Yesterday, I posted this piece on pastor Robert Jeffress who said Obama’s election paves the way for the Antichrist. I want to comment on another of his statements:
I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he’s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes…President Obama is not the Antichrist.
This statement by Jeffress shows his ignorance on what the Bible teaches about the Antichrist. How is he so certain that Obama cannot become the Antichrist? Jeffress fails to recognize that the Bible teaches Antichrist will have a concealed state before his revelation for the world to see him as the eschatological antagonist. Paul teaches:
(3) Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (4) who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (5) Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? (6) And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. (7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. (8) And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. (9) The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, (10) and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved —2 Thess 2:3–10
Therefore, who says that Obama cannot be revealed one day as the Antichrist? Nobody can be sure. On the flip side, someone may claim to be certain that Obama will be the Antichrist because he is a UN-globalist, a Jew-hater, a Christian-hater, and a possible closet Muslim. But these qualifications, as attractive as they are, do not guarantee that he will be the real McCoy Antichrist one day.
Jeffress says he knows that Obama is not the Antichrist because, “the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes.” Besides the fact that Obama actually has very high numbers around the world, again Jeffress is ignorant on what Scripture teaches. The book of Revelation shows he will have extremely high poll numbers:
“One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.” —Rev 13:3
This will happen at his revelation. So high his poll numbers will be that his “voting constituents” are going to worship him as God!:
“It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.” —Rev 13:12
Jesus, Paul, and the book of Revelation consistently stress the event of the revelation of Antichrist and his subsequent great tribulation, not his concealed state.
So, who says that Obama couldn’t one day be revealed as the Antichrist?