Daily Bread - May 23, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 23 May 2019 05:11
1 John 2:19 - They went out from us, but they were not of us. If they had
been of us, they would have remained with us; but that, it might be
manifested that not everyone is of us.

Betrayal and broken fellowship is the hallmark of rejecting Jesus. Judas
was of course the model of this broken trust. We can also say that Satan,
who is also called the Devil, did a similar thing when he rebelled against
God. Everyone always has a legitimate reason as to why they can carry an
offense and not walk in love and submission, but with God and His church,
it is a manifestation of the heart.

One of the primary themes of the First Epistle of John is the love of the
brethren and the fellowship resulting from being in Christ. John takes the
position early on in this Epistle that fellowship with the saints is a
proof of redemption and of fellowship with God, "If we walk in the light as
he is in the light, then we have fellowship one with another and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The
fellowship we have with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are
equated with the fellowship we have with those who are begotten of God (1
John 3:17, 4:12, 20, 5:2).

If an individual does not have fellowship with God, then he cannot have
fellowship with those who are begotten of God. Conversely, if there is no
fellowship with the brethren, then it is being manifested, regardless of
what a person believes or says, there is no fellowship with God. The First
Epistle of John provides the proofs of fellowship to distinguish between
those who are of God and those who are deceivers. The chief characteristic
John gives of those who have been born of God is the love they have for one
another and their commitment to lay down their lives for one another (John
13:35; 1 John 4:7-8, 16).
 
Daily Bread - May 22, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 05:28
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time, and as you have heard,
the antichrist comes and now there are many antichrists here, whereby we
know that it is the last time.

Part 6 ~ The Antichrist Fights, But Jesus is Far Greater!

The primary focus of the antichrist spirit is to eliminate all things that
belong to Christ from the heart and life of men. The attacks of the spirit
of antichrist work alongside the mystery of iniquity (2 Thessalonians 2:7).
Just as the spirit of Hell tempted and even lied against the truth in the
past, even so today men find themselves bombarded with lies and compromise
that leave them vulnerable to sin and iniquity.

When we read of the beast kingdoms of Daniel 7 & 8 and of Revelation 12,
13, and 17, we are allowed to get a glimpse of the satanic assault that is
against us now. We must understand how the rage of the antichrist spirit
will only continue to get worse as the Day of the Lord approaches until
ultimately the Man of Sin himself will be revealed, who will sum up
everything that is antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8-12). The antichrist
is referred to as the man of perdition and the one full of iniquity. He is
full of evil and terror. He is everything that Satan can reveal of his
character in a single man. He rises up in a time when the transgression is
full, when sin and iniquity cannot get any worse (Daniel 8:23; Joel 3:13;
Matthew 24:12; Revelation 14:18).

Let us rejoice though, for we now live in the age of the Church; and if we
are vigilant and sober, we will defeat the powers of darkness everywhere
they attempt to oppose us, because greater is He that is in us that he that
is in the world (1 John 4:4; Ephesians 1:17-23)!
 
Daily Bread - May 21, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 05:12
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time, and as you have heard,
the antichrist comes and now there are many antichrists here, whereby we
know that it is the last time.

Part 4 - The Antichrist Spirit Fights Against the Anointing

The antichrist spirit has been at work fighting against the anointing and
those that are anointed of God since the beginning of man (Genesis 3:1-2).
Satan's antichrist spirit has persecuted the anointing no matter where it
is found. When Christ Jesus was born, the attack of Herod against every boy
under three years of age was Satan's ruthless attack to destroy the
Anointed One. After the resurrection of Jesus, the Church went through one
of its greatest struggles with the saints of God being persecuted, hunted,
and killed.

The powers of darkness have not let up. That same attack goes on against
the doctrines of God and all of those anointed with the Holy Spirit. The
sad thing is that these attacks are found within the ranks of those who
claim to be the Church and to know Christ Jesus. We must not be ignorant of
Satan's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). We must recognize we are at war, and
in this struggle against the forces of Hell. We must be strengthened by the
Spirit of the Lord so that we can be strong for the fight (Ephesians
6:10-12). Satan would like nothing more than to erase any witness of Jesus
Christ from the Earth, which is supplied by the Holy Spirit. When the power
of the Holy Spirit is being revealed, nothing can be of greater provocation
to the kingdom of Satan.
 
Daily Bread - May 20, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 20 May 2019 06:14
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time, and as you have heard,
the antichrist comes and now there are many antichrists here, whereby we
know that it is the last time.

Part 3: Antichrists Preach Another Jesus

We must recognize that another Jesus is being preached when the power of
the cross can no longer deliver a man from sin and the power of Satan (1
Corinthians 1:18; Romans 6:13-21; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:8). Ultimately the
error and the spirit of antichrist will culminate into the revelation of
the "iniquitous one," who is also called the "son of perdition" (2
Thessalonians 2:1-12). Yet, while we wait for him, those who are engaged in
the spirit of another Jesus are continually creating doctrines that allow
them more and more room to walk in iniquity, and we observe an
ever-increasing rejection of righteousness. The spirit of iniquity takes
them deeper and deeper into compromises of all sorts until they are
discovered to be the workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:23; Luke 13:27).

This apostasy and preaching of another gospel and another Jesus are the
results of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. The deception causes a
departure from the Word of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and
those who follow such lies become unable to endure sound doctrine. This is
the spirit of antichrist, which will continue to overthrow the faith of
many. In the Scriptures, they are called false teachers, preachers, and
apostles who come in the Name of the Lord in the last days (1 Timothy 4:1;
2 Timothy 3:8, 4:3; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4, 18; Revelation 2:2). The final
antichrist will proclaim himself to be God, and cause the desolation of the
temple spoken of by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 8:13, 11:31, 12:11; Matthew
24:15; Mark 13:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). But those that come before him
in the same spirit continue to erode the truth of Christ Jesus, causing a
defilement of the people of God with their wicked practices and compromises
(Matthew 7:16-20).

The true test of the believer is characterized by those who do the will of
God which is the foundation of justification by faith (Matthew 7:21; Mark
3:35; Luke 6:47; Romans 5:1; 1 John 2:17). Sin will ultimately harden the
heart and sear the conscience to the point that the truth cannot be
received (Hebrews 3:13; 1 Timothy 4:2). When mind-blinding spirits are
submitted to, and the light in a person is darkness, there is little hope
of deliverance (2 Peter 1:9; Matthew 6:23; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
 
Daily Bread - May 18, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:39
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time, and as you have heard,
the antichrist comes and now there are many antichrists here, whereby we
know that it is the last time.

Part 2: John's Definition of "Many Antichrists"

When John speaks of many antichrists, he is dealing with a spirit that runs
contrary to both the Person and revelation of Jesus. In like manner, Paul
identifies the spirit of antichrist as any teaching different than what he
taught about Christ (Galatians 1:8-9). There are many today who want Jesus
to be different than what He is revealed to be in the Scriptures, and
especially the revelation of Who He is in Revelation chapters 1-3. Jesus
came not only teaching the Word, but also healing the sick and casting out
devils. There are many in the churches that do not want this kind of Jesus
displayed in any form in their churches. Neither do they want a Jesus Who
demands repentance and complete conformity to the will of God. They would
not stand for a Paul who demanded that people be filled with the Holy
Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 19:1-6). They would
not stand for the ministry of Paul that would allow handkerchiefs to be
taken from his body and laid upon the sick and diseased so that they might
be cured (Acts 19:12). There is no room for the signs and the wonders of
Jesus and of the apostles in many who believe they are the true Church of
Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17-20; John 14:12; Romans 15:19, 29; 1 Corinthians
2:4-5; Ephesians 4:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Hebrews 2:4). Today, we find
little room for godliness, righteousness, holiness, the anointing, or the
Anointed One. Therefore, we are compelled to say that this is contrary to
Christ, which is an antichrist spirit.
 
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