Is Barack Obama The Antichrist?
For over a year now, I've heard people from various walks of life speculate that Barack Obama is the Antichrist.
Why is this?
Well, there's a number of reasons.
Unprecedented crowds of adoring fans throwing themselves at an American politician - both in the United States and abroad.
Spectators crying and fainting after hearing him speak.
Worldwide adoration and praise, with a near universal belief among
supporters that Barack Obama can bring "change" which will bring about
Oh, and talk of a civilian defense force stronger than the U.S. military doesn't help - that only adds fuel to the fire.
Throw in a few stories like the following, and it's easy to see why
some are drawing a link between Barack Obama and the bible's most
infamous world leader...
President Barack Obama is similar to the Biblical
character of Joshua and Martin Luther King Jr. was like Moses, boxing
promoter Don King told CNSNews.com on Tuesday. Celebrities, including
Jay-Z, Smokey Robinson, Don King, Denzel Washington, and Oprah Winfrey,
spoke with CNSNews.com in the hours before the inauguration just a few
feet from the rostrum where Obama was sworn-in as the nation's 44th
president. They spoke about how Obama had changed their lives and which
Biblical character they think he most resembles. [More...]
While Barack Obama's ascendancy to the office of President of United
States is historical in nature, it only makes light of his
accomplishment to compare him to biblical heroes of the past.
This tendency of supporters to ascribe a quasi-religious significance
to Barack Obama's career is exactly what makes so many people uneasy.
American politicians aren't usually treated with such reverence.
"In a new YouTube video produced by Oprah Winfrey's
Harpo Productions, dozens of celebrities - television and movie actors,
sports heroes, musicians and more - describe how they will pledge to "be
the change" and "be a servant to our president." [More...]
Again, the United States is unique among the world's nations in that
it was founded on the basic idea that government and government office
holders should exist to serve the people - not the other way around. In
contrast, totalitarian governments are founded on the premise that the
people exist to serve the state and its leaders. The zealotry with
which some people submit their lives to a mere man is what has so many
The article continues:
Actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher begin the
closing scene by saying, "I pledge to be a servant to our president and
Need I comment?
From the Sydney Mourning Herald:
Millions followed the inauguration around the world
and underscoring the huge show of faith, French President Nicolas
Sarkozy said: "We are eager for him to get to work so that with him we
can change the world." British Prime Minister Gordon Brown hailed
Obama's inauguration as a "new chapter in both American history and the
world's history." Obama was a "man of great vision," Brown said. "He's
not only the first black American president but he sets out with the
determination to solve the world's problems." [More...]
Even fellow heads of state are quick to assign messianic significance
to Barack Obama. He's going to "change the world" and "solve the
world's problems." Where does this blind faith in Obama come from?
It's no wonder that skeptics have speculated over Obama's ultimate
So back to our original question...
Is Barack Obama the Antichrist?
As students of the bible, we can confidently say, "No." How can we be so confident?
Because the bible has a lot to say about the life of the Antichrist,
and the life of Barack Obama simply doesn't match the narrative. In The Nationality of the Antichrist,
I lay out the biblical case for the Antichrist's ethnic and national
background. Although much debate surrounds his national identity, the
Book of Daniel clearly states that the Antichrist will come from among
the people whose armies destroy the Temple:
"A ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple." Daniel 9:26 (NLT)
The Romans destroyed the Temple. Therefore, the Antichrist will
arise from among the geographic and ethnic descendants of the Roman
Empire. Barack Obama doesn't fit this profile. Neither his ties to
Kenya, Hawaii, or Illinois qualify him in this respect.
In addition, the bible outlines other aspects of the Antichrist's life
which simply don't fit with the idea that Barack Obama is the
Antichrist, but an extensive review of these is well beyond the scope of
a single article. Needless to say, no one should lie awake at night
worried that Barack Obama is the Antichrist.
However, watchful observers should note the danger of the atmosphere
surrounding Obama's rise to political stardom. The frenzied crowds and
zealous support portend a day when the real Antichrist will arrive on
the scene. The political ascendancy of Barack Obama and the aura which
surrounds his image only serves to set the stage for that day.
Britt Gillette is author of End Times Bible Prophecy, a website dedicated to helping people better understand God’s prophetic Word. For more information or to sign up for his free monthly newsletter, please visit http://www.end-times-bible-prophecy.com.
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