The four verses below are the only Scriptures in the entire Bible which use the word antichrist. Note that those who John called antichrist were part of his Church but apostatized and went out on their own (see ) and hence were in the world in his lifetime (see capitalized TEXT). Thus these people John called antichrist used to be with him as professed Christians but began teaching serious error. So what error did they teach that caused John to call them antichrist? (see **text**)
The Trinity doctrine claims it was the one God playing the role of the Son who died on the cross and hence denies it was the literal Son of God that came in the flesh and died on the cross. Denying Jesus is the literal Son of God also means God cannot be a literal Father and so it denies both the Father and Son. Note carefully 1 John 2:22-23.
1 John 2:18-19 “it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, EVEN NOW ARE THERE MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 , but they were not of ; for if they had been of , they would no doubt have continued with : but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of .”
1 John 2:22-23 “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? **He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son**. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same has not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son has the Father also.”
1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that **confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God**: and THIS IS THAT SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, whereof you have heard that it should come; AND EVEN NOW ALREADY IS IT IN THE WORLD.”
2 John 1:7 “FOR MANY DECEIVERS ARE ENTERED INTO THE WORLD, **who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh**. THIS IS A DECEIVER AND AN ANTICHRIST.”
At the Protestant Reformation the Papacy was first identified as the first beast of Revelation 13 and is synonymous with what John called antichrist. The Catholic Church responded with the Counter Reformation where they commissioned two Jesuits to manufacture false doctrine to take the focus off them being identified as antichrist. This is where the false idea of a one man antichrist originated which Scripture never teaches. Considering what John wrote on antichrist, it becomes obvious that way the Papacy denies the Father and Son is by their creation of the Trinity doctrine which has corrupted most of Christendom.
Many believe their faith is well grounded in the doctrine of the Trinity, yet this teaching is the foundational teaching of antichrist which makes it impossible to build on the true rock—Christ the Son of the living God. The Handbook for Today's Catholic, page 11 says, “The mystery of the trinity is the central doctrine of the Catholic faith.” The antichrist power has built on the premise that Jesus is not the literal Son of God, thus denying the Father and Son relationship. God's true Church will build on the foundation that Peter declared in Matthew 16:13-18: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God ... and upon this rock I will build my Church.” To believe the Trinity teaching is actually to be walking in the footsteps of antichrist.
And since the Trinity doctrine teaches 3 co-equal beings, then why did John fail to include denying the Holy Spirit if it were really a third co-equal being? The answer is simple. Because the Holy Spirit is not a third being but a third entity being their Holy Spirit. As John also said, “truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
Only two beings alone as John taught, “The Father and the Son ALONE are to be exalted.” — (E.G. White, YI, July 7, 1898)
What teaching is antichrist according to Ellen White?
“Here the apostle has pointed out one of the marked characteristics of spiritualist teachers. They refuse to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God. Concerning such teachers the beloved John declares: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is ANTICHRIST, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father.” 1 John 2:22, 23. Spiritualism, by denying Christ, denies both the Father and the Son, and the Bible pronounces it the manifestation of ANTICHRIST.” — (E.G. White, PP, p. 686.1)
“Those who become confused in their understanding of the word, who fail to see the meaning of antichrist, will surely place themselves on the side of antichrist.” — (E.G. White, 7BC, 949)
Could it be that the way the antichrist denies the Father and Son is by introducing the Trinity doctrine into Christianity, which destroys their true relationship by denying the personality of God and His Son? Remember that the antichrist according to the Scriptures is not a secular power but a religious one that destroys the true essence of the gospel.
Note what else Ellen White wrote on this,
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (Par. 17) ... He who denies the personality of God and of his Son Jesus Christ, is denying God and Christ. “If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.” — (E.G. White, RH, March 8, 1906, p. 9)
So what wrong belief denies the personality of God and His Son which is denying God and Christ?
Her husband said, “Here we might mention the TRINITY, which does away [with] the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ,” — (James White, RH, Dec 11, 1855, p. 85)
So if you believe in the Trinity doctrine then you deny the personality of God and His Son which Ellen White says denies God and Christ, which both the Apostle John and Ellen White said is antichrist. No longer is their personality that of a true Father and Son. To be called antichrist obviously means being excluded from the kingdom.