A question that has been brought up before in 2008, finding revival and new birth: Is Obama the Antichrist? Some have stated that there is a possibility that Obama is the Antichrist and Mr. O’Donnell and his guest were commenting on it on his talk show.
Why should people be warned of the Antichrist? Think about it – the name alone seems to be a dead ringer for an evil, villainous bad guy – an amalgamation of anti, as in against, opposite or in place of, and Christ, the Greek word for the Hebrew word, Messiah, meaning anointed.
Opposite of the Jesus Christ we know to have told us to love others including your enemy? A man who is opposite of the Jesus who sacrificed himself for the sake of those who loved him as well as the people who hated him and crucified him? This man when he does come would have to be so obviously evil that nobody would follow him. But yet the Revelation written by John as well as prophets such as Daniel warns us of the man.
The Bible is filled with warnings about this man called the Antichrist, the beast or the son of perdition. The Messiah, Jesus Christ is the only other man throughout the Bible who has numerous verses inscribed emphasizing that he should be watched for. So it is clear that we must be very aware of who this man may be.
The Antichrist is the false coming of the Messiah. Those who are still waiting for the Messiah, such as Jews, or those who have not sought Jesus, the actual Messiah, are most vulnerable to his deception. He is prophesized by Daniel to know “dark sentences” and cause “craft to prosper” (Daniel 8:23; Daniel 8:25). The Hebrew original text for these are ‘chiydah’ and ‘mirmah’, words used several times in the Bible. Only in these instances is the translation to English “dark sentences” and “craft” respectively. Most elsewhere, ‘chiydah’ is translated as a dark and obscure riddle, as an enigma and ‘mirmah’ is Hebrew for deceit or treachery.
The Antichrist will be a man of deceit. So despite being the soon-to-be most destructive ruler of the world, he will not appear as such. He will likely be affable and appear trustworthy. Franklin D. Roosevelt, during his time in office had once been thought to be the Antichrist. He had 12 years in office, the most of any president back then and ever since then thanks to the 22nd Amendment. His charisma was similar to that prophesized as an attribute of the Antichrist. But after he died of poor health, these claims proved to be untrue.
However, several times the second coming has been advertised to be on a certain date. William Miller had a massive following believe Christ would return in 1844. When this proved not to be true, it led to the Great Disappointment. There were other predictions in The Jehovah witness predicted the rapture on several dates such as 1914, 1918, 1925, and 1942.
Seven years before the 3rd millennium in 1993, many predicted that would be the date of the rapture. Most recently, Harold Camping predicted May 21, 2011 would be the date of the rapture. This proved to be false and once again as a repeat of the events in 1844, many had already sold their belongings and possessions.
So people have been wrong about events concerning the antichrist before. Why are people so certain that this time there will be an Antichrist that will take over the world (Daniel 17:23) and that it is our president? Jesus did not leave us without clues on when it will be the end of times. Based on these clues, many have concluded that the times are fast approaching and soon the events foretold: the arrival of the Antichrist, Tribulation, Rapture and Second Coming, will unfold.
Seeing Lawrence O’Donnell address the issue of the Antichrist after a heckler called Obama the word at an event in Los Angeles reminded me on how cautious Christians must be. John Hancock said it best. We must recognize no sovereign other than the Lord and no king besides Jesus Christ. Looking up to political leaders can cost your loyalty to Jesus in the future. Watch for part 2 of this article where this writer examines why some believe the time of the Antichrist is soon.
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