i’m reading about what some believe ‘the antichrist’ will be.
He says that at first, the antichrist won’t appear to be evil, but rather a charming diplomat. In an interview on April 25, 2008, he told Glenn Beck of CNN that the antichrist will be “somebody who understands the economy and the global sphere and wins people, a winsome character.”
Rosenberg went on to say, “No commerce can be done without his approval. He will be … seen as an economic genius, a foreign policy genius. And he will emerge out of Europe. Because Daniel chapter 9 says, the prince, who is to come, the antichrist, will come from people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple … Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans. We are looking for someone of a reconstituted Roman Empire …” [from http://christianity.about.com/od/endtimestopicalstudy/a/antichrist_2.htm ]
hmmm. like George Soros?
Let’s look at a few items that the Bible ascribes to the antichrist that are similar to traits possessed by Barack Obama. Barack Obama is undeniably a charismatic, intelligent, determined, and revolutionary individual. Often, hundreds of thousands of people attend events when Obama speaks. Believing him to be a great leader is one thing; mass-hysteria and complete devotion are another thing entirely. Barack Obama seems to have the ability to lead and inspire millions of people. The antichrist, who will be the leader of a one-world governmental system in the end times, would have to also possess such traits. It will take just such a person to deceive the entire world in the end times (2 Thessalonians 2:11). The Bible prophesies that the antichrist will come to power peacefully (Revelation 6:2) and will rule the earth in a time of tremendous peace and prosperity, which will then be followed by the evil and devastation of the end times (Revelation chapters 6-19). Barack Obama’s message of world unity and peace is similar to what the Bible says about the beginning of antichrist’s reign. Further, Barack Obama seems to favor a “big government” approach to solving the world’s problems. While the end times’ one-world government is far beyond anything that Obama is proposing, his view of government does lead in that general direction.
Probably the most important factor in identifying the antichrist is the nation of Israel. The Bible teaches that the antichrist will create a 7-year peace covenant with the nation of Israel, but then break the covenant after 3.5 years (Daniel 9:27). The antichrist will then essentially attempt a second Holocaust, the annihilation of the nation of Israel and Jews around the world. Barack Obama has stated his strong support for the nation of Israel. Obama claims that he will come to Israel’s defense should it be attacked. At the same time, Barack Obama has made some unclear statements regarding his support of Israel. Obama has had relationships with individuals and groups that have anti-Semitic tendencies. This claim of support for Israel, contradicted by dubious statements and troubling relationships, does seem reminiscent of what the Bible says about the antichrist and the nation of Israel.
So, is Barack Obama the antichrist? While Obama does possess some traits that are similar to what the Bible says about the antichrist, the same could be said for many of today’s world leaders. Further, there are serious questions regarding whether it is even possible that the antichrist could be a non-Jewish / non-Semitic person. As with many of the powerful people in the world today, the answer to the question, “Is Barack Obama the antichrist?” has to be “wait and see.” Second Thessalonians 2:3 states that the antichrist, “the man of lawlessness,” will be revealed – it will be abundantly clear who he is when the time comes. Rather than speculating and demonizing, our responsibility is to be wise and discerning, based on what the Bible says about the antichrist. [source: http://www.gotquestions.org/Barack-Obama-antichrist.html]
while i don’t think at all that Obama is ‘the antichrist’, those were some interesting points, especially the part about Israel.
My wife said the same thing about the 7 years of peace, but honestly, as a long-time reader of the Bible (preferring the King James Version, because it’s the oldest wide-spread version available, and the newer versions quoted above take a lot of liberties with the translations and inject a lot of opinion) … i don’t recall hearing the whole 7 year thing. I’m going to read it again tonight before bed.
(i’m watching the acceptance speech, and the dramatic ‘patriotic’ music at the end during the planned hug-fest was certainly moving, but i’m not taking the bait. i have found it interesting to see the particular members of the crowd … it is heavily represented by a lot of certain minorities, including those by birth and those by choice. i wonder if the bouncers only let those kinds in, to paint a picture of ‘diversity’, or if our country really is made up predominantly of middle-aged lesbian women and subversive youth)