Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. ~ 1 John 2:18-23 (NIV)
Bill Haast did some unique, yet lifesaving work throughout his life. He was the director of the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories, a snake-venom producer. The company would “milk” snakes to produce antivenom and the antivenom would be used to save the lives of snakebite victims. Bill also had an idea for making antivenom in another way. He began injecting himself with increasing doses of diluted cobra venom in order to develop his own immune resistance.
We face very real physical dangers in this life. But we also face very real spiritual dangers. God warns us about them in his Word. He warns us about the deceitful Snake. The devil, who took the form of a serpent in order to tempt the first man and woman, is hard at work to sink his deadly venom into our precious souls. His venom is full of lies about God’s Word and God’s love; the devil’s lies are eternally destructive.
But this deadly venom can also be found in some unlikely places. In 1 John chapter 2 God warns us of antichrists. They don’t look at all like snakes. In fact, verse 19 says, “they went out from us.” These antichristian messengers looked like other messengers going out from Christian churches, except that their message was far from Christian; it was anti-Christian. As verse 22 notes, these messengers were proclaiming lies about who Jesus was. They were denying that Jesus was the promised Savior.
These kinds of lies and those who proclaim them will continue to persist until the moment Christ returns. So God warns us about them. But more than that, he injects our hearts with the perfect “antichrist antivenom.” The antivenom that defeats a lie, terrifies the devil, and disrupts the work of antichristian teaching is the truth. You know the truth which God has given in the Bible. The truth is that Jesus is the Christ, who is victorious over sin, death, and the devil.
Twenty-one times Bill Haast was flown around the world to donate his antibody-rich blood to treat the victims of snake bites. According to his wife, all 21 patients survived. You might say that Bill’s blood had what was needed to defeat the snakes. God has given you what you need to defeat the Snake and all the antichristian lies in this world. He has given you the truth—the truth about Jesus whose blood purifies you from all sin (1 John 1:7)!
Heavenly Father, your Word is truth. Continue to protect and comfort me with the truth of your Word. Amen.