For many years, I lived calling myself a Christian and thinking I was following Christ’s commands when I really wasn’t./ It wasn’t until I actually started to read and study Scripture and chase after God for His understanding that I started to realize how many things I had believed that were wrong. Two of the things that I believed and which are not entirely Scriptural were that I am not supposed to judge people and that there is only one Anti-Christ. Neither is true – not in the sense most Christians believe. But this is how Satan works: not through obvious acts, but through subtle deception and twisting of God’s word and by just keeping us from knowing the truth. This is how I came to understand that anti-Christ is actually a spirit and that it has a ‘type.’ And this is how I came to learn that Scripture teaches us we are supposed to judge actions so that we can tell those who are anti-Christ from God’s people. Still, I do not have any desire to lead anyone astray, so I urge you to consider what I have to say in this post, but to do so in accordance with 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22:
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
OK, first things first. If you do not believe that Christians are supposed to judge people, please read Luke 6:42-45 and Matthew 7:3-6. If you do, you will find that the passage about removing the plank from your own eye is not about not judging people, but learning to judge correctly so you will not act hypocritically. Keep reading in both areas and you will find these words:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will [a]know them by their fruits. [b]Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will [c]know them by their fruits.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [d]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
43 For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, [a]on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. 44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. 45 The good man out of the good [b]treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from [c]that which fills his heart.
Builders and Foundations
46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
So, let’s set aside this notion that we are not supposed to judge people, but let’s use the word ‘discern.’ We are to be discerning concerning a person’s actions because their actions will reveal what is in their heart. And by their actions we can know whether they seek to do God’s will or not; and if they do not seek to do God’s will, Scripture tells us they are of the spirit of anti-Christ. And here we need to understand something else. There will be a single person that Scripture refers to as The Anti-Christ, but before this person appears, there will be many who exhibit the character or nature of this individual. This does not mean that the lesser anti-Christs will exhibit every aspect of the Anti-Christ; they may only show some of these characteristics. The thing is, we need to know what these characteristics are so we can discern whether or not a certain action is of God or of anti-Christ. SO let’s look at what Scripture has to say about the character of anti-Christ:
2 John 1:7 – 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
1 John 2:18 – 18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
1 John 4:3 – 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
Notice, we are told that the spirit of anti-Christ was already in the world in the time of the Apostles, and that deception is one of the signs of this spirit. We are also told that anyone who denies that Christ came in the flesh, that He was fully God and that He died and then rose from the dead is also anti-Christ. Well, Islam does exactly this: it denies that Christ is God, that He died and that He rose again. Islam also denies the Trinity. In this sense, Islam is the very epitome of anti-Christ. So, let’s start applying Scripture to the real world:
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
Isaiah 14:17 . . ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
Daniel 11:42 42 Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.
Rev 13:15 15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even [a]speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Dan 11:37 37 He will show no regard for the [a]gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all.
[NOTE: ‘the desire of women’ is actually a Hebrew idiom. It refers to the Messiah, Christ. Before his birth – when this was written – women yearned to be the chosen one through whom the Messiah would be born. Thus, Christ was the ‘desire of women.’]
Although he claims to be a Christian, his actions suggest he still holds to the Muslim faith of his childhood. Still, his actions also suggest he is not religious at all. In fact, Rush Limbaugh has actually made this very case for a while: that Obama has no god but himself.
Dan 11:39-44 [PARAPHRASE: the spirit of anti-Christ is a spirit of war against nations – especially those nations I the Middle East.]
Obama has supported attacks in Libya, Egypt and Syria, as well as supported Palestine’s claim on Israel.
Dan 11:36 36 “Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak [a]monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done.
Dan 7:25 25 He will speak [a]out against the Most High and wear down the [b]saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and [c]they will be given into his hand for a [d]time, [e]times, and half a [f]time. [NOTE: the Antis-Christ is referred to in Scripture as ‘The Lawless One.’]
Other things that the Bible tells us are characteristic of the Anti-Christ is that he will plunder and redistribute great wealth. He will be a liar and a deceiver. He will break promises and treaties. He will desire power and world domination. He will be pride-filled. He will desire Israel’s destruction. These are all characteristics of the Anti-Christ and manifestations of the spirit of anti-Christ. It cannot be denied that Obama has exhibited many of these characteristics:
And this is why many Christians are alarmed by Obama – more specifically, his actions. But here is where I want to offer a warning to all Christians. Just because a person exhibits these signs does not make them evil. Scripture also teaches us that we are all at war with God, so the spirit of anti-Christ is within all of us. It’s just that those who are saved have the Spirit of God within us, so we can see that we are waging war against God and chose not to do so. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can chose not to sin. When we see people who do not recognize they are waging war against God; when we see they are exalting themselves and trying to take God’s glory; when we see they will not accept correction and will not repent; that is when we should use our discernment and beware of that person. When we see willful disobedience and a stubbornness in doing so, that is a sign of evil. This is what Scripture teaches us: to look for the unrepentant heart. If a person is repentant, it will show in their actions. They will bear good fruit. But if their actions are evil, they will bear bad fruit.
As always, I will leave it to you to decide how all of this applies to Obama or to me or to anyone else in this world. All I ask is that you actually read and consider God’s word. Then use it to test and prove everything; holding on only to what is good and rejecting what is evil.