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Who and What It Is! (and isn't)

This may be the single most controversial article on the website. I feel confident as I publish this writing that it represents a far more accurate solution to the antichrist puzzle than what has historically been Christianity's answer. It may be incorrect in minor details since at this time an exact understanding is impossible for anyone to know, but the overall theme is correct. It is undoubtedly the one that generates the most hatred for me from Christians. After reading it you will realize why.

There is a clear definition of the "antichrist" that Christianity seems to miss.  It is easily revealed from the writings of the New Testament.  Unfortunately, the fact that the word "antichrist" is actually an untranslated Greek word contributes to concealing who and what "antichrist" actually is.  If it were translated at least some of the confusion regarding this important term would be eliminated. As in all the articles on this website I will use the actual name of the Messiah introduced to us in the New Testament, Yeshua, instead of the incorrect name, Jesus, that the church uses to hide his true Jewish name. I discuss the name issue in a separate article.

Beginning with the passage from the first epistle of John I hope to assist in revealing to you the definition and identity of the antichrist.

1 John 4:2,3 (KJV)
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Yeshua Messiah is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Yeshua Messiah 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.

I have actually seen Christians implicitly and even at times directly twist these verses into reading as follows:

"...every spirit that confesseth that God is come in the flesh as Yeshua Messiah is of God; and every spirit that confesseth not that God is come in the flesh as Yeshua Messiah is not of God..."

That is not what it says, despite the wishes of those who believe and teach that Messiah is God.  In fact, it doesn't even hint at such an idea; yet many Christian leaders attempt to teach that it does.

The wine of the Trinity intoxication is so strong, that many seem to sincerely see this verse as saying what I just quoted!  A general error that finds it's way into verses such as these as well as the minds of most Trinitarian Christians and Christianized Messianics is the idea that "Son of God" means "God the Son".  Nowhere in Scripture is "God the Son" found!  "God the Son" is the invention of later church creeds.

Though Trinitarians expend notable effort to confuse the issue by creating various "antichrist" scenarios, in truth these verses come very close to condemning Trinitarians and all others who teach a "God in the flesh" Messiah!  If they are read without the fog of the Trinity they do indirectly rebuke the notion that Yeshua was anything more than a 100 percent human being.  Additionally, we see in these verses reference to a "spirit".  I comment later on this "spirit" of antichrist.

The Greek term rendered "flesh" in the verse just quoted is sarx {sarx}, and the corresponding Hebrew word is basar { baw-sawr'}.  Both words mean pure flesh and blood - fully human, verses the human-God the church creeds attempt to define.  There is nothing in the Greek or the Hebrew that implies anything more than 100 percent human flesh and blood!  In fact, the Greek word can even be translated - and is elsewhere -as carnal or carnally minded!

Furthermore, as stated at the beginning of this discussion, there is a Greek word in these verses that is left untranslated.  It is a word found in your English version Bible that the translators suspiciously and intentionally decided to not translate, and I believe it is for fear of what the literal meaning may cause some to consider. They could have easily translated this Greek word as they did most others in the English versions, but they purposely chose to not do so.

Christianity has built an entire mini theology and sensational, end-time teaching around this Greek word that they transferred into the English vocabulary.  Part of this sensationalized, gone-Hollywood scenario is the outlandishly unscriptural "rapture" teaching.  The Greek word is antichristos, rendered in its untranslated form in English as antichrist.

[NOTE! Whenever you come across words that translators did not translate, such as antichrist, pay close attention!  Those are the very words on which you should place particular scrutiny.  When you look up what the translation actually is you may likely find that the word means something traditional Christian leaders would prefer that you not discover.]

Is it not odd that the word antichrist is a Greek word that was left untranslated, since it is very easily rendered into an English equivalent?  This is similar to the scenario of baptizo, which is another untranslated Greek word that was transferred into English as "baptize" because the literal meaning of "immersion" or "to submerge" clearly shows that the true method of baptizing is full immersion in water verses the false practice of sprinkling or pouring.  Unfortunately, like so many other clear words of Scripture many Traditional Christians are lead astray by their leaders; therefore, despite the unambiguous meaning of "baptize" as being "to fully immerse" Christians the world over continue to practice the false practice of sprinkling or pouring.

In the case of 1 John 4:2,3, antichrist is actually a combination of 2 Greek words, anti and christos.  The literal meaning(s) of antichrist is:

  1. adversary of Messiah
  2. usurper of Messiah
  3. instead of Messiah
  4. opposite to Messiah (or in opposition to Messiah)
  5. in place of Messiah (a replacement or counterfeit Messiah)

It is useful at this time to note a couple of verses from earlier in John's epistle.  Also note how to further the end-time deception antichrist is often capitalized as Antichrist - a blatantly unfounded decision which forces one along the path of believing the limited teaching traditional Christianity wishes you to accept.

1 John 2:18,19 (NKJV)
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

Traditional Christianity and counterfeit Messianism seem to have somehow erased these verses from the pages of the New Testament.  Why do Traditional Christian leaders focus almost exclusively on the concept of some future, superman "antichrist" when these verses make it abundantly clear that the "antichrist" was present even during the time John penned his epistle?  In fact, it clearly states that many antichrists were present!  How could John have been any clearer?

It is important to grasp the meaning of the word translators conveniently chose to not translate from the original Greek.  The term "antichrist", as proven above, literally means "adversary of" the Messiah, "in place of" the Messiah, "instead of" the Messiah, or "usurper of" the Messiah.  It can also mean a "replacement" or "counterfeit" Messiah since that is what "in place of" means.  John makes perfectly clear that many antichrists had gone out from them (early believers) teaching false doctrine regarding Messiah Yeshua.  These "antichrists" or usurpers of the true Messiah were promoting doctrines that presented a Christ that was in place of or instead of the true Messiah.  They were promoting a replacement Messiah.

John was a Hebrew; therefore, it is probable that the "us" John refers to in 1 John 2:19 is his brethren who followed Yeshua the Messiah as defined from their Hebraic context. The true Hebraic context of Messiah with which John and his brethren were familiar had the following two central characteristics - characteristics I prove elsewhere on this web site:

  1. Messiah was the "anointed one" the "sent one" the fully empowered human agent and earthly King chosen by the Almighty Creator.  He was not "God in the flesh."  I discuss the crucial issue of what it means to be the "agent" or "shaliach" of the Living God in a separate article and how this factors into proving Messiah is not God.  When one understands the Hebraic meaning of "shaliach" (shah lee OCK) all the mystery regarding Messiah's relationship with God is removed and the simple truth is easily seen.  It is for this reason that you will likely never hear this issue discussed by your pastor.
  2. He was indisputably and firmly PRO-Torah (pro-law).  The true Messiah was a devoted keeper and promoter of The Ineffable Eternal God's eternal instructions.  Please read the article which asks the question "Does Traditional Christianity actually promote "Following" Christ?" for irrefutable proof of this fact.

Therefore, any Messiah (Christ) which possessed characteristics directly contradicting those above, which John and his brethren believed, was "usurping" and "replacing" the true Messiah.

Within the context of John's discussion of the "spirit of antichrist" mentioned in 1 John 4:3 is the following verse:

1 John 4:6 (NKJV)
6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Thus, due to its proximity to the statement mentioning antichirst which is just 3 verses earlier, we can easily deduce using necessary inference that the "spirit of antichrist" in verse 3 is equated to a "spirit of error" in verse 6.  Clearly, the antichrist represents an error - false teaching - that was (and IS) being spread.

Point to remember: "spirit of antichrist" = "spirit of error" = false doctrine.  The "antichrist" primarily represents of a set of false teachings, not simply some future possible world religious/political figure.  Those who accept the doctrines promoted by the "spirit of error" are unintentional victims of the "spirit of antichrist."

So, the "antichrist" was (and is) representative of a doctrine or set of doctrines that oppose the truth concerning Messiah (Christ).  This set of doctrines was already being spread in the latter part of the first century as false teachers betrayed the truth and went out promoting teachings that were (and are) in opposition to the true Messiah.

Remember earlier when I noted how the Greek term rendered "flesh" means pure flesh and blood - fully human, versus the human-God the church creeds attempt to define?  Also, recall that there is nothing in the Greek or the Hebrew that implies anything more than 100 percent human flesh and blood and that the Greek word can even be translated (and is elsewhere) as carnal or carnally minded.  With this fact in mind, the meaning of 1 John 4:2,3 could be possibly understood as saying what follows, though it actually is not necessary for you to accept this specific rendering. My point in this article is proven regardless. All the following rendering does is supply additional evidence to support what is already established in the entirety of this article.

"Every spirit that confesses that Yeshua the Messiah is a 100% flesh-and-blood human is of God, and every spirit that confesses not that Yeshua the Messiah is a 100% flesh-and-blood human is not of God: and this is the spirit of antimessiah...of which you have heard that it (false doctrines of Messiah) is coming, and now it is already in the world."

Now I will present yet another warning from John's second epistle that supports this:

2 John 7 (NKJV)
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess (acknowledge) Yeshua Messiah as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

This is almost exactly the same warning John gave in 1 John 4:2,3.  Once again John may be warning us to beware of those who do not confess (better translated acknowledge) that Yeshua Messiah (Jesus christ) is 100 percent, pure flesh and blood.  Note how this was an antichrist; thus, clearly implying there is more than one.  Frankly, John could not have been much clearer in warning us of the very doctrine of the Trinity!

John warned us about doctrines such as the Trinity and other man-god teachings. Also note that there is no hint whatsoever of a warning to avoid those who deny that Yeshua Messiah (Jesus christ) is God, despite the efforts of traditional Christian and counterfeit Messianic teachers to make it appear so!  It is clear to anyone who can read, that 1 John 4:2,3 and 2 John 7 do not at all suggest the "antichrist" doctrine is that which denies Yeshua's deity.  The exact opposite is suggested!

Again, the warning suggest we are to beware of those who deny Yeshua's being a HUMAN!  There is no warning to beware of those, like ourselves, who deny he is God.  So next time you hear someone try to twist these passages to fit his/her Trinitarian bias, perhaps it would wise for you to point out his/her interpretation is grossly OPPOSITE from what the passages actually suggest.

Nevertheless, as stated earlier, it is not necessary to accept that John warned us to avoid those who proclaim Messiah to be "God in the flesh." The "spirit of error" (spirit of antichrist) is already confirmed from the pro-Torah versus anti-Torah issue. The "God in the flesh" warning is simply additional possible evidence to further establish the antichrist understanding proclaimed in this article.

As I point out in the other discussion which investigates if Christians are actually taught to "follow Messiah," the Christ being promoted by Christianity is very much not a pro-Torah (pro-law) Messiah.  On the contrary, the Christ of Christianity is an anti-Torah Messiah - a replacement Christ that alleged came (according to Christianity) to do away with the Torah!  Christianity's anti-Torah Christ and the pro-Torah Messiah John and his true brethern knew are the exact opposite of one another!  So the false Christ of Christianity is indeed "opposite to," a "usurper of," and "in place of" the true Messiah. It is, therefore, by definition an "antichrist."

I presented the two primary characteristics of the true Messiah earlier.  Here I will show a side-by-side comparison of that true Messiah to the antichrist being promoted by traditional Christianity and counterfeit christianized Messianic groups.

He was the "anointed one" the "sent one" the fully empowered human agent and earthly King chosen by the Almighty Creator.  He was not "God in the flesh." He is “God in the flesh.”
He was indisputably and firmly PRO-Torah (strongly in favor of the Torah or Law). He is anti-Torah (against the Torah or Law); however, most Messianic groups do not accept this and believe him to be pro-Torah.

I am fully persuaded that the anti-Torah “God in the flesh” Christ being promoted by Christianity and, to a lesser extent, the God in the flesh Messiah being promoted by counterfeit Messianism is precisely what the spirit of antichrist is since it presents a completely different Christ "IN PLACE OF" the True Messiah!  That Christ they promote is, indeed, THE antichrist!

The traditional Christian lawless (anti-Torah) Christ is particularly horrific and anti-Messiah.  The Christ of traditional Christianity and counterfeit Messianism is one that is a "USURPER OF" the true Hebraic Messiah.  Traditional Christianity and counterfeit Messianism define a pagan, mystery Babylon man-God that is a "REPLACEMENT OF" and "ADVERSARY OF" the actual Hebraic Messiah.  It is a counterfeit false Messiah who differs in the two most fundamental ways from the true Messiah of Scripture whom John and his fellow followers of Messiah knew in the first century.  Of course, as I said, at least the replacement Messiah of counterfeit Messianism does not advocate lawlessness (anti-Torah) as does the Traditional Christian version.

John states that those following this replacement Messiah are of the spirit of antichrist and are following the "replacement of," "usurper of" and "adversary of" Messiah.  Tragically, Traditional Christians, counterfeit Messianics, and those who often guide them ignore these warnings as well as the overwhelming weight of Scripture as they follow the "spirit of error" by bowing down to a man-God, anti-Torah Messiah of purely pagan origins.

Before leaving this issue I'd like to point out more warnings from John's epistles - warnings to which Christians and Messianics should give serious consideration.  From John's first epistle we read:

1 John 2:22-26 (NKJV)
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Yeshua is the Christ (Messiah)? He is antichrist (usurper of Messiah) who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us - eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive (Greek: seduce or cause to go astray) you.

Note how John equates "liars" with those who deny that Yeshua is Messiah.  He further equates this denial of the true Messiah with the teachings of antichrist - or antimessiah.  Since John was a Jew - a Hebrew who thought and wrote entirely within His Hebraic world view - the true Messiah that he states the antichrists deny would be the human, Torah embracing Messiah defined by John's Hebraic understanding.  In other words, those who follow the antichrist (replacement Messiah, anti-Messiah) deny and oppose the true Hebraic Messiah. John stated that those denying the legitimate Messiah - or teaching a replacement Messiah - actually deny the Father and the Son, since denial of the authentic Messiah and One True God by promoting a false concept of each is the same as openly denying them!

John further warns in verse 24 that the same Hebraic Messiah that had been taught from the beginning of the Messianic movement must "abide" in those claiming to follow that Messiah.  If that Messiah abides in us we can be promised of a sure hope for eternal life.  Note what eternal life was defined by Yeshua to be:

John 17:3 (NKJV)
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Yeshua Messiah whom You have sent.

Finally, in verse 26 of 1 John chapter 2 John states that he wrote to the recipients of his epistle for the purpose of directly warning them of this "spirit of error", replacement Messiah, so that they would not be deceived.  As shown in the verses from chapter 2 of 1 John quoted above, the term "deceive" means "to seduce" or "cause to go astray."  So, John was writing so that we would not be seduced or caused to go astray by those promoting the replacement Messiah - antichrist.  Sadly, all but a few have ignored John's warning.  Most are squarely, and probably permanently, deceived by the very antimessiah, spirit of error that John so passionately pleaded for us to resist.

John warned us the false teachings were present and would continue.  Furthermore, he warned us those teaching these false doctrines would claim to be our brethren.

Yes indeed, ever since the early centuries the spirit of antiMessiah has been in the world.  It is now in virtually every Christian church, taught by virtually every Christian leader, and followed by almost every Christian.

I would not be surprised if, in order to solidify the deception, Satan may actually empower an individual in the last days.  In fact, I personally feel that individual may already be present on earth in these climactic days.  However, this in no way diminishes the fact that "antichrist" is a doctrine, or definition of Messiah, which defines a replacement Messiah.

Tragically, the spirit of error (spirit of antiMessiah) is so strong, it is probable that most Christians may actually reject the true Messiah when he returns to establish his earthly Kingdom because based upon the popular false teachings in Christianity regarding "antichrist," much of what he will accomplish will define him as "antichrist" to them since their understanding is so wrong! They are oblivious to the fact that they are already embracing the antichrist!  By embracing the false Messiah of traditional Christianity, Christians are being lead squarely into the stronghold of the spirit of error - the spirit of antichrist.

If you still are not convinced this is a legitimate understanding of "antichrist," consider the following quote, which supports a primary component of my hypothesis, from the Explanatory Notes found in the back of The Scriptures, a translation of the Bible published by The Institute for Scripture Research, LTD.  I came upon these notes long after first publishing this article and edited the article to include them.  To be fair, I will quote their discussion of antichrist, which they translate as anti-Messiah in its entirety with emphasis on the statements that pertain to this article.  I do not necessarily agree with their opinion; however, they do at least recognize that if "antichrist" had been translated instead of purposely left untranslated by Christian scholars, then it would probably have been translated as "in place of" or "instead of," which is the same thing as a replacement or counterfeit Messiah.

"Anti-Messiah: There are many Anti-Messiahs (1 Yn [John] 2:18), yet there is an important one, and many theories have been presented throughout the centuries. Most of them identify this Anti-Messiah with the one(s) we read about in Yesh. [Isaiah] 14:12-14, Daniel 7, Daniel 8, Daniel 9, Daniel 11, Matthew 24:15, 2 Thess. 2:1-12, Rev. 13.  In Rev. 13 we read of two beasts, the one seemingly a political power, and the other a religious one.  This latter seems to be more closely linked to the one we read of in 2 Thess. 2, and also the "Abomination that lays waste," of which we read in Daniel in three places, and which Yeshua quotes in Matthew 24:15.  If we study the Greek word anti we discover that it more frequently means "in place of" or "instead of" in the Messianic Scriptures [New Testament] than its other meaning of "against."  Is this then not what the Messiah prophesied about when He spoke of "another" one, in Yn. [John] 5:43?  Further, is it not the same "another" one Sha'ul [Paul] spoke about in 2 Cor. 11:4?  Whoever or whatever the anti-Messiahs are, they are all used by Satan, for he is behind them all.  He even masquerades as a messenger of light! (2 Cor. 11:14)."

I agree that one of the potential "anti-Messiahs" is a religious beast, and I believe it to be the counterfeit man-God, anti-Torah "Christ" promoted by Christianity.  That "Christ" is put "in place of" the true Messiah by Christian leaders who follow the spirit of delusion - the spirit of antichrist.

Yes, the false replacement Messiah being promoted by traditional Christianity IS a counterfeit Messiah - the antichrist!

The very focus of my entire presentation on this site is to warn all Christians and counterfeit Messianics that the very "Christ" they follow is, indeed, the one defined by those empowered with a spirit of "antichrist" as they present a "Christ" that is both a replacement of and adversary to the true Messiah, who was (and is) a Torah observant servant of his God and ours.