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- Antichrists are a group. The word “antichrist” only occurs four times in the entire Bible, all in 1 John and 2 John talking about a class of people.
- The “last hour” has multiple meanings in the NT. It is not just about the end of time, but about the whole period of time between Jesus’s ascension and second coming.
- “The Antichrist” is an individual. Other scriptures in 2 Thessalonians and Revelation 13 are viewed as places where an individual who is the worst of all antichrists is being talked about.
1 John 2:18-19 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.
This is part of the Theology 101 series.