Today I want to speak on the antichrist. This is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the Bible, not only in the fundamentalist’s camp, but also in the mainstream Christian mindset. And to be blunt, this misunderstanding has robbed true spiritual maturity and power from the Christian for hundreds of years.
It is quite comical to me that so many people still believe the antichrist is a literal individual who is yet to be revealed. I have seen entire websites dedicated to revealing that one individual has to be the antichrist. This is utter nonsense; it is the kind of teaching which makes a mockery of the Bible. The original authors of the Bible used symbols, parables, and wisdom sayings that focused on developing the holy temple, which is you. Everything in the Bible was written to help you look “within” and develop the Christ nature there. To see the antichrist as an outside individual returning to wreak havoc on the world is pure religion; the antichrist spirit itself!
So let’s jump into a few scriptures that will reveal something about the antichrist that religion will never understand (remember that all religion is exoteric in nature and teaches you to look “without” for the truth when truth can truly only be found “within”).
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18).
As you can see from the scripture above, the antichrist is not an individual. Neither is there an “end time,” a future event that will reveal such a unique person; John makes it clear that there are many antichrists and that even 2000 years ago it was already the last time.
So what does the term antichrist refer to? Consider 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…”
The antichrist refers to a mindset or a belief system that denies that the salvation of God comes to us while we are in the flesh! Let me put it another way. Notice how the scripture uses the present and imperfect tense when it states that “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.” This denotes a continuous action. It does not say when Jesus came in the flesh. In other words, Jesus’ coming in the flesh is a continuous event happening in the flesh! And it happens in us, in this lifetime, right here on earth! The person who denies this is “antichrist.” It’s that plain and simple.
So the Biblical definition of the antichrist is anyone (living in the past, present, or future), that denies that there is a spiritual resurrection that takes place in our fleshly bodies. The resurrection does not happen after death! In fact, if you wait that long believing it will happen, it shall be too late and you’ll automatically end up participating in another round of cyclic birth and death. (See Reincarnation taught in the Bible Here).
This is why the Gnostics taught that if we do not receive the spiritual resurrection in this life we will receive nothing upon death. And why would the early church so furiously try to eradicate all the Gnostic teachings from the church? Because it took power away from the religious institution and put it in the hands of the individual. If all individuals understood that salvation starts by going “within” then what need is there for a spiritual leader to tell you what God’s will is?
Answer: None! And that didn’t make some popes of antiquity very happy!
Additionally, why would the Gnostics consider Paul their greatest teacher? Is there any truth to that? Consider the scriptures by Paul below:
“…Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14).
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you…” (Galatians 4:19).
“…for ye are the temple of the living God…” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
All these scriptures are trying to tell us that your body is a holy temple because it was designed for a holy purpose. The Christ nature is resurrected in your flesh. The scriptures above show us that Paul sees it the same way.
When John tells us that anyone who denies that Christ comes in the flesh is an antichrist, understand that he wants us to believe that the Christ nature is awakened from your experiences in the flesh! Ancient texts like the Bible have been teaching for millennia that the fleshly body was a tomb that prepared the Spirit for growth through experience in the physical world. The body then, is a symbolic tomb where the spirit has a chance to experience a resurrection. The entire story of Christ is meant to represent this concept for us.
A careful study of the traditional Gospels teaches us this when they are understood non-literally. Think about it. Christ returns from the dead in all kinds of contradictory accounts and then eats food! This is a spiritual explanation of a resurrection experience from the flesh!
Think about Paul’s idea again of waking a dead person (Ephesians 5:14). How can you wake up a dead person? The answer for them mystic would be to form the Christ “within” them. It’s all spiritual. None of it is literal!
So let’s consider the entire point of this post again: Anyone who denies that this Christ nature comes (is nurtured) about through their flesh is an antichrist. This includes religious spirits (mindsets) that believe you must look “outside” of yourself for salvation. Salvation only comes by looking within you. Jesus clearly taught that the Kingdom of Heaven was within you. This is just another example that up is down and down is up in religion.
All this hoopla about looking to Revelations or the Book of Daniel to figure out the when the end times will be and who the antichrist is becomes a waste of time when you understand the true intention of the Biblical authors.
How does this knowledge help you?
The Bible is a complicated book. You just can’t pick it up and read it literally. If it is studied in this way, you are going to come up with conflicting answers for many of life’s questions. I have seen so many people waste so much time arguing scripture with scripture. Think about how ridiculous this is. Instead of just realizing that they are both fighting a battle that cannot be won, they continue in the madness. Reading the Bible literally also causes tens of thousands of people every year to do enormously stupid things, like selling everything you own because they believe the rapture is about to happen. All that energy could have gone into creating a better reality for themselves and others, or even developing the Christ nature within. The Bible truly is an awesome book. In fact, it’s so awesome that it was written in a way to deceive those who interpret it literally by their egos. These same people then use their egos to slam everything and everyone else that doesn’t agree with their understanding. Look beneath the literal meaning when you study and see how the outward events are meant to represent that which is “within” you. Then you can begin to live a more spiritually rich life by the scriptures.