16. What is an antichrist? How can an antichrist be discerned?
Relevant Words of God:
In the time when God had not yet become flesh, the measure of whether man opposed God was based on whether man worshiped and looked up to the invisible God in heaven. The way in which opposition to God was defined at that time was not all that practical, for man could not see God, nor did he know what the image of God was like, or how He worked and spoke. Man had no notions about God whatsoever, and he believed in God vaguely, because God had not yet appeared to man. Therefore, no matter how man believed in God in his imagination, God did not condemn man or make too many demands of him, because man was completely unable to see God. When God becomes flesh and comes to work among men, all behold Him and hear His words, and all see the deeds that God works from within His body of flesh. At that moment, all man’s notions evaporate. As for those who have seen God appearing in the flesh, they shall not be condemned if they willingly obey Him, whereas those who purposefully stand against Him shall be deemed an opponent of God. Such people are antichrists, enemies who willfully stand against God.
Excerpted from “All People Who Do Not Know God Are People Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
If you have believed in God for many years, and yet have never obeyed Him, and do not accept the entirety of His words, and instead ask that God submit to you and act according to your notions, then you are the most rebellious of all, you are a nonbeliever. How could such people be able to obey the work and words of God that do not conform to the notions of man? Most rebellious of all are those who intentionally defy and resist God. They are the enemies of God, the antichrists. Theirs is always an attitude of hostility toward the new work of God; they never have the slightest inclination to submit, nor have they ever gladly submitted or humbled themselves. They exalt themselves before others and never submit to anyone. Before God, they consider themselves the best at preaching the word, and the most skillful in working on others. Never do they discard the “treasures” in their possession, but treat them as family heirlooms for worship, for preaching about to others, and they use them to lecture those fools who idolize them. There are indeed a certain number of people like this in the church. It can be said that they are “indomitable heroes,” generation after generation sojourning in the house of God. They take preaching the word (doctrine) to be their highest duty. Year after year, generation after generation, they go about vigorously enforcing their “sacred and inviolable” duty. None dare touch them; not a single person dares openly reproach them. They become “kings” in the house of God, running rampant as they tyrannize others from age to age. This pack of demons seeks to join hands and demolish My work; how can I allow these living devils to exist before My eyes?
Excerpted from “Those Who Obey God With a True Heart Shall Surely Be Gained by God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Know that you oppose God’s work, or use your own conceptions to measure the work of today, because you do not know the principles of God’s work, and because you do not take the work of the Holy Spirit seriously enough. Your opposition to God and obstruction of the work of the Holy Spirit is caused by your conceptions and inherent arrogance. It is not because God’s work is wrong, but because you are naturally too disobedient. After finding their belief in God, some people can’t even say with certainty where man came from, yet they dare to make public speeches appraising the rights and wrongs of the Holy Spirit’s work. And they even lecture the apostles who have the Holy Spirit’s new work, passing comment and speaking out of turn; their humanity is too low, and there is not the slightest sense in them. Will the day not come when such people are rejected by the work of the Holy Spirit, and burned by the fires of hell? They do not know the work of God, but instead criticize His work, and also try to instruct God how to work. How can such unreasonable people know God? Man comes to know God during the process of seeking and experiencing Him; it is not through criticizing Him at whim that he comes to know God through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. The more accurate people’s knowledge of God, the less they oppose Him. In contrast, the less people know of God, the more likely they are to oppose Him. Your conceptions, your old nature, and your humanity, character and moral outlook are the “capital” with which you resist God, and the more corrupt, degraded and low you are, the more you are the enemy of God. Those who are possessed of grievous conceptions and have a self-righteous disposition are even more in enmity of God incarnate, and such people are the antichrists.
Excerpted from “Knowing the Three Stages of God’s Work Is the Path to Knowing God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Anyone who does not understand the purpose of God’s work is one who opposes Him, and one who has come to understand the purpose of God’s work but still does not seek to satisfy God is even more to be deemed an opponent of God. There are those who read the Bible in grand churches and recite it all day long, yet not one among them understands the purpose of God’s work. Not one among them is able to know God; still less can any one among them accord with God’s will. They are all worthless, vile people, each standing on high to lecture God. They willfully oppose God even as they carry His banner. Claiming faith in God, still they eat the flesh and drink the blood of man. All such people are devils that devour the soul of man, demons that deliberately get in the way of those trying to step onto the right path, and stumbling blocks impeding those who seek God. They may appear of “sound constitution,” but how are their followers to know that they are none other than antichrists who lead people to stand against God? How are their followers to know that they are living devils dedicated to the devouring of human souls?
Excerpted from “All People Who Do Not Know God Are People Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Although what the antichrists fellowship seems on the outside to be God’s words, and they do fellowship some knowledge and experience of the truth, it does not mean that they have the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit does not work on them. However, they are able to steal others’ words of experience and understanding and use them to disguise and adorn themselves. They can plagiarize others’ understandings that are relatively in line with the truth to deceive people, and when they hear these words, they think, “What this person says is right and good. He really has the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit.” People will adore him. But the truth is that these are all stolen from others. Tell me, does corrupt mankind use these tricks? All of corrupt humanity knows how to steal, how to feign, how to disguise themselves. Stealing someone else’s words is just too easy. After listening to someone else’s fellowship, they secretly write down the most powerful and best words, they parrot them several times until they’ve memorized them, and then they go communicate them with others. Sometimes they’ll go to one place to listen to others, then go somewhere else to speak. They do it so quickly that in the blink of an eye, they’ve made it their own. They’re hawking it just the moment they get it. People are capable of this—that is common knowledge. Since the antichrists are on the wrong path and they lack the work of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for them to have a real understanding of God’s word and the truth. However, there are some people who hear some things that an antichrist communicates and feel that they are admirable, and then they think, “Doesn’t he possess the work of the Holy Spirit? Otherwise, how could he have such an understanding of God’s words and the truth?” This kind of thinking is incorrect, because the truth is that such words can be stolen. He can mimic the words of others. Nowadays, there are a number of pastors in religion who take the words of God and the fellowship of the house of God for themselves. After reading them, they preach them to their congregation on Sundays, and when people hear them, they think, “Oh, that was such a wonderful sermon. This time it really contained the truth.” Then they all donate enthusiastically, and in this way, their livelihood is now guaranteed. Are there many preachers like that in the religious world? When you show them the true way, they refuse to accept it, but after getting their hands on books from the house of God, they secretly use them in their sermons. They use them to make money, deceive people and exalt themselves. They take what are clearly God’s words and claim them as their own words, their own experience and knowledge. This is a despicable tactic of antichrists to deceive others.
Excerpted from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life
For discernment on antichrist demons, one must be able to see through the seven characteristics of their nature. This is extremely important for clearly recognizing the satanic true face of antichrist demons. An explanation of the seven characteristics of the devilish nature of antichrists is provided below:
First, all antichrists are arrogant and conceited; they refuse to obey anyone, exalt only themselves, stick to their own ways of doing things. They look down on others, have no place at all for God in their hearts, and have no fear of God whatsoever. No one in the churches can get antichrists to go along with things, and there is no one who can control them. Leaders and workers at all levels of the churches are like enemies to them. For instance, some say: “I only obey God and no one else.” Or they say: “I only obey so-and-so, but I won’t obey anyone else.” And so on. It can be seen from this that such people all possess the nature of the devil Satan, which is why it is not at all surprising that they are capable of magnifying themselves, they’re complacent and unwilling to move forward, and can hardly wait to testify that they are God’s firstborn sons, His beloved sons. Such wicked people all become authentic antichrist demons as soon as they come into power. Refusing to obey anyone and magnifying themselves—that’s the first characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
Second, as antichrists have devilish natures, that is, they don’t love the truth and even hate and resist the truth as well as oppose God, antichrists never take eating and drinking God’s words seriously. They have never genuinely eaten or drunk God’s words, and neither do they accept God’s words and the truth. Accordingly, they have no enlightenment or illumination of the Holy Spirit from God’s words, and moreover don’t genuinely know the truth of their own corruption through God’s words. Hence, antichrist demons never talk about knowing themselves, let alone dissect or lay bare themselves, as though they didn’t have corruption. They have never had fellowship on true knowledge of God’s words and the truth, and moreover cannot bear witness to God’s work and what He has and is. All they know to do is build themselves up and bear witness to themselves. They even dare to testify that they are God’s firstborn sons, beloved sons, and that they have been perfected. They really are despicable and shameless to the extreme. This is the second characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
Third, since by their devilish natures antichrists don’t love the truth and even hate the truth, resist the truth and oppose God, one will never see antichrists put the truth into practice. Antichrist demons never practice the truth, and the main expressions of this are as follows: 1. They never submit to God’s judgment, chastisement, trials and refinement; 2. They never submit to God’s words or the truth; 3. They never accept the truth; 4. They never accept being pruned and dealt with; 5. They never obey anyone who is able to fellowship and practice the truth—they obey no one; 6. They always speak from a position higher than others or even from the position of God, always lecture people. They are adept at misconstruing God’s words, distorting the truth, upending right and wrong, making false countercharges, wantonly condemning and arbitrarily judging others. They frequently deceive, judge, condemn, and frame other people. Moreover, they are seething with enmity toward God’s chosen people. This therefore proves that antichrists are people who can never practice the truth. This is the third characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
Fourth, the actions and behaviors of antichrists are all for the sake of fighting for power and profit, and to achieve the goal of controlling God’s chosen people and setting up their own independent kingdom. Antichrists only pursue status and power and worship satanic forces to the extreme. Status, power and money are antichrists’ idols and the goals they pursue. This is the essence of the nature of antichrists. The only things that antichrists strive and work hard for are status and power. If something is not for the sake of status and power, they won’t do it. They are willing to do anything that will benefit their fight for status and power. For the sake of seeking status, they won’t hesitate to punish, frame or harm others in any way. In the eyes of antichrists, with status and power they can gain everything, while losing status and power means losing everything. This is entirely a manifestation of the essence of the devilish nature of the great red dragon. This is the fourth characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
Fifth, apart from loving the pursuit of power and status, antichrists like to collude with and associate with all wicked people. They are drawn to anyone who shares the same rotten proclivities as them and can do service for them; they like and associate with whoever worships and flatters them. All those ensnared by antichrists are demons and beasts, soulless animals. Antichrist demons never like to associate with honest people who walk the right path and pursue the truth. They never like kind-hearted, good people, and they are even capable of twisting the truth and upending right and wrong to claim that wicked people are good and good people are wicked. They stop at nothing to fix and punish, maliciously slander, wantonly condemn others, cover up their own sins by accusing another, and act wildly. This engenders chaos in churches everywhere. This is even further proof of the devilish nature of antichrists. What all antichrist demons despise the most are good people who pursue the truth, uphold principles, and have a sense of justice. What they hate the most are people who have discernment on them, who abhor evil, and possess the truth and humanity. That is why antichrists are capable of persecuting, framing and harming good people as well as opposing leaders and workers of all levels. This is the fifth characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
Sixth, all antichrist demons have a deep-rooted hatred for the man used by the Holy Spirit in their very bones, and they scheme to replace him. They are enraged and in a frenzy. When they see the churches carry out democratic elections and see God’s chosen people start to enter the right track in their faith, they furiously launch wild counterattacks, doing their utmost to disrupt church elections. They spread all kinds of fallacies and heresies in order to mislead God’s chosen people and go so far as to attack, judge and condemn leaders and workers of all levels in God’s house as fake. This is so that they may sow discord among God’s chosen people and leaders and workers of all levels. For the sake of deceiving and controlling God’s chosen people, they even go so far as to shamelessly get others to vote for them and submit to them rather than elect those who pursue the truth, genuinely obey God’s work and have entered into the reality of the truth to become leaders and workers of any level. This makes the ambitions of antichrists to dominate the churches and control God’s chosen people patently obvious. We can conclude from this that all antichrist demons are especially hateful toward the man used by the Holy Spirit as well as leaders and workers of all levels in God’s house. This even further exposes the contemptible intentions of antichrist demons, being most afraid of the truth reigning in God’s house and most afraid of those who pursue the truth reigning in God’s house. This is because the day the truth and people who pursue the truth reign in God’s house is the day antichrists will meet their end. Evidently, what antichrist demons hate the most is the man used by the Holy Spirit and leaders and workers of all levels who pursue the truth. This is the sixth characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
Seventh, no antichrist demons ever truly repent no matter what crushing defeat or rejection they encounter, nor will they genuinely self-reflect to know themselves. While some devils may shed tears, these are not tears of repentance but are rather tears of being wronged, of disobedience, of hate. They are certainly not tears of regret or indebtedness. This is because all those without conscience or reason are devils, and all devils lack even an ounce of humanity. They are all of Satan’s ilk and absolutely won’t be saved by God. Antichrist demons all possess the nature of the devil Satan and are beyond salvation, thus they will never know themselves and truly repent. They will never accept the truth and genuinely obey God. This is the seventh characteristic of the devilish nature of antichrists.
The above seven characteristics are a complete snapshot of the satanic essence and nature of antichrist demons. All those who possess these seven characteristics of antichrists are authentic Satans and devils. They are all lackeys of Satan reincarnated from devils….
Excerpted from Work Arrangements