Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Is Barak Obama the Antichrist?

By Bruce Mills

I have been asked that question several times in the past month. In fact, just yesterday as I was walking across the parking lot at work, a Christian coworker flagged me down to pose that question. Last Friday, I was at a meeting of a Christian organization for which I serve on the board of directors, and another one of the men there told me that he also has been asked several times whether or not he believes Barak Obama is the Antichrist.

It isn’t hard to figure out why people are wondering such things. After all, the media has fawned over Senator Obama as if he is some sort of messiah who will save the nation, if not the entire world, from the economic and political woes which face it. Many Americans seem to think that, if elected, he will eliminate all of America’s troubles in short order. Late night comedians even joke about how the media speaks of him as if he is a god.

So then, is Barak Obama the Antichrist? In a word, no. From the prophecies of Daniel 2 and Daniel 7, we learn that the Antichrist will arise out of a revived Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was primarily composed of modern day western Europe, the Balkan States, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. So, while I cannot be absolutely dogmatic, I believe the revived Roman Empire of the future will arise out of the European Union, and it is from that revived Roman Empire that the Antichrist will arise (Daniel 7:24). He will provide protection for Israel against her enemies for the first three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation, but will then turn against Israel and attempt to destroy her.

Barak Obama does not fit the biblical requirements for the Antichrist. Like all politicians in these last days, he has (and will) promise great things, but in the end, his solutions will not solve man’s problems. If anything, they will do only what the policies of all the world's politicians are doing, and that is to serve to help further “set up” the world to accept the reign of the real Antichrist, who will achieve worldwide domination, including a unified global economic system.

If you want to read further on these matters, I recommend several books, including John MacArthur’s book, Because the Time is Near, Dwight Pentecost’s book, Things to Come, and John Walvoord’s commentaries Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation and The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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