Who Are the Antichrists?

1 John 2:18–19

The apostle John tells us that many antichrists are in the world. In this lab, Pastor John examines how they act, think, and talk.

Principle for Bible Reading

Searching in Concentric Circles

When seeking for answers concerning how a biblical author uses a word or phrase in a particular verse, it is often helpful to start by seeking answers in the immediate context and then moving outward. When wrestling with a text, good Bible reading, like a stone dropped in a pond, starts at the word or phrase in question and ripples out to other places in the Bible to get help for understanding. Starting your search in the immediate verse and moving outward is often called searching in concentric circles.

After searching in the immediate verse, it is key to look for the author’s meaning in:

  • The paragraph which contains the verse
  • Then the chapter
  • Then its book as a whole
  • Then other books written by the same author
  • Then the same Testament (New or Old) as a whole
  • Then the whole Bible.

For more information on searching in concentric circles.

In This Lab

Pastor John’s questions: What are antichrists like? To answer the question he searches for references to antichrists in John’s writings.

An Example

If you were wondering what it means to “walk in the light” (1 John 1:7), you might begin by looking for clues in:

  • The immediate verse: 1 John 1:7
  • Then the paragraph which contains the verse: 1 John 1:5–10
  • Then the chapter: 1 John 1
  • Then the book of the Bible: 1 John
  • Then other books of the Bible written by the same author: John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation
  • Then the New Testament
  • Then the rest of the Bible.

Study Questions

  1. When you read the word “antichrist,” what do you think of? How about antichrists?
  2. In 1 John 2:18, John tells us that many antichrists have come and are in the world. What does he go on to say that means for us?
  3. Are there any practical benefits to knowing what antichrists are like?