The Dividing Line: the Antichrist vs the Beast (Part 1) In this edition of “The Dividing Line” we are going

to explore what differences God’s Word teaches us of the coming Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation. There are distinct differences between the Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation that every Christian (follower of Jesus Christ) should be made of aware of. It is important that we take the Word of God both seriously and literally, because God gave us his word to prepare us, so that we are not deceived by the darkness of this world. You don’t have to be a Christian to have heard of the coming Antichrist, but you do need to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in your heart, so to identify the nature of the Antichrist and the Beast. Without the Anointing (Power) of the Holy Spirit leading the way ahead in Light and in Truth, then the deceptions of that wicked one will deceive even the elect if he could. So, let’s begin in 1 John 2, and learn together the truth about that Antichrist that shall come in the last time (the end of the age): 1 John 2:18-23 (KJV) “18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
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They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
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But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

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I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
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Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
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Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” To really understand what is being taught to us here, we need to first understand that every word is important and serves a purpose, so we must not just simply skim over the scripture as if we have read it, but instead, we need to carefully read the entire teaching word-forword and pray on it. Let’s just read what clues that God shares with us in verse 18 about the antichrist:

“18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” In this teaching, we learn that God is teaching us about two different groups of antichrists. The first time which antichrist is mentioned, God uses the word “that” in front of the word “antichrist”, so this indicates that God is pointing out that this particular antichrist figure is one person yet to be revealed in the last time (the end of the age). The second time which God teaches us about antichrist he uses the word “many” in front of the word “antichrists” indicating more than one or a group of people who are antichrists and God teaches us all of this information in just 31 words. So, now we know that there is a difference in the two different groups of antichrist figures. One antichrist will be a particular person or individual and the other antichrists are a group of people or individuals. This is good information to know before we move onward. Lets now read verse 19 together learn what God teaches us:
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They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” This would be an easy teaching to miss, if not guided by the Holy Spirit to understand the meaning of this teaching. “19 They went out from us, but they were not of us” – lets stop here for a moment to understand what God is teaching us. Who are the “They” and who are the “us” that God is talking to us about? The “They” are people who wear sheep’s clothing, who pretend to be followers of Christ or be known as Christians, but they are not really. The “us” that God is teaching about is the Church or the Body of Christ – the real followers of Christ. “19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us:” – Let us now stick with this teaching but go a bit deeper. “19 for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us” – this is very interesting, because this information reveals a lot about the pretenders. This information indicates that the pretenders do not know God nor do they have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of their heart. They do not know the love of God toward them nor do they understand that God is already victorious over the Sin, Death and Hell and has already defeated Satan the moment that God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed his Blood on the Cross to take away the sins of the world.

The pretenders that were among the true followers of Christ would eventually leave the church assembles and go out into the world seeking another way…their own way to salvation. But, the true followers of Christ stayed with Jesus Christ and continued to fellowship with Christ in the Body of Christ the Church, while praying together and mediating on the teaching of Jesus.
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They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” The pretenders leave the faith of Jesus Christ and go out into the world and through their future actions are made known to the real “Body of Christ – the Church” who these pretenders really were and what they really believed. Some of these pretenders held high political office and would sign decrees to have real Christians arrested, imprisoned and killed for following the Lord Jesus Christ and for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the public. Other pretenders continued to deceive unsuspecting people who were seeking Truth and searching for Hope in very oppressive times, and these pretenders pretended to be Christians, but perverted the Gospel of Jesus Christ for self gain and control over their followers. Real Christians were not deceived by these deceivers’ lies and would call these pretenders out and shine the Light of Truth on the pretender’s body of lies at great risk of being arrested and put into prison or stoned to death. In the next verse God says something quiet interesting which further separates the true follower of Jesus Christ from the pretender, so lets now read it together. “20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” God reinsures the follower of Christ that He (God) has given those whom have their trust (faith) in Him and His Son Jesus Christ a special ability to divide the Truth from Lies or to put it another way; God has given to all believers in Christ power by the Holy One (the Holy Spirit) to keep themselves from being deceived by the lies of the wicked of this present world. The Dictionary.com definition for the word “unction” is as follows: unc·tion [uhngk-shuhn] noun 1. an act of anointing, especially as a medical treatment or religious rite. 2. an unguent or ointment; salve. 3. something soothing or comforting. 4. an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor in manner, especially in speaking. 5. Religion .

a. the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying. b. the shedding of a divine or spiritual influence upon a person. c. the influence shed. d. extreme unction. The believer of the Lord Jesus Christ have confessed they have sinned against God and need to be forgiven for their sins and knowing that they themselves can do nothing to earn God’s forgiveness; the believer chooses to take God by His Word by putting their faith in God’s only Begotten Son Jesus Christ for their salvation. God provided only one way that we sinners could be forgiven for our sins that we have committed against God for breaking his Righteous Law, and that is through God’s Son Jesus Christ, which God sent to die on the Cross for the world’s sin. God true to keeping his Word raised His Son Jesus back to life on the third day; proving to an unbelieving world that He (Jesus Christ) is God in the flesh. Thus, any person who will simply take God by his Word by believing in and trusting in the promise of a Savior in Jesus Christ, would not only be forgiven for all of their sins, but be sent a Helper (the Holy Spirit) and given Eternal Life in the presence of God in Heaven. Continuing on to the next teaching of God; let’s see what we can learn. “21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” God is clearly making statement that would ring true for any born-again believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Truth has no agenda. Truth is the truth and it never changes. Jesus made a profound statement about himself in: John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” As further support of the Truth that is God’s Word both in the spoken Word and the Word (Jesus Christ) come in the Flesh, John 14:6 declares to the world the Truth. And by knowing the truth and knowing that truth has no agenda and that truth does not change; if anyone comes to you telling you something that is different from what you already know is the Truth, which you have known from the beginning, then you are kept from being deceived by a pretender and a deceiver who’s mission it is to separate you from the Truth of God. God gets down to business in this next teaching and makes it perfectly clear how to know an antichrist as soon as one enters the sheep fold (in other words, when an antichrist attempts to deceive the Church).

“22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” Since we know that “there is no lie of the truth” and that “Jesus saith to him, that I am the way, the truth and the life:” we know without any doubt at all, that Jesus Christ is the Truth of God, God’s Word and God’s only begotten Son and who is God in the flesh. To further support the statement above, let’s read two more teaching of God through his Son Jesus Christ. John 10:25-30 “25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
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But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

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And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
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My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
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I and my Father are one.”

It is important to know who is speaking and what is being taught in the teaching above. Jesus Christ is the one who is speaking and by his Word he separates (divides) the believers from the non-believers as taught in John 10:25-26. Jesus then teaches “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” in John 10:27. When a born-again follower of Jesus Christ hears God’s Word being spoken, then the followers of Jesus Christ will come at the sound of our Father’s voice (Word) being spoken. The true followers of Jesus Christ are attracted to the Truth, and because we know the truth, we also know when the truth isn’t being preached or when someone has crept in unawares and has changed God’s Word by mixing in their own ideas and beliefs. In the following teaching the Lord Jesus Christ reveals a mystery about who he is in relationship with the Father and the Father with Him.
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And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
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My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

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I and my Father are one.”

Let’s read this together carefully, paying attention to the words God has purposed to teach us this lesson. Notice that the Lord Jesus Christ gives unto “them” eternal life. The “them” that is being spoken of are “the followers of Christ”. Next, notice that Jesus declares “and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”. The main focus here is the last two words that Jesus has purposed in this teaching, “my hand”. Be sure to remember this as we move on to the next two teachings in this lesson. “29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” Jesus declares that his Father “gave them me”, which supports another truth that God teaches us when he revealed his plan for salvation for us sinners in John 3:16-17, which is as follows:
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Notice: “For God so loved the world, that he “gave” his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus makes it a purpose to teach us again the purpose for why he was given and for whom he was given for and what God has given to us (the world). But, God teaches us that this promise is given to whosoever will believe in him (Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word of God, the Truth) and God has promised all who will believe, follow him by his Son Jesus Christ will be saved and be given Eternal Life. God always keeps his promises, because he is not a liar and there is no lie at all in him. “29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” Again, notice the three words which Jesus has purposed at the end of his teaching, “my Father’s hand”. Next, in the following teaching Jesus makes a bold revelation about the nature of his relationship with his Father and his Father with him.
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I and my Father are one.”

This bold statement says it all. Jesus and his Father are one. The Father is God and Jesus is God, yet they are two individual persons agreeing as one. Jesus is the Word made flesh and

is the expressed image of the Father; God dwelling among us. When we see the Son we see the Father also. When we believe in the Son (Jesus Christ) we have the Father also.
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Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
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Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” As we learn from these two teaching together, any one who denieth that Jesus is the Christ is an antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. We further learn that “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father” which further gives support for the bold declaration that Jesus made about his relationship with his Father and his Father with him, when Jesus declared boldly “I and my Father are one.” The last part of verse 23 continue by declaring “he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also” which this statement teaches us that believing in God without believing in the Son (Jesus Christ) is not believing in the one true God, because the Father and the Son are one and cannot be separated from one another. Anyone who denieth the Father and Son (Jesus Christ) is an antichrist. Let’s move on and learn two more teachings of antichrist. 1 John 4:3 “3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” And, 2 John 1:7 “7 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.” As we learn from God in 1 John 4:3, that there is one more dimension of antichrist. We already know from 1 John 2:18 “that antichrist shall come” is a particular individual person who shall come in the last time, and even now “there are many antichrists”, which indicates more than one or a group of people who have denied God’s Son Jesus Christ. But as revealed in 1 John 4:3, the third is “that spirit of antichrist”. 1 John 4:3

“3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” This teaching teaches us that “every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God”, so everyone who denies Jesus Christ (God) has come in the flesh is not of God, but they are of “that spirit of antichrist”. 2 John 1:7 “7 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.” This teaching gives support to what we have learned throughout this lesson, that “many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” and as we have learned in: 1 John 2:19 “19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” That these deceivers “went out from us, but they were not of us”, these deceivers went out, so “that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us”. The true Church of the Body of Christ are encouraged by these next two teachings, so that they may be strengthened by the Power of God by the Holy Spirit, so not to be deceived with the rest of the world who know not the Son of God Jesus Christ: “20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
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I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” Now, let us go back to the beginning of this lesson and discuss one last thing about one of the three revelations about antichrist. 1 John 2:18 “18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” As we have already been taught throughout this lesson that there are three forms that antichrist enters into the world. The first form is of “that antichrist shall come”, which indicates a particular person and not group of persons as the next description indicates in

the second part of this teaching “even now are there many antichrists”, and then we have learned of a third form of antichrist in 1 John 4:3 “that spirit of antichrist”. These three uniquely different forms of antichrist indicate that the office of Satan is that of an individual person, a group of people following after him, and a spirit that deceives every one of them. All who continue in the body of Satan (antichrist) will be condemned to Hell and the Lake of Fire and out of the loving presence of God the Father and the Son Jesus Christ, forever. This concludes this edition of “The Dividing Line: the Antichrist vs. the Beast (Part 1)”. In the next edition “The Dividing Line: the Antichrist vs. the Beast (Part 2)” we will examine the teachings of God regarding that of “that antichrist shall come” and his relationship to the Beast of Revelation. There is difference, but this person of “that antichrist shall come” we will learn there has never been anyone like unto the beast and no other antichrist in history even comes close to the brutality of this particular antichrist and beast has revealed to us by divine revelation in the Book of Revelation, which teaching is the inspired Word of God by the Holy Spirit of God and Spirit of Jesus Christ, “By which all prophecy comes from”. Read another edition of “The Dividing Line” as you wait patiently for Part 2 to be published: The Dividing Line: Giving vs. Stealing

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