An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 48 of 304
In 1 John 4:3 we read:
'Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ 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
Here once again we have stress upon: (1) The nature of Christ's Person;
(2) The parallel with the many antichrists of 1 John 2:18.
2 John 7 continues in much the same note:
'For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an
Two forms of the Greek verb 'to come' are used in these references to
the Lord's 'coming in the flesh':
Eleluthota is the perfect -- 'has come' (1 John 4:2,3).
Erchomenon is the present participle -- 'Is coming' (2 John 7).
The one denies that He Has Come in the flesh, the other denies that He
Will Come in the flesh, and both attitudes are essential characteristics of
the antichrist.
Oecumenius, a bishop of the tenth century, wrote:
'He declares antichrist to be already in the world, not corporeally,
but by means of those who prepare the way for his coming, of which sort
are false apostles, false prophets and heretics'.
We shall receive fuller light upon the terms and character of the final
antichrist, when we have considered the testimony of Daniel, Revelation and 2
Thessalonians 2.  For the moment, it will be wise to remember that antichrist
will set himself up as 'The Messiah'.  He will appeal especially to the
unbelieving Jews, and must be distinguished from the Gentile Beast (Rev. 13),
with whom he has such treasonable traffic.