18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. – 1 John 2:18-19
=> “they went out from us”<=
That we are in the last days bears no need for emphasis. It is the dispensation of Grace. It is the final dispensation that will end in the Kingdom advent. Selah… Who is the antichrist? Who are the “many antichrists”?
I believe the context here emphasizes that spirit that “seems to belong but does not; which eventually reveals its true self when it deserts the sheep fold”. Selah
The portrait scripture gives of the antichrist highlights the colors of apostasy as its most telling distinction. The brush strokes of prophetic inspiration, with respect to antichrist, refers to the man…or peoples “that fall away from the way of the Lord into apostasy”.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Let us juxtapose this light next to that shed in the pages of John’s inspired writings; highlighting this: “they went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us”
This is the spirit of antichrist. Tares sowed among the wheat; who seem to look like the wheat shaft until their reckoning comes. It is this outworking that has and continues to reveal the son of perdition…even the man of sin “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”