“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” (1 Jn. 2:18, KJV).
Anthony Fauci, Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, Jared Polis, Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab – the list is a rogue’s roll of power-hungry leaders who feign concern and empathy for the people around them as they plunge (or seek to plunge) this world further and further into despair. Despite their obvious failings, their megalomania, their thirst for power, control, and money, they roll on, impervious to attack or criticism, seemingly ensconced in their respective positions until the Lord returns.
And that’s the point. These are harbingers of the coming antichrist.
Of the many indicators for the return of Christ, one of the most overlooked is the verse in 1 John 2:18 that speaks of “many antichrists.” We talk so often about the antichrist that we many times forget that Satan has a legion of minions who–while they don’t fit top billing–nevertheless make adequate stand-ins until the proper time.
For those of us at the bottom of society’s totem pole, looking up at these leaders and too many more like them, the view is almost surreal. It’s hard to imagine that those in authority could have such utter disdain for others. Yet this is what happens when “the love of many shall wax cold” (Mt. 24:12), when people have been given over to a “reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28), and when “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers” (2 Tim. 3:2).
More often than not, leaders are a reflection of the society they represent, which means that with each passing day, the world stands more and more ready to accept the antichrist, a man who will reflect their values, their beliefs, and their prejudices. In America alone, once seen as a bastion of Christianity, those who actually claim to be religious continue to fall, while those who are religiously unaffiliated continue to rise (Pew Research Center study, 12/14/21). The chart looks the same whether you are looking at Protestants or Evangelicals, those who pray daily versus those who don’t, or those who consider religion “very important” in their lives. The chart we want to see go up is instead embarrassing in its dive towards the bottom.
Therefore, Satan is ready. In fact, even now, he has his man who is ready to enter the sphere of public influence–today. Satan has been prepping him for years.
Don’t act surprised, though. Satan has always had a man of his choosing at the ready. He is as unsure of the date of the rapture as you and I are.
However, being thousands of years older than us and having thousands of years more to study God’s word–and prophecy–he knows and sees the signs for Christ’s return and how they are converging. Satan can see the ease with which he is able to move and act, so different than in previous generations. His years of attacking God’s word (1 Tim. 4:1), of watering it down (2 Cor. 2:17a), of removing it from government, schools, and even some churches (Rev. 3:20) have paid rich dividends.
The governments of the world have built their nations upon (or shifted them to) the sands of humanism, evolution, atheism, and materialism. As a result, when the storms of the rapture and tribulation hit, people will look, not to God, but man for their salvation. The antichrist will gladly fill that role, eventually declaring himself God at the midpoint of the tribulation (Mt. 24:15; 2 Thes. 2:4). Most will only too gladly receive his mark, knowingly dooming themselves to an eternity in hell despite a warning from a very angel from heaven (Rev. 14:9-11).
But when people have been programmed to believe a certain way (what is television after all but something that tells you a vision?), when they have heard the same lies over and over, when they have been taught to believe that evil is good and good is evil (Is. 5:20), they become preconditioned to accept certain things they wouldn’t have in the past. It’s the old frog in a pot of hot water cliche. Turn the heat up too fast, and the frog jumps out. Turn the heat up slowly, and the frog eventually boils.
And the spiritual climate of the world is close to boiling. As there are many antichrists currently reigning, it will soon be time for the one the world is poised to accept (embrace?). Prince Charles, during a recent COP26 speech, even referred to “him” recently as someone who would need “trillions at his disposal far beyond global GDP” (full text of speech). Who else could that be but the antichrist?
For us as Christians, we must realize that our days on this fallen planet are coming to a close. It is time for us to prioritize our life.
Tell someone about Jesus (Jn. 1: 35-46). Use the gifts He has given you to promote and enlarge His kingdom. Get your spiritual house in order. Prepare to meet your God.
Jesus saves! And He is coming for His church!
“Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).