Is Barack Obama the antichrist?

A very well-balanced article …

Is Barack Obama the antichrist?

Question: “Is Barack Obama the antichrist?”

Answer: Typically, there are at least two inherent flaws when this question is asked. First, in the United States, and surely other nations, many seek to demonize those with whom they disagree politically. Calling a man the antichristis essentially declaring him to be Satan incarnate. Some on the far right were convinced that President Bill Clinton was the antichrist. Some who hold to far left political views were convinced that President George Bush was the antichrist. Now, those who disagree with the political views of President Barack Obama are throwing the antichrist label at him as well. This political demonization is ridiculous, as the biblical indicators of who is the antichrist have nothing to do with conservative or progressive politics. Second, Christians in the United States tend to forget that the end times revolve around the nation of Israel, not the United States. The Bible nowhere explicitly prophesies the existence of the United States. While the United States may have a role in the end times and/or with the antichrist, it is just as possible that the United States will not even exist in the end times.

There is rampant misinformation being spread around that makes unbiblical statements about the antichrist, attempting to create links with Barack Obama. One of the most common states that the antichrist will be a man of Muslim/Arab descent, in his 40s, and will rule for 42 months (close to the length of a U.S. presidency). The Bible nowhere says anything about the ethnicity, religion, or age of the antichrist. Further, Barack Obama vehemently denies accusations that he is a Muslim, and he is not of Arab descent. The “42 months” concept is taken from Revelation 13:5-8, but there is absolutely nothing to connect the 42 months with the 4-year (48 months) tenure of a U.S. President. Intentional misinformation like this is deceptive and counterproductive. It likely will, in fact, make it more difficult to recognize the true antichrist once he appears on the scene.

With the distractions and misinformation put aside, that still leaves the question—is Barack Obama the antichrist? First, let’s look at a few things that argue against Barack Obama being the antichrist. There is some debate among Bible prophecy experts as to the ethnicity of the antichrist. Some believe that the antichrist will be of Jewish descent, as he would have to be a Jew to claim to be the Messiah. Others believe that the antichrist will come from a revived Roman Empire, most likely identified with modern-day Europe. Barack Obama is the son of a white, non-Jewish mother, and a black, non-Jewish, Kenyan father. He is neither Jewish or European (unless the United States is considered part of Europe in terms of Bible prophecy). Ethnically/racially speaking, Obama does not seem to match what the Bible says about the antichrist. Also, Barack Obama claims to be a Christian and claims to have faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior. While anyone can make such claims, it seems highly unlikely that the antichrist would even claim/pretend to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

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 2:3states 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.

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). [Note: The temple has yet to be rebuilt.]

And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” (Revelation 13:1-4)

Addendum:

There have been claims that the name “Barack” is found in the Muslim scriptures, the Qur’an, and that this fact gives legitimacy to the idea that Barack Obama is a Muslim and/or the antichrist. According to a word search of the entire Qur’an, this is not the case.

The unrelated name “Buraq” (“lightning”) is found in the Israand Mi’raj, a story also called “Night Journey.” The Israand Mi’rajare briefly sketched in Surah 17, but Buraq is only mentioned in the extended story found in the Hadith, the gloss or extra-Qur’anic writings similar to the Jewish Talmud. Buraq was a human-faced, winged horse that provided transportation for the prophets. According to Islamic tradition, Buraq took Abraham from Syria to Mecca to visit Hagar and Ishmael. In “Night Journey,” the Buraq takes Muhammad on a tour of the seven levels of heaven. In more recent times, “Buraq” has become the name of an airline in Libya.

The name “Barack” is etymologically unrelated to “Buraq” and is the African form of the Hebrew name “Baruch” (Jeremiah 32:12). Baruch means “blessed.”

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Barack-Obama-antichrist.html#ixzz3cttASWbY

Stay balanced and keep watching …

Mahdi to return by 2016?

WND EXCLUSIVE

MAHDI TO RETURN BY 2016, FOLLOWED BY JESUS?

Mainstream Muslim website makes official announcement

Published: March 30, 2015

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It’s not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days. Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah. In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam.

DiscoveringIslam.org and the End Times Research Center have calculated that the “first phase” of the end of time will begin soon and lead to the “Day of Judgment” in seven years. The estimates were derived from “the latest research” into numerical analysis of the Quran, Hadith, Arabic words and historical events,” according to DiscoveringIslam.org.

“The Messenger of Allah [sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam] informed the Companions of everything that would occur until the Day of Resurrection,” the website reports. “Based on our numerical analysis of the Quran and Hadith, the official beginning of the End of Time and the coming of the Imam Mahdi will most likely be in 2015 (or 2016) and Jesus Christ (p) will come down from Heaven to Earth in 2022, in-sha Allah (if Allah is willing),” the website reported. The Quran and the Bible put forth end-times narratives that are similar but opposite. The Bible’s antichrist, for instance, resembles Islam’s messiah while Muslims view the Jesus of the Bible as their antichrist or “Dajjal.”

The Quran teaches that Jesus returns to earth but for a very different purpose – to “break the cross” and convert the world’s Christians to Islam….

ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/mahdi-to-return-by-2016-followed-by-jesus/

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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE TIMING OF THE “ANTICHRIST” (New International Version)

Daniel 9:27 — “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ [seven years]In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

Matthew 24:15-22 [Jesus speaking] — So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak…. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled againIf those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

1 John 2:18 — “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”
1 John 4:2-3 — “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
NOTE: Revelation 13 is believed to describe “the antichrist” — a global ruler who will be empowered by “the dragon” Satan (Revelation 12:9) and assisted by “the second beast” false prophet (Revelation 16:13, 19:20; 20:10).

What exactly do you understand by the term ANTICHRIST???

I recently received the following question from a reader named “Leo” …

What exactly do you understand by the term ANTICHRIST???

We are forgetting about the thousands of antichrists that are living among us right now. The Bible mentions both, THE antichrist and the antichrists, right?

The point is, when, none of us can deal with any of these numerous antichrists (all having Elite and/or Celebrity and/or ruling status) throughout the world, what the hell can we common people do to that so-called, THE Antichrist? 😦

Don’t know why, but sometimes I feel, that majority (90%) of us are following Matthew 15:8-9 in our practical lives!

Matthew 15:8-9 (Complete Jewish Bible) reads, “‘‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me.  Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.’” (Isaiah 29:13)

Here is my reply to Leo …

I see what you’re getting at, Leo. You probably already know this but (I believe) THE antichrist described in Revelation 13 as “the first beast” who will “come up out of the sea,” will be recognized by the details Jesus gave in Matthew 24 when he referred to Daniel’s prophecy concerning the one who will desecrate the Jewish temple — which must be rebuilt for that to happen.

From The Complete Jewish Bible translation: [Jesus speaking] 15“So when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Dani’el standing in the Holy Place” [Daniel 9:27] (let the reader understand the allusion), “that will be the time for those in Y’hudah to escape to the hills…. 21 For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again! 22 Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited.”

At that time, not only will there be many “antichrists”, but many false Messiahs as well …

23 “At that time, if someone says to you, ‘Look! Here’s the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ don’t believe him. 24 For there will appear false Messiahs and false prophets performing great miracles — amazing things! — so as to fool even the chosen, if possible. 25 There! I have told you in advance! 26 So if people say to you, ‘Listen! He’s out in the desert!’ don’t go; or, ‘Look! He’s hidden away in a secret room!’ don’t believe it. 27 For when the Son of Man does come, it will be like lightning that flashes out of the east and fills the sky to the western horizon. 28 Wherever there’s a dead body, that’s where you find the vultures.

But a sign of hope will appear in the sky …

29 “But immediately following the trouble of those times,

the sun will grow dark,
the moon will stop shining,
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the powers in heaven will be shaken.

30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn,[e] and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory.[f] 31 He will send out his angels with a great shofar;[g] and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

In my humble opinion, though individuals and various ministry groups keep trying to point out things that THEY identify as fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus detailed specific signs that have not yet come to pass. In my mind, the key to watch for is found in Revelation 13:7-8 and 15-17…

7 “ … it [the first beast / THE antichrist] was allowed to make war on God’s holy people and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded….

15 “It [the second beast coming up from the earth] was allowed to put breath into the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak; and it was allowed to cause anyone who would not worship the image of the beast to be put to death. 16 Also it forces everyone — great and small, rich and poor, free and slave — to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead 17 preventing anyone from buying or selling unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

In response to your question “What can common people do to THE antichrist?” We may not like the answer, but I believe God gives it clearly in Revelation 13:10 …

“If anyone is meant for captivity,
into captivity he goes!
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword he is to be killed!”

“This is when God’s holy people must persevere and trust!”

The days ahead of us are going to get increasingly more difficult, according to the Son of God. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of those folks who are coming on board to watch with me for (1) the rebuilding of the Temple and (2) the global authority who will eventually be given control over the world’s population; I believe the greatest thing we can DO is to plant seeds among believers that it’s foolish to long for a pre-tribulation rapture. I fully accept the fact that I may have to die for taking a stand against the evil powers that are engulfing our world. And I pray every day that my God will give me the strength and courage I will most definitely need to face that threat when it arrives on my doorstep.

Take heart, brother in Christ, for He has overcome the world already. I can only dream of what eternal life will be like in His Presence!

Thanks for chatting with me!
Paula

The Antichrist and the Muslim Mahdi …

The Antichrist And The Muslim Mahdi – Are They One And The Same?

October 17, 2014 | 

Many people—religious and non-religious—are asking questions about a word they hear the media use when referring to ISIS and other Islamist jihadists. That word is apocalyptic, which is used when specifically referring to the fatalism of Islamists.

People wonder, why do so many Muslims (both Sunni and Shi’ite) operate with such an “apocalyptic,” end-of-world mindset?

Our secular society, however, coupled with the media’s carelessness, is bandying about words like apocalyptic without using them properly and without explanation. That creates a great deal of confusion for some, many of whom just throw up their hands in resignation and say, “I don’t understand this.”

But for those who want to understand, I am offering this two-part column, taking excerpts from my newest book, Jesus, Jihad, and Peace. I hope this will put things into perspective, so when the media says that an Islamist entity (such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Iran, etc.) operate with an apocalyptic vision, you can make sense of it.

The word apocalypse does not, in fact, refer to a disastrous, catastrophic, end-of-world event. It’s a Greek word, the root of which means revelation, or revealing things that are hidden. For instance, we know the last book of the Bible as Revelation, but in the original Greek language, it is Apokalupsae. It reveals what is happening in the heavenly realm, as well as events in the future.

The Concept of the Antichrist

Both the Old Testament and New Testament spoke of an end-times figure, the Antichrist, some 600 years or more before Islam came on the scene. That timing will be important when I explain Islam’s “end of time” coming of a Mahdi in my next column.

The Antichrist is known by various names. Paul calls him “the lawless one,” “the man of lawlessness,” and “the man doomed to destruction” who “will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thess. 2:1-12). The most detailed description of the Antichrist is in Revelation 13, where the Apostle John refers to the Antichrist as “the beast.” The Old Testament prophet Daniel describes the abominable works of the Antichrist, but gives him no name or title (Dan. 9:27).

Who, then, is the Antichrist, whose brief but terrible reign is predicted in both the Old and New Testaments? He will be a world leader of unparalleled political, military and religious power. He will be charming, persuasive and popular beyond measure. The world will not know him as the “Antichrist,” but by some attractive name and appealing title. But just as the word “Antichrist” suggests, he will be the opposite of the Lord Jesus Christ in every way. Everything Christ is, the Antichrist is not; everything Christ is not, the Antichrist is.

Jesus came from heaven (John 6:38); the Antichrist comes from the Abyss, the spiritual domain of evil (Rev. 11:7). Jesus came in the Name of the Father; the Antichrist comes in his own name (John 5:43). Jesus was despised by the world (Is. 53:3); the Antichrist will be worshipped by the world (Rev. 13:3-4). Jesus came in humility as a servant (Phil. 2:7-8); the Antichrist comes in pride, claiming to be God (2 Thess. 2:4; Dan. 11:36). Jesus is the truth (John 14:6); the Antichrist is the lie (2 Thess. 2:9-11). Jesus is the Son of God (Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35); the Antichrist is the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:3, KJV).

The Apostle Paul tells us that the mystery (or secret) of godliness is that God Himself has appeared to us in human flesh (1 Tim. 3:16)—and that the mystery (or secret) of lawlessness is that Satan has produced a counterfeit Christ, the Antichrist, Satan wrapped in human flesh (2 Thess. 2:6-8). Jesus is the true Shepherd; Satan will have his evil shepherd, the Antichrist. Jesus is the Holy One of God; the Antichrist will be the lawless one of Satan. Jesus is the Man of Sorrows; the Antichrist will be the man of sin.

One Antichrist and many antichrists

First of all, the Antichrist is coming—a lawless man who will come in Satan’s power, demanding to be worshipped as God, destroying all those who love God. But John tells us that there are many other antichrists, lesser deceivers who are also self-exalting, evil and destructive. They are antichrists, but they are not the Antichrist.

Jesus tells us that, shortly before His return, the Antichrist will arise during a time of global chaos and confusion, when the world is in political, social, financial and ecological upheaval. The terrified people of the world, desperate for a strong leader, will turn to this man and give him control of the governments of the world.

Daniel tells us that the Antichrist will speak “boastfully” (Dan. 7:8), yet it is clear that these will not be empty boasts. The Antichrist will appear to possess superhuman brilliance. He’ll be the ultimate smooth talker, the greatest con man who ever lived, and he’ll unite the nations under his rule. At first, he’ll seem to be a wise and benevolent dictator, bringing peace, prosperity and hope. But once he is firmly in control of the gears and levers of power, he’ll reveal his true intentions.

The way has been paved for such a leader. Atheists, humanists, New Age mystics, Hindus, Buddhists and Islamists have little in common with each other—but they all share in the belief that Jesus is not the only way to salvation. There are even many self-styled “Christians” who deny the Lord’s claim to be the only way to God. So it will be easy for the Antichrist to establish himself to many as an acceptable alternative.

In these days of muddled and confused worldviews, it is vitally important to know the truth. After all, Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” As events unfold, we need to see them not only through the camera’s lens, but also through the lens of biblical revelation.

That the Antichrist is coming is known—only the timing is unknown. Although we know not the hour of night that the thief comes, we must be prepared nonetheless.

Muslims see the Mahdi as a savior who will lead a global revolution and establish a worldwide Islamic empire. The Mahdi will rule the Earth as the final Caliph of Islam (a caliph is both a political ruler and a spiritual representative of Allah on Earth).

Muslims revere Jesus (whom they call Isa) as the Masih or Messiah. In Islamic eschatology, the Mahdi will arrive at the same time that Isa returns. Isa will descend to Earth in Syria, east of Damascus, dressed in yellow robes, and will assist the Mahdi, who will rule over the world for seven years (or, in some Islamic traditions, nine or 19 years). At the end of the Mahdi’s rule, there will be a Day of Judgment for the entire human race.

The parallels between the biblical Antichrist and the Mahdi of Islam are chilling. Both are associated with the End Times and the Judgment. Both are said to possess political, military and religious power, and head up a one-world religion. The Mahdi will force all non-Muslim people to convert to Islam. Like the Antichrist, the Mahdi will establish Jerusalem as his capital, from which he will rule the Earth.

Islamic scholars Muhammad ibn Izzat and Muhammad Arif write, in Al Mahdi and the End of Time: “The Mahdi will be victorious and eradicate those pigs and dogs and the idols of this time so that there will once more be a caliphate based on prophethood as the hadith states. … Jerusalem will be the location of the rightly guided caliphate and the center of Islamic rule, which will be headed by Imam al-Mahdi. … That will abolish the leadership of the Jews … and put an end to the domination of the Satan who spit evil into people and cause corruption in the earth, making them slaves of false idols and ruling the world by laws other than the Sharia [Islamic law] of the Lord of the worlds.”

Though Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet, they deny that Jesus is the Son of God. Jews and Christians are, to Muslim fundamentalists, “pigs and dogs” who must either convert to Islam or be eliminated. Bible prophecy makes it clear that the Antichrist will target Jews and Christians for destruction, just as Islamic prophecy states that the Mahdi will wage war against Jews and Christians. Those who oppose the Antichrist’s worldwide religion will be executed.

Muslim scholar Imam Muhammad Baqir states clearly how the Mahdi will establish his one-world religion: “There must be bloodshed and jihad to establish Imam Mahdi’s rule.” And Ayatollah Ibrahim al Amini of the Religious Learning Center in Qom, agrees: “The Mahdi will offer the religion of Islam to the Jews and Christians; if they accept it, they will be spared. Otherwise they will be killed.”

Daniel tells us (and Jesus affirms in the Olivet Discourse) that the Antichrist will establish “the abomination that causes desolation” in the Temple in Jerusalem. The apostle Paul adds that the Antichrist “will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thess. 2:4). Since the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., as Jesus predicted, this has led some (not all Christians) to suggest that the Jewish Temple must be rebuilt on Temple Mount before the Antichrist can be revealed to the world.

Yet the golden-topped Dome of the Rock shrine and the Al-Aqsa mosque stand on Temple Mount today. One of the Islamic Hadiths (traditions) records that their Prophet Muhammad said, “[Armies carrying] black flags will come from Khurasan [Iran and Afghanistan], no power will be able to stop them, and they will finally reach Eela [the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem] where they will erect their flags.” In Islamic tradition, black banners symbolize violent conquest, and Muslims await the Mahdi’s conquest of Jerusalem, when he establishes his reign from the Temple site.

Daniel 9:27 tells us the Antichrist will establish a seven-year covenant with Israel—but he will break the covenant after three-and-a-half years, defiling the Temple with “an abomination that causes desolation.” The Hadiths of Islam also speak of a seven-year covenant that the Mahdi makes with Israel: “The Prophet said: There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans. The fourth will be mediated through a person who will be from the progeny of Hadrat Aaron [Honorable Aaron, the brother of Moses] and will be upheld for seven years.”

There can be no doubt: Muslims are preparing to accept the Mahdi as their leader—and the Mahdi is indistinguishable from the world leader we know as the Antichrist.

I bring all of this to your attention so we can have a knowledgeable perspective when viewing current events unfolding in the Middle East.

But Christians should not fear.

Regardless of whether the Antichrist comes in this generation or a hundred years from now, those who have placed their faith in God’s Messiah, Jesus the Christ, fear no one nor even death. Their eternity is secure in the One who is the only One to defeat death and rise from the grave.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/October17/173.html#KxyHXlPbG5WpqUEC.99

Truth about Obama as “the antichrist” rumor …

Over one year ago, THE GUARDIAN published an article online titled, “1 In 4 Believe Obama May Be Antichrist — Stunning Poll Results Reveal Pulse Of The Nation.” I’ll share that article at the end of this post, but first let’s look at what Scripture has to say about what we are to watch for in terms of characteristics of “the man of lawlessness” and “the first beast” (a.k.a. “THE antichrist”). The reason this is important: The article is NOW being reintroduced onto the Internet via Red Flag Alerts!

Here’s what the apostle Paul wrote about the Man of Lawlessness (emphasis is mine) …

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie  and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-11, New International Version 2011)

(As always, I urge my readers to look up the passages I share in whatever translation of the Bible you prefer, and check out the meanings of specific words in Strong’s Concordance.)

Notice in verse 4 that this man WILL SET HIMSELF UP IN GOD’S TEMPLE. Now consider what the prophet Daniel foretold …

The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolationshave been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:26-27, NIV, 2011)

When we cross-reference these two passages, it appears that Paul is referring to Daniel’s prophecy. Now let’s add what Jesus said about Daniel’s prophecy …

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.  If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:10-22, NIV 2011).

JESUS SAID “the abomination that causes desolation” SPOKEN OF THROUGH THE PROPHET DANIEL will be set up “in the holy place.” DANIEL SAID “the abomination that causes desolation” will be set up ” at the temple.” PAUL SAID the man of lawlessness will set himself up “in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

THE COMMON DENOMINATOR (the prophecy connection) is the fact that “the holy place” — “God’s temple” — will be the location where the most despicable act in all of human history will take place!

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Now let’s look at what the apostle and prophet JOHN saw concerning the one that he called “a beast coming out of the sea” …

” And I saw a beast coming out of the sea….

“People worshiped the dragon [Satan]  because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?’ [Some translations say “him” instead of “it.”]

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” (Revelation 13:1-8, NIV 2011)

Notice that in speaking of the first beast, John did not mention the temple or the abomination. Instead, beginning with verse 11, he introduces “a second beast” that comes “out of the earth.” THE SECOND BEAST HAS AS MUCH — OR MORE — POWER AS THE FIRST BEAST. Here is what this man WILL DO …

Because of the signs it [the second beast] was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them TO SET UP AN IMAGE  in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that THE IMAGE could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” (Revelation 13:14-18, NIV 2011)

CONNECTING THE DOTS …

If this talking image is the abomination that causes desolation spoken of by Daniel and Jesus, then we can be sure that IT WILL BE SET UP IN THE HOLY PLACE, THE TEMPLE, placing the first beast above the Lord God in authority over God’s people, the descendants of Jacob AND those who have been grafted into the family through the blood of Jesus Christ (see Romans 11).

NOTICE THIS …

1. THE SECOND BEAST  is the one who performs the action of abomination by placing the image in the temple and desecrating the holy place.

2. THE SECOND BEAST will be GIVEN POWER to command that everyone who DOES NOT WORSHIP the image set up in the temple MUST DIE.

3. THE SECOND BEAST is also called “THE FALSE PROPHET” in Revelation 19:20 and Revelation 20:10.

4. [Most important] GOD’S TEMPLE — THE HOLY PLACE for sacrifice and offering before Jesus’ death and resurrection — WAS DESTROYED IN 70 A.D. AND HAS NOT YET BEEN REBUILT!

We can surmise from this information that THE TEMPLE MUST BE REBUILT BEFORE THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST! The end times prophecies given in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 7:9-17  WILL NOT BE FULFILLED UNTIL the third temple is raised on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

Question: At the time of this poll, how many of the people who participated knew these scriptural FACTS about “the Antichrist”?

One in four Americans think Obama may be the antichrist, survey says

Poll asking voters about conspiracy theories reveals alarming beliefs – including 37% believing global warming to be a hoax
 in New York
Tuesday 2 April 2013 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama – according to a new poll, one in four Americans suspect him to be the anti-Christ. Photograph: Reuters

About one in four Americans suspect that President Barack Obamamight be the antichrist, more than a third believe that global warming is a hoax and more than half suspect that a secretive global elite is trying to set up a New World Order, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The survey, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling, asked a sample of American voters about a number of conspiracy theories, phrasing the questions in eye-catching language that will have the country’s educators banging their heads on their desks. The study revealed that 13% of respondents thought Obama was “the antichrist”, while another 13% were “not sure” – and so were at least appeared to be open to the possibility that he might be. Some 73% of people were able to say outright that they did not think Obama was “the antichrist”.

The survey also showed that 37% of Americans thought that global warming was a hoax, while 12% were not sure and a slim majority – 51% – agreed with the overwhelming majority view of the scientific establishment and thought that it was not. The survey also revealed that 28% of people believed in a sinister global New World Order conspiracy, aimed at ruling the whole world through authoritarian government. Another 25% were “not sure” and only a minority of American voters – 46% – thought such a conspiracy theory was not true.

At least some of the insane theories suggested by the poll were dismissed by large majorities. For example, only 7% of Americans in the survey believed the moon landing was faked, 14% believed in Bigfoot and 4% accepted that “shape-shifting alien reptilian people control our world by taking on human form”. In other good news, Paul McCartney will be relieved that a mere 5% of respondents believed that he died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a double so the Beatles could continue their careers, and just 11% embraced the concept that the US government knowingly allowed the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 to take place.

The survey was carried out in order to explore how voters’ political beliefs impact on their willingness to embrace conspiracy theories – it did indeed find that the partisan divide that is blamed for many problems in Washington DC also extends to the world of paranoia, aliens and Sasquatch. For example, when it comes to thinking global warming is a hoax some 58% of Republicans agreed and 77% of Democratsdisagreed. While 20% of Republicans believed Obama is the antichrist heralding the End Times, only 13% of independents did and just 6% of Democrats.

“Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved. But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards,” said PPP president Dean Debnam.

This poll was taken over one year ago.

Question: How many of the people who participated in this poll knew about the prophecy connections given by Daniel, Jesus, Paul and John?

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“Whoever has ears, let them hear.

‘If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
    with the sword they will be killed.’

“This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness 

on the part of God’s people.”

(Revelation 13:9-10)