1 John 2:18-19 KJV “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
Who is, “THEY,” that, “Went out from us,” in verse 19? Verse 18 says ANTICHRISTS. If you want to know who antichrist is God is telling us who they are. Antichrists are right among us and eventually go out from us. Some can hang around for years without being detected. Did not Judas go unnoticed by the apostles for 3 and a half years? I’ve had to deal with them for years since becoming a Christian as I’m sure many of you have too. But oh how necessary this is as we shall see.
God says antichrists leave out from us, which means again they are among us. Satan is very clever. He’s got so many duped into looking for one person to arrive on the scene as, “THE ANTICHRIST,” when scripture plainly says they are right among us. If you stay true to the faith at some point they will be made manifest and leave as scripture says. A person not fully committed to God often hears judgment when the word is spoken and rightly divided. Sadly, some of these people think they are serving God when they only obey their feelings. Because you hold tightly to the word you’re a bit too much for them. You’re overboard they say. Eventually a scandal, a church split or controversy of some kind will ensue. Oh it’s coming. They have to go out from us just as scripture says. But this is not to your loss, it’s actually for your gain. Unfortunately this hurts most when those exposed as antichrists are close to you or family members. This is very sad.
THEY SAY THE DEVIL CUTS UP THE WORSE WHEN HE’S ABOUT TO LEAVE
Antichrists never leave quietly. They do damage before and while they are leaving. You will be accused of everything under the sun. You will be gossiped about and slandered. You will be told that you are the reason why they left. But should that surprise us? Is not Satan called the accuser of the brethren? (Revelation 12:10) It’s no surprise that his children speak his language which is lies and accusations. They will pour it on thick. They will not leave in silence.
The real reason why they are leaving you is when you speak and stick to the word verbatim it makes them uncomfortable. The word shows them up. Antichrists make up their own rules and contradict the word of God while claiming to be Christians. They obey their FEELINGS and call it God. No matter how gently you try to point out to them that their feelings are contradicting God’s word they become irate and argue they are right even in the face of scripture.😳 You’re always condemning them they say. When you’re only saying what God’s word says. This is a grievous thing.😔
THEY WON’T FOREBEAR AND FORGIVE
Colossians 3:12-13 KJV “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  FORBEARING one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
That word, “FORBEARING,” means to put up with one another. Why can’t people claiming to be Christians (claiming this for years) follow this commandment? No matter how much you try to be their friend; make up with them if there are any differences, no matter how much you say you’re sorry they just can’t do it. They never say they are sorry about anything and always accuse you of thinking that you’re perfect.🤔 Beware of this, remember the Bible calls Satan the accuser of the brethren. FORGIVENESS is one of the most basic teachings of Christianity yet many professing Christians just won’t do it and get along peacefully with one another. Why? Jesus answers:
John 8:43-45 CSB “Why don’t you understand what I say? Because YOU CANNOT LISTEN TO MY WORD. YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.”
Nominal Christians really are Satan’s children; antichrists. You are either in Christ or you’re antichrist. (Matthew 12:30)
WOE UNTO THEM
Jude 1:11-19 KJV “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  These be THEY WHO SEPARATE THEMSELVES, sensual, having not the Spirit.”
WOW! That’s a whole lot. Where do we start? The Bible says “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain.” Cain hated his brother and murdered him. How did this happen? Cain and Abel both offered a sacrifice to God but God rejected Cain’s offering and accepted Abel’s. This did not set well with Cain, he became very angry and jealous. God warned Cain about his attitude and told him if he repented he too would be accepted. Cain did not listen to God’s warning and instead murdered his brother. (Genesis 4:3-8) You don’t think of Cain as a religious person whenever you hear his name do you? But the Bible says he and his brother performed a religious service to God: a sacrifice. Yes Cain was religious, but he only had an outward form of it. (2 Timothy 3:5) Antichrists are the same way. They are religious, outwardly. They too perform religious acts to God. But just like Cain they are not accepted because they hate their brothers and sisters as he did:
1 John 3:15 CSB “Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”
They follow the way of Balaam for reward. Balaam was a witch. Yes, there are many among the church who perform witchcraft either directly or through the sin of rebellion. (1 Samuel 15:23) And they perish in the gainsaying of Core. Core also known as Korah is one of many who opposed Moses. But Core is famous for it. He too seemed to have some religion about him. He talked as if he cared about the well being of God’s people but the whole time he was trying to usurp Moses’ authority. He never stopped contradicting Moses. He always complained about the bad job Moses was doing as leader of God’s people. He accused Moses of setting himself up over the flock and playing the prince over them. But God said Moses was the meekest man in all the earth. How Core really had it twisted!😳 Antichrists do the same thing. They despise Christian leadership and authority while saying they care about the well being of God’s sheep. The truth is they envy the authority of Christian leaders and are trying to draw the sheep after themselves just like Core. Some naive people follow them just as they followed Core until one day God made a unique earthquake happen: the ground opened up and swallowed all the rebels along with Core to their death, then the ground immediately closed back. Then a fire came out from the Lord and killed 250 more rebels that belonged to Core’s (or Korah’s) rebellion.😳(Numbers 16:19-35) Sadly antichrist gainsayers will also bring swift destruction on themselves God’s says.😪 Please repent of this if you know you are guilty of this sin.
Nominal Christians really are Satan’s children; antichrists. You are either in Christ or you’re antichrist. (Matthew 12:30)
“These be THEY WHO SEPARATE THEMSELVES, sensual, having not the Spirit,” the Bible says. (Jude 1:19) If you stay true to the faith at some point antichrists will disjoin themselves from you. Everything about them has been foretold so they must separate from you. You will be scandalized and accused for their disunion and rebellion. But do not fret, this has to happen.
GOD SAYS HERESIES AND OFFENSES ARE INEVITABLE
Luke 17:1 KJV “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!”
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 ESV “For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”
God says it is inevitable that offenses and occasions for stumbling will come. But woe to the persons being used by Satan to cause them. And why do they come? To show who in the church is truly genuine. Those who are true to God will follow His written word. Those who are heretic antichrists have the party spirit; they will make up their own rules and mislead others into following their heresy. They will always accuse true believers of sins they themselves commit. True believers will always encourage love, forgiveness, and unity in the spirit. (Colossians 3:13) Antichrist will be unloving, unwilling to forgive, and seek separation from those who hold tightly to the word of God. Light and darkness cannot mix. Remember, God says these factions have to happen for good reason, to show which of us have God’s approval. So if you’ve been put out of a church fellowship or others have left you unjustly BRAVO TO YOU for being a true Christian. But WOE TO THEM.😞
Luke 6:22-23 ERV “People will hate you because you belong to the Son of Man. THEY WILL MAKE YOU LEAVE THEIR GROUP. They will insult you. They will think it is wrong even to say your name. When these things happen, know that great blessings belong to you. You can be happy then and jump for joy, because you have a great reward in heaven. The ancestors of those people did the same things to the prophets.”
John 16:1-3 ESV “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. THEY WILL PUT YOU OUT OF THEIR SYNAGOGUES. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”
There it is again. Jesus says true believers WILL BE PUT OUT of antichrists synagogues and groups. But again this is a VICTORY for you.😊 GREAT BLESSINGS and A GREAT REWARD IN HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU!😂
2 Peter 2:1 KJV “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Any time people claiming to be Christians make up their own rules and teach them as God’s laws (just like the Pharisees), they are guilty of damnable heresies. This is no light matter. These false doctrines influence people who are unstable in their faith to disobey God. These false teachers are a stumbling block. “WOE UNTO THEM!”
After striving to establish peace with those claiming to be Christians who are bent on hatred, anger, malice, gossip, slander, divisions, railing, lying accusations, unforgiveness, false doctrines, etcetera, we must obey God’s command:
Titus 3:10-11 KJV “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition REJECT; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
Romans 16:17 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM.”
1 John 2:18-19 KJV “Little childaren, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
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