In an interview published yesterday in New York Magazine, President Obama claimed his political opponents won’t talk about the real reason why they avoid being seen with him in public. He cited examples of when he hugged Charlie Crist in Florida and was seen surveying hurricane damage with Chris Christie in New Jersey.
They’re looking at Charlie Crist down in Florida. One hug [from me] and he was toast. Chris Christie couldn’t get his presidential race launched — it was basically over before it started — because he was too friendly and cooperative with me in accepting federal aid for a state that had been devastated by a hurricane. They’re imagining the potential problems that arise, so it’s pretty hard for them to publicly say, “Obama’s a perfectly reasonable guy, but we just can’t work with him because our base thinks he’s the Antichrist.” It’s a lot easier for them to say, “Oh, the guy’s not listening to us,” or, “He’s uncompromising.” [read the whole interview]
He just claimed his opponents secretly think he is a “perfectly reasonable guy,” and the only reason they don’t say it publicly is because their base thinks he is the antichrist. He seems to believe his opponents secretly admire him and like him, which fits perfectly with the boastful, delusional personality of the antichrist as described by the prophet Daniel. The NASB translation says “he will magnify himself in his heart.” The New Revised Standard translation says “in his own mind he shall be great” (Daniel 8:25).
For many Christians, the only antichrist they know is the one they’ve seen in Hollywood movies, but we need to get that person out of our thinking because Hollywood consistently rewrites the scriptures to fit their own agenda, just like they did to Noah in the 2014 movie staring Russell Crowe. They’ve done the same to just about every character in the Bible, including the Lord Jesus.
The antichrist we see in the movies is portrayed as being truly great, charismatic, and handsome, but none of those attributes are found anywhere in the Bible. Some people have even rejected the possibility that Obama could be the antichrist based only on the fact he does not have the attributes they saw in the movies. Of course, they don’t say it that way, but they claim Obama is disqualified due to his lack of charisma or because he is not handsome enough.
The Biblical antichrist will be given mighty power, but even that won’t be to his credit because he will not attain it by his own power (Daniel 8:24). The only place he will be truly great is in his own mind, thinking highly of himself, magnifying himself in his heart, even to the point of being a narcissist and a bragger, always talking about how great he is because he adores himself so much. He is a sick, despicable character, just like his father, the devil. He will even magnify himself to be equal with the Commander of the host, which is the Lord Jesus Christ (Daniel 7:8 and 8:11).
To most people, the idea that Obama could be the antichrist sounds absurd. I also laughed out loud the first time I heard it, but after hearing it repeatedly, I finally asked God about it. When I did, I was surprised by what He showed me, which is why I encourage everyone to ask God about it.
So when Obama talks about people who think he is the antichrist, it sounds so absurd most people just assume he must be using the term “antichrist” loosely as a synonym for an evil person. So his words are translated in their hearing as, “their base thinks I am a bad person.”
Maybe that’s all he was trying to say, but that is not what he said. Coming from him, it was an interesting choice of words. After all, we already know his favorite subject is himself, so it makes sense he would mention the antichrist, which sounds like way too much of a coincidence to just dismiss it the way the rest of the world has likely already done.
One thing we can dismiss is the literal translation of what he said. The idea that his opponents are catering to people who believe he is the antichrist cannot be true because the number of people who currently believe that is way too small to have any influence over any major political candidates or parties. There are no big name Christian leaders openly claiming he is the antichrist and since they won’t say it, their followers won’t either. So that leaves only a small number of outcasts, far too few for anyone to take seriously as a political force, including Obama.
So why else would he say it? I came up with three possible reasons.
- First, maybe he likes the idea that people believe he could be the man identified in the ancient prophecies of the Bible. Maybe he is flattered by the idea, so it is just another way for him to stroke his own ego. We already know how much he likes to brag, so maybe it is just a sick form of boasting.
- Second, the Bible tells us the man of lawlessness will conceal his identity until the Lord exposes him for all the world to see (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). This is necessary because no one would follow him if they knew his true identity. So if Obama is the antichrist, he would be hiding his true identity at this stage of his career. What better place to hide than in plain sight? In other words, by openly acknowledging the existence of people who believe he is the antichrist, he is publicly discrediting them as lunatics. Even though they are small in numbers, he could be taking control of the public narrative by turning the media and the public against them. If he can establish that idea by getting it out in the open, he will have succeeded in discrediting anyone who believes he is the antichrist. Then they will be unable to threaten his power, even if their numbers grow, because most people will have already concluded they are lunatics and tuned them out.
- Third, he claimed his political opponents would be more honest about their true views if it were not for those people in their base who think he is the antichrist. In other words, the truth is being distorted and silenced because of those lunatics. He could be selling the idea that this group of people is a nuisance and a pest. What comes next? Well, why not just eliminate them for the sake of greater truth and honesty?
If he never mentions “those people” again, then perhaps he meant nothing by it, but if this becomes a common theme, then beware because he could have a hidden agenda to discredit and vilify anyone who knows his true identity.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.
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