Is Obama Antichrist?
Who is the Antichrist that will rise in the last days? Is it Obama like many believe? I do not think so. By studying Bible prophecy in its correct context, we can know for sure who this evil entity really is. The Bible tells us in certainty that the rise of the Antichrist will be with great signs and wonders, so much so that the whole world would wonder after this beats, saying: who can make war with this beats? Rev 13:4 “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
In modern Christianity we have so much confusion on this topic. Some believe that the Antichrist is some evil, sinister man that will rise during the tribulation period, other believe that the Antichrist was Caesar Nero when he destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Can we know for certain whom this person/power will be?
Three schools of interpretation of Bible prophecy can be identified; Preterism, Historisicm and Futurism. Preterism teaches that the Antichrist did already come in the form of Caesar Nero in 70 AD and that most of the prophecies concerning Daniel and Revelation have already been fulfilled. Historisicm teaches a continuous flow of prophecy fulfillment from the time of Christ through to the end. Futurism, again, teaches that almost all the end time prophecies are still to be fulfilled during the last seven years of earth, preceded by the rapture.
In order to get to the truth, we need to make some effort to study all these prophecies in its correct context and see if it aligns with history, wherever possible. With Futurism, this is not possible as it is claimed that most of the prophecies is still to be fulfilled. In Preterism, we have other concerns again where the fulfillment was accurate but not precise.
Historisicm is the only interpretation that does fit like a perfect glove. In order to make sure of this, we first need to make sure that our criteria used to interred prophecy is correct. Please read the article titled Introduction to Bible prophecy for some more detail. Secondly, we need to make sure that we do include all scriptures possible in our study.
In the interpretation of end time prophecies, from a Futurism point of view, many of the most valuable prophecies in eschatology is never even included in the study. We must start with the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, the four beasts that Daniel saw, in Daniel 7, then study the attributes of the little horn in Danie 7 and only then the beast described in Revelation 13, in order to ensure that we understand the correct context of the other verses which points to “the lawless one”, “Antichrist” and “persecution of the saints”.
It is also highly advisable to also include in your study of eschatology (study of end time events and Bible prophecy fulfillment) the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel, also called the Messianic prophecy, and other similar studies. The reason therefore is because Futurism interpretations sometimes borrow from certain prophecies whatever can be found to be subjected to the Futurism view, out of context of course. By knowing the correct interpretation of the prophecy and the historical fulfillment thereof, we can evade such false interpretations with ease.
So, who is the Antichrist? Is it Obama? Is it Saddam Hussein who received a deadly head wound which should be healed in order to fulfill Revelation 13? Is it Osama bin Laden? No, can’t be him.
The Antichrist is not the single, evil man as depicted in Tim la Hay’s novel Left Behind, or as in Futurism, it is a power, a world power, called the Vatican. Almost all the reformers identified the papal system correctly as the seat of Satan, and it was this very same message that brought a realization of separateness to the reformers.
The reformers, through the study of prophecy, correctly predicted the “deadly head wound” as in Rev 13:3 that the Vatican would receive in 1798, and it did occur just as predicted, and thus the 42 prophetical months of Rev 13:5 ended.
With the disposal of Pope Pius VI during the French Revolution of 1798, the Antichrist received the deadly head would that Rev 13 predicts, would be healed. With the recovery of this head wound, the Vatican would once again become the persecuting power of its former days. In 1929 Vatican II was instated with the crowning of Pope Mussolini and the deadly head would is soon to recover.
Wikipedia: The French government also took advantage of internal strife in Switzerland to invade, establishing the Helvetian Republic and annexing Geneva. French troops also deposed Pope Pius VI, establishing a republic in Rome.
To conclude; the Antichrist is the Papal system, the Vatican, and the powers behind the scenes of which they are the master minds, not President Obama.