Today's devotion is based on 1 John 2:18, “Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard, that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this, we know that it is the last hour.”
The apostles speak of one who will oppose Christ and his kingdom but also present as a rival or usurper. In other words, one of the sobering things about this prophecy is that the antichrist doesn’t attack the church from without but from within the church.
The good news is that as much as the New Testament warns about the coming of the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, so much more does it proclaim Christ’s certain victory over them. Christ’s resurrection has conquered the powers of evil once and for all, and what we experience in this world are the death throes. In the face of these events in this ‘last hour,’ we are called to be vigilant, stand firm, and be faithful.
Please pray with me. Our Father in heaven, thank you for your Son’s victory over sin, death, and the devil. Lead us away from temptation and deliver us from evil. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.