When we ask the question who or what is the spirit of an’ti-christ it actually is both,for the spirit of an’-ti-christ is what motivates those who deny the Father and the Son!(1 John 2:18-24) 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. 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. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 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. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
We have just learned no lie is of the truth and Jesus taught of this when He addressed those who were claiming they were His followers,but were following satan the father of lies instead!(John 8:31-47).
We are instructed to test the spirit’s to see if they are of God. Those who truly know God and His ways will hear us,and if they don’t then our message falls on deaf ears(1 John 4:1-6) 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 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. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Some people have a hard time saying no to others especially if they are far from what they know in their heart is not of God,and what may be surprising to some is we are not suppose to receive them into our home for this makes us as they are. This is the testing of the spirit’s spoken of earlier( 2 John 9-11)
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
For a deeper study and so we are not deceived of what the an’-ti-christ spirit is the following passages teach us of the other names for an’-ti-christ.
1. The idol shepherd (Zechariah 11:16-17)
2. The man of sin and perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:3-11)
3. The little horn in Daniels vision (Daniel 7:8,11)
4. The willful king (Daniel 11:36-39)