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Wednesday, October 26 2016
1 John 2: Where Did John Say That The Antichrist Would Come From?
"As ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They 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"
The prefix "anti" means before (gamblers know the word from having to "ante up" before a deal). The English-language word "antichrist" uses that prefix to accurately translate the Greek word, pronounced antichristos, which means to put one's self before, and thereby take the place of, the true Christ.
The Messiah Himself warned of the many antichrists that would come after His Ministry (see The Early Days Of The Galilee Ministry and The Lay Preacher Who Built The True Church Of God), and before His Return (see What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?):
"24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:5 KJV)
How do we know that the Messiah (see also Why Was The Messiah Born As A Human? and The Messiah's Lessons For Living As A True Christian) was warning of antichrists that would come even immediately after His Sacrifice? The apostle John documented them in his epistles (John recorded more about them because John lived much longer than the other apostles).
First, John addressed that true Christians are not lawless in His Name: "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep His Commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (see Faith Is The Law and What Does Grace Really Mean?).
"2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
The antichrists become so because they lust to be "leaders" in the twisted (see What Does Wicked Mean?) world that Satan has inspired. But true Christians, by definition, have "come out" of the carnal world (see What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?). Hence "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (see Friends Of The World, Enemies Of God).
"2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)
Then, John's plain statement that, while there will be an ultimate end-time antichrist (see The Beasts And The Little Big Horn), "even now are there many antichrists." Notice also the source of them (and their "churches") - fallen-away insincere members of the true Church of God who still call themselves Christian: "They 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."
"2:18 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. 2:19 They 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.
Fact Finder: What false Christian "sign" will the antichrist use?
This Day In History, October 26
901: King Alfred (known as "Alfred the Great"), Saxon king of Wessex, died. An actual battlefield king, and scholar, Alfred fought the invading Danes and formed England's first navy.
1440: Gilles de Rais, French marshall who fought for Joan of Arc, was hanged for Satanism and the murders of 140 children. His crimes inspired the tale of "Bluebeard."
1640: The Treaty of Ripon was signed. It restored peace between Charles I of England and Scotland.
1776: Benjamin Franklin traveled to France to request French support for his revolution. France hypocritically agreed to arm and supply the rebellion of the New England colonies, while at the very same time tolerating no independence for its own colonies in Louisiana and elsewhere through the continent of North America. France sought only to break the military ties between Britain and New England so that France could then easily invade and take them over for itself - a plan that wasn't carried out because of the wars started by Napoleon across Europe and into Russia that consumed the French army.
Ironically, if Britain had not defeated the French Empire in Europe, the New England colonies would have then very likely been swallowed up to become a colony of New France (that already existed, by that name, from Louisiana and a vast territory northward). Britain used only a very small percentage of its army in the war of the New England revolution (most were in Europe fighting Napoleon), while, with a French victory in Europe, France could have dedicated a massive military force against the former English colonies.
1825: The Erie Canal opened, linking southern Lake Erie to the Hudson River, and then to the Atlantic, thereby allowing the U.S. to bypass the British-controlled lower St. Lawrence (the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 by the governments of Canada and the U.S. opened ports on all of the Great Lakes to ocean shipping).
1863: The Red Cross was established in Geneva, Switzerland.
1905: Sweden and Norway signed a treaty of separation; Oscar II abdicated as king of Norway, and was replaced by Prince Charles of Denmark, who became King Haakon VII.
1918: Germany's supreme commander General Erich Ludendorff resigned in protest of the terms to which the German government agreed to for the First World War armistice. This set the stage for his later support for Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) who claimed that Germany did not lose the war on the battlefield, but rather was "stabbed in the back" by the politicians (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1942: U.S. and Japanese naval forces engaged in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The Japanese suffered a greater number of ships lost, but the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet was sunk. Beginning with the attacks on Pearl Harbor, aircraft carriers were the means of the Pacific war - an era now gone. In any war between the major military powers in the Pacific today (i.e. the U.S., Russia, China), aircraft carriers, and their entire accompanying battle groups, would be instantly destroyed by nuclear missiles.
1978: Smallpox was declared eradicated in the world.
1984: Surgeons in California transplanted a baboon heart into a 10 day old baby girl, nicknamed "Baby Fae"; she died a few days later.
1995: Israeli Mossad agents assassinated Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki at his hotel in Malta.
1994: Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty aimed at ending 46 years of conflict. Much of the territory of the present-day Kingdom of Jordan was held by the Israelite tribes who were assigned lands east of the Jordan River (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion and Why East And West Manasseh?).
1997: Alan Goodman, 53, was released from an Israeli prison after serving 16 years of a life sentence for a 1982 shooting spree on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in which an Arab guard was killed and 8 Muslims were wounded. Upon his release, the U.S. born former Israeli soldier was deported to the U.S. (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
2001: The U.S. passed the "US Patriot Act" into law (the name is an acronym or Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001").