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Watch Out For The Antichrist (6 of 14)
THE BOOK OF I JOHN
1 John 2:18-29
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we had read the Lord's command in (vs. 15); "love not the world, neither the things that are in the world." Remember, John is writing to us about those who had professed to know Christ, but in their behavior, they demonstrated just the opposite. They were part of the world and the world's system. In (1:6) he wrote, "If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth."
When a man is in love with sin and in love with the world, he is not in love with God. In (2:15), John declared, "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him." In (vs. 4), we read, "He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
This evening, in (vv. 18-29), we turn our attention to John's discussion of the antichrist. I have three points:
I. The Last Time
II. The Biggest Lie
III. The Central Truth
I. THE LAST TIME (VS. 18)
Actually, the last time refers to the time between the resurrection and the return of Christ. The apostles believed that Christ would come soon, possibly in their lifetime. Had He not promised, "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself..." (John 14:3). Did He not say, "Behold, I come quickly"? (Rev. 22:12).
Keep in mind; our time is different than God's time:
2 Peter 3:8, But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Why does He wait? He wants that last man to be saved. The Bible says, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
A. An Advance warning
1. (Vs. 1 ...
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