The Anitchrist and the Early Church

Polycarp (69AD to 155AD) was personally instructed by the Apostle John and communicated regularly with many who had seen Jesus. He served as the bishop of Smyrna. His writings stressed perseverence in the faith, avoiding materialism and financial dishonesty. He also fought against Marcionism, which redefined the nature of God and rejected the Old Testament and its teachings, along with other heresies.

Irenaeus (130AD to 202AD) was a disciple of Polycarp. He wrote the five volume work AGAINST HERESIES. In volume 3 of AGAINST HERESIES, Irenaeus wrote of Polycarp and that he had always taught the things which he had learned from the apostles and “alone were true.”

Hippolytus (170AD to 235AD) was a disciple of Irenaeus. Hippolytus believed it was his obligation as a disciple of Irenaeus; who was a disciple of Polycarp; who was a disciple of the Apostle John to master, teach, and preserve the unchanged teachings of the Apostles. His main work was titled TREATISE ON CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST.

Here are some of the many things that Irenaeus and Hippolytus agreed upon in their writings.

1. Satan will appear as a man in the form of Antichrist.

2. The Antichrist will achieve his objectives by being accepted as the Christ, take his seat in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, and reveal the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel.

3. The Antichrist is the little horn of the fourth beast in Daniel 7. He will slay three of the other horns and reign as an eighth with the other seven.

4. The Antichrist will achieve his objectives in the middle of the final seven year period of this age. He will fully reign for three and a half years.

5. The Antichrist will deceive the majority of people into believing he is god. He will persecute those who refuse to worship him because they are able to see through his lie.

6. Jesus Christ will return to earth at the end of the three and a half year reign of Antichrist. He will destroy Satan’s kingdom and the resurrection of the just will occur.

These pillars and fathers of the early church believed in a future antichrist, a rebuilt temple, and a tribulation period. They wrote after the events in 70AD. After the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, they stated that it would be rebuilt. Amazingly, you can infer by their writings, that these were the beliefs passed down by the Apostle John and many who had seen and been with Jesus Christ.

Why is this important ?

Because there are many teachers, pastors, and ministers who teach the exact opposite. In fact, they ignore the facts. They ignore history.
Let me give you an example of their cleverness.

Some teach that there is no Antichrist because the Book of Revelation never uses the term “antichrist” and where the word antichrist is used(in 1 and 2 John) it refers to the spirit of gnosticism. They claim that the beliefs in an Antichrist figure is not addressed anywhere else in Scripture.

If we went by their logic or “philosophy” of Biblical interpretation then did you know that Jesus Christ was not our Kinsman-Redeemer ? Nowhere in the New Testament is the term kinsman-redeemer used in reference to Christ. Did you know that Jesus Christ is not The Branch of Righteousness because He is never called that in the New Testament ? Did you know that Jesus is not our Prince of Peace because that term is never found in the New Testament ? Wonderful Counsellor ? Mighty God ? And on and on and on.

The truth is that there are at least 30 references and or allusions to the Antichrist in the Old Testament. There are at least 10 references or allusions to the Antichrist in the New Testament.

Another Spirit and Covenant

The Old Covenant (Moses, Israel, Sinai….you know the story) was a covenant of works.  Laws were given.  Expectations established.  Obey and be blessed. It was a covenant God made with man.  A history of failure and rejection and judgment ensued.  All fell short.  A New and Better Way was necessary.  Jesus Christ is that Way.  He fulfilled all for us.  We now are living the New Covenant….in Him… Him…..through Him.

The covenant with Noah was not a covenant of works.  It was not a covenant based upon what man did.  God never said….if you do this I won’t smite the earth with a flood again,  but if you do this I will make the last flood look like a sneeze.  Nope never.  The Lord purposed in His own heart and established the covenant with Himself.  He gave the rainbow as a token or sign.

The covenant with Abraham was not a covenant of works.  The Lord Himself walked through the covenant sacrifices that Abram had placed on the ground.  God Himself sealed the deal… manifesting as a smoking furnace and a burning lamp.  The Lord gave him the land between the Nile and the Euphrates.  Abraham, the man of faith and friend of God, never saw the fulfillment of this covenant.

When God makes a covenant with Himself….is there anything that can stop it, change it, or cancel it ?

If you say yes…..then you must have some issues with the New Covenant then, because ……..

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:17,18

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

The New and Better Covenant was all accomplished between Father and Son.  There is nothing we can do to stop it, change it, or invalidate it.  Nothing.  It is offered to all.  A free gift full of grace and eternal wonder.  We can’t mess it up.

Can you stop rainbows from appearing ?  We can’t mess up that covenant either.

The covenant made with Abram ?

Why do we have such problems with this one ?

Is it because it hasn’t been fulfilled yet ?

The Jewish people just began gathering again in the last century.  Israel (amazingly and powerfully) became a nation again less than 70 years ago. Wow. The promise of God will be fulfilled.  The land from the Nile to the Euphrates will be theirs just as God proclaimed.  It is as sure as the rainbow or the work of the Cross.

But there is “another spirit” that hates this idea.  It hates the Jewish people.  Most of all it hates the Seed.  Jesus Christ.  It wants to destroy the fact that as the Son of Man….He was a Jew.  Jesus Christ was Jewish for a reason.  He fulfilled all that was necessary and broke down the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile.  He opened heaven’s gates for all….Jew or Gentile…to enter. A New and Better Covenant is here and it’s found in the very Person of God.

But guess what ?  There are some things that have yet to be finished and accomplished.  Everything necessary for salvation has been signed, sealed, and delivered.  No question about that.  But the nations must be judged.  Abraham must receive the fullness of the Promised Land.  The Son of David must rule from the throne of David. The disciples must sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes.

All of that bothers many today.

If it does….maybe you have been listening to “another spirit” ?

A spirit that hates covenant.  A spirit that hates the Jewish people.

I have seen the manifestation of this spirit in church.  I once heard a teacher say that anyone who believed that there was still anything special about Israel was a racist.  I just recently saw a man weep over Hitler and how much the Lord loved Him as a child.  It made me queasy.

The spirit of antichrist is alive and well.  It hates the Jewish people.  It hates the Word of God.  It hates the simplicity of the Gospel. It hates the amazing integration of Old Testament and New Testament.  It hates the fulfillment of covenant and divine promises.   It loves the glorification of man.   It loves to raise the intellect of man over the plain Word of God.  It loves to inflate the will of man to crave dominion apart from the Returning One.  As long as a Jewish Messiah doesn’t rule and reign this spirit is happy.  It can be subtle.  It’s been around a long time.  Don’t be foolish enough to think it’s not touched you.

Signs Of The Occult Or That An Antichrist Or Witchcraft Spirit Is At Work

1.  Jesus became a man so we could become gods.

2.  If you don’t jump in now… then the next wave is going to pass you by.

3.  Abraham just walked in the room and wants to release a blessing.

4.  Seeking bridges or arks to be formed so heaven can be released.

5.  Portals.

6.  The Lord told me that this is going to happen…..but if the people pray enough it won’t

7.  Prayers asking for the help of Enoch or Methuselah.

8.  Bowing before manifestations.

9.  God wants us to operate in 36 dimensions and move in 9 realms.

10.  Manifested sons of God.

11. Special tutors that are being sent to the church in these days.

12.  My angel Biff just showed up….lets get started now.

13. The disparagement of previous generations.

14.  Seeking communion with watchers or angels.

15.  Chromosomes, autosomes, light emissions, and trans-dimensional travel.

16.  Training to travel in the spirit and visit other nations or peoples.

17.  Morphing.

18.  The spirit man is in your brain and uses amniotic fluid to transfer information.

19.  Stressing that maturity is based on knowledge saved for theses times and specifically for the people in this meeting.

20. Extensive teaching  on Lucifer, magi, sons of God, dimensions, quantum theory.

21.  Prophesying your eschatology.