|1 John 2:18|
18 Little children, it is the last hour ; and as you have heard that antichrist will come, even now many antichrists have come. By this we know that it is the last hour. [An antichrist is anyone preaching or teaching whose thoughts, words, and deeds are not controlled by the anointing, which is Jesus to come into man's flesh in sufficient measure to guide and control his thoughts, words, and deeds — thus being a person's true Lord. You can call Him Lord and Master, but if you are still sinning you deny Him as Lord; even Judas called Him Lord and Master. The antichrists were believers who left them; from the Word of the Lord within: "they did not have patience." Ambitious to preach or teach, seeking their own glory, eager for income, still thinking their own thoughts, they went out as the many false prophets have gone out into the world. Even 2000 years ago, John said many antichrists had come, and Paul said many preached for financial gain as unruly, vain talkers, and deceivers. — The Greek for children in this verse is paidia <3813>, the young children that know the Father; these are not the little children disciples who still sin.]
|Revelation 13:3-4,8,12 |
3 And I saw one of his heads as if it were wounded to death; but his deadly wound was healed; and all the world followed the beast in wonder and admiration.
4 And they worshipped the dragon who gave power to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"1 [All the world worships the dragon, who is Satan, the god of this world who excuses sin for some religious act: a special prayer, special food, washings, meditation, a contribution, service to the poor, etc. — giving man the license to live however he chooses in his lusts and pride. The world thinks they are worshipping the one true God, but they have been deceived and so are worshipping Satan instead.]
8 All who dwell upon the earth will worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
12 And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.2