Daniel 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it CAST DOWN THE TRUTH TO THE GROUND; AND IT PRACTISED AND PROSPERED.
1 John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
We are living in our world in the cultural period defined by some as postmodernism whose main characteristics are the death of truth, no absolutes, and relativism. Jesus said God’s Word is truth (John 17:17) and we need the truth more and more in our lives, in our preaching and teaching, in our Churches and ministries in these perilous times. There is a devil loose in the Earth who is out to deceive all he can with the spirit of error. He hates the Truth and hates to be scrutinized, examined, and discerned. It is no coincidence that those in the Church he has success over in departing from the faith are those who he influences to turn away their ears from the truth (2 Timothy 4:1-4). It is also said of that one who will come forth known as the antichrist as well as the antichrist spirit which is already at work in the world will do three things: “And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it CAST DOWN THE TRUTH TO THE GROUND; AND IT PRACTISED AND PROSPERED (Daniel 8:12).”
1. Cast down the truth to the ground.
2. Practises (or practices sin; advances it; brings it forth).
3. Prosper (push forward; break out; come mightily).
Everything in our world that does these three things is the work of the antichrist spirit that is already here, the forerunner of the antichrist himself. The antichrist spirit is the spirit of error (1 John 4:3,6) that influences men to believe a lie in place of the truth. As his lies cause the truth to be cast to the ground, sin will be practiced, advance, and be pushed forward. This is evident even in our government in the United States. We have laws, policies, and political platforms that are against God’s Truth. Truth is the number one enemy to the antichrist spirit in government. The good news is that right in the middle of the Spirit of God through the Apostle John speaking about the anitichrist spirit and spirit of error (1 John 4:3, 6) he tells us in verse four, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world 1 John 4:4.” We also are the ones in possession of the Truth (God’s Word), we serve a Leader who is the Truth (Jesus), and we have the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) to lead, teach, strengthen, and guide us. Our enemy can’t handle the truth neither can he handle us when we use it.