1 John 2:18 – Dear children, the end of this age is near! You have heard that Antichrist is arising, and in fact, many enemies of Christ have already appeared, and this is how we know that we are living in the closing hour of this age.

John used a term “antichrist” in this passage. The obvious first thought in our minds is the “lawless one” that Paul referred to who would appear at the end of the age. What John is referring to was a more widespread problem that had actually caused division and a split in the church he was writing to. The word antichrist literally means ‘against the anointing’. It is a description of the spirit of the world which defies Christ and despises the supernatural nature of His anointing.

Today, we have seen a widespread move away from the power of God in so called Pentecostal or Charismatic churches in the western world. The horrifying results are that the more the church plays down God’s power, the more like the world the church begins to look. Drinking, promiscuity, and questionable dress and practices have taken over the church. Sadly, those who move in the power are being ostracized and labeled as out of touch. Here is something Adam Clarke said about this in the 1700’s.

“Every man who opposes the spirit of the Gospel, and every teacher and writer who endeavors to lower the Gospel standard to the spirit and taste of the world, is a genuine antichrist, no matter where or among whom he is found. The heresies which sprang up in the days of St. John were the antichrist of that time. As there has been a succession of oppositions to Christianity in its spirit and spread through every age since its promulgation in the world, so there has been a succession of antichrists. We may bring this matter much lower; every enemy of Christ, every one who opposes his reign in the world, in others, or in himself, is an antichrist; and consequently every wicked man is an antichrist. But the name has been generally applied to whatever person or thing systematically opposes Christ and his religion.”

The dangerous thing about this is the antichrist spirit cloaks itself in Christian clothing. The opposers John was referring to were leaders from the church. Paul said that Satan himself comes disguised as an angel of light. So I am way over trying to fit into this current age. Actually, I believe a shift back to the power of God is under way. America will be swept into a Great Awakening one more time.

1 thought on “THE ANOINTING AND THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE”

  1. Having a form of godliness but DENYING (or say no) to the power of. Two men will be in a field, one will be taken, one will be left. I speculate these men know each other, maybe friends, maybe related. Loving your neighbor as yourself, has been replaced with sue your neighbor if you get the opportunity.

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