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This publication has not been prepared for the purpose of helping anyone to win arguments with people who show no respect for the truth. It is right here in the Bible. Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is constituting himself an enemy of God. The Spirit has explicitly said that during the last times there will be some who will desert the faith and choose to listen to deceitful spirits and doctrines that come from the devils;. Not by sexual relations with God but, as the Bible says, it was by means of holy spirit, the same active force that God used in creation. But with discernment it is often possible to turn potential conversation stoppers into opportunities for further discussion. Do we not have the right to marry a believing woman like the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
I live in the neighborhood. As I was coming along this morning, I observed that everyone is talking about mention a recent neighborhood crime or other matter of local concern.
What do you think about it? Is there anything that you feel would help to make our lives more secure? My name is. Im a neighbor from name street or area.
Did you see the TV news last night? That report on mention some current. It is not unusual to hear people ask, What is this world coming to? We as Jehovahs Witnesses believe that we are living in what the Bible calls the last days. Notice this detailed description at 2 Timothy 3: See also pages Did you read this in the newspaper this week? Show appropriate clipping. What do you think. Id like to ask you a question. If you could choose, which of the many problems now facing the world would you like to see corrected first?
After learning what is of greatest concern to the householder, use this as the basis for your discussion. Do you believe that it is reasonable to expect that human governments will accomplish this? But there is someone who knows how to solve these problems; that is mankinds Creator.
Most people would like to have the kind of government that is free from corruption, one that provides employment and good housing for everyone. What kind of government do you think can do all of that? We all try to do the best we can, but if there is something that can help us to have greater success, were interested, arent we?
But do you think there is sound reason to expect a happy outcome for the trouble the world is in today? So, what kind of world do you think our children are going to face when they grow up? The Bible shows that God is going to make this earth a wonderful place in which to live.
How are you? Were endeavoring to share with our neighbors a positive view of the future. Is that the way you try to look at life?
Do you find. I have found that the Bible is very helpful in this respect. It realistically describes the conditions that exist in our day, but it also explains their meaning and tells us what the outcome will be.
Luke Whats yours? Im encouraging young folks like you to consider the grand future that the Bible holds out to us. Does that sound good to you? If I may, Id like to take just a few minutes to demonstrate how people in some lands discuss the Bible at home as family groups.
We can use any of these topics as a basis for discussion. Show the table of contents from study book. Which one especially interests you? We are showing this Bible study aid to our neighbors. Show it. Have you seen it before? If you have just a few minutes, Id like to demonstrate how it can be used with your own copy of the Bible.
Does God really care about the injustice and suffering that humans experience? KINGDOM In speaking with my neighbors, I have observed that many long to live under a government that can really solve the big problems that face us todaycrime and the high cost of living or whatever is currently on the minds of many. That would be desirable, dont you agree?
Is there such a government today? Many people have actually prayed for a government that can do those things. No doubt you have prayed for it, but not many people think of it as a government.
We are asking our neighbors a question. Wed appreciate your comment on it. You know, Jesus taught us to pray for Gods Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Do you think this prayer will ever be answered so that Gods will really will be done here on earth? Do we favor government by God, or do we prefer human rulership? In view of conditions in the. Among many people there has been a decline in interest in God and in his standards for living as set out in the Bible.
This has greatly influenced the attitude of people toward one another. Please let me share with you this description recorded at 2 Timothy 3: Is there sound reason to expect better conditions in the future? They speak of our time as being the last days. But did you realize that the Bible tells us how we can survive the end of the present world and live on an earth that will be made a paradise?
See also Current Events in this list of suggested introductions. Most people experience some happiness. But they face a lot of problems too. As we get up in years, we realize that life is very short.
Is this all that life is meant to be? Comment on Gods original purpose as reflected in Eden; then John See also pages , under the main heading Life. Today we are asking our neighbors what they think when they read in their Bibles the expression everlasting life.
It is of special interest because that expression appears in the Bible some 40 times. What might such life mean for us? How can we get it? John Most of us are glad to be alive, but many wonder, Is a genuinely happy life possible? How do you feel about that? What would you say is one of the biggest obstacles to happiness today?
Do you feel that way too? Why do you think this is the trend?
Did you know that the Bible foretold this situation? Im one of your neighbors. Im making just a brief visit to talk with my neighbors about something that concerns me a great deal, and Im sure youve noticed it too. Kindness does not cost much, but it seems to be so rare today.
Did you ever wonder why that situation exists? Some sea turtles live for hundreds of years. Certain trees have lived for thousands of years. But humans live just 70 or 80 years and then die. Have you wondered why? Is death the end of it all? Or is there something else after death? The Bible clears up any question we might have about death.
Do you think we will ever see real peace on this earth? In this century alone there have been hundreds of wars, including two world wars. Now we are faced with the threat of a nuclear conflict. What do you feel is needed if such a war is to be avoided? Who can bring about a peaceful world? Most of the world leaders also say that. Why, then, is it so hard to attain? We are visiting all the families on your block or, in this area , and we find that most of them have their own religion.
No doubt you do too. But, regardless of our religion, we are. Were visiting everyone in this neighborhood with an important message.
No doubt you are a busy person, so Ill be brief. The purpose of my coming is to discuss with you blessings of Gods Kingdom and how we can share in them.
But I can see that you are busy or, about to go out. May I leave you with just a brief thought? Were making our weekly visit in the neighborhood, and we have something more to share with you about the wonderful things that Gods Kingdom will do for mankind. Its good to see you again. Is everyone in the family in good health? I stopped by to share with you a thought on. Good morning. Ive been wanting another opportunity to talk with you. Then name the specific subject you want to discuss.
Conversation Stoppers Comments: The life prospects of people depend on their attitude toward Jehovah God and his Kingdom by Christ Jesus. The message of Gods Kingdom is thrilling, and it points to the only dependable hope for humankind.
It is a message that transforms lives.
We want everyone to hear it. We realize that only a minority will receive it appreciatively, but we know that people at least need to hear it if they are to make an informed choice. Yet not everyone is willing to listen, and we do not try to force them. But with discernment it is often possible to turn potential conversation stoppers into opportunities for further discussion.
Here are examples of what some experienced Witnesses have used in their efforts to search out deserving ones. As you do so, you can have confidence that those whose hearts are rightly.
John 6: I ask that because we have met many who at one time were religious but no longer go to church because they see much hypocrisy in the churches or, they feel that religion is just another money-making business; or, they do not approve of religions involvement in politics; etc.
The Bible does not approve of such practices either and it provides the only basis on which we can look to the future with confidence. If you mean that you are not interested in another religion, I can understand that. But more than likely you are interested in what kind of future we can expect in view of the threat of nuclear war or, how we can safeguard our children against drug abuse; or, what can be done about crime so that we wont have to be afraid to walk the streets; etc.
Can you see any prospect for a real solution? Is that because you already have a religion? Tell me, Do you think we will ever see a time when everyone belongs to the same religion?
What seems to stand in the way? For it to be meaningful, what sort of foundation would be needed? I can appreciate that. A few years ago I felt the same way. But I read something in the Bible that helped me to view matters in a different light. Show the person what it was. Would you be interested if I could show you from the Bible how you could see your dead loved ones again or, what the real purpose of life is; or, how it can help us to keep our families united; etc.
If you mean that you are not interested in buying something, let me put your mind at ease. Im not engaged in a commercial work.
But would you be interested in the opportunity to live on a paradise earth, free from sickness and crime, with neighbors who really love you? Is that your usual reply when Jehovahs Witnesses call?
Have you ever really wondered why we keep calling or what we have to say? Briefly, the reason I came to see you is that I know something that you should know too. Why not listen just this once?
Frankly, the churches are not making this world a safer place to live, are they? May I ask, Have you always felt the way you do now? But do you believe in God? Religion has not really helped them. That is one reason why we are callingbecause the churches have not told people the truth about God and his wonderful purpose for mankind.
But I am sure that you are interested in your own future.
Did you know that the Bible foretold the very conditions that exist in the world today? And it shows what the outcome will be. Have you always felt that way? How do you feel about the future? Have you ever wondered why people like me volunteer to make these calls even though we know that the majority of householders may not welcome us? Give the gist of Matthew Or state the gist of Ezekiel 9: I can appreciate that, because I used to feel the same way.
But, just to be fair, I decided to listen to one of them. And I found out that I hadnt been told the truth about them.
Mention a common false accusation and then explain what we believe. Not long ago I said the same thing to a Witness who called at my door. But before he left I raised a question that I was sure he could not answer. Would you like to know what it was? As an example: Where did Cain get his wife? For use by those who really had such an experience. If you are a religious person, I can appreciate that. Your own religion no doubt means much to you. But I think youll agree that we are both interested in name an appropriate topic.
Then no doubt you have your own religion. Do you mind my asking which religion it is? We enjoy talking with people of your faith. How do you feel about mention your topic for discussion? Yes, I understand. But the reason we are calling is that we are a family that would like to see people live together in peace.
Were sick and tired of the news every night with reports of fighting and suffering. I suppose you are the same. But what can bring the needed change? Weve found encouragement in the Bibles promises.
Would you mind telling me what there is about us that you dont like? Is it what we show you from the Bible, or is it our coming to visit you? That is an appealing thought, isnt it? It is right here in the Bible. But did you know that God himself is looking for a certain kind of people to be his true worshipers?
Notice here at John 4: What would it mean to worship God with truth? What has God given us to help us to know what is true and what is not? Do you think mankind will ever be united in one religion? Ive thought a lot about that because of what is recorded here at Revelation 5: What is needed in order for us to fit into this picture? I was hoping to find someone like yourself who has an interest in spiritual things.
So many today do not. May I ask how you feel about the Bibles promise that God will clear out all wickedness and make this earth a place where only people who love righteousness will live? Does that appeal to you? Are you quite active in church affairs? Is the church usually well filled for services these days? Do you find that most members are really showing a sincere desire to apply Gods Word in everyday life?
Or, Do you find that there is unity of thinking among the members as to the solution to the problems that face the world? We find that personal home Bible instruction helps. Evidently you are satisfied with your religion. But most people are not satisfied with world conditions. Perhaps that is true of you too; is it? What is it all leading up to? Are you a person who enjoys reading the Bible? Do you find time to read it on a regular basis?
I appreciate your telling me that. I am sure that you will agree that, no matter what our religious background, we are all very much interested in world peace or, ways to protect our children against bad influences; or, having a neighborhood in which people really love one another; or, enjoying good relationships with other people, and that can present a challenge when everyone feels under pressure.
Many people today do not take religion seriously. Some even think there is no God. But, according to what you have been taught, what kind of person do you think of God as being? Notice that the Bible gives us his personal name. Acts 1: What is the particular message that he said would be delivered in our day?
Then you no doubt know that Jesus himself did a work like this, calling on people in their homes, and he commissioned his disciples to do it too. Are you familiar with the theme of the preaching they did? Thats what we came to talk about today.
Luke 8: He was being very straightforward but also loving when he said. I called to share just one important thought with you. State the gist of your topic for discussion in about two sentences. All right. Ill be glad to call at another time, when it is more convenient for you.
But before I leave, Id like to read just one scripture that really gives us something important to think about. I understand. As a mother or, workingman; or, student I have a full schedule too. So Ill be brief. All of us are faced with a serious situation. The Bible shows that we are very near the time when God will destroy the present wicked system of things. But there will be survivors. The question is, What must you and I do to be among them?
The Bible answers that question. Were all busyso busy that really important things in life sometimes get neglected, isnt that so? Ill be very brief, but Im sure you will be interested in just this one text.
Make literature offer. Then I wont keep you. Perhaps I can call another day. But before I leave, I would like to give you the opportunity to obtain this special offer. Display the offer for the month.
This publication contains a study course that will acquaint you with the Bibles own answers to such questions as mention just one or two. Im sorry that I caught you at an inconvenient moment. As you may know, I am one of Jehovahs Witnesses.
I wanted to share with you an important thought from the Bible. But since you dont have time to listen right now, I would like to give you this tract, which discusses name the subject. It wont take long to read, but you will find it very interesting. Thats not hard for me to understand. There just does not seem to be enough time to get everything done.
But have you ever thought how different life might be if you could live forever? I know that may sound strange. But let me show you just one Bible text that explains how such a thing is possible.
That is why we leave this literature. Because we believe that we are living in the last days referred to in the Bible. We feel that it is important for all of us to think about what the outcome of present conditions will be. Mention one or two recent events or current situations. The question is, What do we need to do if we are to survive the end of this system of things? Because we love God and our neighbors. That is what we all should do, isnt it? Do you have a close relative or a friend that is a Witness?
May I ask: Do you believe what we teach from the Bible, namely, that we are living in the last days, that soon God is going to destroy the wicked, and that this earth will become a paradise in which people can live forever in perfect health among neighbors who really love one another?
But we are offering a free home Bible study course. One of the subjects that it covers is use a chapter title from a current. May I take a few minutes to show you how it works? It wont cost you a penny. Were interested in people, not their money.
Continue with discussion. Show them one of the publications and explain how it can benefit them. If they manifest genuine interest and promise to read it, leave it with them.
If appropriate, explain how our worldwide preaching activity is financed. Buddhist teachings are vague and the interpretation varies from one person to another. Japanese Buddhism is quite different from the Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Individuals, too, differ as to their viewpoint. In general, however, the following points may be helpful: But many Buddhists worship images and relics of Buddha. He encouraged gaining enlightenment by studying mankind from a human standpoint, also severing the roots of suffering by controlling the mind so as to eliminate all earthly desire.
He taught that in this way one might attain to Nirvana, free from the rebirths of transmigration. Suggestions for conversation: Instead of dwelling on Buddhist philosophy, present the positive message of the Bible.
Let them know that the Bible is not mere human philosophy but the authoritative Word of mankinds Creator, Jehovah God. Ask politely if you may show them an interesting point in this holy book, the Bible. Discussion on any of these matters is often welcomed. It explains the future of the earth and the wonderful prospect of living forever in an earthly paradise. A kindly presentation of the clear truths of Gods Word will find appreciative response in the hearts of sheeplike ones. The booklet In Search of a Father was prepared especially for the benefit of sincere Buddhists.
You may find it helpful to have the following points in mind: But Hindus do not think of a personal god with an individual existence. Hindus believe that, in spite of the fact that they teach conflicting doctrines, all religions lead to the same truth.
Instead of trying to deal with the complexities of Hindu philosophy, present the satisfying truths found in the Holy Bible. Jehovahs loving provisions for life are open to people of all kinds, and the clear truths in his Word will reach the hearts of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Only the Bible provides a truly well-founded hope for the future; only the Bible gives really satisfying answers to the important questions that face all mankind. Give them opportunity to hear those answers. It is of interest that the Hindu Rig-Veda hymn, In some cases you may find it appropriate to refer to this in a manner similar to the apostle Pauls reference to the altar To an Unknown God in Athens.
Point out what the Bible says about the significance of the global Flood in the days of Noah. Those who are distressed by the prospect of endless reincarnations may be helped by the material on pages , , under the main heading Reincarnation. Few are religious. For many, being Jewish is simply an ethnic designation.
Here are a few points that are beneficial to have in mind: To establish a common ground, you might say: Do you believe that there will really be a lasting solution to the great problems that face this generation? We are especially interested in the matter of religious truth. Do you mind if I ask how you determine what is true, especially in view of the fact that there are great differences of beliefs among Jewish people?
Then perhaps discuss why God has permitted wickedness and suffering. Memories of the Nazi holocaust have caused many Jews to be concerned about this. If you discuss the importance of using Gods name, find out first how the other person feels about it. Point out that Exodus Then reason on texts such as Exodus 3: When you discuss the Messiah: Contrast Daniel 7: Mention that when Jesus taught, the time was near when God allowed the second temple to be destroyed, never to be rebuilt.
But Jesus emphasized the fulfillment of the Law and of the Prophets and the glorious future to which these would direct persons with faith. Some will agree that the Bible is Gods Word, but they believe that it is. They believe Muhammad was the last and most important prophet. A common ground can sometimes be established in the following ways: I have come to discuss the Word of God with you.
It tells about the problems of life that people like you and me experience and it shows us what the real solution is. Then discuss the Kingdom. I do not believe in Christendoms Trinity. I worship the one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Was he a true prophet? Then what he said was from God and if other teachings do not agree with it, they must be from another source, is that not so?
Then use statements made by Jesus or Moses as a basis for further discussion. If they make strong assertions concerning their beliefs, it can be beneficial to ask them, tactfully, to show you the point in the Koran, sura chapter and verse. Wait while they search for it. When they are unable to find it, some give evidence of greater willingness to listen to what you show them in the Bible. Possible topics for discussion: Gods having a Son does not mean that he had sexual relations with a wife.
But God is the Creator. Since he gives life to those that he creates, can he not refer to himself as their Father? He speaks of his very first creation as his Son.
He calls the angels sons of God, and he refers to Adam as his son. Because he gave them life. How did Mary conceive Jesus?
Not by sexual relations with God but, as the Bible says, it was by means of holy spirit, the same active force that God used in creation. Abortion Definition: Abortion is the expulsion of an embryo or a fetus that is not normally able to live outside the womb. Spontaneous abortion or miscarriage may result from human imperfection or from an accident. Deliberately induced abortion simply to avoid the birth of an unwanted child is the willful taking of human life. How should the Source of human life affect our view of this matter?
By him [God] we have life and move and exist. With you [Jehovah God] is the source of life. Each of us will render an account for himself to God. Does Jehovah view the life of a child as precious even during the very early stages of development after conception? You [Jehovah] kept me screened off in the belly of my mother. Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing.
Has God ever stated that a person would be called to account for injury to an unborn child? In case men should struggle with each other and they really hurt a pregnant woman and her children do come out but no fatal accident occurs, he is to have damages imposed upon him without fail according to what the owner of the woman may lay upon him; and he must give it through the justices. But if a fatal accident should occur, then you must give soul for soul.
Some translations make it appear that in this law to Israel the crucial matter was what happened to the mother, not to the fetus. The original Hebrew text, however, refers to a fatal accident to either mother or child. How serious is the willful taking of a human life for a reason not authorized by God?
Anyone shedding mans blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in Gods image he made man. No manslayer has everlasting life remaining in him. You must not murder.
Does a doctors opinion that allowing a pregnancy to go full term would be harmful to the health of the mother justify an abortion? Medical opinions are sometimes wrong. Would it be right to kill a fellow human because that one might harm his fellowman?
If at the time of childbirth a choice must be made between the life of the mother and that of the child, it is up to the individuals concerned to make that choice. However, advances in medical procedures in many lands have made this situation very rare. If Someone Says But I have a right to decide on matters affecting my own body. You might reply: I can understand how you feel. So often today our rights are trampled on by others; many just dont care what happens to other people. But the Bible provides guidelines that can protect us.
To receive the benefits, though, we must also accept the responsibilities. Then perhaps add: But in a home where both husband and wife live by Bible standards, the husband will really love his wife and children and loyally stay with them and provide for them. How does the Bible say that we should view the children that we produce? Adam and Eve Definition: Adam was the first human creature. The Hebrew term adham is also properly translated man, earthling man, and mankind. Eve, the first woman, was Adams wife.
Were Adam and Eve merely allegorical fictional persons? Is it unreasonable to believe that all of us descended from the same original parents? Science now corroborates what most great religions have long been preaching: Human beings of all races are. The Bible story of Adam and Eve, father and mother of the whole human race, told centuries ago the same truth that science has shown today: Does the Bible present Adam simply as an allegorical character representing all early mankind?
Jude The seventh one in line from Adam, Enoch, prophesied. Enoch was not the seventh in line from all early mankind. Luke 3: Jesus himself, when he commenced his work, was about thirty years old, being the. David and Abraham are well-known historical persons. So is it not reasonable to conclude that Adam was a real person? Adam lived on for a hundred and thirty years. Then he became father to a son in his likeness, in his image, and called his Seth certainly was not fathered by all early men, nor did all early men father sons at years of age.
Does the statement that a serpent spoke to Eve require that the account be allegorical? Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that Jehovah God had made.
So it began to say to the woman: Is it really so that God said you must not eat from every tree of the garden? At this the woman said to the serpent: God has said, You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it that you do not die. At this the serpent said to the woman: You positively will not die. John 8: So the Devil was the source of the first lie, spoken in Eden. He used the serpent as a visible mouthpiece. The Genesis account is not using fictional creatures to teach a lesson. See also Revelation It is not unusual for a ventriloquist to make it appear that his voice comes from another source.
Compare Numbers If the first man Adam was simply allegorical, what about the last Adam, Jesus Christ? It is even so written: The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. The first man is out of the earth and made of dust; the second man is out of heaven. Thus denial that Adam was a real person who sinned against God implies doubt as to the identity of Jesus Christ.
Such denial leads to rejection of the reason it was necessary for Jesus to give his life for mankind. Rejection of that means repudiation of the Christian faith. How did Jesus himself view the Genesis account?
Did you not read [at Genesis 1: Since Jesus believed the Genesis account to be factual, should we not believe it too? Many people have said that. But if I were to do something that you wanted me to do, would you condemn me for it? Then, if Adams sin was Gods will, why was Adam driven out of Eden as a sinner? Thats an interesting point, and the answer really involves the kind of person God is.
Would it be just or loving to condemn a person for doing something that you yourself planned for him to do? Perfection did not rule out the exercise of free will to disobey.
Adam chose to rebel against God, despite the warning that death would result. See also page Ancestor Worship Definition: The practice of honoring and venerating dead ancestors ceremonially or otherwise in the belief that they are conscious in an invisible realm and can help or bring harm to the living and are therefore to be appeased.
Not a Bible teaching. Are dead ancestors aware of what the living do and are these ancestors able to help living persons? The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all. Job An earthling man expires, and where is he? His sons get honored, but he does not know it.
Even the wise ones die, together the stupid one and the unreasoning one perish, and they must leave to others their means of maintenance. At his death he cannot take along anything at all; his glory will not go down along with him himself. His soul finally comes only as far as the generation of his forefathers.
Nevermore will they see the light. Is it not true that food placed on an altar or a grave remains untouched? Does not this indicate that the dead are unable to benefit from it? See also the main heading Spiritism. Is there reason to fear that our dead ancestors will harm us? As for the dead,. Is there a spiritual part of a person that survives the death of the body? All the soulsto me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the sonto me they belong. The soul that is sinningit itself will die.
Also verse 20 Ps. Do not put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man. His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish. Scientists and surgeons have found no evidence of any conscious, living part of humans that survives when the body dies. See also pages , under the heading Death. Would you prefer that your children and grandchildren show respect and love for you. Honor your father and your mother; which is the first command with a promise: That it may go well with you and you may endure a long time on the earth.
Children trained in Bible principles show such honor that brings joy to the hearts of their parents while they are alive. Listen to your father who caused your birth, and do not despise your mother just because she has grown old. If any widow has children or grandchildren, let these learn first to practice godly devotion in their own household and to keep paying a due compensation to their parents and grandparents, for this is acceptable in Gods sight.
When spirit mediums claim to deliver messages from the dead, from where do these actually come? In case they should say to you people: Apply to the spiritistic mediums or to those having a spirit of prediction who are chirping and making utterances in low tones, is it not to its God that any people should apply?
Should there be application to dead persons in behalf of living persons? Would God warn us against such a practice if it truly put us in touch with our loved ones? As we were going to the place of prayer, a certain servant girl with a spirit, a demon of divination, met us. She used to furnish her masters with much gain by practicing the art of prediction. See also pages , under Spiritism. To whom should our worship be directed? Luke 4: Jesus said to him: It is written, It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.
John 4: The hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed,. God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.
What hope is there for a future uniting of family members, including those who have died? John 5: Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. Antichrist Definition: Antichrist means against or instead of Christ. The term applies to all who deny what the Bible says about Jesus Christ, all who oppose his Kingdom, and all who mistreat his followers.
It also includes individuals, organizations, and nations that falsely claim to represent Christ or that improperly ascribe to themselves the role of Messiah.
Does the Bible refer to only one antichrist? Young children, it is the last hour, and, just as you have heard that antichrist is coming, even now there have come to be many antichrists; from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour. Many deceivers have gone forth into the world, persons not confessing Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.
This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Notice that the many antichrists of 1 John 2: Is the coming of the antichrist reserved for some future time?
Every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the antichrists inspired. That was written near the end of the first century C. Even now there have come to be many antichrists; from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour. By last hour John evidently meant the end of the apostolic period.
The other apostles had died, and John himself was very old. Some of those identified as antichrist Persons who deny that Jesus is truly the Messiah 1 John 2: Who is the liar if it is not the one that denies that Jesus is the Christ [or, Messiah, anointed one]? This is the antichrist. All who deny that Jesus is the unique Son of God 1 John 2: This is the antichrist, the one that denies the Father and the Son.
Compare John Apostates 1 John 2: There have come to be many antichrists. They went out from us, but they were not of our sort.
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