Beast or antichrist
Most tend to think of the Beast as the Antichrist, but is this what scripture is referring to when it speaks of the Beast coming up out of the seas? Mostly… Yes!
1 John 4:7 says, “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 antichrist.” (NIV)
Over the next few posts titled, “The Beast” we will discuss who and what scripture calls the Beast or Antichrist and what attributes or character traits will adequately describe this infamous Biblical character.
Let’s look at one such section found in 1 John chapter 4:1-6.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. (1 John 4:1-6 NIV)
The second and third verses above state: This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. These sentences are not insinuating a person need merely declare with their mouth that “Jesus is come in the flesh;” rather, the concept indicates a person’s acquiescence to the very nature and divinity of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross which leads to salvation for all those who accept Christ’s propitiation or placation for their sin. (For a detailed explanation into Christ’s fulfillment of these edicts and related prophecies see chapter 8 in “This Side of the Whirlwind”)
So who is “The Beast?”
Next time we will look at an excerpt from “This Side of the Whirlwind” chapter 11, subsection “The Beast Rises,” page129.