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Posted by Christopher Shea  August 7, 2008 10:15 AM

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Among mainstream commentators, John McCain's web ad mocking Barack Obama as a self-infatuated, pseudo-messianic figure (as massive crowds chant his name and spiritual imagery swirls, an announcer somberly intones, "They will call him the One"), inspired mostly raised eyebrows and thumbs-down. Maud Newton, however, a lit-blogger who was steeped in fundamentalist culture as a child, says the scoffers missed something important: "The ad," she writes, "is designed to galvanize a very specific group: Evangelical Christians of the End Times, Rapture-Ready variety. It is designed, more to the point, to scare … these people by insinuating that Barack Obama is the Antichrist."

Is that a paranoid take on an innocent bit of satire, however hamfisted, of the Obama phenomenon? Hal Lindsey, the author of the '70s-era bestseller "The Late Great Planet Earth," could be considered an expert in end-times-related matters. And he, in his column at WorldNetDaily, has flatly denied that Obama is the anti-Christ. To the contrary, as Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic reports, Lindsey believes Obama is simply laying the groundwork for God's ultimate enemy.

The anti-Christ, writes Lindsey,

will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin.

The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.

Meanwhile, Redstate.com, scenting a trend -- or at least a commercial opportunity -- is selling t-shirts with this image:


Scott McLemee seconds Newton's interpretation

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18 comments so far...
  1. Of course the antichrist would accuse somebody ELSE of being the antichrist...

    Posted by thomas August 8, 08 04:18 PM
  1. who did obama accuse of being the antichrist?

    Posted by Joe August 9, 08 01:41 AM
  1. The ad is to point out what a foaming at the mouth narcissist Obama is and how ridiculously overinflated his ego is. Obama acts like he thinks he is the anti-Christ ffs.

    Posted by Francie August 9, 08 05:15 AM
  1. What we need is 4 years (or less) of this empty suit. He does seem to think he can do anything he wants. Why can't he speak off the cuff? Why is he so negative about the country that created affirmative action so he could get a decent education? Is Soros writing his speeches? Is this why it is so difficult for him to answer questions? Does he have to wait until he hears from his handlers? As far as anti-Christ - check out his "former" preacher. He certainly doesn't act Christ-like or even a US citizen.

    Give us a break. It won't take long to expose this guy just like John. He is obviously shakey on his birthplace. Why won't he let us see his birth certificate. It is a requirement in that silly old document called the Constitution that he be born a US citizen. His hippy mother probably thought it would be cool to have him born in the country of his father.

    Posted by Judy August 9, 08 09:14 AM
  1. How would Hal Lindsey know the Antichrist when he doesn't even know the Christ? Jesus condemns divorce except for adultery and Hal Lindsey was divorced how many times? 4, 5, only his lawyer is counting because he has to give him the 10th for free.

    Lindsey is already biblically classified as a false prophet. He predicted the end of the world and it did not happen. Hal Lindsey is a FALSE prophet and this makes him as close to the Antichrist as Obama is!!!!!!

    In the bible there is no single Antichrist, this is an invention of man. John who writes about antichrists in the bible, alludes there are already many anitchrists and before we poke our fingers in another man's face we ought to stand in front of the mirror and poke our fingers in our own faces, because all of us who call ourselves Christian have not been true to the son of GOD at one time or another.

    Posted by Ayish August 9, 08 09:43 AM
  1. Neither Mr. Obama or Mr. Bush are the anti-Christ.

    (I think we have all seen comments to this effect from the left about Mr. Bush as well.)

    The anti-Christ will be compentent.


    Posted by Jim August 9, 08 11:22 AM
  1. Well, if I have 6-2 figured out right the Antichrist is supposed to show up in the next 20 years. Obamanation is about right.

    Posted by Larry August 9, 08 11:33 AM
  1. Lets see...In the last days good will be evil and evil will be good. Gog and Magog (Russia and the surrounding area) will be aligned with Israel's foes and the Red Dragon (China) with it's 200 million man army will join the fray. Can anybody deny that Islam, with it's 6th century brutality and barbarism, it's convert and bow down to our God or die, demands, is the epitomy of everything that is evil? Obama, the great one, praises be upon his name, has arrived on the scene at just the right time. Frankly I don't know if he is a Muslim or not. His hanging out with hate groups spouting the same talking points about the evils of white people and America, run by the likes of Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers, is enough to give me second thoughts. Since lying to any and every one is an accepted practice condoned in Islamic Holy books, You are taking your chances if you accept his outright denials. Since it's better to be safe than sorry, and since there is no way to know if he is a lying Muslim or just another cocky ignorant (57 states? ) demigod who thinks he is the chosen one, I don't think we have any other choice but to hold our noses and vote for the lesser of the two evils. At Least McCain has proven his is proAmerican. If he makes a mistake it will be an honest mistake and not because he is helping our enemies.

    Posted by Marilyn August 9, 08 05:45 PM
  1. There WILL be an antichrist. The Bible says that His spirit is already in the world today. But Obama isn't him. As awful as he is, he ain't that awful. At least, not yet.

    Now Bush, Cheney and McCain, now THEY'RE awful, right?


    Posted by John August 10, 08 07:15 AM
  1. As a Christian, I find most of this childish and fantasy seeking. Both Senator Obama and Senator McCain are typical professional politicians. They both compromise their principles to garner more votes, and neither one is going to bring the whole world together. For those who believe, we are told no one knows the day or the hour of his return, but we are to wait and watch as there will be signs.
    All of those who try to put exact expectations on the "signs" they see, are doing what is futile, they are trying to know exactly the moment, as such is an advantage. We, the world, are living with little concern for each other, for ourselves, or even for our children. There is no shortage of genocide, done in God's name, and done in denial of God. We do not care to pass "truth" that we know on to our children, but let them be raised up in every kind of silly fantastic way that someone thinks is appropriate, and we seem to have a very tiny percentage of the world population that cares about their fellow man. What more has to be wrong with how we live for there to be nothing of substance worth saving? If you believe in God, is it not enough to simply do what you know is right, treat those around you with the respect and honor you desire yourself, and simply let your yes be yes, and your no be no? Live the law, acknowledge when you fall, take note of the stumbling block and make a comittment to not stumble there again, and have mercy. If you do all these things, and do them because you love righteousness, it matters not the when or the how, you will be prepared. If it is not in your time, you still will have done what a man can do on this earth and have honor. Our founders wrote a Constitution for a moral and ethical people who believed that they would be judged for what was in their heart when they comitted their acts in life. The rightly judged that only a moral and ethical people have any reason to do what is right when it does not comport with what furthers their personal gain the most, with any other people being wholly incapable of "self governing". This was merely citing history as demonstrated throughout the world, and no great wisdom, just common sense. Even if there were no God, it would be better to suppose one, and likewise suppose that one's acts and intents were to be judged, each and every one, by such a God, than to stand staunch on the supposition that there is none, and act accordingly.
    History has long shown that man is not a moral and ethical creature in his natural acts, but is generally selfish and serves self interest first and foremost, with many always doing so. It is much wiser to note that there is a predilection for selfish acts, and postulate a good reason for abstaining from such, if one wishes a society to exist, than to pretend that man is not naturally turned to assume power and desire that which another has brought forth, since this is man's historical record.

    Posted by John McClain August 10, 08 09:17 AM
  1. #5 you are correct in labeling Hal Lindsay a false prophet for predictions that did not come to pass, however you are incorrect about the Anti-christ not being a single individual. He is the "prince who is to come" and the "one who makes desolate" in Daniel 9:26-27.

    Posted by Lenny Goldberg August 10, 08 01:56 PM
  1. Well said John McClain. I agree with Hal in this: Obama is not the antiChrist, but an anti christ. He is definately helping to set the stage for the real one, and is demonstrating to all with a mustard seed of discernment just how ready the world is for THE antichrist.

    Frankly Obama gives me the willies. And worse watching people faint on Tv when he stands up with his bleached pearly whites gleaming and says change. Nothing else of substance, just change. That is where the real scare begins.

    Posted by Brad Nelson August 11, 08 12:10 AM
  1. How long ago was it we were we told that Bill Clinton was the Anti-Christ? How many Anti-Christ designations are allowed per political party? Does the Anti-Christ designation expire, or is allowed to roll over at some point?
    Let's keep it simple, folks- if you don't like what one candidate represents, don't vote for them. Let's leave the religious imagery out of the equation- I'm having a hard enough time paying bills and worrying about paying for my kids to go to college, to be peering around every corner looking for all the Anti-Christs out there!

    Posted by Jon August 11, 08 08:20 AM

    For background, see:


    Jenkins concludes that ... "[s]ince Obama wants to get out of Iraq, he can't be the Antichrist[.]"

    But John "Mihai" McCain, who wants to control Babylon for this century and beyond, surely could be "The One." Why did John's great-grandfather decide to change his name to something so WASPish sounding? I bet most people think McCain is Scotch-Irish, as did I until reading the above article ... not Romanian.

    Another couple of quick observations:

    (1) "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea[.]" - Revelation 13:1

    Both McCain's grandfather and father were Admirals, McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served at sea in the Navy.

    (2) "And I saw one of his heads [Ed. - faces? countenances? cheeks?] as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed[.]" - Revelation 13:3

    "'Along with his signature bright white hair, the most striking aspects of Senator John McCain’s physical appearance are his puffy left cheek and the scar that runs down the back of his neck,' writes Lawrence K. Altman M.D. in Sunday's Times. 'The marks are cosmetic reminders of the melanoma surgery he underwent in August 2000.'" - NY Times 'hits' McCain over melanoma 'secrecy', by Ron Brynaert, March 8, 2008

    (3) "... the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." - Revelation 13:14

    Could sword here mean the scalpel used to remove the deadly melanoma cancer?


    In response to some criticisms of my prior post, reprinted above, criticizing several of my interpretive observations on literalist grounds:

    Prophesies necessarily involve symbolic interpretation. The Biblical "beast" is also prophesied to have "seven heads and ten horns," yet is almost universally assumed to be a man (as was Christ). I have never met a man with seven heads and ten horns, and if I ever had I doubt he would do well in political circles. So rest assured:

    - I KNOW that a "head" is not literally synonymous with a "face." (Though translation being inherently inexact, I cannot rule out that the original source word might have these other connotations as well).

    - I KNOW that a sword is not literally identical to a scalpel.

    - I KNOW that an aircraft pilot is associated most strongly with the sky, and not with the sea (though the association with the sea is nevertheless also strong in the case of carrier pilots).

    But I also KNOW that to "rise up out of the sea" could very easily be a poetic allusion to an individual being born of a line of admirals.

    Finally I NOTE that the family name "McCain," chosen by the GOP candidate's great-grandfather in lieu of the Romanian "Mihai" (meaning "like unto the Lord") quite literally means "son of Cain." (As in Cain, eldest son of Adam and Eve, who slew his younger brother Abel in Genesis 4: 1-16.)

    As these things go, McCain sets off a LOT of alarm bells, and not just the ones I have noted in my short posts.

    Posted by Jason Babi August 26, 08 05:22 AM
  1. The Antichrist will be a great deceiver! Even the very elect of God will be deceived by his tactics and skill. All who claim to know that Obama is NOT the antichrist are risking being deceived the same as those who vote for him strictly for "change" or "skin color". An entire segment of the main stream christian church is being lead away captive strictly to win a civil rights victory they have long dreamed of. No one but the devil would think to have drawn them away captive so easily by offering them something better than the truth. All that Obama stands for apposes all true Christian priniciples, yet they follow him into darkness. Be careful or you may be deceived!

    Posted by phil October 28, 08 12:45 AM
  1. Christians taught the wrong understanding of anti christ!
    Body: I am still getting massive numbers of e-mails from people who fear that the anti-christ was just elected president. How can we minister to frightened Christians in deep despair? We do have the spirit of Babylon rising in our own country, and the foundations were being built long before 2008’s election.

    The public is not challenging the salaries of Police and firemen unions. These organizations are not needed in our society. Yet they have taken control of New York City, California and many other cities and states. These government unions are masking their use of public employees in an organized effort to grow government and remove local control of government. Unions were originally created to help private sector employees and were never intended for gaining government power.

    The Soviet Union was another massive government workers union! Our city government located in my town is entirely unionized, they represent a left wing voter block that we cannot remove in the election process. Arnold the governator tried to break California's public employees unions power and quickly learned that they were strong enough to terminate him. When will the people in this nation see these trends? Our schools are unionized, and controlled by the left, and have educated a generation of kids who feel perfectly at home with socialism.

    I have spent years writing a book to re-educate people by waking them up to the fact that we are supporting a state growing within a state, and it has formed deep roots within our most trusted institutions. This government power and abuse are a twin prophecy connected to the 3 Hebrews who were forced to fall down and either worship the golden statue erected by the state of Babylon, or die in the fire. (Daniel Chapter 3) The Idol we must bow and worship today is political correctness! If we do not do this we may be fired, or destroyed by character assassinations directed by the Babylon media. If you do not fall down and worship the image of the beast you must be destroyed. (Daniel 3) That is how they sought to destroy Sarah Palin and George W. Bush, even though Bush desperately tried to stop Freddie and Fannie 7 times.

    The time has come where we cannot buy nor sell, nor have employment without our tax money being used to build this modern Babylon. They are literally building a political God of gold by taking our own money, robbing our own job. They are ignoring sound principles and offering us as sacrifices to appease their angry god.

    We are like cattle (property) being lead by those we have elected to the slaughter. Our thoughts are that these people are honest humans who intend to take care of us. We are being lulled into slavery by the beast of Babylon. And they have us paying for the transportation to the train station, the ticket for the journey, and all the failing plans of scheme. They are empowering their status by allowing us to think all is well as we become enslaved to build their palaces with our sweat and money! They are actually Beastly men who have sold out their own humanity. Everybody is anxiously looking for the mark of the beast while we are being marked by the Beast through our service in Babylon with our own right hand. The mark in the forehead is not a computer chip, like Christians imagine. It is a mark of deception brainwashed into their minds, or foreheads. When did John the Revelator ever say that this prophecy was to be a marked tatto placed on the forehead? He specifically said it was a mark placed "into peoples foreheads". the forehead in the context of scripture represents peoples intellects, and their individual thought processes. A computer chip cannot possibly force a person to go to hell! It is the selling their minds and souls to Satan becoming marked through their personal choice to follow evil.

    Look how people just voted with their right hands! What kind of Beast has entered their brains? Is it not the mark of the beast implanted into their thought processes by the media? This deception causes people to sell out their own freedom! Peoples’ right hands voted for slavery in Babylon. Your right hand is the work hand! By their own will people in fear sacrifice their freedom thinking they are accomplishing a greater good. The poor are being used to justify this mass robbery done through slave taxation. Our education systems, and our health care are to become the final foundation to construct the monsters idol. Poor people become the image of the golden idol. The money Idol in which the beast hides himself behind, in order to hide the fact that our sacrifices are not for the poor after all, but actually for the beasts own glory. The poor are just pawns, and will soon become slaves to this modern Babylon after their plight is used.

    I have great hope that this failing economy will not respond to Babylon’s social fixes, and things may get much worse. Christians do not comprehend what the mark of the beast is! This makes it easier for them to also be enslaved by spiritual ignorance. They think a tattoo is coming that will be placed upon their head. This blinds them from seeing the true mark! They misplace the Bible's true meaning of the real mark. Did anyone ever notice that John the revelator clearly stated the mark would be imposed "in the forehead" and not placed on the forehead?? The forehead represents mans intellect. His mind, and thought processes being influenced by either good or evil.

    The mark is spiritual, and not literal! There were not any computer chips present when Cain was marked in ancient times! The number 666 is the measurement of Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol. The mark of the historical calendar for the Babylon system, was 600 BC. Sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. See Daniel Chapter Three verse one. Therein resides the meaning of 666. Herein is depicted Babylon’s beastly slavery as recorded in your own Bible. How did so many miss this? The measurements are written in the Bible.

    I am still getting frightened e-mails from lots of Christians who believe that the anti-christ has just come to power. Millions of these people have been taught wrong meanings for the "Beast of Babylon" from self serving preachers who do not understand, nor can they properly identify this enemy within correct Bible context. Suddenly after the election millions of these people are confused and lost, not knowing where to turn for spiritual understanding! The evil one wants to destroy America. America protects Israel.

    The enemy wants to remove our presence in the Middle East. This is why Sarah Palin and others supporting victory in Iraq must prepare to lead America after they learn hard lessons. Perhaps I can help re-educate willing minds when they begin to feel the hard times.. I believe God will even give ignorant people another chance. He will attempt to teach them something before he resorts to his final judgments.

    I am trying to be of some positive assistance, even though I am not a writer, and require another author to help me articulate and promote my book. Help me to reach thousands of frightened and confused Christians, who do not understand what prophecies are happening, or where they can go to find the correct biblical information, to change it.
    Read about the 8th beast on this sight www. eternaltrut. net

    Posted by paul gregersen November 17, 08 01:03 AM
  1. The Bible is clear. This guy will have the power to persuade people to follow even when they know he is wrong. Is that not what is going on people? wake up!
    He's having covert meetings with the press for God's sake! who does this stuff? I've never seen such influence over smart people. This is incredible as one of our members of legislature has already submitted a repeal of the 22nd amendment to our Constitution to limit the term of time spent in office for the President of these United States. WOW !!! Oh Lord Jesus I pray for this nation; help us Lord to to repent! That we might have a peace that passes understanding in this incredible time to do Your will.

    Posted by John Davis January 15, 09 03:33 AM
  1. When he comes, this blog will be raving about how great he is. For it is written that we who are of faith will be defeated for a time. The Lord will have to deal with this one face to face.

    Posted by Walt February 20, 09 11:51 AM
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