Who is true and who is false?
The Apostle John referred to his readers as "Little children" and you will see why as this article progresses. He reminded them it was the last days on several occasions. John told them the antichrist is coming on the world stage but he was far more concerned with all the mini antichrists that opposed the kingdom of Christ. In this particular context they left the Christ centered fellowships because they were pretending to be Christians. The Apostle reminded them that they were the ones that had an unction from the holy one with knowledge. Since they knew the truth they had the advantage in winning this battle because there is no lie in the truth. They were denying that Jesus is the Christ and as a result the Apostle John defined them as liars. These particular people were denying the Father and the Son. If anybody denies Jesus Christ they are denying the Father but those that acknowledge Jesus Christ have the favor of God the Father.
(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; 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 Christ 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." 1 John 2:18-23.
The end of the age of grace is coming which would be a reference to the rapture of the church. A disciple of Jesus Christ should always be warned that there is a haste for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His bride. There is a sense of urgency to get the gospel of Jesus Christ out to a dying world.
John is really keying in on one particular sign of the last days. In simple terms many people oppose the kingdom of Christ which can take on many different forms. It can take place in the classroom when Creation can not be taught. It can take place in certain places of society when Jesus Christ can not even be mentioned. It can take place in a court of law or so many other realms that I can not even count.
This should come as no surprise to Christians that there are all kinds of mini antichrists in this world. The Bible says in verse 18 that ..."Even now there are many antichrists"... so the mystery of iniquity is already working at present. It is a sign that we are living in the last days but it is way worse now in comparison to approximately 2000 years ago. What I am seeing is so bad that I can not compare it to any other time frame in the history of mankind. There is a campaign against Christianity around the world and this dark bond can be felt by serious Christians that are mature in Christ.
A mini antichrist is a seducer so they will not be able to stand the company of serious Christians for any length of time. This is the reason why they left a genuine fellowship. In this day and age people leave good churches all the time but that does not mean they are against the kingdom of Christ. In the particular context of this time in history John was saying they were impostors and against Jesus Christ.
Even the purest fellowships for the Son of God can have apostates in the church. A true disciple has a sacred truth in his or her heart because they truly know Jesus Christ but these hypocrites that were pretending to be for Him could not stand to be with true believers in Jesus Christ. That is why the Apostle John said they would have continued with us so these apostates were confessing through their responses that they did not have true faith in Jesus Christ. They were made manifest or obvious so the reality was they were reduced because they did not know the truth. Only settle for Jesus Christ Himself. If you do not know the Son of God repent of all your sins and accept Him into your heart as your personal Savior and Lord and invite the Lamb of God into your life. I hope you just made this all important eternal decision.
We need to understand John is encouraging these very serious disciples of Jesus Christ in their very hour of being seduced. This is why the Apostle is referring to his readers as "Little children." The Apostle was not so concerned with them being deceived because they were mature in Christ but he was extremely involved in them suffering under many lies that were opposed to Jesus Christ. John had much empathy for them in what they were enduring for Jesus Christ.
In verse 20 this passage says, "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." The true believers had some sort of anointing from the Holy Spirit which is His grace that Jesus Christ Himself bestowed on His children a certain gift / gifts but these false people had no anointing from the Son of God because they were against Him. Our Savior and Lord does this because He desires His children to be like Him but the Son of the Living God is certainly not going to give a mini antichrist anything because they are straight from the devil.
When John says ..."And ye know all things" this means the truths concerning Jesus Christ and His ways so when they saw a person oppose the kingdom of Christ they knew because understanding the original (Jesus Christ) means we will not be deceived by the counterfeit (the devil). Satan can only imitate Jesus Christ but he can not come up with anything new on his own.
As you can see John was not being negative because of their ignorance but he was encouraging them as they battled these deceivers who were against Jesus Christ. They loved the Lamb of God because He died for their sins but the other group hated the Son of God. They were at the very least being persecuted because of this deception. They were having a very difficult time dealing with all the lies. Did you ever just look at someone who says they are of Jesus Christ but knew deep down that he or she was false and lying? It hurts and vexes the spirit.
What was in their favor was they knew the truth who is Jesus Christ and there is no lie in the truth. John knew they were prepared to discern the mini antichrists and what is inconsistent with the truth because they were well taught with a spirit of obedience to God. The other group did not know the truth and had absolutely no desire to have true faith in Jesus Christ. How could they if they were against the Son of God?
Frauds are incapable of speaking the full truth because nothing but lies are inside of them. In detailed terms they were denying that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah. These people are direct enemies to God the Father and Jesus Christ. They are rejecting the witness and testimony of God the Father. Well if you deny the Son of God who is Jesus Christ you are denying God the Father.
Of course John encourages his readers to continue to abide in the real doctrine of Jesus Christ. I would like to urge Christians to read the Bible and discern the real truth then you will be able to discern someone that is against the kingdom of Christ. They probably despise you and this is where you have to be very strong in Jesus Christ.
Some people may be saying that John said we were in the last days about 2000 years ago so we may not even be close to the rapture. They were in the last days but we are really close to the return of Jesus Christ. Remember John wrote Revelation chapter 13 and he did understand demonic miracles but had no clue about holographic technology. He wrote what he saw but now we have this deception in the form of computers. Oh look how beautiful this is --- no it is a lie and the world system knows just how to make this look real.
Dear Christian please stay strong in the Person of Jesus Christ. Dear unbeliever in Jesus Christ please make that all important decision to ask Jesus Christ into your heart. I know I gave the invitation once already in this article but I felt led again because Jesus Christ is truth. This is way better then to be surrounded by lies and not even have the ability to discern who/what is true and false or against the kingdom of Christ.
God Bless you,