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We will begin by saying that the Apostle John gave us the name, "Antichrist," as the evil leader chosen by Satan to deceive the world and persecute God's true believers. Antichrist is his name and also his description. The Apostle Paul also gave Antichrist a name. He called him, "ANOMOS," and in a moment we will see that this too is his name and description. First let's look at Strong's Concordance to define, "Nomos, Anomos, and Anomia."
"Nomos" - The Law given to Moses
Word # 3551 in Strong's Concordance is"Nomos" - "Pronounced Nom'-os; Nemo (to parcel out espc. food or grazing to animals); Law (through the idea of prescriptive usage),ge. (regulation, specifically (of Moses [including the volume];also of the Gospel). or fig. (a principle): Law"
(In other words, "The Law God Gave to Moses")
"Anomos" - The Negative of NomosWord # 459 - "An’-om-os; from 1 [A] (as a negative participle) and 3551; lawless, that is (negative) not subject to (the Jewish) law… wicked: without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful."
(In other words, "The negative of Nomos" or, "Annulling God's 10 Commandments")
"Anomia" - The Practice of Annulling God's Law
Word # 458 - "An-om-ee’-ah; from 459; illegality, that is violation of law or (genitive) wickedness:-- iniquity, x transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness."
(In simpler terms, "The negative of the Law God gave to Moses" or, "Annulling God's Law")
Thus the full meaning of, "Anomos" and "Anomia" is "Attempting to annul God’s Law, His Ten Commandments (or a Commandment), and then TEACHING OTHERS TO DO SO ALSO." Although we can find no direct proof that the letters, "MOS" in the words, "Nomos" and "Anomos," are a direct reference to the man, Moses, it does seem likely. We do know for sure that the Law referred to is the Law that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. That is the Law, "Written with the Finger of God." Thus, the obvious and undeniable definition of ANOMOS and ANOMIA is specifically the negative of God's 10 Commandments.
The word, "Nomos" appears dozens of times in the New Testament and always refers to God's Law, the 10 Commandments. The words, "Anomos" and "Anomia" appear 20 times in the New Testament Scriptures. 17 times these words represent the act of teaching others to annul God's Law or part of it. The other 3 times are Paul naming Antichrist and his evil workings. Throughout Paul's writings, Anomos and Anomia are the only names Paul attached to Antichrist. Let's look at Paul's exact words.
Paul Calls Antichrist "Anomos"
Three times Paul called Antichrist "Anomos." "Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day [the day Jesus comes to take His people to Heaven] shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostasy] first, and that Man of Sin (Anomos) be revealed, the son of perdition" (2Thess.2:3). "For the Mystery of Iniquity (Anomia) doth already work" (Vs.7). "And then shall that Wicked One (Anomos) be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming" (2Thess.2:3,7,8).
This is Paul’s most comprehensive description of Antichrist. In verse 3 he called him "Anomos." KJV translated Anomos as "Man of Sin." In verse 7 Paul calls him, "The Mystery of Anomia." KJV translated it the, "Mystery of Iniquity." In verse 8 Paul again referred to Antichrist as, "Anomos," and the KJV translated this, "Wicked One." The New International Version Bible renders Paul’s references to Antichrist, "The Lawless One," as do most other translations. Paul was following the example of Jesus and Daniel. All of what we have presented here is available to every Christian Minister through the world, but for obvious reasons, only a very few have acknowledged it and preached it.
We've seen what Paul has to say about Anomos being Antichrist's description, and how Paul actually called Antichrist, "Anomos." In a moment we will look at examples of Isaiah, Daniel, and John connecting Antichrist with "Law Annulling," but first let's look at the most important uses of "Anomia," in the Bible. Scripture records three specific examples of Jesus using these words in Prophecies. One was at the beginning of His ministry, one in the middle, and one at the end. Jesus made it clear that enemies of the Church, implants from Satan, would use Anomia almost immediately when the early Church was established. Then Jesus made it clear that this Anomia delusion would be Satan's last attack on the Last-Day Church just before the Second Coming.
Jesus Prophesied False Prophets will Teach Anomia
This is the main purpose of this Blogsite. If Jesus clearly told us exactly what Satan's last day delusion would be, certainly we want to know what He said. Following is a small sample of Christ's revelation of this from His three and a half year ministry:
1. Christ's first recorded Sermon was His Sermon on the Mount. While prophesying about False Prophets in the Church, He said, "Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but him that doeth the will of My Father, who is in Heaven. Many [Jesus was referring to false prophets in Sheep's clothing] will say unto Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them [the false prophets], I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity (Matt. 7:21-23). The word that the KJV Bible translates, "Iniquity" is, "Anomia" in the Greek Text. Thus the translation could be, "Depart from Me, ye that work ANOMIA!" Or, "Depart from Me, ye that annul My Law." However, since Jesus will be directing His words to Church leaders, and considering the other things He said in His Sermon on the Mount, it could be translated, "Depart from Me ye who teach Anomia." It was in this same Sermon on the Mount that Jesus said, "Whosoever shall break one of these least Commandments, and TEACH men so shall be called LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.5:19). When we read the words of Jesus in English, or any language other than the original that Jesus spoke when He said, "Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity," we my stumble as to exactly what He meant by, "iniquity," but those who heard Him that day as He spoke the Sermon on the Mount knew exactly what He meant. They knew He was speaking specifically about the 10 Commandments God gave to Moses on Sinai.
The Wheat and the Tares
2. Christ's second reference to, "Anomia" occurred in His Parable/Prophecy of the Wheat and the Tares. Jesus told of a man sewing his field with wheat, and during the night, an enemy came and sowed Tares (weeds) in his field. When explaining the meaning of the parable to His Disciples, Jesus said the Tares (weeds) would be evil, false believers implanted into the early Church by Satan. Jesus said the evil implant's would be practicing and teaching, "Anomia." The words of Jesus make it clear that it was not only at the beginning of the Church that Satan would sow these Tares among God's people, but that Satan would continue doing so throughout the entire existence of the Church in this world. "The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them who do (and teach) iniquity (Anomia)" (Matt.13:31)! In other words, "Those who practice and teach others to Annul God's Law." Again, the Disciples were not confused when Jesus said, "them that do iniquity." They fully understood that He was warning them about Satan's evil implants that would oppose the 10 Commandments and teach others opposition also.
In what Scholars call, "Christ's Olivette Discourse" Jesus repeated His specific warning against Anomia. He again warned about, False Prophets Teaching Anomia! Note the following:
Last Day False Prophets Teach Law Annulling
3. "And many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity (ANOMIA) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure [resist false prophet's teaching] unto the end the same shall be saved [implying that those that do not resist the false teachings will be lost]. And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WITNESS to all nations, and then shall the end come" (Matt.24:11-14).
Jesus warned that last-day, "false prophets" will use anomia to deceive the multitudes. Could it be that Jesus was referring to today's very popular view that God's 10 Commandments have been replaced by "Grace?" Today we hear Ministers preach sermon after sermon in which the whole point is the annulling of God's Law. These Ministers tell us how, "legalists" and "cults" are the only people trying to obey God's Law. At the end of their sermons, their congregations can easily assume any and all of the following: "Grace Frees Us From God's Law," or "Grace Frees us to Disobey God's Law," or, "Grace Frees us to Change God's Law and eliminate that Least Commandment, the Sabbath Commandment," or, as many popular Preachers tell us, "Jesus is very pleased that we now observe Sunday instead of that old Sabbath." Can these false messages be a fulfillment of Christ's Prophecy? Again, because none of us speak the Greek or Aramaic language that Jesus spoke when He was here, we may stumble over what Jesus was saying, but Matthew recorded the words of Jesus while inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thus when Jesus said, "Iniquity (Anomia) shall abound," Matthew had heard Jesus preach many times, and no doubt heard Him prophesy many times how that in the final days false prophets and false teachers would be teaching that God's Ten Commandment Laws are annulled. Even reading Christ's Words in English, or any language, clearly reveals this. Thus, there is really no excuse.
"This Gospel of the Kingdom"
When Jesus said, "This Gospel," what did He mean?We must stop a moment and look carefully at the VERY important message Jesus was telling His Disciples in this, His Olivet Discourse that He gave a few days before He was crucified. When He said, "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached into all the world," before the end shall come, what "Gospel" was He referring to? Let's be realistic and ask ourselves what the answer would be if we surveyed a thousand Ministers from all Christian denominations asking them to define which Gospel Jesus referred to. Far and away the vast majority would say, "The Gospel that says we are saved by Grace and no longer need the Law." The reality is, Jesus actually said the exact opposite! He said that, "In the last days many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity (ANOMIA) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure [resist false prophet's teaching] unto the end the same shall be saved." So, Jesus was saying that the Gospel He wants preached into all the world in the last days is the Gospel that warns of last-day, "false prophets" and false teachers spreading the false gospel that His Law, His 10 Commandments, are annulled. Dear Reader, Dear Pastor, could anything be more clear? Now let's look at what Jesus said, noting especially His reference to the "Gospel of the Kingdom." Speaking directly about the time just before He would return, Jesus said, "And many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity (ANOMIA) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure [resist false prophet's teaching] unto the end the same shall be saved. And this GOSPEL of the Kingdom (What Gospel? The Gospel that warns about false prophets teaching anomia during the end-times) shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come." If the Reader has a Standard Reference Bible, look at the margin for the word, "Gospel" in the text. It refers to Revelation 14:6 where we see three angels delivering three final messages just before Jesus comes. The third angel warns of the Mark of the Beast and how those who wear the Mark will receive the "Wine of the Wrath of God poured out without mixture" (Rev.14:9-10). We must conclude from this that the last Gospel Jesus wants His people to preach to the wold is the warning that "Anomia," "Annulling His 10 Commandments," is the Mark of the Beast. Some Bible truths are hard to understand, but this Bible Truth is VERY clear!
We've seen three recorded incidents from Jesus in which He directly warned about end-time false prophets practicing and teaching, "ANOMIA." These three Scriptures only scratch the surface because throughout His Ministry, Jesus prophesied the same many times.
John Prophesied Antichrist
John's most comprehensive descriptions of Antichrist and his work is found in Revelation 13-14. Chapter numbers were not in the Bible's original script. These were added hundreds of years later in order to make it easier to find verses quickly. Thus when John was writing, Revelation 12:17 was directly connected to Revelation 13 with no break in the message. Let's look: "And the Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the Remnant of her seed, who Keep the Commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev.12:17)! Immediately after writing this, John proceeded to give his prophecies about Antichrist's war against God's people during the Tribulation, and he ends with the following: "Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that Keep the Commandments of God, and have the Faith of Jesus" (Rev.14:12)! So, we see that John framed his Antichrist Prophecy by showing that Antichrist will be making war against God's "Commandment Keeping" people! Prophesying about 600 years earlier, Daniel explained how Antichrist would make war on God's people by changing the only Commandment in the ten having to do with "Time."
"Patience of the Saints"
Daniel gave a similar description of Antichrist in which he also used the word "Saints." "And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change the Times and the Laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and a half a time" (Dan.7:25)!
Daniel and John are saying the same thing. Antichrist will make war on the "saints" because they "Keep God's Commandments," and Antichrist will, "think to change God's Commandments."
If we had only the above prophecies from Daniel and John, we'd know for an absolute certainty that Antichrist's war against God's people will be because they obey God's Commandments. But Daniel and John are not the only Prophets that warned us. As mentioned before, Jesus used the word, "Anomia" to directly identify the deception Satan will use throughout the earthly duration of the Church, especially in the last days. Paul followed up from Jesus and used the word "Anomos" as a name for Antichrist. Isaiah also warned about what would happen just before the Lord's Coming:
Isaiah's "Anomos" WarningIf the Reader has a Scofield Bible, notice that the Editors placed a heading above Isaiah 24. It says, "Isaiah's Little Apocalypse," Indicating that Isaiah chapters 24-27 are describing the Tribulation just before Jesus returns. Isaiah begins chapter 24 by describing the horrid conditions of the earth just before the Lord's Second Coming. In verse 5, Isaiah revealed what had caused the devastation of the inhabitants of Earth. "The earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the Laws, changed the Ordinance, and broken the Everlasting Covenant. Therefore [because of this] hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left" (Isa.24:5). Is there any significance to Isaiah's use of the words,"Changed the Ordinance?" Is it possible that the "Changed Ordinance" is the same Ordinance that Antichrist, "Thinks to Change?" How many times must the Bible warn us about changing God's Law before we pay attention? How many times must Jesus warn us that Anomia will be Satan's delusion of the last days before we take Him seriously?
Almost every Bible reference to Antichrist contains a warning that he'll think he can annul, or change, God's Commandments and he'll be making war on those who, "Keep the Commandments of God." Is there any possibility that all these Bible Prophecies and warnings could be wrong? Is it not obvious that Satan has been waring against God and His Law since iniquity was first found in his heart? Is it not obvious that Satan will design Antichrist's Mark of the Beast as some form of Anomia?
Thank you so much, Dear Reader, for your time and interest. Let's pray for each other as we prepare for Jesus to come soon!!!
Following are other Blogsites about Antichrist and his work:
Antichrist - The Beast - ANOMOS
How to Survive the Tribulation and Defeat Antichrist
Margaret MacDonald's Dream About Antichrist
Thank SO much, Dear Reader and Dear Pastor, for your time and interest. Let's pray together that God will reveal to us what we must do to prepare for Christ's soon coming!!
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.
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