Sunday, March 1, 2009

Barack Obama, the Antichrist? Come on now!

Since Barack Hussein Obama came on the scene, he has been referred to as either "the Messiah" or "the Antichrist". Rather than dutifully accepting the view that suits our political leaning let's examine the facts as provided for us by the only authoritative source on the subject, the word of God.

It's obvious that he is not the embodiment of the second coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords so let's examine the "anti-messiah" angle. (If you do believe he is the Christ, please reply and we can explore that claim as well.)

Just type the words "Obama" and "Antichrist" into Google and you will be overwhelmed with over 937,000 hyperlinks to sites referencing the subject and drawing both affirmative and negative conclusions. So how can we possibly begin to sort this out. As good Christians we know we are to "prove all things" (1Th 5:21) by searching the scriptures (Acts 17:11) as our ultimate authority being the word of God in print. So what does the bible say about the Antichrist, how he will appear and what he will do when he gets here?

We read of this man in Rev 13:11-14 - "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (12) And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (13) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (14) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."

See also, 2Thess 2:9-10 - "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."

Now I haven't been following our new president around but I haven't seen any reports of him doing miracles or calling lightning bolts down from heaven. Maybe he just hasn't called on this power yet so let's continue and see what other characteristics Antichrist will exhibit.

The Antichrist is a powerful religious leader who will look like a "lamb." In Rev 14:1 we see that Christ is described as the "Lamb." - "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads", So this coming religious leader will appear to be like Christ! But, John writes, he "spoke like a dragon." And in Revelation 12:9, John was inspired to write: "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

Satan the Devil is clearly identified as the "dragon" in the book of Revelation. This coming false prophet, therefore, will appear to billions of human beings to be a Christ-like figure. But his message will be that of Satan the Devil! Yet this charismatic leader will perform "great signs" and even make fire come down from heaven! He is also described in 2Thes 2:3-4 - "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (destruction); (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

This coming religious leader, your Bible says, will be worshiped by his followers! Obama is in many respects "worshiped" or exalted, but so far we haven't seen him sitting in a temple pretending to be God or even His vicar.

This Antichrist will appear a few years before the Second Coming of Christ, for Christ will "destroy" him "with the brightness of His coming" (2Thes 2:8 "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:"). So he has to be here before Christ arrives. While the one who will be the Antichrist may very well be alive today, he has not yet shown himself.

So whatever ulterior motives Mr. Obama may have, he is NOT the Antichrist.

Refs. - Who or What Is—The Antichrist?
Who is the Antichrist? What does the Bible say about the Antichrist?

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