Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.Matthew 7:15
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.Revelation 13:11
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.2 Peter 2:17
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;Jude 12
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.2 Timothy 3:5
Antichrist is a spirit. Vine’s Dictionary gives the definition as meaning either “against Christ” or “instead of Christ,” or perhaps, combining the two, “one who, assuming the guise of Christ, opposes Christ”. Antichrist is a spirit that seeks to deceive men by looking like Christ in outward form while denying Him in the Spirit.
These verses indicate the subtlety and trickery of Antichrist religion. They promise much but deliver little. They hope to convince men of their form of the truth as being THE TRUTH. The outward appearance is good. They come in sheep’s clothing but on the inside they are ravening wolves, looking to tear into unsuspecting fools. Their heart is far from God. Their appearance is an illusion, a magic trick, done by the same sorcery as the devil, who can transform himself into an angel of light. No wonder they have this ability, for the devil is their father.
Further, Antichrist religion looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Again, the outward appearance is what fools people. They have the form of religion, so people automatically assume that they are of God. They have the authority of men, they have the traditions of men, they have the ceremonies and rituals. The one thing they lack is the thing they need the most: the heart and Spirit of God, which is all about truth and love.
They are wells without water and clouds without water. Men are dying of thirst by drinking their counterfeit sea water, which only makes them more spiritually thirsty. A well promises water. A cloud promises water. They are Antichrist, assuming the form of Christ without having any substance or meat to their teachings. When men believe the Truth, it sets them free. When men believe the false words of Antichrist religion, it brings them further and further into bondage. They keep drinking from the polluted well, when the pure water of life is hidden from their eyes. Antichrist religion has the Bible, but they seek to keep the people in ignorance as to its true meaning of holiness and love. To them it is just words they can use to twist to their own lusts and advantage.
Antichrist religion has the form of godliness, but denies the power to transform a life from sin to obedience. The Spirit of God has been grieved away from such gatherings. Another spirit is operating, the spirit of the devil, who works in the children of disobedience. Their name should be Ichabod, for the glory and the spirit of God have departed from what calls itself spiritual Israel.
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.Matthew 20:25-28
Both Antichrist religion and Antichrist government work by the same principle of authority over people. They like to rule and reign over the masses, deceiving them with their power and authority. The only reason they have any authority is because they have deceived the people into giving it to them. They are blind leaders of the blind.
True spiritual authority comes from being a servant to all people. When one gives Himself away to the people, it shows His true heart for them. He is not after what He can get out of the people, but what He can pour into their lives in the Spirit of meekness and love.
There is a strong distinction between Christ and Antichrist. Christ has been authorized by the Father to do the works of God. Furthermore, Christ’s true followers have been authorized by the Father to do the works of Christ. Christ and His followers are operating in the true Spirit of love. Giving themselves away to the masses without requiring money to be given to them. Antichrist religion and government both seek to extract maximum money from their followers. They rule over the people with force and cruelty. They have no authority from God to be doing what they are doing. They try to copy Christ’s authority, but without love, it falls flat. It is an empty shell of dead religion. It is said of them that they have not the Spirit. The body of Christ without the Spirit of Christ is just a religious counterfeit. Christ’s sheep hear His voice and follow Him. They know not the voice of strangers. They know not the voice of Antichrist. Christ said you will know false prophets by their fruits. When love is missing from a tree that has a sign in front of it that says LOVE, you know that someone is lying to you.
The Bible has much to say about Antichrist religion and Antichrist government. They are the two beasts that rise up in Revelation 13. In the coming days, we shall examine more what the Spirit of God has revealed about these two hideous beasts. Stay tuned!