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by Wayne Blank
Anti is a Greek-originated prefix that means against, while false is from a Latin-originated word that means to deceive. Although something that is false is by definition against, or anti, what is true, in regard to Jesus Christ, the end-time world scene is going to be a massive Satan-empowered and Satan-inspired variety of people against Christ and Christianity in two very different (but identical in purpose) ways, from fierce direct opposition to Christianity on one hand, to deception, claiming to be Christian while actually leading people away from Christ, on the other. The good news is that true Christians will be victorious, but only after a time of great tribulation prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ.
"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray"
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, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already." (1 John 4:1-3 RSV)
"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 one says to you, 'Lo, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Lo, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, 'Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they say, 'Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together." (Matthew 24:23-28 RSV)
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