The Works of

Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee

John’s Historicistic Epistles

Eighth.   Here the spirit of antichrist, then, is in the first place the spirit of Christ-repudiating Judaism and the Christ-maligning Gentile apostasy.   This refers here especially to that of the first century A.D. or anno Domini —  ‘after the Lord’ (viz. Jesus) commenced the years of His earthly reign.

The spirit of antichrist does (of course) include also the anti-christ-ian spirit of heathen Rome, as well as the anti-christ-ian spirit of heathen Greek philosophical Gnosticism which opposed the Christian Church.   And it also applies to the anti-christ-ian spirit of the modern Papacy, Spiritism, Islam, Communism and Socialism etc.

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