Monday, February 15, 2016
Is Obama or Pope Francis The Antichrist?
Is Pope Francis or Obama the Antichrist?
Many people have been clamoring that Pope Francis is the Antichrist, and some have even said it is Obama who is the antic Christ. Are they really the antichrist? To ascertain this assertion, we will define the word, show the characteristics of the Antichrist and then compare Pope Francis and Obama to those Characteristics. This should not be a difficult thing to do at all.
It is clear that the Antichrist must come to this world (1 John 2:18). It is expedient to make a dichotomy between the Antichrist and Antichrists. The best analogy will be Jesus Christ and the Christians called “little Christs.” The “Little Christs” were and are imitators of Jesus Christ; meanwhile, the Antichrists are followers or imitators of the Antichrist. The Bible defines the antichrist as someone who “denies the Father and Son (I John 2:22).” John says that the spirit of the Antichrist was already in the world during his time (I John 4:3), which was the First Century. He goes forth to explain that the many false teachers and deceivers who deny the divinity and deity of the Lord Jesus are all bearing the fruits of the Antichrist, yet the Bible does not say anywhere that the Antichrist has already come. Therefore, we must wait for him, peradventure he comes during our time.
The Antichrist has some characteristics that you should look for. The first is that he must deny Christ and his deity. This denial will lead him to perdition. That is why he is called "the son of perdition" (John 17:12). When the son of perdition comes, then the end of the world has come. Therefore, the son of perdition is the harbinger to the end of the world. When he comes, the world will fall away from following God, and it would follow the Antichrist as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3). There will be some who will still believe in the saving of the soul rather than drawing back (Hebrews 10:38). For the Antichrist to reign, he must institute the Mark of The Beast (MOB) which is called 666 (Revelations 13:16-17). These are the things that will happen when the MOB is in motion: it will be placed on humans only (Rev 13:17), all people will take the mark on their right hand or forehead conscientious and obligatorily, everyone must take it to be able to buy or sell, and the mark will be a sign of possession or belonging to the Antichrist as a sign of their condemnation (Rev 14:9, 11). The mark will be to them what the Holy Spirit is to the Christian and God (Ephesians 1:`13; 2 Corinthians 1:22). During his term, the abomination of desolation will take place because the Antichrist, the son of perdition will sit in the temple and be asked to be worshipped as God. The question now is do these signs fit Barack Obama or Pope Francis?
There can only be one Antichrist at a time, so it cannot be both Pope Francis and Barack Obama as many cry out. It will either be Barack Obama or Pope Francis. Neither Pope Francis nor Barack Obama is forcing people to take the mark of the beast. Neither Barack Obama nor Pope Francis is sitting in the temple and telling people that that there is no God other them, so people should worship them. Neither Barack Obama nor Pope Francis is denying the deity and lordship of Jesus Christ. They may have their own doctrinal issues like all of us, but that does not make any of them the Antichrist. For anyone to fit the description of the Antichrist, he or she must fulfill the above conditions as stipulated in the Bible.
Furthermore, I am not confusing anything. The expression the Mark of the beast in Revelation 13:14-17 is a direct inference to the Antichrist as mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:4-10. The abomination of desolation is not for someone to refuse from bowing down; it is for someone to deny the deity and also persuade others from paying homage. The anecdote about the imagery in revelation does not show anything nor does it fulfill the conditions of the Antichrist who is called the son of perdition.
There are clear signs that will follow the Antichrist. He will come with a tag-666 placed on the forehead or right-hand of people without their wish, those without the mark will not be able to buy or sell, and he will attempt to take the place of God, asking people to worship him instead. The fact that Obama is doing none of that cannot link him to the Antichrist. If Obama is the Antichrist Christ, then he would have to assume the throne and not leave office. If he leaves office, then he is not the Antichrist, and there is less time for him to establish that monarchy. More so, the Antichrist must first come before the world comes to an end, and this will be after the gospel has gone through the entire world.
Until then, neither Barack Obama nor Pope Francis is the Antichrist. We may not even see him in our generation.
St Arrey of Ntenako
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