The Antichrist Spirit
I John 4:1-4 (NKJV)
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.2By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,3and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.4You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Antichrist Spirit is already in the World
What is this Spirit?
The Antichrist Spirit hates God
The Antichrist Spirit hates Life
The Antichrist Spirit hates Authority
The Antichrist Spirit hates the Church
The Antichrist Spirit hates the Family
The Antichrist Spirit hates the Prophetic Word
Foreshadow of the Antichrist
Daniel 3:1 (NKJV)
1Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden statue of himself declaring himself to be god and demanding worship.
A Statue 60 cubits tall, 6 cubits wide and was to be worshipped when 6 instruments were played. 666
A Parallel to our Day Leading up to the Antichrist.
The Mandate of our Day
Daniel 3:4-6 (NKJV)
4Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; 6and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
All Must Comply or Face Consequences
Daniel 3:5 (NKJV)
5that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up;
The Music (media) is Powerful to Control our Behavior
The Message for Today
Daniel 3:16-18 (NKJV)
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
We Have Got to Take a Stand!
Faith for Facing the Fire
The Lord is able to Deliver Me
But if Not, I Will Not Bow Down
The Challenge for Today
Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
15And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The Test for Today
Jeremiah 12:5 (NKJV)
5“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?
The Truth for Today
Jude 1:3 (NKJV)
3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
I John 4:4 (NKJV)
4You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.