February 2019 Newsletter - "Christian vs. Antichrist" by Julie Phung
Before I begin to distinguish between a Christian versus an Antichrist, I must first clarify that the Bible applies to believers of Yeshua (Jesus Christ). According to scripture, there are two classes of believers: those who believe in the true word of God and those who believe in the lie. Those who believe in the lie may be sincere in their intentions to serve God but do not realize they are under deception. Scripture plainly tells us that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light in his ministers (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Obviously, there is a true light and a false light, a true glory and a false glory. As a true worshipper of Christ, one must know the difference between these two lights in order to discern the true from the false. Satan will always mimic the true light in order to deceive. The Bible warns us that many false prophets shall rise and deceive many (Matthew 24:11).
These two classes of believers can further be classified as Christian vs. Antichrist. If we look at the word Christian, it comes from the Greek word Christos which means “anointed.” It is a term used in the Old Testament that applied to the high priesthood who were anointed with holy oil and set apart for the service of God. They performed the function of mediators between God and His people. God called the nation of Israel to be a kingdom of priests (Exo 19:6), but He also appointed a priesthood to function within the nation. God set up a high priest who was over all the priestly services. Oil is symbolic of revelatory teachings of the mystery of Christ. In the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, Yeshua talks about the wise and foolish virgins, those who bought the oil of revelatory teachings (wise virgins) and those who didn’t buy the oil (foolish virgins). To buy the oil is to invest your time in learning and understanding the Word of God, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Therefore, to be a Christian is to be able to understand and walk out these deeper revelatory teachings. Apostle Paul, in rebuking the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 3:2, refers to these deeper teachings as “meat.” So, it’s plain to see now who an Antichrist really is. It’s those who are against or refuse the anointing of Christ, the deeper revelatory teachings.
So what are these deeper revelatory teachings? Are there really mysteries in the Bible? In the King James Version of the Bible, the words mystery and mysteries are mentioned 27 times in the New Testament alone. The word mystery in the Greek is musterion. According to the Thayer’s Greek dictionary, a mystery is a hidden thing or secret that is confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals. The mystery of God is the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly. It is some sacred thing, hidden or secret, which is naturally unknown to human reason and is only known by the revelation of God, according to the Complete Word Study Dictionary. 2 Corinthians 4:3 says, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” The mystery of scripture is plain to those who have spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear. However, it is veiled or hidden from those who refuse to believe or have no spiritual understanding.
In Luke 8, Yeshua rebukes a multitude of followers for having no spiritual discernment of scripture when He said to His disciples (those that are disciplined in the study of scripture), "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.'” Those who refuse to go deeper into the study of the Word will not understand what is truly being said or revealed in the parables. The multitude of followers came and listened to Jesus, but they never bothered to go deeper in their relationship with Him and in their studies. Jesus spoke in parables for a majority of His three-year reign on earth to separate the wheat from the tares (Matthew 13:24-30), to judge those who would seek the deeper meaning (the wheat) versus those who didn’t bother to go deeper (the tares). The tares are in the Church, not in the world.
Yeshua is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Hebrews 4:2 tells us that the gospel that Jesus and the Apostles preached in the New Testament is no different than the gospel that was preached in the Old Testament to the children of Israel and to all the holy prophets. Even though He was not in the flesh, His Spirit was nonetheless with them in the Old Testament. Yeshua, the Word, was in the beginning with God (John 1:2). This should be a huge wake-up call to the Church that has forsaken His Law or Torah. Our whole universe and bodies are subject to God’s Law, so obviously it’s not done away with! Careful attention must be given to the study of scripture. “Lean not on your own understanding,” Proverbs 3:5 says. Scripture should never be taken out of context, but one should always consider what is truly being said in its totality. If we are to inherit the promises of Abraham, then we must move beyond the milk of the Word and move on to the meat – the deeper revelations of the mysteries of God’s Kingdom.