ANOTHER JESUS, ANOTHER SPIRIT, ANOTHER GOSPEL
1Jo 2:18 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.
1Jo 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
In his epistles, John writes of Antichrist. Antichrist means “another Christ”, or “in the place of Christ”. It is predicated upon the notion that Christ went away, will return at some time in the future, and therefore has left a void, a hole in the fabric of time, to be filled until such time as he returns. Pivotal to the legitimizing of any other “Jesus, spirit or Gospel” as standing in the gap for Christ, is denying the notion that he is come already, living and abiding in a people, by the Spirit, for whom there is no longer a valid question of his coming, only of his revelation.
The very word, “Christ”, is a name…a title. It very simply means “Anointed”. When Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of a woman, He became the “WORD made flesh”. To Him, as the scriptures bare witness, did The Father give the Spirit, not in a measure, but fully and completely. As it is written of Him, before He suffered and was raised again, and glorified, “In Him dwelt all the fullness of the godhead bodily”. Before He was to accomplish this, He spoke repeatedly of the gift of the Father, the Spirit of Truth (which is the Spirit of the Father) whom He would send to us, in His own words, “Not many days hence..”:
Act 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The thing of which Jesus spoke, began in a small handful of individuals assembled together on the morning of the feast of Pentecost, when the Spirit came to them. The Apostle Paul could not have afterward admonished, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God? And the Spirit of God dwells in you?” …he could not have truthfully testified to this, if it were not in fact, true. So, on that morning in the outer court that Herod built, there stood a small band of people in the midst of a great, grandiose edifice, wherein a collection of men acted out ritualistically and seasonally, the habits of a now vacant and void religion. The Holy Ghost came suddenly to His temple, as the prophets, and Jesus himself, said He would. And to this day, in everyone who receives Him, whether alive in the flesh, or asleep in the Lord, He still comes. Now, what remains is to choose between the two temples. It is the Lord’s people, in whom he dwells by the Spirit? the whole family in heaven and in earth? or is it the building ( and buildings) filled with self appointed actors? It is not the buildingS nor the religion. It is the people. In fact, after that the Lord was glorified, and come again to them that receive him by faith, it is now written:
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
So then, in his body, dwells his Spirit. The head of all principality and power dwells in you. Do not be beguiled of anything that replaces Christ in you, with Christ in ANYBODY or ANYTHING else. For the very gospel, the very good news, is this; CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY. And as Paul confirmed and wrote:
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
All of my life, since I first began to believe Jesus about thirty-eight years ago, I have seen and heard speculation about the end of days, the coming of the Lord , Antichrist, etc. The first letter of John addresses what has become known as “end time doctrines”. Curiously, Jesus was asked the same questions, purely from the perspective of the natural mind, even before he suffered and was raised, over two thousand years ago. Believers then, and to this very day, have speculated about this, every generation expecting to see it in their day, naturally speaking. There is an expectation to see with the natural eye, that which comes not with observation that employs the natural eye. When asked the questions, Jesus gave answers. And he prefaced his answers, “See that your hearts are not troubled”.
Listen to what John writes :
1Jo 2:18 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. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
John wrote two thousand years ago, to disciples, that not only is it the last time, but you may know it is the last time because there were even then, many antichrists. So then, the “last time” is an age…and age in which we live. It is the last age, and will culminate in the revealing of the Lord, together with all them in whom he has and is come. But what has given rise to this never ending question of when will days come, that in fact have been upon us for some two thousand years? And what gave rise to this thinking? Where did it spring from? Where do antichrists come from and what is there message? You may know it is the last time because of the very fact that Christ is come, and so is that which does not want to admit it. To do so, reveals it for the irrelevant and impotent thing it is, and it’s very existence hangs upon a thread, namely, keeping humanity in the dark about the fact that Christ (the Anointing) is come now.
“THEY WENT OUT FROM AMONG US , BUT THEY WERE NOT OF US”. This thing did not spring out of the secular world. It was born of them who touched upon Christ, but took a deviant path. Paul wrote of it explicitly in acts 20. And Antichrist is not, as the spirit of it would tell you, yet to appear. It is, and has been here in the world, springing up as soon as the true Anointing came to us, to offer an alternative to that anointing, which lives and abides in a people now. This abominable thing will teach anything, allow anything, embrace anything, coexist with anything, EXCEPT, it will not confess that Christ is come in a people, and dwells in a people NOW, by the Spirit. It teaches you rather, that Christ has gone away, will come again at some unspecified future date, and until then, has left an elite cultus of clergy and church powers and principalities to act as His representation until such time as He “comes again”. The very perpetuation of this myth relies upon keeping the natural eye on the future, and the eyes of your understanding, fast asleep.
There is no doubt that Christ will be revealed in the fullness of the Glory of the Father. When that shall be, no man knows the day nor the hour. But that He is, and was, and is to come in a people now, is not to be denied. The temple of the Lord is in the earth now. It is not brick, stone and mortar. The temple of the Lord is not vacant. Matthew 24 begins with Jesus going out and departing from “the temple”. And his disciples then come to Him to begin to show Him the buildings of the “temple”. The LIVING TEMPLE replied to them, there was not one stone upon another, of all they were bringing to his attention, that would not be thrown down. Then Jesus sits on the Mount of Corruption, and his disciples begin to ask him privately, “when will these things happen and what will be the sign of your coming?” Jesus firstly says, “Take heed that no man deceive you. Many will come in my name, saying ‘I am Christ’ (I am anointed) and deceive many”. If I am looking for future events, with the carnal eye and mind, I am not seeing what lives and abides in me now.
Knowing what He would accomplish on the tree, knowing that The Spirit of the Father was soon to come to a people, Jesus also knew what would follow after to attempt to take His place.