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.

 

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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.