“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour… Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:18, 22-23).
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” (1 John 4:2-3).
Here we have a couple of tests so that we can discern the spirit of the antichrist. An antichrist is someone who is against the Lord Jesus Christ. The man of lawlessness, as described in 2 Thessalonians 2, will declare himself to be God (v. 4). These are the signs:
1. The one who denies that Jesus is the Christ – Christ means Messiah or Savior. The one who denies that Jesus is the Savior of the world is a liar.
2. The one who denies that Jesus has come in the flesh – This can take a couple of forms:
a) The one who denies that Jesus lived at all.
b) The one who denies that Jesus was human, claiming he only appeared human but was really only spirit.
c) Most importantly, the one who denies that Jesus is God Almighty, come in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).
Many antichrists have already come into the world, claiming to be God, and setting themselves up against the Lord. Beware of these false teachers, false prophets, and false christs. Do not be deceived. Don’t fall for their lies.