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Nov 19, 2012

Is Obama the Antichrist?

The stunning reelection of President Obama has caused several of us in the field of Bible prophecy to question the possibility of him being the Antichrist. I still look for a leader to come out of the area that was once part of the Roman Empire. Since we don't have a clear vision of the ten-horned confederation that will elect the Beast, it would be unwise to slam the door on any non-European leader.

I did a search on "Is Obama the Antichrist?" and found very little current information on this subject. One search pointed right back to Rapture Ready. So, I guess I need to provide my own answer the question.

There was once a time when you couldn't be called a world leader unless there was some group identifying you as the Antichrist. Lately, pin the tail on the AC has become a dying art. Back in the nineties, every prophecy conference that I would visit had someone labeling a political leader as the AC. I remember attending an afternoon session at a God's News Behind the News conference where four speakers in a row tagged Bill Clinton as the Beast.

Today, we've gone in the opposite direction. I was recently at a prophecy conference where Barack Obama's name never came up once. He seems to be mysteriously coated with Teflon when it comes to any speculation of him having an end-times role. When you have someone who would have to hold a news conference while wearing horns and the number "666" tattooed on his forehead to get the attention of Bible scholars, that is the guy you need to keep an eye on.

Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, deserves credit for daring to state the obvious fact on this subject. He said if Obama wins the election, his victory would lead to the reign of the Antichrist:

"I want you to hear me tonight," he said. "I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all... But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.Ē

The statement by Jeffress became yet another example of how Obama is being shielded from any criticism. Here we have a leading pastor comparing Obama to Satan's evil spawn, and the press turned the story into a debate on why Jeffress recommended people voting for Romney, a member of the Mormon cult. Jeffress argued back that when you have a choice between two evils, you go for the lesser one.

As Christians, we are responsible for understanding the signs of the times. One of the best ways to know how close we are to the Tribulation hour is to track how ready the world is for the rise of the Antichrist. Here is a quick overview of what the Bible says about the Antichrist:

Daniel 11:36-43: He will magnify himself above God.
Daniel 8:23-25: He will be a problem solver.
Revelation 6:2: Everyone will think he wants peace.
Revelation 13:2: Satan is behind the Antichrist's power.
Revelation 13:5: He will have great political power.
Daniel 9:24-27: He will make a seven-year pact with Israel.
Revelation 13:7: He will wage war against the saints.
Revelation 13:8: He will be worshiped by all.
Revelation 13:16-17: He will require all to receive a mark.
Revelation 17:11-17: The Antichrist will betray the apostate church.
Revelation 19:19: The Antichrist will fight against Christ.

The devil has no way of knowing who will be the Antichrist until we reach the point that it is obvious that we are in the Tribulation. Until we reach the point of clarity, Satan will always have someone who has his unholy blessing. Right now, Obama would seem to be the front runner. When or if that mantle passes from him, time will only tell.

I've been surprised by how many end-times bloggers used the Obama election victory as an excuse to shutter their operations. I think this was an incredibly foolish move on the part of these people. The Bible warns that people like Obama will prosper in the last days. When you are running a race and people are dropping out or falling back, it is a perfect sign that the finish line is drawing near.

"Donít let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in Godís sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 HCSB).

-- Todd

The Gates of Hell

A great number of those who name the name of Christ believe this season of presidential politics in America represents cumulative proof that satanic darkness is descending at a pace that makes coming judgment unstoppable. Every social issue involving morality that the born again hold dear has, they believe, observably been steamrolled by a juggernaut from the darkest regions forewarned of by the Bible. There seems little, if any, hope of culture as it has been known in this nation surviving the next four years.

Such is the general sense among those who were on the losing side in this electionĖnot just among Christians. We can know this, because all fifty states have growing numbers of quite worried, unhappy citizens signing petitions to have their respective states secede from these United States.

While secession isnít going to happenĖand should not happen--the strong sentiment for doing so, rampant and growing, makes it clear that we are a nation divided. We remember that Abraham Lincoln--another president facing the United States' split down the middle, invoking the truth spoken by Jesus about a house divided--stated that a nation divided cannot stand. It is clear that it has been Satanís desire to so divide America since its inception. What we face now in the coming months, and perhaps years, just might be as close as America has come to the devil achieving his goal.

Luciferís quest got well underway in this country back in the time of slavery, of course. Although economic and other exigencies of the time divided Americans one from another, it was the matter of the horrors of slavery versus abolition that generated the division to the point of producing civil war. However, the division actually raised its serpent-like head at the time the Founding Fathers were trying to form a constitution that would be suitable to frame the republic they envisioned. According to historical letters between early American citizens, the Constitutional Convention, during the time of formulating the document that would govern the United States, was rife with anger and division. It seemed impossible that any conciliation was to be forthcoming. This nation, so obviously put together by Providence, was coming unglued at its core-beginning. Satan was at work to prevent any influence by the God of Heaven.

Fast forward to 1963. The United Statesí history to that point proved Godís mighty hand had guided the American ship of state through the troubled waters of its conception, its battle with the British, at that time the greatest of all powers on earth.

There was in the American Revolution a supernatural energy that superseded that earthly, British, power. It was an unlikely Founding Father who convinced the members of the Constitutional Congress to appropriate that supernatural influence so the nation could survive and thrive. The founder claimed by many to be the deist, the existentialist, within the group who, was thought to consider God to have put the world in motion before sitting back with arms folded to only observe, made a recommendation that astounded the gathering. He first analyzed the situation. Each representative had his own provincial interest that was blocking the coming together for the good of the fledgling nation. He recommended that they depart for three days to reflect and consider what was in their hearts and minds, and what was needed to be accomplished.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin said to George Washington, and to the others in that august gathering, before they left to follow his advice:

Before I sit down, Mr. President, I will suggest another matter; and I am really surprised that it has not been proposed by some other member at an earlier period of our deliberations. I will suggest, Mr. President, that propriety of nominating and appointing, before we separate, a chaplain to this Convention, whose duty it shall be uniformly to assemble with us, and introduce the business of each day by and address to the Creator of the universe, and the Governor of all nations, beseeching Him to preside in our council, enlighten our minds with a portion of heavenly wisdom, influence our hearts with a love of truth and justice, and crown our labors with complete and abundant success! (WallBuilders, Issues and Articles, "Franklinís Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention")

Back to 1963

Progressive thinkers decided by the eventful year of 1963 that invoking the help of the Almighty, which was adopted with great reverence by those at that foundational congress, was no longer appropriate for Americaís children in public schools. Even though the founders had looked with disdain at Alexander Hamiltonís angry objection to the appointing of a chaplain and of opening with prayer, the Supreme Court in 1963 readily ruled that God was to be removed from the classrooms. That has been the case ever since, and the results have been profoundly devastating.

America finds itself in a slide toward oblivion. The populace has been dumbed down through values clarification that proposes no moral absolutes be applied to situational ethics. This hellish philosophical inculcation has been inflicted upon children at the most formative levels for fifty years. Moral clarity has been replaced by the reprobate mindset about which Godís Word forewarns: ďAnd even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind" (Romans 1:28a).

That brings us to November 2012 and the presidential election just concluded. America has just said "yes" to humanismís "no moral absolutes," and "stay out of our business" to the Creator of all things who has said that the shedding of innocent blood is a sin of monumental magnitude.

The world is going full-throttle down the broad way that leads to destruction. It is movement through a gaping opening the Lord terms ďthe gates of hell.Ē A great division is coming that will forever codify Godís opinion of humanismís deadly rebelliousness. The born again, who are the salt and light of the earth and of this nation, will soon be removed in the Rapture, and judgment will begin. Jesus said He would build His church upon Himself, ďand the gates of hell shall not prevail against itĒ (Matthew 16:18c).

ďChoose you this day whom ye will serveĒ (Joshua 24:15b).