Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for your e-mail 8/2 and your critical feedback on our article.
The Apostle John makes clear that many antichrists have gone out into the world, and that the spirit of antichrist is in the world.
We should not confuse the Biblical prophesy of the Beast, and the false prophet with antichrist forces, false prophets and the spirit of antichrist, which is of course not limited to the man of lawlessness, the false prophet or the Beast. Those who refer to The Antichrist as though there is only one, and confuse the Biblical designation of antichrist with the Beast (666) of Revelation 13 miss the point that, as John says, many antichrists have gone out into the world.
Considering that just one Communist dictator, Joseph Stalin, destroyed 48,000 churches and murdered over 28 million people in the Soviet Union, and that Mao Tse Tung of Red China sought to completely annihilate the Christian church in the name of Communism killing millions, and that Enver Hoxha sought to destroy every church, kill every pastor, burn every Bible, and completely obliterate even the thought of God in what he called the first truly Atheistic state in the world – Albania, would seem to support our contention that Communism is antichrist.
Note, I did not say “The Antichrist” as you wrongly quote.
The Reformation Confessions, including the Westminster Confession identifies the Roman Catholic papacy as antichrist. Again they are not saying that the Pope is the Beast or the fulfillment of the Revelation 13-666 prophecy. See 1 John 2:18.
May the Lord continue to be your joy and strength.
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond