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"Believe Not Every Spirit"
by Wayne Blank
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God"
The original Greek word of the Scriptures that has been translated into English as "antichrist" is (pronounced) an-tee-krees-tos, means against the anointed one. By definition it has a meaning of direct resistance against Christ and Christians, although as described in the verses below, that surely will occur as much through deception and subterfuge as by hostile opposition and persecution:
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 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 4:1-3 KJV)
"False Christs" on the other hand, although also actually being anti-Christ, will appear to be pro-Christian, some to blasphemous extremes; with the assistance of Satan, some will even claim to be Christ:
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be [see Why Did They Face East?]. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." (Matthew 24:23-28 KJV)
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