John thinks he is living in "the last times." He "knows" this because he sees so many antichrists around.
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."
Many Christians interpret this verse to mean that it is impossible for a true believer to become an unbeliever. (They become
antichrists instead.) 2:19
Whoever denies "that Jesus is the Christ" is a liar and an antichrist. If so, then there are about five billion
antichrists now living. 2:22
John says that whoever sins is "of the devil." But if what he said in 1:8, 10 is true, then everyone is "of the devil." 3:8
How's this for a big lie? "Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him." 3:22
John says that all spirits that say Jesus is the Christ are of God. If so, then the "unclean spirits" in Mark's gospel
(1:23-24, 3:11, 5:7) must have
been of God. 4:2, 15, 5:1
John says that the antichrist was already present at the time 1 John was written. So Pat Robertson must be wrong
when he says the antichrist is a Jewish man that is alive today. 4:3