The word "antichrist," according to Strong's concordance, means "an opponent of Christ's." John then goes on to make a very interesting observation about the antichrist that is to come. He gives us one of the identifying marks of this opponent of Christ. (The second identifying mark can be found in 1 John 4:3.)
1 John 2:22 "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."
John plainly states that to deny that Jesus is the Son of God, the anointed one, is a lie. Then he says that antichrist denies the Father and the Son. Could it be that the way the antichrist power denies the Father and Son is by introducing the Trinity teaching into Christianity, which destroys their true relationship? Please remember that the antichrist power, according to the Scriptures, is not a secular power, but one that claims to be religious, yet destroys the true essence of the gospel. Now let's go back to our text in Matthew 16 and read on a little further:
Matthew 16:18 "And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Upon what rock will Christ build his church?? Peter has just confessed that Jesus is the Son of the living God and Jesus called him blessed because he knew this. It was upon that rock (foundation) that Christ was going to build his church. Christ, the true Son of God, is the Rock. Isn't it interesting that some have taken those verses to mean that Peter was the rock upon which the church was to be built, thus beginning a succession of Popes? You see, if you take out the true foundation, the house begins to crumble. The reason there are so many doctrinal errors floating around Christianity today is because many have built on a faulty foundation. So many believe that their faith is well grounded on the doctrine of the Trinity; yet this teaching is a false "status stone"—the foundational teaching of the antichrist—which makes it impossible to build on the true: Christ, the Rock, the Son of the living God. The antichrist power has built on the premise that Jesus is not the literal Son of God, thus denying the Father/Son relationship. God's true church will build on the foundation that Peter declared:
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
To believe the Trinity teaching is to be walking in the footsteps of the antichrist power. The Scriptures tell us that in the very end of time, the Lord will give a call for everyone to come out of all false teaching and unite under Christ and His truth.
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4)