3.6. How to identify the Anti-Christ!
The word Antichrist appears only four times in the entire Bible, in the 1st and 2nd Books of John:
1 John 2:18,19 “Children, these are the Last Days. You were told that Antichrist must come, and now several antichrists have already appeared. We know from this, that these are the Last Days. Those rivals of Messiah came out of our own number, but they had never really belonged. If they had belonged, they would have stayed with us, but they left us, to prove that no one of them ever belonged to us.”
FACTS emphasized by this first Scripture:
1 John 2:22-27 “The man who denies that YAHU’SHUAH is the Messiah – he is the liar, he is Antichrist, and he is denying the Father as well as the Son, because no one who has the Father can deny the Son, and to acknowledge the Son, is to have the Father as well.”
FACTS emphasised by this 2nd Scripture:
1 John 4:1- 4 “It is not every spirit, my dear people, that you can trust. Test them, to see if they come from God. There are many false prophets now in the world. You can tell the spirits that come from God by this: Every Spirit which acknowledges that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah has come in the flesh, is from God, but any spirit which will not say this of YAHU’SHUAH, is not from God, but is the spirit of Antichrist, whose coming you were warned about. Well, now, he is here in the world children. You have already overcome these false prophets, because you are from God, and you have in you One Who is greater than anyone in this world.”
FACTS emphasised by this 3rd Scripture:
2 John verse 7 “There are many deceivers about in the world, refusing to admit that YAHU’SHUAH has come in the flesh. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist”.
FACTS emphasised by this 4th and final Scripture:
From an honest consideration of these Scriptures, we learn that the “Antichrist” is defined as a spirit and not as a personified being. Furthermore, it is declared a deceiving spirit – thus, posing as the Spirit of Truth, while being the spirit of lying. This deceiving spirit was already active and prevalent amongst the early Messianic believers – in the first Messianic Congregation under the leadership of Messiah’s direct appointed disciples. They were Messianic believers who had diverted from the accepted Truth of that time. They were opposers of (anti- or ‘against’) the True Messiah!
Although these Scriptures recognize this deceit as already being prevalent at the time of writing, 2000 years ago, yet, many interpretations circulating amongst believers today, refer to it as ‘the False Messiah’ or ‘son of perdition’ who will come in a future event as a specific, fearsome ‘individual’ who will appear in Israel and deceive the world with his “godly powers”.
To bring a sincere, convicted believer (of any faith) to the realisation and subsequent confession that he or she has been misled by false teachings is a grave task and can only be achieved when such a person yields fully and unconditionally to the Spirit of Truth. Anyone who has tried to bring some Bible Truth to a fellow believer, can witness to this fact. The Word of The Almighty is plain and clear and anyone who wants to see, will find the Truth astonishingly elementary.
Nobody could be closer to the full truth, than those who are honest enough to reconsider that rebelling feeling within themselves, towards new, confronting concepts; to give such concepts thorough consideration; weighing it up to every test. Only by doing this, can anyone prove, beyond any doubt, the truthfulness of their own belief – when what they believe can withstand ANY test. Are we honest and brave enough to apply such a test to our beliefs that we currently hold – or to our attitudes and reactions towards new concepts that we encounter? Our salvation depends on it. Eternal Life and entrance to His Kingdom is at stake!
If these first True followers who were so close to the actual events surrounding the Appearance of Messiah and His co-workers who witnessed His Mission and trials – if they could have been misled by deceiving spirits into erroneous beliefs – how much more are we at risk, 2000 years down the line? We, at the looming dawn of the establishment of His Kingdom, must certainly be prime targets for the rebellious heavenly host who oppose the righteousness and the Sovereignty of YHVH?
Testing for the spirit of Antichrist in ourselves
1 John 4:1 presents the definition in this matter, and gives us the means to identify this deceit by the antichrist as a test of Truth: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of The Almighty, because MANY FALSE PROPHETS are gone out into the world … Every spirit that confesses that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah has come in the flesh, is from God. But every spirit which will not say this of YAHU’SHUAH, is not from God but is the spirit of antichrist” (KJV). The matter is so serious, that the true believer is advised to discontinue all communication with these deceivers who “do not admit that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah has come in the flesh”. (2 John 1: 7-10).
This test of Truth seems straightforward and the reader can easily classify him or herself: if one confesses that YAHU’SHUAH (Messiah) has come in the flesh, this Scripture says that one then has the Spirit of the Most High – if not, one is in danger of submitting to the spirit of Anti-Messiah. Surely, the Messianic confessing reader, at this stage, will sigh with relief. If you have The Eternal’s Spirit, then you are on the right track – you have the Truth, because The Almighty’s Word states that Every Spirit that confesses this . . . is of The Most High. That should include just about EVERY Messianic believer reading this tract!
But, that … is the trouble, dear reader and fellow believer. That includes YOU … who confesses that the Messiah has come in the flesh, whether you are Baptist, Presbyterian, Dutch Reformed, Seventh-day Adventist, Jehova’s Witness, Roman Catholic, Messianic Jew or Hebraic Faith restorer – ALL included! Yet, all believe vastly differently, incompatibly different – – and each one of us believes that only THEY have the truth. All of us are also fully satisfied in the belief that we surely are immune from the anti-Spirit and have The Eternal’s Spirit. Yet the Bible states in Eph. 4:5 that there is only “One Lord, ONE FAITH, one Baptism”.
Surely, no reader would proclaim that the The Almighty’s Kingdom is so easy to enter, that it would admit so many vastly differing religious groups, with such vastly differing concepts. Some, for instance, believe that “the Son of The Most High “ came in the flesh, being “one with the Father”, to die on the stake. On the other extreme, some believe that an Angel, a creation of The Almighty, eminently lower than The Eternal, came in the flesh. In between these two extremes, there is a horde of definitions which claim to supercede each other. Yet, all these believers claim to have the “Spirit of The Almighty”, because they confess that He “came in the flesh”, as this Scriptural Test seems to determine.
Can it be than an all-wise Creator has provided us in this text with a MEASURE for separating the false prophets from the true prophets, which is so elastic as to include a being by name of “YAHU’SHUAH”, whether He is The Almighty Himself, or whether He is ultimately lower than The Eternal (thus not the Almighty), as long as they simply confess that “He has come in the flesh?” Would not the spirit of Anti-Messiah be that spirit which is against Messiah – in the same sense as we all understand anti-Semites to be against Jews – or anti-aircraft guns to shoot at aircraft? Yet, according to this interpretation of this measure of ultimate Truth, the very nature of Messiah, the yardstick of this test, is seemingly of no significance. This infers that whether He is one with The Most High, or ultimately lower, is not of importance!
If mere confessing that “He has come in the flesh”, is a positive proof of The Almighty’s true Spirit and the fact that this Scripture reads: “EVERY Spirit that confesses …” , then surely, the following spirits should also qualify:
Atheists and scoffers of religion, who yet confess that He has come in the flesh “a long time ago; a good Person, but ….” Or, those who are so self independent that they need no Saviour, yet find it not strange to admit that He has come in the flesh, “but so has Mohammed and many others …”
Would any sincere reader ever dream of qualifying such spirits as conforming to this Test? Surely, even Satan himself will not deny that the Messiah has come in the flesh! Indeed, he uses less obvious means. He uses the means of confusion, misinterpretation, etc., of the Scriptures, like the one concerned here.
These words are in the Bible however, and we cannot take them out. The only obvious error then, versus the Truth, lies in where we put the emphasis in this statement. Interpretations should be based on the true objective and intent of the message – and we should not forget that doctrines are built on interpretations.
Let us therefore consider the change that different accentuations of the same Scripture could convey:
- “Every Spirit that confesses that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah has come in the flesh is of The Almighty.” (Accent on “confess”).
By changing the word “confess”, or interpreting it differently, we cannot change the basic meaning of the main idea: namely that YAHU’SHUAH has come in the flesh. Alas, we have seen that mere confessing of this fact would include even unbelievers.
- “Every Spirit that confesses that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah has come in the flesh . . . . “ (Accent on “has come in the flesh”).
As pointed out already, few enlightened people in the world today would deny the fact that in history, there definitely was a Person, an Israelite, who was crucified in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago. Only a minority of these ‘confessors’ however, respect and follow Him and His teachings. The majority do not need Him in their lives. It would be ludicrous to qualify these people as “having the Spirit of the Most High!”
- There remains but one interpretation: “Every Spirit that confesses that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah has come in the flesh is of the Almighty”. (the accent here is on “YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah”).
The accent now is on the Identity of YAHU’SHUAH. This identity, surely, is what Satan would like to conceal. It has been the topic of many questions hurled at YAHU’SHUAH throughout the ages: “Who art thou?” After all, Satan would have nothing against the first two interpretations above = it is YAHU’SHUAH’s True Identity and Claim to the Supreme Throne that he rebels against and tries to conceal.
Who is YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah and Who was He before He came in the flesh? Who will He be at His future Coming to save the Land and nation of Israel from total annihilation in the War of Gog and Magog (Armageddon)?
To answer this, we have to go to the Bible itself, where YAHU’SHUAH Himself claims:
John 5:39 “Search the Scriptures (referring to the Old Testament, the Torah and Tanach, that is); for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me”.
The Great Master Himself here presents the Source of His True Identity – which He claims is the Tanach, referred to by Christians as ‘The ‘Old’ Testament”. How many of the proponents and teachers of the New Testament are totally oblivious of the fact that the Old Testament testifies to Who Messiah really is? How many of them can proclaim Him using the Tanach only?
The Book of Revelations refers to this Tanach Testimony of the Deity of Messiah, when the Angelic Messenger in chapter 19:10 reprimands the author to not worship him by kneeling before him (the Angel). Another such angelic refusal is recorded in Rev. 22:9 as well as by the Apostle Peter in Acts 10:25 – yet Messiah never reprimanded anyone for kneeling before Him and worshipping Him in 12 recorded instances – Matt, 2:2; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 18:26; 20:20; 28:9, 17; John 9:38. Although most translations conceal the true translation of the word “worship” by using “pay homage, do reverence” etc., thereby hiding the sublime Truth of the Deity of Messiah from readers, it is the same word used in Rev. 19:10; John 4:22; and Luke 4:8 where there is no doubt that it means ‘worship’ in the true sense of the word!
Let the reprimand of the Angel be noted “It is God that you must worship …for the Testimony of YAHU’SHUAH (that He is God Himself) is the Spirit of Prophecy.” Rev. 12:10.
The apostle John witnessed to the identity of YAHU’SHUAH in 1 John 4:1 “YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah is come in the flesh”. He clarified this statement in John 1:14 “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”. And in John 1:1, “The Word was God (i.e. the Almighty – YHVH)”. Thus what John meant, was that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah, WHO IS THE ALMIGHTY YHVH Himself, “has come in the flesh”.
Matthew gave the following testimony: Matt. 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His Name EMMANUEL which, being interpreted, is ‘GOD WITH US’ ” The prophet .Isaiah, under the Spirit of The Almighty, prophesied as follows in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given … and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER ….”
Therefore, “Every Spirit that confesses that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah ( i.e. God Almighty’s Personal Manifestation) has come in the flesh, is of The Eternal”.
The apostle Paul confirms this in: 1 Tim. 3:16 “And without controversy: great is the Mystery of Godliness: THE ETERNAL was MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”.
It is this fact about the Messiah which draws the dividing line and which tests the spirit of the professing believer. The spirit of deceit and opposition rebels against this declaration. It will admit to all statements about YAHU’SHUAH, as long as He is not declared the Almighty Who sits on the Throne, and not next to it!
How to know whether we have the true Spirit or not?
Paul gives us the answer in: 1 Cor. 12:3 “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of The Almighty, calls YAHU’SHUAH accursed, and no man can say that YAHU’SHUAH THE MESSIAH IS THE MOST HIGH (YHVH), but by The Holy Spirit.”
By the Holy Spirit, David could say in Ps. 100:3, “Know ye that YHVH, HE IS THE ALMIGHTY. It is He that made us”. And is not YAHU’SHUAH the Creator? (John 1:3; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:13-16; Rev. 4:11; Ps. 33:6).
YAHU’SHUAH Himself, said in John 8:24, “… For if you believe not that I AM HE (the Title claimed by YHVH to distinguish and identify Himself in the Old Testament – Exod. 3:14, Isaiah 43:10-13), you shall DIE IN YOUR SINS,” And in verse 58 again, “… Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was I AM” (The Great I AM).
Isaiah 43:10-12 “You are My witnesses, says YHVH, and My servant whom 1 have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that 1 AM HE. Before Me there was NO GOD formed, neither shall there be after Me. I even I AM YHVH, AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOUR.”
The apostle Luke in Luke 2:11 said: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, A SAVIOUR Who is MESSIAH MOST HIGH”.
Because of this very nature of YAHU’SHUAH, this Scripture under discussion, i.e., 1 John 4:11, can only make sense and bridge the above mentioned problems, when it is accepted: THAT THE ALMIGHTY, THE CREATOR, THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. THAT IS YHVH our Saviour (YAHU’SHUAH), was manifest in the flesh and dwelt among mankind.
“Hereby you know the Spirit of The Eternal: Every Spirit that confesses that YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah (The Only True Saviour, YHVH) has come in the flesh, is of The Most High. And every spirit that confesses not that YAHU’SHUAH (the Only True Saviour God) has come in the flesh, is NOT of The Most High, and THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTI-MESSIAH.”
That someone will come, some time, in perhaps the near future, and profess to be a Messiah (that is: a ‘Peace Maker’), is very probable according to interpretation of the Biblical Prophecies, and that he will deceive the “whole world”. The real danger lies in our ability to recognize and distinguish the True Messiah from the False One? So many believers are very concerned about the appearance and the actions of the False Messiah, yet lack the knowledge to identify the True Messiah. They are almost fearful of the Image of the “Antichrist” which they have conceived in their minds, but do not realise that in doing so, they have been led away from the Bible’s True Warning about the real Spirit of Antichrist, which concerns the sublime Truth of Who YAHU’SHUAH truly is!
We believe that the armour for the sincere believer, is the True Knowledge of the True Identity of the True Messiah, as defined in this study.
CONCLUSION: The Oneness doctrine is the acid test of Truth
Messiah has come to “Restore the fallen Tabernacle of David” (Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16). The general context of this statement is that He would restore a following of people, a ‘nation’, that would serve and follow Him in Spirit and in Truth – as He originally intended. All Scripture continually urge believers to strive for the “Original True Faith once delivered” unto the “separated” (holy – ‘kedoshim’ Hebr.) people of God. Daniel 7:18-27 describes this group of people as those who will rule the world with God in His Coming Kingdom.
Is it not therefore logic that Lucifer, who opposes God’s Kingdom and Rule, will fight tooth and nail with those believers who come close to this “Original True Faith” in Messiah’s Restoration Process?
Throughout the ages, there were always a minority group of scattered believers who insisted on, and practiced the True Faith of the Creator God, YHVH, to some greater or lesser extent – as they have managed to find and restore it. Originally, this Faith was revealed by YHVH to Moses, who was taken up into Mount Sinai by YHVH. Moses was commanded to teach the ‘separated’ nation of Israel, who should then become “A Light unto the nations’ (Exodus chapters 16 – 40, Leviticus, Acts 7:38 note context).
Over the last few centuries, since the Great Reformation, which was a religious Movement initiating the purifying of Roman Catholicism of pagan custom and human authority, there have been great Movements towards the Restoration of the original True faith. To name but a few main examples – in addition there were numerous ‘splinter’ and other groups searching for and promoting the Restoration:
- The Adventists discovered the 7th Day Sabbath;
- The Jehovah’s Witnesses set the trend for the Sacred Name Movement;
- Herbert Armstrong proclaimed the Feasts of YHVH in a new spiritual approach;
- United Pentecostals proclaimed the Oneness of God, namely, that ‘Jesus’ was the manifestation of YHVH the One True God, discarding the ‘Trinity’;
- Messianic Judaism accepted Messiah
- And lately, growing spectacularly, ‘The Restoration of Hebrew / Hebraic Roots’ Movement, and
- Nazarenes, proclaiming the original Hebrew Torah observing Messianic Faith.
The further this Restoration Movement progressed, the more it splintered into small sects, home groups and even individuals. Although we only mention the main streams above, each ‘discovery’ splintered in itself, as interpretations differed.
The main course though, which all these various ‘Reformative Movements’ set out upon, and the ultimate destination that sincere adherents would arrive at (though not intended), would be a return to ….? JUDAISM! – or the ‘Original Faith’ which YHVH had declared to Moses, with the mandate to go and ‘proclaim it to the nations’.
Conspicuous an paradoxical though, is the simultaneous tendency amongst the mainstream of these multitude of groups, to remain, in essence, ‘anti-Jewish’. Notwithstanding the tendency to incorporate Jewish practice, Torah abidance, Hebrew language terms, Jewish custom and identifying with Israel, etc. etc., there always seems to be the resistance against identifying fully with Judaism and a great opposition of Rabbinism.
From this religious evolution, it should also be evident that Satan would greatly oppose this rediscovered Hebraic Faith amongst the Bible studying masses – which accounts for the reason why the Messianic groups never stop splintering.
Antichrist in the Tanach (O.T.)
It is remarkable, that the only Tanach (Old Testament) references to Antichrist (or anything closely similar to it) is found in Daniel 9:25,26. This portion contains a major Prophecy for the End Time – a Prophecy which is generally interpreted to refer to a “70 weeks” countdown to the Coming of Messiah. The translations of this section are inconsistent and confusing. Concealed under alternative translations, here we may however have the Tanach (OT) Prophecy about ‘Antichrist’. This Scriptural portion refers to such ‘anti-Messiah’ or opposing spirit, which it terms in the original Hebrew ‘Mashiach nagid’ (verse 25). The adjective ‘nagid’ is repeated in verse 26, where it refers to ‘Am nagid’.
Daniel 9:25 ‘Mashiach nagid‘ translated ‘anointed prince’
Daniel 9:26 ‘Am nagid‘ – translated ‘people (nation) of a prince’
- in both instances ‘nagid’ is translated as ‘prince’ – although the Hebrew Dictionary does not include this word in the approx. 8 alternatives which it offers for ‘prince’.
- in both instances it seems to refer to ‘a power’ that will come in the End Time.
If one should apply the more correct translation of ‘nagid’ as ‘opposing or opposite’, then these terms could be translated as referring to an opposing force, a person, or nation that will be imminent at this tumultuous moment in history. Verse 26 also refers to the ‘disastrous abomination’ which ‘will be until the End’. It is this opposing force which is referred to by YAHU’SHUAH in Math. 24:15 as the ‘abomination of desolations’, which will come at a time of “great distress, such as, until now, since the world began, there never has been, nor ever will be again.” Math. 24:29 places this distress immediately preceding to Advent of the Return of Messiah.
This section in Daniel about the ‘End Time’ and the opposing force, has been tampered with (even in the original Hebrew) to such an extent that it is doubtful whether any sensible conclusion could be drawn from it. The broad outlines though remain, as referring to a time of war and devastation regarding the “Return and Rebuilding of Jerusalem”. BIBLE REVELATIONS Web Site has no intention of attempting to decipher this Prophecy about the Divinely set times. Suffice it therefore to merely point out the above inconsistencies in translations and tampering and to emphasise and report on the imminent signs of the times of ‘distress’ that we have all around us these days, also in the ongoing news regarding Jerusalem and Israel.
The real concern, for purposes of this study of ‘the Antichrist’, is the intensifying tendency amongst those Messianic believers who have set out on the route back to their ‘Hebrew Roots’, to limit, denounce and deflate the Messiah’s True Authority and Supremacy in their interpretation of His True Identity. They do this through their “confession of His Coming in the flesh”, but not as YHVH Himself. They profess to confess the One True God of Israel, yet invent and conclude non-Scriptural theories of “a compound unity” of gods, “two YHVH’s”, one inferior to the other; and “triune” or other non-monotheistic theologies steeped in paganism. This tendency is obviously affected by the fact that these ‘restorative discoveries’ are leading sincere believers ever closer back to Judaism – and it was Judaism that could not accept the Jewish Messiah’s claims of true Deity on the level of YHVH, the God of Israel. To those who would want to regard this as hostile inspiration for anti-Semitism, let it never be forgotten, that YAHU’SHUAH was a Jew, for Jews, amongst Jews and accepted by thousands of Jews on ‘Pentecost’ (Shavuot)! And He undoubtedly was YHVH Himself, as Scripture declares.
To stay on track, let us reconsider one of our key Scriptures:
1 John 2:22-27 – “… he is Antichrist, (who) is denying the Father as well as the Son, because no one who has the Father can deny the Son, and to acknowledge the Son, is to have the Father as well.”
– and our conclusion from the Antichrist Study that the real Spirit of Antichrist, concerns the sublime Truth of Who YAHU’SHUAH truly is – namely, THAT THE ALMIGHTY, THE CREATOR, THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. THAT IS YHVH was manifest in the flesh as YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah, dwelt among His own nation Israel for 30 years and paid the penalty of Death on a Stake, at the hostile hands of His own creation, for His claims of being God. His Death simultaneously provided the Divine means of restitution to “Restore the fallen Tabernacle of David”.
It is THIS issue which the opposing powers are desperately trying to suppress, knowing well that if believers can be brought to deny the True Authority of YAHU’SHUAH, then the Kingdom of YHVH could be restricted! THIS is the Spirit and power of “Antichrist” – to deny the Crown Prince His sovereign supremacy.
Reviewing the Antichrist teachings of Messianism
The Hebraic Roots Restoration Movement is driving many Messianics back into the camp of Judaism where it should be, according to the Prophecy of Ezekiel 37:15. This Prophecy predicts the re-identification in the End Times, of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and their re-union with Judah (the Jews) into One nation. Refer 1. The Great Return of the Ten Tribes – a Prophetic Bible Revelation in process!
While these restorative Messianics accept one after the other ‘Jewish’ or Torah concept in their daily living and worship, the one thing that is generally opposed heavily, is the idea or suggestion to convert formally to Judaism. Across the world however, more and more come to the realization that this is the only True Way for them to pursue.
As normal, HaSatan has dug himself in right here, in his frantic efforts to prevent the establishment of the Kingdom of YHVH in Jerusalem, Israel. The disturbing result is that more and more of those Messianics who do discover this Final stretch Home, to Zion, come under the influence of convincing Jewish anti-missionary Rabbis – and then deny the Deity or Divinity of Messiah altogether.
One of the strongest tools used by these anti-missionaries, is the Jewish concept of the utter rejection of the ‘deification of a human man as God’ (and rightly so! – except if that ‘Man’ is the Promised Mashiach ben Yosef, YAHU’SHUAH). In a recent Rabbinic Ruling regarding identifying the God of Israel or any professing Messiah, the following statement was issued by the governing board of the central Rabbinic organization of Chabad-Lubavitch in USA in Feb. 1998, in regard to the preoccupation of many of his followers with identifying the Lubavitch Rebbe Sneeson as Messiah. It ruled:
“The deification of any human being is contrary to the core and foundation of the Jewish Faith.
“The various Talmudic, Midrashic and other sources which seem to ascribe superhuman spiritual attributes to certain righteous people, were never meant to be deification and great care must be taken when quoting them.
“Belief in the coming of Messiah and awaiting his imminent arrival is a basic tenet of the Jewish faith. It is clear, however, that conjecture as to the possible identity of Messiah is not part of the basic tenet of Judaism”.
This point of view does not bode well for Messianic believers in YAHU’SHUAH, who have become victorious over the spirit of Antichrist by sharing the Revelation of the Deity of Messiah and declaring the Oneness of God. They will be condemned for deifying “a man” and trying to define the Identity of the Almighty.
We have shown above that any teaching that denies the full Deity of YAHU’SHUAH the Messiah, stems from the deceiving spirit of Antichrist, or more correctly: anti-Messiah, even anti-YHVH – for this spirit refuses to acknowledge Him as the Supreme Being as Scripture, in its correct context and interpretation clearly teaches.
All these teachings oppose and offend the Greatest Commandment Deut. 6:4: “Hear O Israel: YHVH is our God, YHVH is One.”
Promoters of these deceiving teachings do not hesitate to contort this explicit directive of the Most High, with absurd and blasphemous statements like:
- “God is a triune Being – three in one”
- “YHVH is a compound unity”;
- “there are two YHVH’s – a ‘lesser’ YHVH and a ‘Greater’ YHVH” and still claim adherence to “the Original True Faith” and to their brand of “original Messianic Judaism!”
The confusion sets in, simply because adherents of these opposing versions of God’s simple statement, refuse to exalt Messiah to the uppermost. The closer they move to the original Faith, Judaism, the more they are confronted with the Shema (Deut 6:4) and the age old question regarding who the Messiah really is and where He fits into the Shema.
The restoration of the Sacred Name in 7000 instances where it had been removed from the Bible by translators, undeniably proves the fact that YAHU’SHUAH is YHVH and no one else. The opposing spirit then invents teachings of “two YHVH’s” (while they yet claim adherence to the Shema!); “compound unity” of YHVH, etc. in an attempt to comply with the Shema’s clear definition of the Oneness of YHVH. These inventions then reserve a “lesser” position for Messiah, even if they admit that He is YHVH! They even do not hesitate to speak of “a lesser YHVH”! Some interpretations even forbid Messianics to pray directly to Messiah.
John 14:13-15, Messiah speaking: “Whatever you ask for in My Name, I will do … If you ask for anything in My Name, I will do it.” read with John 15:17, “The Father will give you anything you ask Him in My Name.” The opposing (‘anti-Christ’) spirit, eager to deny Messiah His Supremacy, will regard this latter text as confirmation that He is not the Father Himself, rather than accept the underlying hint from Messiah that He in fact also is YHVH the Father, in His pre-incarnated Being and as Eternal Spirit God. If this were not true, then He would be guilty of fraudulent deception – a main accusation for which He in fact received the death penalty by crucifixion!
Then, there are those teachings which outrightly deny Messiah any claim to Deity. Some will credit Him with “Divinity” but not with “Deity”. Many degrade Him to a status “slightly above manhood”. Most are not specific as to which lower status they degrade Him to, as long as they can conclude that “He is not God.”
All these teachings are simply a denial born out of opposition to the fact that “YAHU’SHUAH Messiah has come in the flesh” (as the Personal Manifestation of YHVH – as shown above). In confirming this denial, they therefore comply with the Scriptural definition of the “deceiving spirit of Antichrist”.
The closer religious humanity moves to the Original True Faith, the more intense the onslaught by the opposing powers. The danger is that, when one opposes the tenets of the True Faith, one stands in danger of becoming victim of “the doctrines of devils.” God has before turned against such likes “and gave them up to worship the host of heaven … and carry (them) away beyond Babylon” (Acts 7:43,44).
What must be the most extreme version of this rebellion against the True God, is contained in a new Web Site which we hesitate to mention here for its destructiveness. In a highly erudite resume under the banner of Messianism and using the Sacred Names and Hebrew terms, it qualifies YHVH (by name) as Satan; blames Him for all the bloodshed in the world; blames Judaism for all the religious ills of the world; holds YHVH guilty for the “slaughtering of His own Son” and makes Him subservient to “Elohim” which it claims is the real True God!
In fact, anyone who insists on denying YAHU’SHUAH His Deity, could not, in the ultimate, present a clear case against the statements proposed by the author of this evil Web Site mentioned above!
We are undoubtedly entering a time of evil reign!
We propose that the Oneness tenet of the Original True Faith is the only secure barrier or armor against the evil onslaught.
Certainly, Antichrist is well and alive – and very active!
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