In those four verses is found every reference to "antichrist" in the Bible.
- 1 John 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."
- 1 John 2:22
- "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the
Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."
- 1 John 4:3
- "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."
- 2 John 1:7
- "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who
confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a
deceiver and an antichrist."
Notice that the Bible does not speak of "the Antichrist" as a
singular title. And to speak of "the Antichrist of Revelation" is incorrect,
because the book of Revelation never uses the term. Notice that there
are actually "many antichrists." One is "an antichrist" and possesses
the "spirit of antichrist" who denies essential truths about God the
Father and Jesus the Son.
The word "antichrist" if applied to anyone in particuar, must describe
Satan, for he is the great adversary of Christ. The popular notion of
the rise of an individual human in the last days
who is called "the Antichrist" is an innovation not found
in the Bible. Yet the Biblical warnings against being decieved by
antichrist should cause us to study God's Word carefully.