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Is Obama the Antichrist?

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The nonsense that circulates around the Internet never ceases to amaze me.  A friend recently forwarded this YouTube clip on President Obama.  Below is the clip, followed by my observations.

With a little imagination you can connect just about anybody to anything. But finding a connection doesn’t always prove the conclusion. Barack Obama is not the Antichrist.  Here’s why:

1.  The video starts by admitting that Jesus would have spoken in Aramaic, and then cites Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary to get Barack’s name. Why not go to an Aramaic dictionary? Aramaic and Hebrew may be in the same family, but they are two very different languages. I don’t know Aramaic, but I doubt that you would get “Barack Obama” from translating “lightning from heaven” into Aramaic.

2. The conspiracy theorist who put this together had to go to Isaiah 14 for some reason to get “bama.” He argued that this is where Christians get their concept of Satan, or Lucifer.  One problem: Isaiah 14 is not about Satan. Anybody who would take the time to read the whole chapter would see that in verse 4 the “king of Babylon” is named as the object of the oracle.

3. Isaiah 14 is often connected with Luke 10:18 because both passages speak of evil people falling from heaven. But these passages are really unrelated. “Fall from heaven” was a common figure of speech used among Jewish people to describe anyone who loses his rank.

4. In the video, the Hebrew contraction waw is transliterated first to “u,” then twisted into an “o” to make “Obama.” This shows that the people behind this video will do anything to reach their foregone conclusion, even if it means making changes to the Hebrew language.

5. Finally, we are not waiting on the Antichrist. He’s been around for centuries. The apostle John wrote, “And every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already” (1 Jn. 4:3; cf. 2:18).

So it looks like the Bible is neutral on Cap and Trade and Healthcare Reform. Those who want Obama out of the Oval Office will have to rely on good old-fashioned democracy.