The internet was recently invaded by an Obama is the antichrist speculation video which wended a convoluted rotini of logic in stating that when the passage in Luke 10:18, that describes Satan falling like lightning from on high, is read aloud in Hebrew, Baraq and Bamah are two of the words used, which was a coded warning from Jesus about the Antichrist, and Obama is it!
Much of the speculation about the Antichrist is based on the beast in Revelation, but while the words beast, dragon, false prophet, devil and Satan all appear in the narrative of Revelation, antichrist is not used. The word ‘antichrist’ appears only five times in the Bible, and all in the first two epistles of John, and defines itself in one scripture: ‘Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.’ 1 John 2:22
The word’s appearance four verses before is just as revealing. ‘Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.’ 1 John 2:18
So as some pastors and prophecy fanatics warn us from pulpits and in pop culture that these are the last days and the antichrist is coming, so is the first part of the scripture fulfilled; and that being so, thus also is the second, that many antichrists are now among us.
He who says he is of Christ but does abominably is a liar, and denies God, and is antichrist. How a man is abomination to God is described in lucid detail in Proverbs 6:16, where it is written: ‘These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.’
Therein do we find our former president described uncannily. That smug, prideful look of George Bush is as unforgettable as the lies, the bloody hands and the dreams of a dark heart—everything you would imagine an antichrist to be. He stole an election, with help from his father, and deceived many, in that so many Christians voted for him—exactly as some ‘Christians’ say will happen when the Antichrist comes.
Let’s pretend we’re in the heavens as God and Satan take a bird’s eye look down. There is Israel, God's heart, and Jerusalem, God’s jewel city upon the earth. And how would Satan rage against God? By striking as near to that heart as he could. And look there, George Bush antichrist, and his father, invoking the prophecies of Gog and Magog while making war in Babylon, near Israel’s border.
Along with his sidekick the false prophet Cheney--who fear mongered about the falling sky while warnings were ignored and attacks launched on their watch--they roared through eight years of history and left waves of social, cultural and economic destruction still repercussing into the future and a deep wake of devastation behind, epitomized by their bungled handlings of 9/11 and Katrina. And just as with those disasters, it will take the fulness of time to number the dead and measure the damage.
And now are their followers, more antichrists, taking to the streets and the airwaves, kicking and screaming, as it is written in Revelation 12:12: “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
There are your antichrists.
As to President Obama and scripture, why take a twisted path to an inferred allusion when a direct one is right there? There are three uses of the unusual expression ‘leading captivity captive,’ in the Bible. One appears in the New Testament, in reference to Jesus Christ, and one in the Old Testament, about an ancient Jewish hero named Barak. (a third use, Psalm 68:18, foreshadows the scripture in Ephesians about Christ.)
‘But unto everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.’ Ephesians 4:7-8.
‘…awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.’ Judges 5:12-13.
Am I saying George Bush is the Antichrist? One of many. Am I comparing President Obama to Christ? Nope. He says that he is in Christ, pray that it is true. He does have ‘dominion over the nobles and the mighty;’ may God help him.