How can we be aware of the anti-Christ? a man asked me.
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the
Father and the Son.”
1 John 2:22
(also, see 1 John 2:18-23)
My first thought to answer him is that you need to know the Word of God, and be filled with His Spirit. Jesus says, “the Spirit of Truth will tell you all things.” in John 16:13.
Remembering teachings from Daniel and Revelation about the end of time and the anti-Christ; he’s going to be popular and perform miracles, he’ll be a false teacher simply because he disagrees with the Word of God and is God’s enemy and our enemy.
“God is rich in mercy” Ephesians 2:4
**Read the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to talk to you, and you won’t get fooled.
“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” James 2:5
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),” Ephesians 2:4-5
“So Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ The blind man said to Him, ‘Raboni, that I may receive my sight.'”
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘God your way; your faith has made you well,’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” Joel 2:28
“And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.'”
“Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, ‘Are we blind also?'” John 9:39-40
Dear Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and give us spiritual sight, in Your Holy name. Amen
“For I, the LORD, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.” Isaiah 61:8 (NLT)
So many need justice. A stolen phone was returned. Friends’ Unemployment, Disability cases. Suffering emotional and physical abuse. False accusations from so-called Christian leaders.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Jesus says in Matt 5:6 (KJV)
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” Matthew 23:23 (NLT)
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.”
“You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth. Psalm 104:9 (NKJV)
Jesus says in Matt 5:7-8, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.“
Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Psalm 116:1-2, 5 says, “I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”
“Let the house of Aaron now say, that His mercy endures forever,” Psalm 118:3. Psalm 44:26, “Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.” Psalm 103:3-4, “Who redeems your life from destruction; Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”
“Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful,” says Jesus in Luke 6:36. “So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shews mercy,” Romans 9:16.
“I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” (Psalm 118:5)
1 Corinthians 14:3, says, “But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
Psalm 34:4, reads, “I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.”
“It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:22-26)
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your answers, Your example of living, Your sacrifice and Your great love.