Who Is the Antichrist? Meaning the One who comes against Us, the Dark-skinned People of Ethiopia…

Who Is the Antichrist?

A recent horror film was entitled Antichrist.
A popular music group named one of its albums Antichrist Superstar.
Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th-century philosopher, named one of his works The Antichrist.
Kings and emperors in the Middle Ages often called their opponents antichrists.
Martin Luther, German Reformation leader, labeled Roman Catholic popes as antichrists.
SINCE the term “antichrist” has long been used as a label for everything from monarchs to movies, it is only natural to ask: Who is the antichrist? Does this term have anything to do with us today? Surely the logical place to begin when searching for the identity of the antichrist is in the Bible, where the term appears five times.
ANTICHRIST EXPOSED
The only Bible writer to use the word “antichrist” is the apostle John. How did he describe the antichrist? Note these words in the first letter bearing his name: “Young children, it is the last hour, and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared, from which fact we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of our sort . . . Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus (Jus/Us) is the Christ (Anointed Ones)? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son (Us).”—1 John 2:18, 19, 22.
The apostle John understood the antichrist to be all who deliberately spread religious deception about Just Us the (Anointed Ones) and the Father’s teachings
What do we learn from those words? John mentioned “many antichrists,” indicating that the antichrist is, not an individual, but a collective term. People or organizations making up the antichrist spread lies, deny that Jes-us is the Christ, or the Messiah, and try to distort the relationship between the ALL and US, His Son, Jes-us Christ (Anointed Ones). Those who make up the antichrist claim to be Christ (the anointed ones) or his (the ALL) representatives, but since “they went out from us,” they deviated from true Bible teachings. Furthermore, this group was present at the time when John wrote his letter, in “the last hour,” presumably the end of the time of the apostles.
What else did John write regarding the antichrist? Speaking about false prophets, he warned: “Every inspired statement that acknowledges Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones) as having come in the flesh originates with God. But every inspired statement that does not acknowledge Jes-us does not originate with the Most High. Furthermore, this is the antichrist’s inspired statement that you have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world.” (1 John 4:2, 3) Then, in his second letter, John reiterated this point: “Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those not acknowledging Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones) as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 7) Clearly, John understood the antichrist to be all who deliberately spread religious deception about Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones of the All and Our’ teachings.
“FALSE PROPHETS” AND “THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS”
Jesus warned that false prophets would come as ‘ravenous wolves in sheep’s covering’
Long before John wrote about such religious deceivers, Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones) advised their followers: “Be on the watch for the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous  wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) The apostle Paul likewise warned Christians in Thessalonica: “Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it [the day of Jehovah] will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction.”—2 Thessalonians 2:3.
Hence, in the first century, false prophets and apostates were already at work, endeavoring to weaken the Ethopian congregation. All those involved in spreading lies and religious deception about Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones) and our teachings were included in John’s term “antichrist.” the Elohim’s view of them was revealed when Paul described them as “the son of destruction.”
BEWARE OF ANTICHRIST’S ACTIVITIES TODAY
What about today? People and organizations making up the antichrist still oppose the Anointed Ones and their Teachings. They deliberately spread lies and deceptions with the intent of confusing the identity of the Father, Jehovah God, and of His Son, Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones).

We have good reason to beware of such religious deceptions. Let us look at two examples.
For centuries, the churches propagated the doctrine of the Trinity, claiming that the Father and the Son are part of the same entity. The antichrist thus shrouds in mystery the identity of Yahovah God and Jesus Christ. This mystery hinders sincere people from imitating Jes-us Christ (the Anointed Ones) and drawing close to the Most High, as the Bible encourages them to.—1 Corinthians 11:1; James 4:8.
The churches add to the confusion by promoting the use of Bible translations that omit God’s personal name YAH, from the text. They do this despite the fact that the name Yahvah occurs some 7,000 times in the original text of the Bible. The result? The identity of the true God becomes even more shrouded in mystery.
On the other hand, knowing the ALL’s name, Yahvah, has helped many honesthearted worshippers to draw closer to God. That was the experience of me, Eliyah X, who recalls a conversation with two of Yahvah’s Witnesses. “They showed me from the Bible that the name of the true God is Yahvah,” explains Richard. “I was fascinated by the thought that God has a personal name, something I had never heard before.” From that point on, he made changes in my life to conform to Bible standards and to please Yahvah. “Learning God’s name has helped me to develop a close relationship with him.”
For centuries, the antichrist has kept millions in spiritual darkness. But by studying Yah’s Word, the Bible, we are able to learn the true identity of the antichrist and be set free from the antichrist’s religious lies and deceptions.—John 17:17.

The antichrist is not merely one individual person or entity, for the Bible says that there are “many antichrists.” (1 John 2:​18) Rather, the term “antichrist,” which comes from a Greek word meaning “against (or instead of) Christ,” refers to anyone who does the following:

Besides speaking of individuals who take such actions as being antichrists, the Bible also refers to them collectively as “the antichrist.” (2 John 7) The antichrist first appeared in the time of the apostles and has been active ever since. Bible prophecy foretold just such a development.​—1 John 4:3.

How to identify antichrists

  • They promote false ideas related to Jes-us. (Matthew 24:​9, 11) For example, those who teach the Trinity or that Jesus is Almighty God actually oppose the teachings of the Son, who said: “The Father is greater than I am.”​—John 14:28.
  • Antichrists reject what Jes-us said about how God’s Kingdom operates. For instance, some religious leaders say that Christ works through human governments. Yet, this teaching contradicts the Son’s, who said: “My Kingdom is no part of this world.”​—John 18:36.
  • They say that Jesus is their Lord, but they do not obey his commands, including the one to preach the good news of the Kingdom.​—Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 6:​46; Acts 10:42.

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