by John Greene
“Do not love the world, nor that in the world. When anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For everything in this world, the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the empty assurances in the course of life, are not from the Father, but is from the world. But the world passes, and its desires, but one that lives the purpose of Elohim continues into the age.” – 1 John 2:15-17, P4T
What you have just began to read is a vital passage of scripture. John was delivering a powerful message. He was building on what Yahshua [Jesus] said in Matthew 6:24 and 33-34.
“Nobody is able to be in bondage to two masters because either that one will hate one and love the other, or hold fast to one and despise the other. You cannot be in bondage to Elohim and the idol of wealth… Now, seek first the Sovereignty of Elohim and His righteousness, so all these will be added to you. Don’t be troubled then with the cares for tomorrow, because tomorrow takes thought of its own self. Each day has enough wickedness of its own.” – Matthew 6:24, 33-34, P4T
Being in love with this world of flesh, including believing and depending on the empty assurances and promises of authorities, politicians, business leaders and others is exactly what the majority of Christians have fallen into. Many Bible translations use the word ‘pride,’ but that is only part of the truth. The oldest available Greek text uses the word ‘alazonaeia’, which means to trust in worldly or personal power, as well as trusting in the stability of worldly things [kosmos: of man, the decoration of man’s order]. The mindset of the world is presented constantly as the norm, and the majority of Christians in most places have come to believe and accept what they are told by the world with as much trust as what scripture says. Multitudes are wholly seduced by the names, places and titles of the world. Is that you? (“Grace, His Protective Love & You“; “Supporting the Way or the World“; “Disciples & the Occult of the World“; “Fighting a World of Fear & Delusion“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)
There is a larger context in this passage of scripture that is usually ignored, or considered separately.
“Little children, now is the last age, and just as you understand that antimessiahs will come, even now have come many antimessiahs. On this account, we understand that this is the last age. They departed from us, indeed they were not from us. Because if they had been from us, they would have continued with us. – indeed it was revealed that none of them were from us. And you have been anointed by the Set-apart One, and know all thoroughly. I did not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar, except the one denying that Yahshua is the Messiah? This one is an antimessiah, denying the Father and the Son. Everyone denying the Son does not have the Father. The one in agreement with the Son has the Father also. Now then, as you continue together in what you heard and what you were taught, in that case what you heard and were taught will continue in you. You will also continue in the Son and in the Father.” – 1 John 2:18-24. P4T
How curious that John discusses the love of the world that is passing away along with its desires, immediately followed by the discussion of those that go against the Messiah and His teaching. This was not by accident. Many were drifting away from the truth that they originally knew, mixing it with the world, or trading it for another twisted gospel, or even rejecting their Messiah’s provision directly. In this passage of scripture many translations confuse what John is actually saying here, mixing another message about an “Antichrist” culled from Muslim teaching. John tells us exactly what an antimessiah is in the scripture above. (“World War 3? End Time Insights About Gog and Magog“; “Playing It Safe With Another Gospel“; “Paradosis: Teaching or Tradition?“; “Following the Right Jesus“)
An antimessiah originally refers to someone that WAS within the body of believers in the first century. An antimessiah departed from the truth of Yahshua’s [Jesus’] original message and adopted their own, or another one. In this way, they denied what Yahshua [Jesus] said, calling Him a liar. Each one that abandoned the provision of Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] denied Yahshua [Jesus] and that provision. The word ‘antimessiah’ means ‘instead of Messiah.’ Those that became deceived within the body of believers substituted truth for the lie. This includes those disciples that returned back to Judaism of that time. This would be typical for those that decided to deny the Son with the idea of returning to the Father alone. However, anyone within the body of believers of that time that made a substitution for Yahshua [Jesus] rejected the provision of YHWH, condemning themselves. Instead of being Set Apart to Him, they became set apart to the world and slated for destruction as chaff on YHWH’s threshing floor. (John 7:14-24; Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17; “The Abomination That Causes Desolation“; “Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie“)
Today is much the same, but finding the truth is much harder unless you look at scripture alone, and then, you need to consider the translation you use. Many denominations of Christianity have adopted the wholesale corruption of scripture and their own gospel as their version of truth. There is no benefit to falling in and selling out to the wrong group of Christians because salvation is personal and individual, regardless of what any denomination or church leaders may say. Each person is answerable to YHWH for his or her own life. (Matthew 7:21-28, 16:24-25; Acts 10:35; James 1:23-25; Ezekiel 18:20) Instead of following after the traditions and fables of man, take the time and care to seek the truth of scripture so that you can be counted as the harvested wheat of YHWH’s threshing floor, as you walk spiritually on His track of righteousness in personal relationship. Loving the world is the same as substituting for the Messiah, which is the same as rejecting Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah as the provision of YHWH. (John 14:21-24, 15:5-6; Matthew 12:30, 50, 24:13; Acts 2:21; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:6-10, 14:12; Galatians 6:7-8; “Knowing Where You Stand on YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “The Wheels of Ezekiel“)