The Anti-Christ and Mr. Obama, Part 2
Last week's article has quickly become one of the most widely
read of any we've ever posted. It
has also generated several questions and some wild information I had never heard
before. Among these are excerpts
from secular news sources containing two non-Biblical prophecies that I will
offer first. Since they both opened
with rhetorical questions, I've arranged them in our familiar Q and A format,
but post them as written. The
remaining questions are all reader submitted.
Two Non-Biblical Prophecies
The first one is very controversial and I offer no opinion as
to its validity, except that I've received it from several independent news
sources. I have been able to confirm that Johanwa Owalo was who this
prophecy says he was and that it apparently came from a document copyrighted in
1915. Readers are cautioned to conduct their own research before accepting it as
“Q. Is Barak Obama the “Son of Kenya” foretold by the
great 19th Century Kenyan Prophet, Johanwa Owalo, the founder of
Kenya’s Nomiya Luo Church?
A. Among the Kenyan people of the Luo religion Owalo is
believed to be a prophet similar to Jesus Christ and Muhammad, and who in 1912
made this horrific prophecy about the United States:
'So far have they [the United States] strayed into
wickedness in those [future] times that their destruction has been sealed by my
[father]. Their great cities will burn, their crops and cattle will suffer
disease and death, their children will perish from diseases never seen upon this
Earth, and I reveal to you the greatest [mystery] of all as I have been allowed
to see that their [the United States] destruction will come about through the
vengeful hands of one of our very own sons.' “
The next one comes from a Forbes.com article dated 10-26-08
by Amir Taheri, author of 10 books on Iran, the Middle East and Islam.
Is Barack Obama the "promised warrior" coming to help the Hidden Imam of
Shiite Muslims conquer the world?
A. This question has made the rounds in Iran since last
month, when a pro-government Web site published a Hadith (or tradition) from a
Shiite text of the 17th century. The tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar
(meaning Oceans of Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and
the basis of modern Shiite Islam.
According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the
prophet's cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just
before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Saviour, a "tall black man will
assume the reins of government in the West." Commanding "the strongest army on
earth," the new ruler in the West will carry "a clear sign" from the third imam,
whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: "Shiites should have no
doubt that he is with us."
In a curious coincidence Obama's first and second
names--Barack Hussein--mean "the blessing of Hussein" in Arabic and Persian. His
family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means
"he is with us," the magic formula in Majlisi's tradition.”
From these secular sources it appears that people from diverse
backgrounds believe that a leader matching Mr. Obama's description could appear
in the last days, and that his impact will not be good for America.
Time will tell.
Reader Submitted Questions
Now we'll begin our reader submitted questions. In the
interest of time and space, I've summarized them all into three basic questions
that speak to Mr. Obama's qualification to be the anti-Christ.
Q. Re: The people of the leader who
will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary (Daniel 9:26) How can
Mr. Obama be the fulfillment of Daniel 9:26 if he was born in Hawaii, or Kenya
for that matter?
A. When Daniel wrote these words from the Angel
Gabriel, the Babylonians were about to be conquered by the Medes and Persians.
The Romans wouldn't arrive on the scene for several hundred years yet so
Gabriel needed a way to identify them.
He told Daniel the coming leader would be from the people who would
destroy the city and sanctuary following the Messiah's rejection.
The Jewish Temple and the City of Jerusalem were destroyed separately.
The Roman General Titus Vespasian led the troops who burned the Temple
and tore its ruins apart stone by stone in either 68 or 69 AD depending on who's
account you favor. He did this under orders from his father Vespasian who was
the Emperor of Rome. Then in 135 AD
another Roman Emperor, Hadrian, ordered the complete destruction of Jerusalem as
a consequence of the bar Kochba rebellion. These two separate events bear
witness that Gabriel was referring to the Romans.
Together they meet the standard that a matter must be established by the
testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses. (Deut. 19:15)
Brittainia (Great Britain) first came to the notice of the
Romans in 55BC and by 43 AD had been assimilated into the Roman Empire, well
before the City and Sanctuary were destroyed. Therefore the Roman Empire of the
time stretched from Great Britain in the west across southern Europe and
Northern Africa to the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf in the East.
Romans called the Mediterranean sea “Mare Nostrum” (our sea) because the
Roman Empire pretty much surrounded it.
Many students of prophecy agree that almost anyone of Middle
Eastern or European descent could meet the qualification of Daniel 9:26
to be the anti-Christ providing he also becomes a world leader.
They say this is even true of many Americans because of our prior status
as a British Colony and the fact that our country was founded in large part by
Europeans whose ancestors dwelt in the Roman Empire of Biblical times.
Mr. Obama is almost certainly of European descent through His
mother, and those who claim to have done the research say that on his father's
side he's much more Arab than African. In fact Mr. Obama Sr.'s birth certificate
identifies him as an Arab. They say
Mr. Obama Jr.'s genealogy shows him to be 50% Caucasian, 43.75% Arab and 6.25%
African. And in an
interesting side note, Great
Britain is one of the countries Mr. Obama is being asked to prove he's not a
citizen of in at least one of the lawsuits that have been filed.
If he was born in Kenya in 1961 he would likely be a British citizen,
because Kenya's independence from Great Britain didn't take place until 1963.
The Supreme Court Justices will review one of these suits on Dec. 5,2008 to
determine if they want to hear oral arguments.
It is still unclear to everyone why Mr. Obama doesn't just release his
original birth certificate and put an end to all the speculation.
Since the soldiers who destroyed the Temple were actually Assyrian mercenaries,
and since Isaiah mentions an Assyrian enemy of Israel (Isaiah 10:5), doesn't
this mean the anti Christ has to be Assyrian?
Wouldn't that exclude Mr. Obama?
A. In my
answer above I showed that the Angel Gabriel had to be referring to Rome when he
spoke of the people who would destroy the city and the sanctuary.
Remember, they were two different events, almost 70 years apart, and both
times the soldiers were under Roman command following Roman orders.
Also, the Assyrian Empire had been assimilated into Rome by territorial
conquest, so there was no official Assyrian presence at the time.
And had the passage referred to the Assyrians, Gabriel could have just
mentioned them by name, since everyone in Daniel's day knew of them.
Isaiah 10:1-19 is a judgment against Assyria. The
Hebrew word translated Assyrian in verse 5 is Asshur, the name of the second son
of Shem. This means it's a
reference to the Assyrian people, the descendants of Asshur, not to an
individual. When the Assyrian King Sennacherib conquered Damascus and the
Northern Kingdom, his army was bringing God's judgment against godless people
(verse 6). But when they set their
sights on Jerusalem (verse 11) they exceeded God's intention.
In one night God sent the angel of death into the Assyrian camp and by
morning 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were dead.
Isaiah compared it to a fire burning through thorns and briers. (verses
17-18) The remaining Assyrians went home in shame and later Sennacherib's own
sons killed him. (Isaiah 37:36-38) Based on these things, I am not
convinced that the Scriptures require the anti-Christ to be of Assyrian descent.
Q. The Bible seems to say that the anti-Christ will be
asexual. Since Mr. Obama is happily
married with two daughters why wouldn't this exclude him?
A. This question refers to Daniel 11:37 which in
the KJV reads;
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the
desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
According to tradition, the phrase “desire of women” refers to
the Messiah, not to the anti-Christ's sexual orientation.
From the time of Eve it was every Jewish woman's desire to be the mother
of the Messiah, so one of the informal names of the Messiah was “the desire of
women”. This whole idea stems from
the phrase “seed of the woman”, a reference to the promised redeemer from
Genesis 3:15. The idea that the
anti-Christ will be asexual can not be supported from Scripture.
What's The Point Of All this?
My purpose in this study has been to separate Biblical fact
from human opinion on the issue of the anti-Christ, specifically in support of
my claim that there's no Biblical reason Mr. Obama couldn't one day be revealed
as the anti-Christ. By the way,
much this information could be used to support the opinion that Bill
Clinton, Prince Charles, or a
number of others could turn out to be the anti-Christ as easily as Barack Obama,
but he's the one I've been asked about.
In part one of this
study, I said that I don't think it's time for the anti-Christ to be introduced
yet, and that the Church will not be here when he is.
In 2 Thes.2:1-8 Paul gave a summary of End Times events in
sequence. A careful reading reveals
that Paul identified three specific things that will have to happen before the
Day of the Lord (Great Tribulation) can come.
There will have to be a falling away, a rebellion against the truth.
This is when the believers in name only will be drawn out of the true
Church into one of the various apostate movements we see springing up in our
midst. The restraining force that's
holding the secret power of lawlessness back will also have to be taken out of
the way. That's the Holy Spirit
contained in the Church, a reference to the Rapture.
Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed and will stand in God's
Temple proclaiming himself to be God. That's the abomination of Desolation that
kicks off the Great Tribulation, and that's when the world will know for certain
just who the anti-Christ is.
For us it's enough to know that the signs
pointing to the End of the Age are appearing all around us.
This is not happening so that we can hunker down and prepare for the
storm. It's happening so we can
begin making preparations for our departure.
Whether it's several months or several years is also immaterial.
The sooner we act the better prepared we'll be.
No one on Earth will be able to tell you in advance when we'll be
leaving. There will be no specific
warning. One moment we'll be here
and the next we'll be there. Jesus said we won't know the day or hour, but He
had Paul tell us that we should not be taken by surprise. Fore warned is fore
armed, they say, and we've been forewarned.
You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 11-22-08