Looking for Mr. Antichrist Redux

A couple of years ago, I posted Looking for Mr. Antichrist, which examined the possibility of Barack Obama being the Antichrist. In spite of his hideous, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, pro-Islam, pro-immorality reign, he suffers from a dearth of charisma needed to rise (or descend, I suppose) to that title. At the time of this post, he is statistically the least popular, most hated,US President in history. Remember that this is a country that has suffered through the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.

Well then, who might be the Antichrist? The top three candidates at the moment are (in no particular order), Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, and Alexi Tsipras of Greece. Each of these men have characteristics that make them favorable and unfavorable candidates.

 

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Vladimir Putin is wildly popular among Russians, and is increasingly admired around the world, even by people in the United States (mostly as a result of comparisons to the treasonous lout occupying the White House). He is rebuilding the military prowess of post-Soviet Russia, making powerful alliances with other countries (see the BRICS alliance), and engaging in a Hitleresque program of regional annexation (see South Ossetia, Abkhazia, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, and the Crimean Annexation). The prophecy of a possibly Russian-led alliance leading an invasion of Israel that culminates in the Battle of Armageddon adds a permanent vote for any leader of Russia. Against Putin are his relatively strong support of the Russian Orthodox Church (though that could be a ruse and/or politically motivated).

 

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is the favorite candidate of Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist converted to Christianity. Shoebat makes a powerful argument for Erdogan as Antichrist, based on Erdogan’s adherence to Sufi Islamic theology in which man can declare himself to be God, as well as his desire to accumulate to himself titles, such as the next Salah ad-Din (Saladin), savior of Islam who will conquer Egypt and Jerusalem. Shoebat notes the significance of this aspiration, in light of the prophecy in Isaiah 19. This chapter speaks of “a cruel master and a fierce king” (v.4) subduing Egypt, followed by the Messiah delivering Egypt, and the Coptic Christians there who suffer cruel persecution under Islamic barbarity (vv. 19-22). Shoebat also believes that the prophecy that has been historically interpreted as a Russian-led alliance invading Israel actually is predicting a Turkish-led invasion. Very weakly against Erdogan, is his recent row with Pope Francis over Armenian genocide, but even that does not prevent them from working together for the mutual benefit of evil. I believe that Pope Francis is a flaming anti-Semite, as evidenced by his Israelicidal support of a Palestinian state. I’m sure these two Jew haters can find common ground.

 

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Alexi Tsipras of Greece is a weak candidate at the moment, his most significant Antichrist credentials being his atheism and Marxism, and his refusal to take the traditional oath of office from the archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church. Instead, he took the oath in his own name: “I declare in my name, my honor and my conscience to obey the Constitution and the laws.” This is significant because of a statement made by Jesus Christ, which many interpret to be a prediction of the Jews being deceived by the Antichrist:

I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. John 5:43 KJV

Overall, Tsipras isn’t very compelling as a candidate for Antichrist, but as I have said before, it’s the little things that ring a bell with scripture for which we should be watching, and this oath of his definitely rings that bell.

At this moment, my vote is on Erdogan, but if things drag on for another few years or some other man rises to the top of the geopolitical flotsam, I may well change my mind again (for the gazillionth time). The point is to be ever vigilant, watching for the signs of Christ’s coming, and the end of the age.

 

The Night Cometh

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I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:

the night cometh, when no man can work.   John 9:4

 

Honestly, over the past several weeks, I have lost interest in this blog. Only a handful of people ever see it, and writing a post takes some effort and a lot of time. I have serious doubts that anything said here matters; it is like preaching to an empty church. I’ve seen several events over the past few weeks that could be significant in biblical prophecy, and today, I have the powerful sense that something is brewing in the world. There is trouble just around the corner. So again, I write to the (optimistically counted) handful of people who might look at this post; I preach to my empty church.

For many years, I have held the opinion that the prophesied False Prophet would likely be a Pope, and that the Great Harlot of Revelation is likely the Roman Catholic Church (not its millions of adherents worldwide, but the actual hierarchy of the church–its Pope, cardinals, and bishops). The description of the Great Harlot and the beast upon which she sits is found in Revelation 17. This is not intended to be an analysis of the RCC in prophecy, so this post will proceed on the assumption that it is the harlot of Revelation 17. (For a brief explanation of this, go here.) Jorge Mario BergoglioThe fact is that Pope Francis has been spewing absurdities from his bully pulpit of supposed papal infallibility almost since he arrived. For a person who is supposed to be the Vicar of Christ on earth, he sounds decidedly unchristian at times. He has recently equated climate change with sin, stated that gun owners are not Christians, supported the creation of a Palestinian state, called for Christians and Muslims in Algeria to be friends (while Muslims are mercilessly persecuting Christians throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean), stated that communists are “closet Christians,” and the list goes on. None of these things is biblical, and supporting a Palestinian state is tantamount to supporting the destruction of Israel. Francis is a South American Jesuit liberation theologian (i.e. a Marxist). I question his genuine devotion to Jesus Christ, and see him as a willing tool of the globalist, one-world Marxist government. The point is that I believe the False Prophet has arrived. The Antichrist cannot be far behind.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 today that the states cannot ban homosexual marriage. I can’t say I’m surprised. This is just a continuation of the immoral pit into which America has been falling for the past fifty years. The SCOTUS ruling is being made a bigger deal by both sides of the issue than it really is.SCOTUSIt’s a horrible ruling constitutionally, since this is an issue that should have been left to the discretion of the states. Morally, it is just a symptom of our corrupt society. What else should we expect in a world where pornography is piped into homes via the internet and cable/satellite TV, and all forms of sexual immorality are rampant? Homosexuality has been around since Genesis, and no amount of legislating will change it, but I do take issue with the tyrannical Federal government and its corrupt judges forcing all America to embrace it. The peril in today’s ruling isn’t that homosexuals can now be legally married; it is in the fact that our national government has officially endorsed a lifestyle roundly condemned in scripture. It isn’t the first time the United States has done so, but this adds to our guilt and immorality as a nation. Combined with an Executive branch that is overtly anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, pro-Muslim, and actively enabling the enemies of Israel, the events of the past few weeks have (in my humble opinion) sealed our fate. While Christians should pray earnestly that God will have mercy on us for the sake of the righteous, the fact is that this country deserves whatever judgment God metes out.

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Judgment is coming.

What form that judgment will take, I cannot say, but I have heard some rumblings in the prophetic community, which are troubling. One of the recurrent things about which people claim to have received visions is a massive rupture of the New Madrid fault. One such vision reported by a pastor in Louisiana also forewarned collapse of the US dollar. Additionally, this article illustrates how eleven different economic models all point to an imminent crash of the stock market before the end of 2015.

Christian leaders, such as Franklin Graham, are warning that Christians should prepare for persecution. The homosexual Cake Police was just a trial balloon. You can expect that the militant homosexual camp will be further emboldened to persecute the church after this court edict. For the first time in 239 years, America is about to see the rise of underground churches. Being an overt Christian believer has never been so dangerous in America. It would be wise to hide your Bible in your heart, if you haven’t done so already.

All is not lost, even in this fallen world. Some dare to stand against the judicial tyranny of the corrupt Federal government and its thugs. Texas has passed laws to shield pastors from persecution for refusing to officiate at homosexual pseudo-weddings. Texas has also declared that the state reserves the right to deny benefits, and to take other actions in defiance of the SCOTUS ruling, and that state officials cannot be held liable. Louisiana has nullified the ruling, with Governor Jindal stating that there is still no homosexual marriage in Louisiana. Since January 20, 2009, the specter of civil war as loomed ever larger in this country. America is at the most critical point in its history since April 11, 1861–the day before Confederates fired on Fort Sumter. Most importantly, we are not abandoned:

I [Jesus] have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:20b

Our immorality and our moral weakness are coming home to roost. I don’t know if it will be an earthquake, an economic collapse, or some other horror like a foreign invasion (God forbid). God in his mercy may relent, but we have surely tried his patience for many years. Get your affairs in order and try to prepare as best you know how. Pray for wisdom about how to proceed, not only to protect yourselves, but also how to prepare so that we can help others when the time comes.

May God have mercy on us.