'Period of Tribulation - 5th Seal'
Mat 24:11 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many."
Who are these false prophets?
Mat 7:15-16a "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves...You will know them by their fruits."
False prophets are fallen Christian leaders and pastors (in sheep's clothing) but after their apostasies, manifest their old men (bad fruits) - worldly, carnal, sensual, covetous, lying, proud and haughty, judgmental, depraved, etc.
2Pet 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
More destructive heresies:-
1. Prosperity gospel - to love the world and the things therein
2. Extra grace - unholy lives filled with unconfessed sins.
3. Doctrines of demons
1Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
1John 4:1-2 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
All those who believe and teach destructive doctrines are still saved until the day they deny His divinity. Then if they continue to teach these heresies, they will become false prophets.
1John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
The Antichrist's spirit is denial of Jesus Christ coming in the flesh (divinity of Jesus). In the NT, the Jews denied Jesus' divinity and were antichrists. Today, Jews and Muslims deny His divinity and are antichrists.
The antichrists are those who deny Jesus' divinity. False prophets are antichrists, who use distorted doctrines and heresies to destroy our faith.
1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, so when ~(even now)~ many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
The 'Antichrist' will come in the last days just before Rapture, but before his appearance, there will appear many antichrists (those who deny His divinity).
1John 2:19 They (antichrists) went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
These antichrists were Christians (out from us), but have lost their salvation (not of us). Their denials of the divinity of Jesus manifest their apostasies. This is the main objective of the 'One World Religion'.
No wonder these false prophets were so successful for they were teachers and pastors during WW3. Their heresies allow Satan to trap them. With their new found wealth and power, they will deceive many to join the 'One World Religion' for comfort, prosperity, and power instead of poverty, imprisonment and torture. End time prophets are antichrists for they deceive Christians to apostate by denying the divinity of Jesus.
Brethren, as for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Psalms 18:30