"Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many
antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour."

These words are spoken in 1 John 2:18.  It is indeed the last hour and many antichrists, those
who oppose Christ, are in the world.  But these antichrists are not walking around with a sign
on their head saying that they are an antichrist, they are disguising themselves as Christians,
as Believers  and supporters of the Christian faith.  

You must be very careful lest you be taken back by their subtle introduction of heresies or
false doctrines.  Satan is pulling every punch imaginable to get Christians to turn away from
the faith.  He knows that he has only a short time and he wants to take as many Christians with
him into the Lake of Fire.  The tragedy is, many Christians do not know how short the time is
and are unknowingly falling into Satan's traps.

There is no doubt that there is coming one who will be the Antichrist of all antichrists.  He will
be the one spoken of in the books of Daniel, Matthew, and Mark who commits the abomination
of desolation; the one who will set himself up in a temple of God and call himself a god, and
will cause all of the earth to worship him.  The book of Revelation 13: 11-18, calls him "the
beast" and says that people will be forced to worship not only the beast, but the
image of the
beast as well.  Satan knows that in order for this to happen, he must find a way to make
believers in the Lord Jesus Christ submit; to fall away from the faith and to accept this
Antichrist.  And if they do, they will have committed one of the greatest acts against their God
that they could ever commit, idolatry.

The word
idolatry comes from the Greek word, eidololatria, meaning, "image worship" or
"worship of a heathen god."  The Israelites suffered great calamities and sometimes defeated
by their enemies because of their idolatry.  They were quick to take on the gods of other
people living in their presence, forsaking their own God.  They even stooped to making
images of these false gods and bowed down and worshipped them.
Cunningly, Satan is working through present-day antichrists to cause believers in Jesus Christ
to fall into the trap of idolatry; one of the very things that God hates!

Now what is the plan?  What steps has the Devil contrived to get some Christians to the place
where they will succumb to the worship of the Antichrist?  One of the first steps is to get
followers of Jesus Christ to believe that the Bible is not the inerrant Word of God.  There are
those who call themselves Christians, yet do not believe that the entire Bible is truth?  They do
not believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.  Inerrant means that God preserved the
truth of the Bible down through the ages without error.  The spirit of Antichrist is already at
work.  The Devil's plan is already in motion.  There are two frequent arguments of those who
do not accept the Bible as the Word of God.  First, the Bible is full of errors because it was
written by humans and humans make mistakes.  Second, when King James ordered its
translation into English, the original interpretations were lost in the translation.

Poor, misguided creatures.  If they would just use common sense, they would know that the
Bible is the inspired word of God.  Consider this!  Would the sinful nature of man allow him to
write in a book, over and over again, how sinful he is?  The sinful nature of man would never
allow himself to convict himself of fornication and adultery.  The sinful nature of man would
never allow him to convict himself of homosexuality and call it an abomination to God.  The
sinful nature of man would never write in a book that are consequences for his sins or that his
body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  No, my friends.  The Bible was not written by mere men;
they were men inspired to record what God gave them to record.

When you say that you are a Christian, yet do not believe that the entire Bible is true, then
you are also expressing doubt in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  John 1:1-8 says that the
Word is Christ and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

You see, if the Devil can convince you that the Bible is not the Word of God, then he has a
good chance of convincing you that Jesus is NOT the Son of God.  And, if you buy into that
lie, that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God, then you will be more susceptible to believing in
one who will come and say that he is the messiah, The Antichrist.  

Another step in Satan's plan is to cause you to become complacent and compromising as to
who God is.  The spirit of Antichrist is subtlety teaching that more than one god is acceptable.  
This spirit is teaching that we all worship the same God, we just call Him by different names.  
Do not fall into this trap.  As followers of Christ, for us there is only ONE God and not all of
mankind is worshipping Him.  If their god does not have a son whose name is Yashuah, Jesus
Christ, the Anointed One; the Messiah, the King of Kings, then their god is not our God.  
Listen to the Apostle John:

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of
God; every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and
every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist,
of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world."

As followers of Christ, we must not be passive or nonchalant in the presence of others when it
comes to identifying our God.  The one thing that separates Christians from others is the Son
of God, Jesus Christ.  As Christians, you need to know and believe what Christ says in John
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."

God says repeatedly in the book of Isaiah...
Before me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me." (Isaiah 43:10)
I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me."  (Isaiah 44:6)
I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God."  (Isaiah 45:5)
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me."  (Isaiah 46:9)

Soon all of the world will know this God!