Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Is Obama the Antichrist?

Growing up in evangelical churches I've run into many people who speculate on who the antichrist is or will be. Recently a friend showed me some youtube videos that made the case that Barack Obama was the antichrist.

I'm no expert at biblical prophecies, I haven't focused much on trying to figure stuff like this out... it usually just makes my head spin.

But I thought I should at least look at what our Scriptures say about the antichrist.

I discovered there are only 4 occurrences of the word antichrist in the Bible.

1 John 2:18 (NIV)
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 2:22 (NIV)
Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 (NIV)
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.
2 John 1:7 (NIV)
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

A few things to note here:
  • John was talking to people during his time, saying "this is the last hour"
  • There was more than one antichrist during the days of John. Note the plural antichrists in the first verse, and the word 'many' in the last one.
  • The word antichrist supposedly can mean 'false messiah' or 'false anointed one'
  • John labels people antichrist anyone who is trying to deceive others to believe Jesus was not Christ and did not come in the flesh.
So from these verses do we have reason to be looking for a future super antichrist? I think John was talking to people in his day to keep a watch for false messiahs. If there was a 'super antichrist' it may have been Nero or one of the other Roman Emporors of those days who claimed to be gods.

There's likely many false christ's in our day as well... but from these verses there is no indication that we are to be waiting, watching and speculating about a unique antichrist in our day.

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