The title of our book to be released soon is LAWLESS: The End-Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist. Is there any title that could more encapsulate what we’ve been witnessing in our nation for these past weeks?
The apostle John wrote of his own time that the “spirit of Antichrist” was already in the world:
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. (1 John 4:2–3)
The apostle Paul also spoke of this lawless spirit that would prevail at the very end of the age. Its growing manifestation, he wrote, will be a precursor to the Antichrist himself vaulting onto the world stage:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. (2 Thessalonians 2:2)
The “day” Paul refers to is the “day of the Lord”—the beginning of the Tribulation, the last seven years of human history leading up to the Second Advent of Jesus Christ, as foretold in Revelation 9.
The great apostle foretold that this “day” won’t begin until there first comes a “falling away,” or “apostasy.” This word can be interpreted several ways, and has also been translated to mean several things wrapped up in one meaning.
One definition of “apostasy” is a “departure,” and it can be either a departure from faith (belief in scriptural truth) or a departure in the spatial sense—that is, literally leaving one place to go to another. I believe that in this case, “apostasy” carries both meanings: Paul is saying that before Antichrist comes on the scene to become the world’s last and fiercest tyrant, people will largely be deep into a state of departure from faith in Bible truth.
I also believe he is saying that Antichrist can’t come on the scene until there is a spatial departure—that is, a removal from one place to go to another, literally. This will be the Rapture of the Church (all true believers in Christ for salvation).
When the departure (as wrapped up in both meanings) is complete, the “man of sin”—Antichrist—will leap to the end stage of history for his horrendous reign of terror.
He is also referred to, like his father, Satan, as the “man of lawlessness.” The word departure also has within its meaning the thought of being lawless—denying the Creator who laid down how mankind should live.
The “spirit of Antichrist” has at its God-denying center the evil of complete lawlessness. That’s why God’s Word calls end-times man, as expressed in the KJV, “earth dwellers.” Those in unbelief are “earthy”—they care only about things that are of this sin-saturated existence on earth.
Paul the apostle, again, said that this “falling away” (apostasy) will first appear on the scene before Antichrist will be manifested before the world. The departure from faith will include increasing lawlessness, preparing the way for the most lawless one of all—Antichrist.
The following excerpt, I think gives a deep look into the “spirit of Antichrist” making literal inroads into the evil we see exploding in our cities.
In a June 13 conversation between Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors and BLM-Los Angeles chapter co-founder Melina Abdullah, Abdullah discusses how the two of them have “become very intimate with the spirits we call on regularly,” and Cullors talks about how using a hashtag for BLM is “almost resurrecting a spirit so that it can work through us.”…
In the interview, Abdullah states, “maybe I’m sharing too much but we’ve become very intimate with the spirits that we call on regularly. Right? Like, each of them seems to have a different presence and personality. You know, I laugh a lot with Wakiesha [Wilson]. You know? And I didn’t meet her in her body.”…
Wakiesha Wilson was a black woman who suffered from bi-polar disorder and reportedly hanged herself while in LAPD custody.Her death has become a cause célèbre among BLM activists.
Cullors responds, saying that she was raised a Jehovah’s Witness but, “as I got older, ancestor, ancestral worship became really important.”
Cullors then explains how the hashtags such as #SayHerName and #BLM are a means to honor the dead and invoke them. (Alexander Watson, “BLM Leaders Discuss ‘Resurrecting a Spirit So That It Can Work Through Us,’” CNS News, September 24, 2020)
Based on what we see on the evil streets of America and the world today, can there be any doubt that we’re witnessing the spirit of Antichrist manifesting at this time so near the end of the age? The departure—in every sense—has begun in earnest. It will soon have its conclusion. That conclusion will mean God’s judgment and wrath for earth dwellers, and glory beyond all imagination for believers in Jesus Christ.
Then Antichrist spirit has been here since the Fall, I believe, and has been growing steadily in strength. Its growing influence appears no longer linear, but exponential. In short, it isn’t a steady and constant rise, but an accelerating one. One can hardly believe what this present year has become as regards to evil’s incredible rise.
And this is with the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit still present.
Can you imagine what it’ll be like once this is gone?
Jesus told us it will be the worst time in history 2000 years ago and with every passing day, we can see how our world is headed right into it.
But we can also see that it must also be true that those who believe soon will be passing right OUT of it.
Thank God for that!
I had just tweeted that our nation (not to mention our world) is more and more under the influence of the spirit of antiChrist–and I quoted “…every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” (1 John 4:2–3)
Then I came immediately upon this article and this comment. Unfortunately, much of Christendom believes that the world will get better and all will be saved. Such is the twitter account holder to whom I was responding (my former pastor from 10 years ago).
You are right.
A long time ago, I belonged to the Episcopal Church until it started accepting the “doctrines of devils.” It, too, believed that the church was reforming the world, perfecting it so Jesus could come back to rule. Of course this is the direct opposite of what the Bible teaches. I mean, if humanity was getting better via “self-improvement”, wouldn’t it be a lot better place to live than it is now?
Only God can save us, plain and simple, and the only way to God the Father is through belief in Jesus, which the Holy Spirit allows us to do.
That concept is likewise put forth in the Bible with crystal clarity, too.
Unfortunately, most of what passes for the church today is too busy learning the doctrines of devils instead of getting their theology from God’s Word.
The antichrist spirit, I believe, has been here ever since the Fall, increasing its grip on humanity right along with our increasing population. Now, it is growing exponentially, something painfully evident with every passing day.
The thing is, if it’s getting this bad while the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit is still here, imagine just how terrible it’ll be once it is gone. It is easy to see just how the stage is being set for a time so horrible that if left to continue, not one human would survive – something Jesus told us would happen 2000 years ago.
Thank God those of us who believe in him won’t be here to see it!
Didn’t mean to have two sets of comments show up here.
Pretty much shows how “left behind” a lot of new tech has left me.
Luckily, Jesus made sure I won’t be in the same fix when the seven years of the tribulation unfolds!
Blessings. See you in the air.
Well said Bro. Terry. True believers have no lasting hold on the earth, but rather, we seek the continuing city. Hallelujah
The word apostasy is never used as a physical departure. Twice in the NT and Five times in the LXX it’s used only as a defection of faith
I disagree, but haven’t time or space to go into why I disagree. My book “The Departure: God’s Next Catastrophic Intervention into Earth’s History” goes in-depth about this whole subject. If you want my answer to why I disagree with your statement, I suggest you get the book.