Yes-yes I know…
I feel your pain!
Now before y’all cause me of losing my marbles completely I am, of course, perfectly aware that the possible identity of the Antichrist might sound like an odd discussion in a media posting.
After all, we all know that at any given moment, there will be people of many different faiths, and none, reading Times of Israel; and so it might well seem a bit of a niche topic for a lot of people, if not the domain of an outright crank!
However, given that the internet is already full of this meme, which has the potential to have a very destructive effect on the USA and indeed upon the whole world, it is absolutely, completely and utterly, crucially important, to push back on it.
Now we all know, of course, that there is a very long history of pinning the title of ‘Antichrist’ on various word leaders.
But calling President Trump ‘the Antichrist’ is a deeply, deeply misguided way of talking, and in some cases, might even be a deliberate propaganda tactic.
Well, guess what?
There is actually one world leader who fits the bill a million times better.
Remember of course that most national leaders, with enough imagination and ingenuity, could actually be made to look pretty much like the Antichrist.
The point, however, is who best fits the bill!
I will note in passing that I am not here to make some theologically authoritative pronouncement on who the Antichrist most definitely, definitely is; as it’s not necessarily immediately obvious who it is, or whether or not they’re even living on this earth yet.
But as many Christians of various outlooks are huge supporters of Israel, I think it’s very worthwhile to point out the flaws in this destructive and dangerous ‘Trump is the Antichrist’ meme.
The point here is to provide a new angle to show that this meme is misguided at best, and dangerously cynical and destructive at best.
Here are some questions for anyone who is familiar with Christian teachings on the Antichrist.
I trust that with some prayer and reflection, you will see that there is a certain world leader who fits the bill much better than Trump, or indeed any ally of America.
Which Kingdom is divided, with the iron strength of some toes being mingled with the clay weakness of the others? (Daniel 2).
Can you think of an evil world empire that is incessantly demanding the land back it claims has been ‘stolen’ from it?
Ironically, although this is not the main point, they also treat their own colonised territories like trash.
(SPOILER: Nope, it’s not Israel! Ain’t exactly a world empire, is it? Nor indeed evil. I mean, like Duh! … Hm. Well what can I say, trust the BDS nuts to lower the tone, aye?!)
Beast of Babylon
Which Kingdom has horrible teeth and horns? (Daniel 7).
Have you ever seen an eagle that looked like that?!
I don’t think so!
What kind of horrible, nasty creature does this sound like???
(P.S. If you have kids, don’t tell them about this. Because this truly is the stuff of nightmares)…
Who pretended they were peaceful, but the whole time, they were plotting to break faith and find an opportune moment to finally unleash their military might upon the world? (Daniel 9).
Remember, the USA’s role as ‘world policeman’ has been heavily criticised, and some decisions from Washington have been deeply reckless; but can you think of a country which, far from making a slew of rash policy decisions, has actually been very much restrained; and which has weaponised constant psychological intimidation, but has actually killed very few people directly?
At least so far…
So, who’s the horrible dictator who has pretended to be more or less at peace with Israel, and indeed plenty of other countries; but who is fully prepared sooner or later, when the time is right, to destroy absolutely any country at all who gets in their way, bar none?
And in the most ruthless, hideous and barbaric manner possible?
(SPOILER: Iran? Nope. The Tehran regime is pretty bad, but they hardly count as a ‘world empire.’ Dangerous as they are, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since the good old glory days of Persia).
The Untouchable Emperor
Who is pretty much everybody on earth afraid to wage war on, because they are just absolutely terrified of losing? (Revelation 13).
Believe or not, it’s not the USA.
Who is the most appeased national leader on earth?
(SPOILER: We are talking about someone REALLY bad here… You can imagine!)
Who has commanded that “every tribe, people, language and nation” and “all inhabitants of the earth” will submit to his power and authority?
And who has commanded meek and weak, lamb-like leaders across the world to obey this dictator, and who has helped empower these lamb-like leaders to confuse the world?
And who has used these weak leaders to be his own voice and mouthpiece, using their breath and words to speak on his behalf, repeating his dishonest talking points and fake news propaganda, so that the great dictator could remain in power and act like the mafia or the Nazis or ISIS and literally kill anyone who worshipped any god but him?
Even going so far to put his blasphemous symbols in every place of worship, of every faith, so that he and his affiliates can be worshipped instead of God, Allah, Buddha, or anyone else?
(OK, I’m making this too easy by this point. As far as I’m aware, there’s only one guy on earth doing this right now… But by all means keep guessing! Cos this is dark, dark, dark).
And while we’re on the topic of wacko wonders, which country has held the world to ransom by creating an apparent economic miracle, by way of every kind of economic bullying, deception and harassment, and literally killing everyone who disagrees?
(Yes-yes, I mean like: literally-literally. You don’t have to be an apologist for utter disasters like the Iraq War to understand that in the USA, if you say you are a Communist or a Social Democrat or an Anarchist, you’re not going to be taken away in the middle of the night and murdered!)
Now, I’m sure there’s a lot more that could be said on this topic, but my prayer is that if anyone has been deceived by cunning words, you will be brought closer to the truth.
There is one country, and one leader, more dangerous than all the rest put together.
As ruthless as anyone else, but also incredibly powerful.
And yet somehow, he’s slipped under the radar.
There are a lot of conflicts in the world of today, and we can’t trivialise them.
But in all seriousness, there is one very dangerous emperor, and one alone, who poses an unparalleled and downright existential threat to human dignity and freedom, all across the world.
I trust some of those reading will be able to get the hint.