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Antichrist in Your Midst

Scripture
18 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.
1 John 2:18-19 NET

Observation
John said that there were many antichrists running around at his time. This is true today too. Antichrist simply means anyone who is against Christ.

But he says something here even more shocking. He says that they went out from among them. These antichrists at one point hung out with them and looked like them. 

But at some point, a difference was realized. At some point, a different path was taken. It was a path that “seemed” spiritual, but wasn’t the plan that God had prepared.

This is worriesome. Just because something looks spiritual and is couched in spiritual language doesn’t mean it is from God. 

In these last days (God is waiting, wanting more people to come to repentance through Jesus Christ), it is important, just like in John’s day, to identify antichrists in our midst.  Because they do not belong to Him!

Application
You must be careful in this day and age! We live in a time where so many things “seem” right. We live in a time when people do what they believe is right and good instead of basing what is right and good on what the Word of God says.

The devil will not come wearing a red suit and pitchfork. He will come disguised as an angel of light. He will say the right things, even do some of the right things, remember, he came from among them. He is a master of deception! 

Dont be deceived! Know the Word of God! This is eternal life we are talking about here! 

You will invest in the things that matter to you. I pray that the things of God are first in your life.

Prayer
Lord, help Your people to know the truth plainly. As we read Your Word, let it help us discern those that are of you and those that come to deceive. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

Peace
Todd

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