17) And on the antiChrist – are all the references to the same? The man of lawlessness / Beasts (Revelation) / antiChrist (1 John)? Do they all refer to one (future) world governor? 1 John is very ambiguous – ‘you have heard it said’ could mean and many have come and one will finally come / or it could mean this is what you have heard but the coming will be through many coming. So for me I am agnostic about such a manifestation. The value of believing in such a figure does not seem a factor, all such warnings about such figures was to stir believers now to hold fast to Christ – not inform them about some future event / person.
18) What is certain is if Christians withdraw there can only be a one-world government etc. In other words the salt of the earth is to do just that – the salt was the salt of the Dead Sea: used as a fertiliser and a sanitiser on the dung heap. To promote right growth and stop bad growth. I see the warnings as that – the battle is real. We already have a one-world government. Called the world / governed by the devil etc. I see the warnings about not buying and selling / 666 in that context. To be truly Christian will mean limitations when society oppose us – compare alien cultures such as Islam, communism, Nazism etc. We don’t have to look too far for 666!!!! 666 = number of humanity three times over, personified by Nero (the first of many clear antiChrist rulers) who fiddled why Rome burned and then blamed the Christians for it.