Another Candidate for Antichrist

Ordinarily, when I see something in the news that I think might be relevant to prophecy, I just sit on it for a while, even if just for a few hours. However, when I saw this news story, it stunned me. If it’s true–and I have no reason to doubt it at this point–the implications are chilling. We may be looking at the Antichrist.

Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

Just the headline alone is pregnant with prophetic buzz words like “new age”, “peace and fraternity”. As far as other qualifications for Antichrist, I know of none at the moment. In fact, I know nothing about this man other than what I just read on an internet search a few minutes ago. According to the article, he is making these overtures toward Israel at the direction of King Salman of Saudia Arabia, so this also makes the Saudi king a potential candidate for Antichrist.

What’s all the big deal about this man and his upcoming trip? At first glance, this news story sounds very much as if Prince Talal could be the kind of guy who could negotiate a peace accord between Israel and her numerous enemies in the Middle East, or perhaps just “confirm a covenant” between them (Daniel 9:27)–a major prophecy of the Antichrist. Talal may have no other known Antichrist qualities, but even out of all of the candidates in Looking for Mr. Antichrist Redux, only Talal has any chance currently of negotiating a peace for Israel, short-lived though it will be.

Interestingly coincident with this is a report that Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading ultra-orthodox rabbi in Israel, is saying that the arrival of the Messiah is imminent. Rabbi Kanievsky is calling for all Jews worldwide to make aliyah (return) to Israel as soon as possible. He says that the time of the Messiah’s appearance will be at the end of the sabbatical year–on or about September 12, 2015. We know from scripture, however, that the “Messiah” they welcome will not be the true Messiah. Jesus warned:

I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.  — John 5:43 (AKJV)

It’s too early to tell what will come of these events.  They may turn out to be prophetic fizzles. This situation, and this man Prince Talal, bear monitoring and further scrutiny. The end times are surely upon us.

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.

Have the Seven Vials Begun?

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An outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic skin infection borne by sand flies which causes horrible, open sores on the skin, may well reach epidemic proportions in areas controlled by ISIS. The cutaneous form of the disease causes hideous skin ulcers which may or may not be painful. This form will often clear up without medical intervention, but it can take months, and will usually leave ugly scars in its wake.

Why might this be relevant to biblical prophecy? It is interesting in its parallel to a scripture found in the 16th chapter of Revelation, which happens to describe the first bowl (or vial) of God’s wrath to be poured out on the kingdom of the Antichrist.

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.  Revelation 16:1-2 (KJV)

This is hardly a sure thing, but as I have said before, such peculiar intersections of current events and prophecy shouldn’t be ignored. There is a good possibility that, up until now, we have misunderstood the prophecies and they might come about in ways that we have not expected. For one thing, for this to be the prophetic fulfillment of Revelation 16:1-2, it presupposes that the Mark of the Beast has already been distributed and is therefore not the much-dreaded RFID chip, but likely a spiritual mark, which by the way, is the form of such “marks” when they are mentioned in other passages of scripture (cf. Ezekiel 9:1-11). In that passage, an angel is setting a mark upon people who are to be spared judgment. I think it is safe to assume that any mark that an angel is making is probably a spiritual mark. Of course, that is my opinion.

Another interesting theory on the Mark of the Beast is that what John actually saw in his vision resembled the Greek letters  χξϛ
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This is the Greek text in Revelation 13:18 that is translated as “six hundred, threescore, and six” or “666”. Even if you have zero familiarity with biblical Greek text, the letters above might still look vaguely familiar, at least if you are one who pays close attention to current events in the Middle East.

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On the bottom is a clearer depiction of the Greek letters above, the chi xi sigma ( χξϛ ) from the Greek version of Revelation 13.  On the top is something you have likely seen many times in the news over the past few years, although it is often buried among other inscrutable foreign text. It is the bismillah–the words of which I refuse to duplicate here. The ‘X’ are the crossed swords we see so often with it, especially on the headbands of the followers of Mohammed, the worshipers of Allah, the moon god.

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Let it be made clear here. The Mohammedan god Allah is NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is NOT God, the Father of Jesus Christ. Allah is a pagan god that Mohammed adapted to his own nefarious, Satanic purposes. Neither Christians nor Jews owe it any allegiance, any respect, any honor.

As the days draw closer to the end, it is becoming evermore apparent that Islam could well end up being the final manifestation of the spirit of Antichrist. Do you not find it curious that the world, which has so often persecuted both Jew and Christian, has shown nothing but foolish, suicidal tolerance of Islam? Even now we see a rise in antisemitism, and Christians are being singled out and persecuted around the world, but the Mohammedan cult is welcomed, coddled, tolerated, placated, appeased, while it espouses only the death and subjugation of those who are not Muslims. The world and its evil system will always welcome its own.

The coming days will be interesting, especially since the second and third vials of Revelation are the turning of the sea to blood, and the rivers and fountains turning to blood, respectively. The vials are specifically the wrath of Almighty God upon those who have persecuted the saints of God.

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.  Revelation 16:3-7 (KJV)

I’ll be watching ISIS and events in the Middle East. You would be wise to watch also.

Unlikely Witnesses

Not long ago I was scrolling down the endless stream of Grumpy Cat, conspiracy theories, and Obama drama on my Facebook news feed when I came upon a post that stopped me cold: “This Should Go Well: Westboro Baptist Church Says It’s Going To Iraq To Protest ISIS.” I don’t share/repost very often these days and when I do, I end up deleting about half of those posts within a few hours. But when I saw this headline–which at first glance seemed crazy enough to be true–I hit the share button, thinking of something cute to say about what an interesting confrontation that would be, even though such a confrontation would almost certainly end with the deaths of every Westboro-er at the hands of ISIS.

I hate to admit it, but for a moment there, I experienced a disturbing flicker of glee at the thought of it, like when one considers the prospects of an alligator fighting with a giant anaconda; what an epic conflict it would be. The world would watch such a contest with a gleeful intensity that would make mine seem positively morose. Just as I was about to type in my clever comment on the link before posting it, a bible verse flashed into my memory, concerning the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11:1-:13 (also described as “The Second Woe):

And when they [the two witnesses] have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 11:7-10 ESV)

There aren’t many people in this country more hated right now than the members of Westboro Baptist Church; many Christians have little good to say about them because of their abrasive, in-your-face methods which don’t dovetail well with those of mainstream churches. Their picketing of soldiers’ funerals with signs saying “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” have done little to endear grassroots America, but have brought together unlikely groups such as churches, veterans, motorcycle gangs, and lawmakers in unity of purpose to exclude Westboro from those funerals. Few would weep, and many would rejoice if they did go to Iraq to confront ISIS, and paid with their lives. I dare say there would be much gloating and celebrating. I doubt anybody would hasten to remove their bodies, but I don’t find it hard to believe that people might even send gifts–or clever Facebook posts–to celebrate.

Now I’m not saying that God’s two witnesses are going to come from Westboro, but I did have a moment of clarion understanding of how that moment might play out when somebody universally hated by the world finally meets their end. I could see them televising the dead bodies for three days in the streets of Jerusalem in joy and relief after three and a half years of their plagues. I could see humanity united in “Happy Dead Witnesses Day” celebrations and the exchange of greetings and gifts. I could see churches joining in the merriment.

I believe that the signs in Revelation will not be as they have been popularly interpreted in the 20th century, a la the Left Behind series. I believe they will likely be mundane events, except for the stunning perfection with which they match prophecies 2000 years old. So when I see things like a lens flare in Tahrir Square, Egypt that looks oddly like a ghostly rider on a pale green horse*, I pause for a minute to evaluate it. When I see a story (even though it later fell through) that Westboro is going to the Levant to confront ISIS, I pause.

Time is short. I believe we may be witnessing the rise of the Beast–the Antichrist and his empire–right now. Wiser men than I have sounded the alarm that Erdogan of Turkey is reviving the evil Ottoman Empire, and that he is the final Antichrist. But that is something for another post.

* at about 1:21 into the video

I Have Returned

It’s been over a year since I last posted on this blog. While I will spare you the boredom of hearing the sad tale why I was gone, I will explain this: During my absence from this blog, I was also largely absent from the internet and from massive US cable/satellite television for over two years. I lived without 99% of the news and social input to which I had been accustomed when I began this blog. No, I was not in prison.

I returned to the 21st century about two weeks ago, both with television and internet service. A lot has changed in the world. When I left in 2012, Isis was a member of the ancient Egyptian pantheon (and a really tacky Saturday morning kid’s show in the 70s). When I came back, it was now an acronym in all caps–ISIS–and the new, awful face of Islamic jihad upon the world.

When I last blogged here in September 2013, I cared to the point of agony that Barack Obama was not only a horrible President, but an illegitimate one deliberately bent on destroying America. When I returned, I had come to accept that this country didn’t have the moral courage to oust the pretender, and I now no longer care. Removing Barack Obama from office now would be like cutting the gangrenous leg off a dead person–pointless and messy.

Larger issues have emerged in my mind, beyond the state of the United States. What I do care about, more so now than ever, is how current events may (or may not) fit into biblical prophecies of the end. I believe Barack Obama has “jumped the shark” if you will in prophetic significance. He could surprise us all and suddenly sprout horns on his head (metaphorically speaking), but it seems unlikely. I do think that it is fairly evident by now that Obama is indeed–as Allen West coined–an islamapologist at the least, an Islamic Manchurian Candidate at worst. Generally, I assume the worst.

But things in the world are shifting mightily, and Obama’s role in it merely seems to be to hamstring the United States so it cannot exert its influence. The rise of Isis, the ascendency of Russia militarily and of the BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) economically, and the drift of once moderate Turkey toward Islamic lunacy, are all potentially significant events prophetically.

So I will resume posting shortly, and while I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I hope to throw out some things for your consideration.  A lot of them will probably be ideas borrowed from others and expanded on; maybe a few of them will be original. All of them I hope will encourage you to look at this world a little differently than how you are accustomed, and maybe in the process find some truth yourself.

Looking for Mr. Antichrist

A long time ago I stopped actively trying to decipher who the Antichrist would be.  Honestly, there are far too many qualified candidates, and any competition would end up looking like a Miss Universe pageant filled with bloated politicians and hirsute dictators.  Once in a great while, however, some low-life thug will do or say something that resonates with that little guy in the basement of my psyche whose unhappy job is to vet all possible contenders for Antichrist.  This time, it’s Barack Obama who has managed to ring the poor fellow’s bell, and it’s not just because I dislike Obama (vehemently, spittle-blowingly so), but because of an odd confluence of current events, guerrilla media stories, and dust-covered course notes from Theology IV and Christian Eschatology.

Having already made public his undying love for the Muslim Brotherhood, Outlander-in-Chief Barack Obama further infuriates decent Americans and baffles the rest of world with his obsessive need to attack Syria, and to do so in support of the murdering, raping, beheading, Free Syrian Army.  The FSA has been running about the Syrian countryside, burning Christian churches, and beheading or otherwise murdering Christians, but Obama demonizes the Assad government whose army, oddly enough, has reportedly rescued Syrian Christians from these FSA devils.

Then that lonely little dude in the basement called, just to mention that Obama matched part of Revelation 13:7:

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them…

There the similarity stops, because there isn’t enough beer on the planet to make its whole population worship Obama.  Most of the world thinks he is a neophyte and an utterly incompetent boob.  But for a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mr. Obama is far too eager to shed blood, which brings me to a bible verse that fits him to the letter–Proverbs 6:16-19:

There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.

Well Mr. Obama, you may not have the chutzpah to be the Antichrist, but you sure know how to act like one.  But don’t despair–you’ve got the Fool of Proverbs 6 down pat.