An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 47 of 304
This title occurs only in the first and second epistles
of John, namely in 1 John 2:18,22; 4:3 and 2 John 7.  The preposition anti
means primarily 'over against' and contains the notion of opposition as an
equivalent; instead of, for:
Matt. 5:38
'An eye for an eye'.
Matt.  20:28
'A ransom for many'.
John 1:16
'Grace over against grace' i.e.  The grace of the
gospel, over against the grace of type and shadow.
'Antichristos (antichrist), opponent of Christ; that which sets itself
in the place of Christ, which appears as Christ in opposition to
Christ, (as distinct from pseudochristos, which means rather, a false
hypocritical representative of Christ than an opponent of Him).  The
many Antichrists must be regarded not only as forerunners of the actual
Antichrist, but as attempts to realize it' (Dr. Bullinger's Lexicon).
'Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that the
antichrist (ho antichristos in the Received Text) shall come, even now
are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time'
(1 John 2:18).
This passage presupposes that there is to come some individual who
shall be The antichrist, but that he has had many forerunners.  The peculiar
association of the antichrist with 'the last time' will be better understood
when we survey such expressions.  (See Last Days, p. 416).
The Beast of Revelation is connected with politics and world rule
rather than with doctrine, although being opposed to the Advent and Reign of
the Son of God, he too necessarily denies the Deity of Christ, and His
anointing by the Father:
'Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?  He is
antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son' (1 John 2:22).