But every spirit that does not acknowledge Yeshua is not from God. This is the spirit of the anti-messiah, which you have heard is coming and now is already in the world. 1 John 4:3
We often hear different concepts of “spirit”; school spirit, Spirit of America, Olympic spirit, and others. While it’s difficult to define “spirit of”, often means attitudes and behaviors consistent with the season or event being described. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the boasting of life—is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away along with its desire, but the one who does the will of God abides forever. Children, it is the last hour. Just as you heard that the anti-messiah is coming, even now many anti-messiahs have come—by this we know that it is the last hour. They left us, but they didn’t really belong to us. If they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they left us so it became clear that none of them belongs to us.” 1 John 2:15 – 19
John gave us insight toward diabolical spirit: “the spirit of anti-Messiah.” Saying that spirit was already at work, empowering those who denied that the Messiah Yeshua had come in the flesh as a human man; Son of God and the Son of Man. The spirit of the anti-Messiah would be any attitude, behavior, or teaching, that is blatantly against or subtly counterfeiting the true Messiah. There is no reason to suspect that spirit of anti-Messiah was limited to the 1st century. Simply look around today at the number of ways Messiah Yeshua is being opposed or misrepresented in our culture.
It is our responsibility to know Yeshua and His teaching well enough to immediately recognize “the spirit of anti-Messiah.”