2 John 1:7-8
“I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.”
-As we celebrate Easter, we are reminded that Christ came in the flesh, He was tortured, He was crucified, He died for our sins, He was buried and rose from the death on the third day in victory. He defeated the power of sin and death and has given us eternal life. Anyone then who does not share in the life of Jesus Christ has no life. Also, anyone who does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is the antichrist. From the book of John 1:14, we see that, “..the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Some of our brothers and sisters from other religions do believe that Jesus Christ came in the flesh and do not acknowledge His full message of truth but choose certain aspects of His word. We are cautioned from being deceived or dissuaded from our Christian faith lest we loose our reward. It is our duty as Christians to share the gospel of Christ our Foundation; so that many may know the truth and the truth shall set them free. After Christ rose from the dead, He commissioned us to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things that He has commanded us; for He is with us always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
Christ is risen, we rejoice in glory of His name. We proclaim You victory and salvation in all the earth, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice on the cross for our sins. We praise You for You conquered sin and death, and we are victorious in You. We are more than conquerors in You Christ Jesus. You have defeated the power of sin and death, and have won victory for us who believe in You. Who believe in Your birth, death and resurrection. We thank You for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You for Your saving grace upon our lives. We appreciate You Jesus and acknowledge that You came in the flesh and that You are the Son of God. Many of our brothers and sisters are living under the yoke of false religions, may You remember them merciful Savior and cause them to come to the full knowledge of truth. Only You are the way, the truth and the life, and no one come to the Father except through You. Have mercy on them all and grant them the gift of salvation. You are risen from the dead Jesus, rise in our hearts and the hearts of all Your people that every tongue, tribe, people and nation may worship You alone. Only You deserve all the glory, honor, power, victory and praise Jesus. Only You are worthy Lamb of God. At Your name Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ You are Lord to the glory of God the Father. Have mercy in all the persecuted Christians all over the world. Have mercy on those who suffer gender violence, domestic violence and child abuse. Lord You are merciful and Your mercies endures forever. We praise You and exult Your holy name now and forever Jesus. Amen
1 John 2:22-23
“Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
-Many people have a different notion of who the antichrist is. As revealed from the above scriptures, the antichrist is a person who denies that Jesus is the Christ and that Jesus is God. Jesus as the Christ means the Anointed one and the Messiah. Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ does not believe in His resurrection power. Matthew 28:11-15, gives an account of a falsified message of the resurrection of Christ. When the guards came and told chief priests of the events that happened during resurrection, they conspired with the elders to bride the guards to conceal the truth. They therefore spread decisive messages to the Jews and many people and, religions do not believe in Jesus’ resurrection to this day. Afterwards, many theories were advanced to inculcate falsehood through the resurrection story including and not limited to:- The theft theory, unknown tomb theory, the swoon or resuscitation theory, the hallucination theory, the impersonation theory etc. God the Father gave us His only begotten Son to be the atonement of our sins, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Anyone who denies that the Father and the Son are One, together with the Holy Spirit has the spirit of the antichrist. Therefore he/she denies the power of the Triune God and the Holy Trinity. Therefore, whoever then denies the Son does not have the Father, but anyone who believes in the Son has the Father, and has eternal life.
Holy Trinity One God, we come to You this morning with humble adoration. We thank You and glorify Your holy name for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords, God the Almighty. We humbly ask You Father to forgive us all our sins, sins we have committed knowingly and unknowingly, sins of our family members, sins of our ancestors, sins of our president and leaders, sins of our nation and of the whole world. Wash us with Your precious blood and protect us from all kinds of evil. We declare that no weapon fashioned against us shall prosper and every tongue that every tongue which rises against us in judgment is condemn in name of Jesus Christ. Thank You for Your righteousness upon our lives, we belong to You Jesus. Thank You for making us a new creation in You Jesus Christ. We believe in You Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and acknowledge that only You are God. We believe that You died Jesus and resurrected so that we may have life and life in abundance. Help us to walk in power and fulfil our mandates here on earth dear Jesus; for the glory of Your name. Remember merciful Savior those who do not believe in You and Your word of truth that You may touch them and grant them the gift of eternal life. Be with all the candidates who are sitting for their final exams that You may grant them success dear Jesus. Remember all those who are sick and suffering that You may stretch Your healing hand upon them. Be with all those who are undergoing hardship in life that You may open many doors for them merciful Father. Be with all those who facing relational or marital issues that You may grant them peace. Have mercy on all those who are waiting on You for marriage that You may answer their prayers and hearts desires. Thank You Jesus for Your goodness and love upon our lives. We bless Your name and glorify You now and forever, Amen.
1 John 2:18
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”
-As clearly outlined, this is the last hour. These are the last days and we are called to be alert for Christ will come like a thief. Fortunately, believers have the promise of eternal life and will rejoice forever with Him. Jesus spoke about these last days and in Matthew 24:23-25 He describes the phrase, “many antichrists have come”. He says, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” It is then necessary to remain alert for false christs and false prophets and among us, and their mission is to deceive us and dissuade us from our faith in Jesus Christ using great signs and wonders. Like the parable of the ten virgins, we need to keep our lamps burning and spare some extra oil like the five wise virgins for Jesus is coming soon. We are called to walk in the light of salvation and not in the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life which do not come from the Father, but from the world. Let us also keep praying lest we fall into temptations, keep reading the word of God, keep preaching the gospel of truth in our various capacities, keep reaching out to the poor in the society, keep doing that which God has called us to do and keep hoping in Christ, for He will never us nor forsake us.
We give thanks to You God, for You are good and Your love endures forever. We give thanks to You God of gods for Your love endures forever. We give thanks to You Lord of lords for Your love endures forever. To You who alone does great wonders, Your love endures forever. By Your understanding made the heavens, Your love endures forever. Who spread out the earth upon the waters, Your love endures forever. Who made the great lights, Your love endures forever. The sun to govern the day, Your love endures forever. The moon and stars to govern the night; Your love endures forever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power, glory, victory and majesty, Your love endures forever. Indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth are Your, Your love endures forever. Yours is the dominion and power, Your love endures forever. No one is like You, our Lord God Almighty, Your love endures forever. You are great and Your name is mighty in power, Your love endures forever. Great are You Oh Lord and greatly to be praised, Your love endures forever. You are to be feared above all gods and exulted above every other being in heaven and on earth, Your love endures forever. Impart in us with the gift of wisdom Holy Spirit that we may discern true and false prophets. Protect us from the evil one who comes to kill, steal and destroy dear God. Fill us the gift of discernment that we may discern spirits, for Your love endures forever. Increase our Faith and teach us all things, that we may remain in You as You are in us. Help us Holy Spirit to fight the good fight, finish our race and keep the faith, for Your love endures forever. You alone does great wonders, Your loving kindness is everlasting, we thank You and praise Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
“But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”
-The devil and his agents who are the antichrist will finally come to destruction. The beast and the false prophet who are among the top ranking demonic forces in the kingdom of darkness will be tossed into the burning sulfur alive. They propagated false doctrine and decisive signs that enhanced antichristian tyranny. Those who will have received the mark of the beast and worshipped its image will also face the final punishment. Revelation 20:10 shows the final destruction of the last beast who is the devil by tossing him into the lake of fire where the beast and false prophet will be cast. Those of inferior rank and power, who had aided and abetted the apostacy, and concurred in opposing the truth and religion of Christ; were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which proceeded out of his mouth, that is; with the word of God, like the soldiers of a conquered army, who fall in the field of battle, and are left there unburied, a prey to the fowls of the air, which feed on them, and are filled with their flesh. We who believe in Jesus Christ have His assurance of salvation as He calls us to put all our trust in Him.
You are Faithful and True, Jesus Christ our righteous Judge, have mercy on us. You who are seated at the right hand of God the Father in glory, we praise You and glorify Your holy name; forever. We shall not fall nor stumble because You are for us and with us. If God is for us, who can be against us? You shall never leave us nor forsake us, we exult You and glorify Your holy name Jesus. Your head is crowned with many crowns and Your eyes like flames of fire, all glory and honor belongs to You Jesus. You are the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins, forgive us all our sins and remove any accusation against us, our families and nation in the courts of heaven merciful Savior. You resurrected from the dead and have given us the gift of salvation, we exult You and lift Your name high. Thank You for Your everlasting love upon us and all our descendants. Thank You for Your everlasting grace upon all Your people including the nation of Israel. May You grant them peace and the gift of salvation. Protect us and our nation of Kenya from corruption and oppression from our leaders dear Jesus. Prosper our nation dear Jesus because we belong to You. Make every crooked path straight in our lives and nation loving Jesus. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords merciful Savior. We shall not be deceived by the devil and his agents because we rest secure in You and no one can snatch us from Your hand. Protect us from every evil schemes that have come with the corona virus and the vaccines. Protect us with Your pinions and hedge of fire always Holy Spirit that no harm shall come near our tents. Preserve us and our entire generations from getting the mark of the beast and worshipping its image dear Jesus. Fight for us for the battle belongs to You Lord of Hosts. Those who do not know You; grant unto them the gift of salvation merciful Father. Thank You for Your everlasting love upon our lives. Prosper us dear Jesus in every good thing that we may see You as You are full of love and grace now and forever. Let us walk in righteousness and power, and prosper us in every good thing because we are Your children. Thank You for loving us and for Your taking us this far. We have seen You hand of grace. Thank You for preserving us. Thank You for the gift of eternal life. Thank You for loving us dear Jesus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
-Apostle Paul went on to various cities doing good either beginning new work or improving what was done. When he came to Philippi the main city of Macedonia during his second missionary journey, there was a certain slave girl who was possessed by the demonic spirit of divination and deceived many for financial gains. She predicted people’s future and assumably multitudes came to them. Such kind of deception dissuades many from listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and seek after falsehood. Many such false prophets are deceiving many today for financial gain. Such deceit is very prevalent today even among Christians who gradually loose hope when tribulations and life challenges come, and end up consulting false prophets and seers. Paul was able to detect that the spirit was not from God and he cast it out. The spirit of the anti-christ is in the world and many are falling prey to it. We are called to consult God in all areas of our lives and seek His guidance as we discern the spirit in the room before we make grave mistakes that can destroy our future.
The anti-christs have been sent into the world to propagate falsehood that attempts to suppress the truth about Jesus Christ and kill the message of Easter. Their motivation is to deceive non-believers and dissuade believers from their faith in Jesus Christ through signs and wonders. Jesus spoke about this in Matthew 24:23-25, saying many false prophets and false christs will come to deceive people by great signs and wonders; including the elect. The message of the antichrists is first, that Jesus did not come into the world in flesh. They attempt to destroy the true message that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. They thus oppose the incarnation of Jesus coming in the flesh and the virgin conception. This message automatically disqualifies Christ as being fully Man and fully God, and thus the message of Easter. Jesus was tortured, He was crucified and died for the sins of the world. He then resurrected on the third day and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He calls us to repent and believe in Him that we may have eternal life. Secondly, we also see that the antichrist denies the truth that Jesus is the Christ. That is the doctrine of Christ as the Anointed One and the Messiah, who came for our sake. He is Emmanuel and dwells with us. They also deny that Jesus is the Son of God and forms part of the Holy Trinity. We are called to stay alert and be guided by the Holy Spirit lest we are deceived and loose our price. These are turbulent times where viruses like corona virus and vaccines are manufactured in the lab to torment and deceive the people, and we are called to be alert through prayer. The book of Revelation also reveals that the antichrist, the beast and all those who will receive the mark of the beast, together with the devil will be cast into the lake of fire. The new Jerusalem will then come down from heaven and there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death and we reign with Jesus Christ forever.
Abba Father we thank You for the gift of life and this far that You have brought us. Thank You for the breath of life Holy Spirit and Your merciful love upon our lives and families. We appreciate You Jesus Christ for You are our Savior, Lord and King. You are the Foundation of our faith, the Foundation upon which we stand, we rejoice in You. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, our Almighty God. Only You are Great and greatly to be praised. Only You are worthy and holy is Your name. Only You are good and able to do exploits. Do a new thing in our lives, families and nation we humbly beseech You dear Jesus. Bring forth an acceleration in all areas of our lives according to Your perfect will. Forgive us all our sins merciful Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Fill us with the spirit of discernment and teach us how to discern spirits. Protect us from all evil and help us to grow spiritually. Bring us closer to You that we may know You more loving Jesus. Your sanctuary is filled with strength and beauty. Splendor and majesty are before You Almighty Father. We exult You and praise Your holy name; now and forever. Amen