The apostle John is the only writer to use the term “antichrist” and he never mentions him in the Revelation. In his first epistle, he refers to the antichrist four times. “Little children, it is the last hour: and as you heard that antichrist comes, even now have there arisen many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last hour” (1 Jn 2:18). “Who is the liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, even he that denies the Father and the Son” (1 Jn 2:22). “And every spirit that confesses not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof you have heard that it comes; and now it is in the world already” (1 Jn 4:3). John writes about the antichrist again in his second epistle. “For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist” (2 Jn 1:7).
Was John writing about a single individual who bore the mark of 666 on his forehead? Was he the incarnate image of Satan who would take humanity into a world of destruction and fear? An examination of the Bible will quickly dispel any accepted wisdom of the modern day prophets as nothing more than human philosophy and deceit.
John introduces the reader to the antichrist in 1 John 2:18 when he warns of the “last hour.” The disciples of the early church believed the Lord would return at any time (1 Thess 4:13-18). John exhorts the saints to be faithful in the face of the trials faced by those who did not believe that Jesus had come in the flesh as the Son of God. John recognizes that MANY antichrists were in the world. In 1 John 2:22, John defines the character of the antichrist – anyone that denies that Jesus is the Christ. Again in 1 John 4:3 he declares that any who would deny that Jesus is not of God is antichrist. The final reference to the antichrist is found in John’s second epistle when he again affirms that those who deny that Jesus did not come in the flesh are antichrist or deceivers.
Jesus told the Jews in John 8 that He was the son of God. “I said therefore unto you, that you shall die in your sins: for except you believe that I am he, you shall die in your sins” (Jn 8:24). They rejected Jesus as the Messiah and killed Him. The foundation of salvation is stated by John in his gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:1-2,14 ff; 1 Jn 1:1-3).
The antichrist is the majority of the world that even today do not believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. There is no single person who is the antichrist. The antichrist is every person who refuses to believe Jesus was with God, was God, and came in the flesh. If you do not believe Jesus is God’s Son and refuse to obey His gospel, you are “against-Christ”, and you are an “antichrist.” The only means of salvation is to believe Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life (Jn 14:6). There is no other means of salvation. We are either for Christ or we are against Christ (Matt 12:30). There is no in between.