Discerning the spirit of antichrist at Work Today
When it comes to the discerning the spirit of antichrist in these last days it has become more in this line of logic that we are in the season of having to personally take authority over and remove form the church the spirit of antichrist. Being so bold as to state, by asking has any of us truly dealt with the spirit of antichrist, however, today more than ever before we must do so now. Then my next question is what most would ask: What is the spirit of antichrist and how do we recognize the spirit of antichrist? With the Holy Spirit help I will try to give unto you just a few of the ways the scriptures answers this question. In addition, I feel safe in stating that this spirit of antichrist is actively working now within the world and every small church and its congregation and has been doing so for many years. Paul write to the church at Corinth about the gifts of the Spirit and the discerning of spirits is one of these gifts of the Spirit.
What I believe today is that never like before, that there has been the need since the first writings in the history of Israel, the church, and for those who are living in the last days, where the gift of discerning of spirits has been more important to the church than today. I state this because I feel that it is the most needed gift of God’s Spirit to discern the spirit of antichrist. For with every passing day we draw closer to the Lord’s return and therefore our enemy with every passing day brings forth his tactics of deception to lead the church to fail and not complete its perfect work before God Revelation 3:2. The spirit of antichrist is one of those tactics of Satan that is not coming it is already here and at work 1 John 4:3. Let it be known to all Christians, this warning do not be naive to believe that all Christians are not subject to be deceived by this spirit of antichrist, therefore, the importance of having the gift of discerning of spirits will help you know what is the spirits of righteousness and what is the spirits of deception.
Spiritual knowledge of this deceiving spirit of antichrist, is vitally needed today and why is this spirit of evil is bringing forth massive spiritual deception in this very hour within the Body of Christ. For the Holy Scriptures brings forth a true understanding of this deception of the spirit of antichrist as well as the seducing spirit of Jezebel. Take heed of the apostle John words to try the spirits to see if they are of God 1 John 4:1. TRULY: We can hear and see with each passing day the events of the Holy Scriptures are unfolding right before our eyes and yet there are those who believe we still have time.
Seducing spirits and their characteristics
NOTE THIS: That most Christians relate to their influences and their effectiveness in the church and people’s lives is many times undetected because they are not seen as having a real personalities that are totally evil. You have heard many people talk about the fact of whether people and Christians are possessed by and evil or unclean spirit, however, they are Satan’s messengers doing all they can do in deceiving men and women both saved and unsaved. The point of logic and concern is what Paul writes to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 about in the last days where that men and women would not endure sound doctrine however after their own lust would have teachers with itching ears teach them.
In the gospel of John our Lord said it “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV) I believe if God and Christ Jesus shows us the truth we must be willing to stand on that truth or we must act upon that truth. Furthermore, never change a verse of scripture just to back up something you believe. Moreover, with a humble attitude, realizing that you or I cannot properly understand the word of the Holy Scriptures unless God’s Spirit teaches us 1 Corinthians 2:14 and Matthew 11:25-26.
One can find much written about the spirit of antichrist and the spirit of Jezebel, however there is another spirit that cause a stumbling block with the church of which Jesus sent to the church Pergamum about their teaching the “doctrine of Balaam” Revelation 2:14. If we look at the characteristics, manipulation, and influences of evil these spirits mentioned in the Holy Scriptures I believe they all work together for the same purpose. Maybe the reason that the spirit of Balaam is not mentioned, could be for this reason that many overlook what the Lord has stated to the church at Pergamum about teaching the doctrine of Balaam.
Although this has been a problem from the day and time Jesus where that He sent the message to the church at Pergamum, this is just another spirit running rampant throughout the churches today undetected, more than ever before. All of these spirits has deceived many ministers and Christians to this very fact that little is mention in the churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why? I believe that it is for this reason that many pay little attention when the Spirit of God shows them the personally of these evil spirits presence in the churches today much less confront them.
The spirit of Jezebel and the spirit of Balaam meaning to us has the same tactics as the spirit of antichrist or vice versa. The problem is once they get a foothold in the congregation of the church it eats like a cancer and before long it consume the whole congregation. Our Lord made it clear that He would cut off that kind of spirit where that it had been influenced; yes, by this false teaching by these spirits and their doctrine of cancer.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1 NKJV)
The apostles John taught throughout his epistles shows of his great concern about the Christians then and about them being deceived. In addition, John gives the realistic understanding of Christians being deceived; John knew the spirit of error as opposed to the spirit of truth. We can get a very good understanding of the spirit of antichrist from the epistles of John. In his epistles of John reveals that the spirit of antichrist is already in the world, and it is this demonic spirit that opposes the word of God’s truth and to opposes what Christ did on the cross to bring us the power of God in God’s Spirit which is the New Covenant. One of the things I am sure of that the spirit of antichrist works with a willing spirit to lead people and Christians astray. One of the very first things in revealing that we are to try the spirits then we also need that we take authority and remove those spirits as well as the spirit of antichrist and it functioning in our lives and the church.
Being that we are children of God then we have been called to God’s army and to be about the work of ministering His teaching, He has called us to do in the church. For some reason during all the years that I have been in the ministry, I do not believe that all that God called us to do was go to church on Sunday morning for just a hour of worship. In addition, to rightly discerned God’s truth and rightly discern the Lord Body is every individual Christians for it is our duty to do so. Many Christians today when you say spirit of antichrist they think you are speaking of the antichrist and this is not the case at all. We are actuality speaking of a spirit that John wrote about in his epistles that oppose the true Son of God. Take heed the time is short. For in this day and age we the church needs to understand and be able to recognize the spirit of antichrist and all other evil spirits. I know it is sad to state this statement, however, it is very true and I have heard it many times if I leave them alone they won’t bother me and I won’t bother them. Then many Christians and individuals wonder why they are having problems and yet they do not see the spirits that are causing the problem.
We find all over the world a deterioration of morals which threatens the church and all of God’s creation today. What is going on today? Moreover, when did it all begin? I could name many issues that have caused this moral deterioration which most of you would know about for it is recorded in our biblical history of the Holy Scriptures which moral deterioration is in the world today. And the one deterioration you hear most about is that of abortion and many other such cases within the world today that is bringing spiritual deterioration within the Body of Christ. The word antichrist is used very few times in the New Testament and only by Paul and John in four verses of scriptures refers to antichrist.
However, before we go any further I believe that it would be well for me to state unto you what has been stated by many other pastors and theologians on the heels of much speculation as to the identity of the antichrist has been going on and therefore they draw their own conclusion of who the antichrist is and when he will come. Even though the Holy Scriptures does not tell us exactly who the antichrist is, however, the Holy Scriptures are very clear about the traits and his characteristics that he possess, of how he will come on the world scene and what he will do after he takes over the world 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. In the Holy Scriptures it tells us in the book of Revelation that he will rise up out of the sea meaning that he will rise up out of a gentile nations and not out of Israel Revelation 13:1.
Furthermore, the antichrist will have amazing power to deceive many as the apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation and in his epistles. The reasoning and logic that I am stating about the spirit of antichrist is to relate that this satanic power is working today harder than it has ever work before trying to make Christians soften the mind of understanding of Jesus apostles warning of the coming antichrist to destroy all of Christianity.
The misleading spirits
In the Old Testament, the spirits behind the false prophets were called familiar spirits. Now in the New Testament behind the false prophets and teachers, they are “called spirit of error”, “the seducing spirit”, which is the “spirit of Jezebel” “the spirit of antichrist”. No matter how you understand these spirits let me say they are still working in the church today; yes, I mean the modern-day church. These are the evil satanic force with the evil power of Satan that were sent to deceive as many as they can for they know their time is running short for the Lord will return soon. I believe that the apostle Paul described them in 2 Corinthians 11:12 as: “deceitful workers transforming themselves to be apostles of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:12 KJV) If these spirits have this kind of evil power to make Christians think they are apostles then they also have power to do others signs of wonders.
Take heed in these days of the spirit of antichrist for he has been watching our every mistake in order to trap us in what makes us feel and think. In a more modern term of understanding the spirit of antichrist keeps gathering data on us to entrap with information about are activities to deceive us and make us feel that we have not really sinned against God and Christ. One might even be so bold as to say that the spirit of antichrist is Satan’s secretary for keeping track of our mistakes and blunders. Remember that our Lord spoke of these spirits and stated in this manner: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall do great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24 KJV)
Now the apostle John I believe brought forth the alert or the warning about these deceiving spirits when he said “try the spirits” to see if they were of God 1 John 4:1. As a pastor and teacher of the Holy Scriptures, where that it states these are evil and deceiving spirits and brings about a false manifestation that can be found in mankind and the church of the last days. First and foremost every Christians needs to be honest that we admit to ourselves that this deception of the spirit of antichrist that has cause many to believe things which are un-Christ like. Furthermore, there is deception within the modern-day church today; and we need to stop pointing fingers at everybody else for we to may have deception in are life. In addition, it is high time we stop blaming the spiritual leaders of the church and all other individuals within the church that they are causing the deceptions.
What I have stated above reminds me of Jesus parable of the wheat and the tares that brings forth the reality that the tares grow up among the wheat until the time of harvest Matthew 13:24-30. The first real revelation about the parable of the wheat and tares came unto me in 2011 that Jesus was not only teaching about the kingdom of heaven but He also was teaching why His Father sent Him to walk between the wheat and the tares to save Israel and all of His creation. In addition, there will be a separation in the time of harvest. Moreover, one might even go so far as to ask or to state what does this parable of the wheat and tares have to do with the spirit of antichrist in light that the spirit of antichrist is still working today. One of the areas one might interpret about this parable is that the spirit of antichrist still working today and I will state it in my own personal understanding [however, while the church slept, the spirit of antichrist came and sowed its evil tares]. Now the gospel of Matthew states “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.” (Matthew 13:25 KJV)
Another point of reasoning about the wheat and tares is how the church suffers major defeats while we sleep. Another way of looking at this parable is Jesus was teaching His disciples that the enemy does not come to entertain He comes to plant his seed of evil or damage and then leaves. Let me state it in this term that we Christians get all bent out of shape after the enemy has come in and already done his damage or destruction is already done before we get on the firing line. The apostle Paul writes this in the book of Romans “And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11 NASB) I do not believe that Paul was speaking of are natural sleep but our spiritual sleep within believers. Those within the church who are spiritual sleepers have lost the awareness of their surrounding danger of the spirit of antichrist working while they slept through God’s warning.
In the parables of our Lord there are so many examples about the enemy and about Christian duty and one of Jesus examples was about passing the wrong kind of judgment in our different opinions about one’s faith written by Paul, Romans 14:1. The spirit of antichrist uses this difference of opinion to weaken our spiritual relationship with the Lord God. The Holy Scriptures reveals spiritual sleep in many different terms to open the eyes of them that is spiritually asleep and is not awake. Let me relate to you this term that there are many spiritual sleep walkers within the Body of Christ today. Note this is my personal term it is not scriptural.
I speak about sleep and the church is asleep for I believe that if we ask the average Christian anything about the Holy Scriptures they would have little knowledge of what God is about to do in the next twenty or thirty years. I state this because I believe within that time frame we could be living in the Revelation of Jesus Christ in the book of Revelation. Most of them would acknowledge that their concept of the Holy Scriptures would be they know that Christ will return, that there will be a great tribulation, and there will be the mark of the beast, and that is what the Bible says, however, Christians have been saying that since the Day of Pentecost. In addition, what the majority believe about the return of Christ is that it could be at any time, and most believe that it must come before the great tribulation.
Separating the truth from the lie or what is false
To begin there are a number of issues we can address on the subject about discerning the truth from a lie and the points I make in this book and this chapter, are by no means all of the key elements of separating the truth from a lie they will only be a general understanding. Let us begin with the obvious differences, and then move to the more subtle ways of understanding the differences. Let us begin by addressing the vision or ministry that our Lord has called you or me to do within the Body of Christ. For example, the lie of the false prophet or the spirit of antichrist they have been given visions by Satan to do his purpose, his ministry, etc… The vast difference between the truth and the false is that the truth will always point to God and His Son and their calling upon your life. Furthermore, the truth can point you to nothing only the Lord, while the false can point you to nothing only the world and what the world has to offer.
There is one text of scripture that comes to mind when we speak of truth and lies and that is what Paul wrote 2 Timothy 2:15 is very meaningful to this line of thinking. One of the real issues that the spirit of antichrist does not want any Christian or anybody is to study the word of God to rightly divide the word of truth for the spirit of antichrist wants God’s word to remain unknown and moreover wants God’s word to be a lie. What Paul is clearly stating is that we should do all we can do to present ourselves workmen rightly dividing the word of truth. In the following list you will find just some of the indifference within the church today and between scholars and theologians.
Their differences between Israel, the church, and the last days.
Their differences between the seven dispensations.
Their differences of the two opinions on the resurrections.
Their differences on the judgments recorded in the Holy Scriptures.
Their differences on law and grace.
Their differences between salvation and rewards.
When we consider such differences are not consider and understood it can cause great confusion within the church and individuals. In many ways when we study the Holy Scriptures we wrestle with our-self in such a way for certain differences which must be recognized and understood. The diligent Christian also notices that there are certain things of grace that are found throughout the Holy Scriptures. For example, the way of salvation that God, always brings by grace through faith, secondly, the nature of God that never changes. Thirdly, the Holy Scriptures describes the character of Satan and his evil device; forth the sins of mankind, and finally that we are to worship God in spirit and in truth. We as God’s temple created by God 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Rightly dividing the word of truth may seem difficult at different times and with different expectations from God. One of the major problems we have in the church today is in this question: What about all of the contractions in the Bible? The apostle Paul states to study (“to show thyself approved unto God as a workman rightly dividing the word of truth” KJV) while the (NKJV states “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God” 2 Timothy 2:15.) Therefore, this text of scripture well illustrates the need for understanding the meaning as well as that we must be on guard against misapplying or twisting the scriptures, even when we try to teach the truth. When we consider the diligent application of all our natural energy to serve God then we will be a workman that will not be ashamed to stand before God. Furthermore, I believe that God is not the kind of God that accepts just any kind of sloppy work or work not finished.
The goal of any minister or workman would stress the importance of living faithfully before God even to the point of them suffering for the sake of Christ and His Father. Therefore, I feel I can state with all honesty that nothing will help us more than to handle the Word of God the way the Spirit of God direct us to handle the written word. As ministers and workmen of the written word of God we should handle it in the same manner as the prophets and the apostles handle the word of God that it was their guiding light.
Let me repeat that there are valid concerns when it comes to rightly dividing the word of truth. In every individual Christian who says they walk before God has achieved their faith by acting upon it. What should be understood is that we make every effort to present ourselves before God a workman and a minister approved when we stand in the judgment. Then our Lord can say “well done my good and faithful servant” “you have rightly divided My Word of Truth”. The word of God’s Truth was written to help every Christian to understand God’s instructions given to Israel, the church, and the last days that we might distinguish the salvation, grace, mercy, and love of God for His creation.
The spirit of antichrist the forerunner of the antichrist
When we consider the spirit of antichrist as the forerunner of the antichrist in the Holy Scriptures it directs us to the writing of the apostle Paul in the book of 2 Thessalonians and Paul’s teaching on the apostasy or the falling away that comes first 2 Thessalonians 2:3. I believe that we the Body of Christ are in the early stages of this Great Apostasy of the nearing of the end. However, I further believe we are entering a time period where the Body of Christ will experience their greatest falling away. I state this because of our Lord’s teaching in His parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13:24-3o; 36-43. The wheat are the Christians and the tares are the wicked ones living in the world together.
In one manner of speaking the spirit of antichrist is the pruning tool of Satan evil hand masquerading to make Christians think he is serving the purpose of God. However, today we also can see the falling away taking place within the structure of the Body of Christ or within many of the mainline churches. Furthermore, when we consider what will take place in the Body of Christ in the future we must also consider the ongoing duplicity with the spirit of antichrist that is still working to make ready the coming of the antichrist.
One of the examples or pictures I could paint is in regards to what I have heard from many individuals that the Bible is too hard to understand and is very depressing to read. Let me paint you another picture, it is Sunday morning and you have went to your favorite place in church and been seated and then the pastor now enters the pulpit. He now arranges his notes and lifts his head and smiles at the congregation. Then the most shocking thing happens, he states before I can go any further I need to make this statement unto you. I have found that the Holy Scriptures to be far too depressing and outdated. In addition we will no longer us the texts of the Holy Scriptures in are services of Sunday. With hearing that statement you almost pass out and what is even more shocking is when he placed his Bible in the wastebasket. I know that this is a frightening thought; however, this is what the spirit of antichrist wants to happen not only with pastors but also with churches throughout the world.
Is the Body of Christ in such an apostasy today? It is sad to state however it is evident that we are for the apostle Paul makes it clear when he writes to Timothy about the last days 2 Timothy 3:1-7. To my own personal thinking what Paul writes to Timothy about I would say to the Body of Christ, we can see the rising storm of this prophetic word happening with each passing day. Even are Lord said in the gospel of Matthew 24 about this apostasy is when we see of the abomination and desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel standing in the holy place then we truly must take heed for this is the antichrist. This is just one of the dilemmas happening in the Body of Christ today; furthermore, this is Holy Scripture prophecy.
My fellow Christians, we live in an evil and pervert generation, however, the spirit of this age that we live in I believe fully describes the atmosphere of the spirit of antichrist where the earth is full of rebellion. It comes in in a time of false deceiving appearance to betray friends and family as well as those in the Body of Christ. Within the world today this deceiving spirit has painted the attitude of rebellion is being accepted as being strong. Moreover, everything going on in the world today comes with an attitude, and attitude for this and attitude for that and therefore, if you do not have an attitude you are weak. Yet you will find behind attitude of rebellion comes the attitude of stealing and robbery of which the spirit of antichrist can masquerade as one of meekness. Let me also state that this spirit of antichrist opposes and rejects the pure and righteousness of God’s truth as well as the individual person who walks in the truth of the Son of God. The closer we draw to the days of the prophetic word of the revelation of Jesus Christ the closer we are to the day and time of the antichrist. Furthermore, I believe the very stage is being set for our Lord’s return when we look around us and see the seducing hearts of mankind around us.
Yet my thoughts and feelings are how many of us Christians are sleeping while the spirit of antichrist ministers his thoughts of deception within the Body of Christ. I state this because of the words of the apostle Paul which states “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 who opposeth and exalteh himself above all that is called of God, or that is worshipped; so he as God sitteh in the temple of God showing himself as God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 KJV) This text of scripture speaks clearly of the day and time the antichrist will be revealed in the last days.
I do not know about any other teacher or pastor’s understanding of the seven churches recorded in the book of Revelation, however, to my understanding the church of the Laodiceans holds a true description of mankind allowing the spirit of antichrist to rule in their heart. Another way of stating it is that it is a church ruled and controlled by man and not by God or His Son and therefore this is why I believe that Christ made it clear that it made Him sick. One might also say that the prophetic word of our Lord to the seven churches and our Lord’s warning to five of the churches characterizes the spirit of antichrist for there is nothing commendable in these five churches regarding their means of tolerating the things that are evil. Yes, Jesus commends them for their faith and other works they hold fast in the will of God yet Jesus makes it clear that this is not enough.
Within the Body of Christ today one of the real factors taking place is that the spirit of antichrist is bring the assault against the integrity of God’s Holy Word by opening the floodgates of the apostasy. One of the main tools of the spirit of antichrist is to cause confusion in Christianity over the Word of God to make this point that there are errors in God’s word and His standards and this is done by the false prophets and false teachers regarding the doctrine of God’s Word. I bring you to this word written by the apostle Paul to Timothy “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and the will turn their ears from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV) I state this for I remember back while I was growing up that there was this myth going around that God was dead and therefore this was the popular myth during my day.
The relevant and significance of God’s refining fire
However, there is another issue that the spirit of antichrist does not want Christian to know or fully understand that we will be tried by the spiritual fire of the Lord God. For our Lord speaks of this to the church of Laodiceans that He counsels them to buy gold refine in the fire that their nakedness would be covered. God’s people has impurities and many other elements within and therefore God must purify them by trials or by fire. God’s true love is God’s true character or God’s disposition. Again I truly believe that the spirit of antichrist does not want us to understand God’s refining or God’s disposition of His great love in you and what it will bring you and what it will bring you through. While God is refining you I believe that we will go through many things to be perfected by God. Through the Holy Scriptures God’s love and character has been revealed to mankind. Furthermore, without undergoing trails and tribulation of life I feel safe in saying that you cannot be perfected by God nor can God offer you His love.
In addition, God’s perfect will to be revealed in you it has to be in His perfect character done by His refining fire. Such refining becomes the most meaningful thing in our relationship and a great help for those who are willing to seek the truth of God’s love and character. These are the ones who hunger and thirst after His righteousness, love, grace, and salvation through God’s love. To be honest God’s character is not easy to understand because God is God and after all He will never have the character as you and I, therefore, it is not easy for mankind to know and understand His character.
Another place that the spirit of antichrist works is on new Christians. It is after rebirth of a new Christian and salvation has come into their life and they have experience their newfound faith and is there anything more wonderful. Then it happens the problem begins when they to experience the trails of the attack of the spirit of antichrist that begins to plague their life. To help you understand I have read passage from the Holy Scriptures pertaining to God’s refining one for example is found in the book of Zechariah 13:9 pertaining to silver and gold. Refining gold or silver it takes a very hot fire to melt it down for refining it into money etc.
When it come tour faith we try to do things to please God and this is when the spirit of antichrist brings forth deception into our lives. The Holy Scriptures pictures the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the spiritual refiners of life and life more abundantly. God is the master refiner as well as the master potter. For even though we get caught up in the fall God is there to pick up the clay and refine it in a better structure that it was. However, getting back to the refining fire it is what takes out all of the impurities that are part of us.
Looking at this spiritually and that is from this understanding from the analogy of gold for gold cannot refine itself it has to be put in the fire. Therefore, the spirit of antichrist does not want you to believe that you need a refining from your old life that you can go on as you are. Now consider the words of the prophet Malachi “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they might may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3 NIV) As you can see this text of scripture refers to a future time and a future work that God will do among His Chosen people and that God desires to refine His people. Again the refining process must be done by fire. I further believe that this is the refining fire that John the Baptist spoke of that was coming in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The point I am addressing is from the gospel of Matthew where John the Baptist states “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11 NIV)
Recognizing the spirit of antichrist
Now while we are reading the Holy Scriptures for whatever subject you may be studying it is always good to look for a fundamental truth. Therefore, in recognizing the spirit of antichrist is no different for we also need to look or seek the fundamental truth of the spiritual war and not a worldly war. There are many spirits of evil recorded in the Holy Scriptures; however, the one we are dealing with in this book is the spirit of antichrist as the enemy of the church. It is well to note that anytime we come under the spiritual influence without testing or trying what the spirit is and what is at work with that spirit we are vulnerable to deception. Consider this fact of logic that deception means we have been fooled by something that seems to be real. Again it is also well to note that the spirit of antichrist is very subtle and therefore, we need to recognize its character and purpose.
Understand what the spirits confesses
Notice what the apostle John states “every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist.” (1 John 4:3-4 NASB) To put it in simple terms the spirit of antichrist denies that Jesus is not the Christ the Son of the living God. The logic that John is giving to them of his day as well as to the church today that we are to know the spirits by what they confess as well as the fruit they produce. Any spirit that does not confess Jesus is the one true way that you can recognize the spirit of antichrist.
Testing the spirit of the false prophets
The apostle John makes it very clear that we are to test the spirits for there are many false prophets that have gone out from among them. This is another way that you can see how the spirit of antichrist will try to infiltrate the ministry of the church. On the other hand the apostle Paul tells us to discern the message of the prophets in 1 Corinthians 15:14; while the apostle Peter tells us to recognize the lifestyle of the false prophets 2 Peter 2 which we speak to the prophets. Therefore, it is also well to note that as human-being it is possible for people to live right, to speak, even feel and do things that seem right, but the spirit to be wrong. The spirit of antichrist will not always acknowledge Jesus; however, it will elevate something else instead of Christ, a church, a ministry, and a person other than its self.
We must also consider lies and deception
In this context we must consider closely what the apostle John states in 1 John 2:22: “Who is a 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.” Considering what the apostle John is telling us is another one of the characteristics of the spirit of antichrist deception. It is people who are under the influence of the spirit of antichrist and the spirit of Jezebel that the spreading of lies becomes a reality of truth to them and believing that truth. Again we must be aware of this spirit which can masquerade as an angel of light 2 Corinthians 11:13 for these deceitful workmen can and will deceive Christians. Because of this spirit of antichrist Christians will oppose the leadership within the church with lying accusations.
The character of the accuser, Satan, and the spirit of antichrist is frequently angry, divisive, and refuses to handle the issues of truth or any biblical issue regarding God’s Word. Furthermore, when confronted with complete facts or absolute evidence to prove them wrong they will still maintain the false truth. Nevertheless the Spirit of God will never inspire this kind of false truth in His behavior, and the church must learn that and never give place to the spirit of antichrist. I state this because of this fact that when the spirit of antichrist is given place within the leadership of the church let it be known that certain features will emerge. For our Lord made it clear in the gospel of Matthew regarding this fact. “For false Christs and prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible.” (Matthew 24:24 NIV) Now we must also consider what Paul wrote to Timothy where Paul stated this “having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” (2 Timothy 3:5 NIV) The real truth is that even if we confess Christ’s death and resurrection I believe that the spirit of antichrist will try all he can do that you will not take the death of Christ on the cross personally and take up Christ cross and follow Christ.
Being a friend to the world
One thing I believe and know is that the spirit of antichrist will do all he can do to make his work appealing. For without the cross and the shedding of blood the spirit of antichrist works by attracting people to focus on the world and the needs of the world and to listen to the world. Look what the apostle John wrote “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as the world, and the world hears them.” (1 John 4:5 NKJV) The main focus of the spirit of antichrist is to shift the church to what is relevant to the world by keeping people in the trends of the world. Another thing this pastor knows is that the spirit of antichrist does not want you to ask yourself this question: What does Christ want? What the spirit of antichrist would have you ask is: What does people want? Furthermore, the spirit of antichrist does not want you to understand the mark and prize of the high calling of God. Spirit of Antichrist Still Working Chapter Two