Luke 10:18 Click on this link to read the passage. You may select your preferred version of the Bible after the link opens.

A young friend of mine emailed me a video that had him very upset. It linked Barack Obama’s name with the antichrist using the above verse and the Aramaic language to draw its conclusion. Here is a link to this video as found on YouTube.

It is a disturbing video to put it mildly. Nonetheless my initial reaction was to dismiss the notion as many people have claimed to have discovered the antichrist by maneuvering numbers and scripture verses only to have been proven wrong. I didn’t find the YouTube video immediately, but did find what may be a scholarly response to it that also dismisses the conclusions set forth in the video. This article appeared on the website “Truth or” Here is the link for your consideration: Jesus Named the Antichrist…

Since I don’t know Greek or Hebrew, I can’t comment on whether it is true or not. I’m a bit skeptical, though, for one reason. Barack Obama doesn’t fit the image. If he did, his popularity would be escalating, not plummeting. My remedy for dealing with this possibility is for us to read the Bible and make it our primary goal to know Jesus intimately through real knowledge which comes from reading his Word. It was written to give wisdom and comfort, not to scare the wits out of us.

If Barack Obama were the antichrist, there would be no way to stop him, and worrying about it will only make one sick. God predicted the antichrist; he is a part of God’s plan for the end of time. So don’t beat your head against the wall accomplishing nothing.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel to correct obvious wrongs that we see in our government. Suppose Barack Obama is not the antichrist. Do we let fear keep us from acting like responsible citizens to take action when it is desperately needed?

But even bigger than the problems in our government is the apathy in the hearts of most church-going Christians today. Church members give lip service to their loyalty to God and to the Bible, but when it comes to making decisions they continue to follow the crowd and let the TV and Hollywood dictate to their consciences.

It is time to claim God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 : “…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is our hope, our only hope.

Father God, only you know the whole story about what is happening in our nation, in our churches, and in our hearts. If we are to know fear, make it a holy fear that draws us closer to you. Your Word tells us to seek your face while you may be found. That time is now. Draw your people to you and give us greater courage than we ever knew we had. Give us your strength to endure whatever may come our way, and give us your peace and joy in all things. Amen.

© 2009 by Janice D. Green

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