Christian speaker and radio host Dr. Michael Brown believes that certain subsets of the faithful might be placing too much of a focus on the Antichrist — the biblical figure who many Christians believe will play a key role in the end times as recounted in the Book of Revelation.
He said that these individuals are sometimes so consumed that they talk more about the Antichrist than they do Jesus.
In an op-ed published by Charisma News, Brown recently detailed the five reasons why he doesn't focus too heavily on the Antichrist and why he's "not even worried about him," imploring other believers to take a similar theological stance on the matter.
"It is true that the Bible paints a dreadful picture of this individual whom Paul calls 'the man of sin ... the son of destruction.' (2 Thess. 2:3)," Brown said. "He writes: 'even him [the lawless one], whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all deception of unrighteousness among those who perish, because they did not receive the love for the truth that they might be saved' (2 Thess. 2:9-10)."
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The faith leader also discussed the popular belief that the Antichrist is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, saying that it is understandable why so many Christians talk about the biblical figure, especially considering the terrifying descriptions he is given.
That said, Brown proceeded to offer five reasons why he simply doesn't worry about what's ahead, starting with the idea that Christians should be predominately focusing on Jesus rather than the Antichrist.
"The death, resurrection and return of Jesus are the foundation of our faith and the center of our spiritual lives," he wrote. "By focusing on Him, everything else falls into place."
As for his second point, Brown said that 1 John 2:18 tells us that "many antichrists" will come, with the biblical author, John, describing these figures as being individuals who simply deny Christ.
His third point focuses on his belief that the rise of the Antichrist, though terrible from a biblical sense, means that Jesus' return is not far off, writing, "the bad news of the Antichrist and tribulation is also the good news that the end is right around the corner, and that, in a very short period of time, we will see the Lord face to face."
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While Brown said that life is filled with tribulation for many Bible believers as it has been throughout the ages, fears over a Great Tribulation period that many people see as being prophesied in the Book of Revelation need not overtake the faithful.
And for his fifth and final point, Brown said that only the "last generation will have to deal with the Antichrist." Rather than obsessing over the identity of the Antichrist — as many other generations have — he said that he is content to live for God.
Read all of the details behind each of Brown's arguments here.
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