Thursday, September 3, 2009

Is Obama the Antichrist?

A strange video has shown up on Youtube claiming that Jesus identified Obama as the Antichrist. Some Christians have been startled by this wildly popular video and believe that the evidence is overwhelming. You can watch the video by clicking here. Please listen to you tube and judge for yourself.As compelling as this video may seem at first glance, this idea of identifying the antichrist has been tried before. To rehearse the history would be redundant and embarrassing. Here are just a few examples from the 20th century:
There was Oswald J. Smith in 1926 who wrote in Is the Antichrist at Hand? that the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was the predicted antichrist. Smith outlined how he fit all the biblical characteristics. Smith had to take it all back when Mussolini was executed on April 28, 1945. Adolf Hitler was another antichrist candidate. He seemed like a perfect fit because of his desire for world conquest and his near elimination of European Jewry. Some conjectured that JFK might be the antichrist because of his mortal head wound. Salem Kirban wrote a book on how Henry Kissinger, “a man of peace,” might be the prophesied antichrist. Even Ronald Reagan was considered a viable antichrist candidate when someone pointed out that Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6) came out as 6–6–6. And it didn’t spoil the identification when he was nearly fatally injured in an assassination attempt.
I find it interesting that most of the prophetic prognosticators who claim they are in the know on the identity of the antichrist rarely deal with the passages that actually use the word “antichrist.” John is the only biblical writer to use the term, and it is clear of the “when” of antichrist:
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we kno w that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18).
John was telling HIS readers that it was the “last hour” for THEM, not some distant people thousands of years removed from the time he wrote his brief epistle. John’s point echoes that of Peter when he wrote, “The end of all things is NEAR; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer” (1 Peter 4:7). It was “near” or “at hand” for HIS readers.
John clears up some of the confusion that is still with us today. There wasn’t just one antichrist. “Many antichrists HAVE appeared,” he corrects the recipients of his letter. It is the reality of this that John can tell his first-century readers, “from THIS we know that it IS the last hour.” Who are these antichrists? John continues:
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is20the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son (1 John 2:19–22).
These antichrists were at one time part of the church. The definition of antichrist is clear: They deny that Jesus is the Christ and that He has a special relationship with the Father. We see the theme running through John’s gospel that Jesus and the Father are one (John 5:36–38; 10:25, 30). To deny this is to be an antichrist.
In his second epistle, John once again tells us the “when” of these antichrists and what identifies an antichrist: “For many deceivers HAVE GONE out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist” (2 John 7).
So then, don’t be fooled by modern-day false prophets who claim to be in the know. This too will pass.
Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. In 2007, he earned his Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual History from Whitefield Theological Seminary. Author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, he also hosts The Gary DeMar Show, and History Unwrapped—both broadcasted and podcasted. Gary has lived in the Atlanta area since 1979 with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and are enjoying being grandparents to their grandson. Gary and Carol are members of Midway

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