The Manifesting Power of an Age of Antichrist
Robert Wurtz II
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us (1 John 2:18–19 NKJV).
It is only right in the sight of God that people who are not genuinely His, but number themselves with those who are, will eventually be exposed as frauds. John says, “… they went out that they might be made manifest” or we would say revealed. Rather than being a child of God and sibling of Christ — they are at last revealed to be of the spirit of antichrist. That is not to say The Antichrist, but antichrist in their disposition and doctrine. They serve and represent a substitute Christ — an invention of their own lusts. Their life is an expression of the carnal mind; a mind that agrees with the spirit of antichrist.
If there has ever been a time when false professors of Christ will be revealed, it is this time. Moral declension has permeated Western Society to the point that many professed believers have confused the love of God with political correctness. Christ is being cast into an idol that reflects and accepts the sin of modern times rather than loving righteousness and hating lawlessness. Multitudes are worshipping this “Jesus idol” as it is more agreeable to their own compromised notions of what Christ ought to be like.
Anytime Christ is being reimagined or reinvented the result will always be an idol; the serving of it idolatry; and the fabricators of it idolators. This is one of the ways the spirit of antichrist is manifesting itself in modern times. It is gathering to itself a host of people who worship a false rendition of Christ — in the name of worshipping the true Christ. Yet we have this clear warning from John for all ages, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”
The thing that is exposing the people who John said “are not of us” is this “anything goes” Christianity that is gaining in popularity. It is so appealing to the carnal mind that false professors cannot help but go along with it. What happens? An inordinate emphasis on the love of God is proportional to the desire of false professors to justify or cover their sinful lifestyles. This is why we have such an exaggerated emphasis on the love of God in modern times. It has to be so in order to offset the cognitive dissonance in the hearts of people who want to identify as Christians but also want to keep their sin.
The unrepentant tell themselves that God loves them no matter what. It helps dull the edge of the conviction they feel or the conscience that condemns their behavior. The more they compromise the more they have to emphasize love and grace. Instead of changing to conform to the image of Christ — there is a generation that is changing Christ to conform to their image. It is idolatry. It is a manifestation of the spirit of antichrist in this age.
Yet it was prophesied nearly 2000 years ago, so we shouldn’t be surprised; “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us…” When John penned these words he was dealing with Gnostics that suggested that the body is sinful and therefore it doesn’t matter how much people sin with that body. They even produced Gnostic writings that sought to distort the truth of New Testament. Why? Generally, it was so they could continue sinning while imagining themselves to be Christians.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
Not everyone who names the name of Christ is a true child of God. The circumstances of life will generally reveal whether a person is of God or not. How do they feel about sin? Much is said about love, but do these professors love righteousness? Do they hate lawlessness? Or are they friends of lawlessness and at heart hate righteousness? Listen to their words. Ponder the things they write on social media. Our modern age offers all people an opportunity to express their true inward condition. Satan is greasing the slide. He is making it easy to “come out” and manifest an antichrist position on a host of topics. If it is there — it will eventually be revealed that none of them were of us.