Christ.9 No one but Christ can raise themselves and the world from the dead.10 Christ was not a mere prophet, but He was, is and always will be the Almighty, holy, eternal God; the Way, the Truth, and the Life,11 the beginning and the end of all things,12 the Saviour of the world.13
The Spirit of antichrist denies the office of Christ as "King of kings and Lord of lords,"14 claiming to exact its own laws to its false church and government, which are contrary to God's laws.15 The anti-Christ spirit also wishes to dispense with God's law, His commandments and Christ's office regarding all His prophecy. The anti-Christ spirit also adds, alters, or takes away from the divine revelation that Christ has given to His holy Word. These are but a few examples of the anti-Christ, blasphemous way of thinking and acting. Also, antichrists oppose Christ as the head of the church of God and creation, and are against those whom Christ approves of, such as His pastor-teachers, prophets, preachers, and disciples.
The spirit of antichrist is a filthy spirit.16 This spirit of self destruction utters the most horrible and unforgivable blasphemies against the Most High, and practices monstrous wickedness upon the saints. Scriptures confirming these truths are found in chapters 7 and 8 of Daniel, as well as in Revelation, chapters 12 and 13.
The Antichrist also blasphemes those living in Heaven and makes war with the saints (Rev. 13:7, Dan. 7:21).
Satan's spirit dwells utterly and bodily in these insolent, sinister, doomed creatures who not only seek to destroy the saints, but will endeavor to banish the name of God and His Christ from the very face of the earth so that he [Satan] can take charge.
Christ and His saints reject this earthly kingdom in favor of Christ's eternal, heavenly kingdom.17 The papacy and all religions, every "ism" including Protestantism, are unscriptural, anti-Christ. The backslidden Christians, having become antichrists, have joined themselves together to betray the saints and empower Satan's universal, one world government and church, "the beast,"18 the great whore,19 which is powered by Satan (the dragon),20 to attack everything that is God or that belongs to God.21
Jesus said, "Come and follow Me" (Matt. 19:21).22 To deny this request from Jesus is to deny Him, to become an antichrist.
The holy Scriptures tell us that when the Messiah came to dwell among us He would be called "Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" (Isaiah 7:14, fulfilled in Matthew 1:23). He would also "be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).
Jesus Himself said, "I am the Son of God" (John 10:36). He that says he knows God and "keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him [he is an antichrist]" (1 John 2:4).
God’s infallible Scriptures reveal that Jesus also is "THE WORD OF GOD"23 which created all things.24 "By Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist" (Col. 1:16-17). To deny the infallibility of Scripture is the same as denying Christ, the same as being an antichrist.
"Therefore we should give earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time they be lost" (Heb. 2:1).25
In the Old Testament, those antichrists who would not keep the law of Moses "died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?"26 (Grace is God's strength.) Those who know God's holy Scripture don't need to suppose the fate of these antichrists. It will surely be an eternity in Hell for them.27
It is immediately necessary for the world to decide whether to serve Christ or become anti-Christ, because the time of salvation is at hand and the time of Christ's return is at hand.28 The end time in which we are now living is called the time of "the valley of decision."29 This is the time for making up our minds.30 This is the time where the sheep are separated from the goats,31 the wheat separated from the chaff,32 those who are Christ's own separated from those who are antichrists.33 This fact means we must either accept Christ or reject Him now. There are no other choices for us. In other words, this very moment we must make the eternal decision as to where our souls will spend eternity. We must decide whether we will accept Christ or deny Him. We must choose to follow Christ or be just another one of the many antichrists on their way to an everlasting lake of fire in Hell.34 If we say we'd like to think about it, or wait a while before we accept Christ, it is the same as saying we have chosen to deny Christ.
Some people have an idea that they are serving the Lord even though they are not serving the Lord at all, the same as Cain and King Saul, who were an offense to God because they were not obedient to Him.35 Cain and Saul did it their way, not the Lord's way. Serving the Lord our way rather than the Lord's way will not immunize us from being an antichrist, but will rather ensure our being an antichrist.36
God says "behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (Isa. 49:8, 2 Cor. 6:2). When the Almighty Creator of Heaven, earth, and everything else says now, He means right NOW. Christ says to you as He says to all sinners, "COME AND FOLLOW ME."37 If you choose not to be one of today's many eternally doomed antichrists, then you will accept Christ's offer of eternal life in Heaven at once, as He commands, by saying this prayer:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 38 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.39 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins.40 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit41 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 42 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 43 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary.44 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so.45 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me.46 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 47 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 48
Now that you are saved and forgiven of your sins, raise your hands and praise the Lord. "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth."49
Christ now lives in you through the Holy Spirit.50 There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of God in you. God the Father lives now in you also. The more of the divine nature of God that lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that so easily have moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. This is caused by more man in us than God in us. Mankind has become so wicked that if Satan and his impish army were abolished, we would be our own devil.
Now that you are saved, pray for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Prayerfully study the Word and pray always for more of the divine nature.51 For instructions on how to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to receive more of God's holy nature, ask for our literature or call. For without holiness no man shall see God.52
Now that you are saved it is a commandment to be fully submerged, baptized in water in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit.53 Follow all of God's commands and live.54
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
World Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Antichrist Unmasked" Footnotes: return to top
1. I John 2:18, 22, 4:3, II John 7 return
2. John 17:12, Heb. 10:39 return
3. 2 Tim 4:10, 1 John 2:15 return
4. 2 Thes. 2:8-10,12 return
5. 1 John 2:22 return
6. Heb. 2:17, 4:14, 5:10, 6:20, 7:26 return
7. John 1:29, 36 return
8. Acts 4:10-12 return
9. Gal. 1:3-4, 1John 2:1-2, Heb. 9:28 return
10. 1 Cor. 15:20-23, 2 Cor. 1:9-10, Rom. 4:17 return
11. John 14:6 return
19. Rev. 17:1-2, 19:2 return
20. Rev. 12:9 return
21. Rev. 13:7-8 return
22. Matt. 16:24, Luke 18:22, Mark 10:21 return
23. Rev. 19:13, John 1:1, 14 return
24. Eph. 3:9, Rev. 4:11 return
25. Aramaic Bible return
26. Heb. 10:28-29, 6:4-6 return
27. Heb. 2:2-3, 2 Peter 3:7 return
28. Rev. 1:1,3, Matt. 24:3-44 return
29. Joel 3:14 return
30. Josh. 24:15 return
31. Matt. 25:32-33 return
32. Matt. 3:12, Luke 3:17return
33. 2 Cor. 6:17-18 return
34. Rev. 19:20, 20:10,15 return
35. Gen. 4:3-7, Heb. 11:4, 1 Sam. 15:3-26 return
36. 1 John 2:4, Ps.97:10 return
37. Matt. 19:21, Luke 18:22 return
38. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
39. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
40. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
41. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
42. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
43. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
44. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
45. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
46. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
47. Heb. 11:6 return
48. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return
49. 1Chron. 16:31 return
50. Rom. 8:11 return
51. 2 Tim. 2:15, Luke 21:36, John. 15:3 return
52. Heb. 12:14 return
53. Matt. 28:19return
54. Deut. 8:1, 30:16, Prov. 4:4, 7:2 return
55. John 14:6 return
56. Acts 4:12 return