Beloved watchmen, we must consider the times and seasons and recognize that our God is gathering His own,
Ephesians 1:10-12 (AMPC) 10 He (our God) planned for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, both things in heaven and things on the earth. 11 In Him we also were made God’s heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His own will, 12 So that we who first hoped in Christ, who first put our confidence in Him, have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory!
People of God, we must test every spirit, knowing who our Christ is.
1 John 4:1-3 (AMP) 4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know and recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges and confesses the fact that Jesus Christ has actually come in the flesh (as a man) is from God (God is its source); 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus (acknowledging that He has come in the flesh, but would deny any of the Son’s true nature) is not of God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world.
Watchmen all over the world, our God has made plain the identifying character of the antichrist, or the spirit of the one who opposes, or is contrary to the True Christ. This spirit is capable of skillfully twisting truths from Scripture, while camouflaging thoughts and intents of the heart for doing so, that are not of God. The end result of the work of the antichrist, false prophet and teacher is bondage, theft, murder, and destruction. It will offer influence, wealth, and riches, while taking the very mind, heart, and life of those they deceive.
We must ask the Holy Spirit to manifest discerning of spirits; discerning equips and empowers us to know the antichrist spirit at work. This spirit will deny that our God sent Himself in the form of His Word and rescued humanity completely. It does not want humanity to know that it is as Jesus The Christ declared, “IT IS FINISHED!” The antichrist spirit seeks to hide the Truth that Jesus The Christ IS the Word of God made human.
Acknowledging this Truth solidifies our Heavenly Father’s total expungement of all debts for sin, in the hearts and minds of believers. Acknowledging this Truth solidifies the Truth that the blood price for humanity’s rebellion against God was paid by the blameless, shed blood and lifeless body of Jesus The Christ on Calvary’s cross. Acknowledging this Truth solidifies the Truth that Jesus’s suffering, death, burial, resurrection and ascension are true and full of the power, that our God has fully redeemed humanity from satan’s clutches and he has no legal right or claim to us, that he has no recourse but to bow to our God’s Word, spoken in faith, and sealed with the signet ring of Jesus name!
The antichrist spirit and all of darkness is most fearful of humanity’s faith in Jesus The Christ and our God, because IT IS OUR GOD-GIVEN FAITH THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD, WHICH INCLUDES THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS (1 John 5:4)!
IDENTIFYING JESUS, THE TRUE AND LIVING CHRIST
Throughout the Old Testament, we find types, shadows, and prophecies of the manifestation of The Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, who was to come. A few types are:
Adam was a type of Christ:
Romans 5:14 Amplified Bible (AMP) Yet death ruled over mankind from Adam to Moses (the Lawgiver), even over those who had not sinned as Adam did. Adam is a type of Him (Christ) who was to come, but in reverse—Adam brought destruction, Christ brought salvation.
Isaac was a type of Jesus The Christ:
Hebrews 11:17-19 (AMP) 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested (that is, as the testing of his faith was still in progress), offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises of God, was ready to sacrifice his only son of promise; 18 to whom it was said, “Through Isaac your descendants shall be called.” 19 For he considered it reasonable to believe that God was able to raise Isaac even from among the dead. (Indeed, in the sense that he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to God) Abraham did receive him back from the dead, figuratively speaking.
The Passover was a type of Christ:
1 Corinthians 5:7 (AMPC) Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.
Throughout the New Testament there are markers that identify the Spirit of our God’s Christ at work:
The Christ has complete faith in and is obedient to our Heavenly Father:
John 8:28-29 (AMP) 28 So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man on the cross, you will know then without any doubt that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but I say these things just as My Father taught Me. 29 And He who sent Me is always with Me; He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.”
The Christ is anointed to do good and advocates for the freedom of others:
Acts 10:38 (AMP) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.
The Christ is the Life-giver:
John 10:9-11 (CJB) 9 I am the gate; if someone enters through Me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure. 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
False Prophets, Backslidden Believers and the Lack of Love
Matthew 24:11-13 (AMP) 11 Many false prophets will appear and mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures and bears up under suffering to the end, will be saved.
One grand indicator that the antichrist spirit is at work is the lack of genuine, godly love. How do we know when True Love is at work?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a International Children’s Bible (ICB)
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.
Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily.
Love does not remember wrongs done against it.
Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices over the truth.
Love patiently accepts all things.
It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong.
Love never ends.
Remember, people of God, our God IS Love; He and His Word and Holy Spirit are ONE, They never contradict Themselves (1 John 4:8; 1 John 5:7). He, by His own volition, binds Himself to and operates in alignment with His Word (Hebrews 6:17-20). Even in that, He is Sovereign and the Only Righteous Judge, capable of overriding His Word, with the strategies and exceptions for the greater good (i.e. He allowed the shedding of blood of animals to cover the sins of humanity; He then allowed the death and shedding of the blood of His Only Begotten Son to settle the sin, satan, and evil matter completely and finally). Our God IS God; we need only agree wholeheartedly with Him! HIS TRUTH MUST COME TO PASS! Our God’s Word does not return to Him void and non-productive (Isaiah 55:11).
CHECK THE FRUIT
Matthew 7:15-17 (NIV) 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Our God teaches us to identify the nature of all spirits by the fruit they bear. Let us examine our own lives to discover all areas that we have not made Jesus The Christ Lord. Let us diligently and consistently confront, bind, and cast out all spirits that oppose our God’s nature, character, will, way, authority, and power. Let us follow the example of our Standard, Jesus The Christ.