This is a perfect example of end-times thinking which enslaves the world. For centuries people have used the newspaper to interpret events rather than using the Bible to help us understand the times in which we live. For Luther the Anti-Christ was the papacy. In 1926 according Oswald J. Smith’s Is the Anti-Christ At Hand? it was Benito Mussolini. Later others were accused: Adolph Hitler, Ronald Wilson Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachov, and now Barack Obama.
This is where newspaper exegesis leads to. The biblical definition of an anti-Christ in 1John 2:22 is: “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.” It is anyone who denies that Jesus came in the flesh.
I John 2:18 says, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” It was the last hour of what? The last hour was the end of the stone temple, sacrificial system, the priesthood and animal sacrifices. Hebrew 13:8 says “In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” That whole system vanished because all these things were types and shadows pointing to Jesus. He fulfills the temple, the priesthood, and the perfect lamb that takes away the sins of the world. Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”
1 John 4 says that many anti-Christs were in the world in Paul’s day.
We don’t need to pay attention to people ripping verses out of context. If you do that you can make the Bible say anything. Gary DeMar used this analogy: “Judas went out and hanged himself,” “Go and do thou likewise,” “whatever thou doest do quickly,” for “there is no God.” Some words from the Old Testament and some from the New strung together, slightly twisted say anything, mangled beyond recognition.
The verse used in the YouTube video pulled from Isaiah was in the context of God’s judgment on
Verses out of context are bad enough but words from the old and new, Greek to Hebrew is terrible.
Stretching the sound of the Hebrew words into Barack Obama, is akin to Zeitgeist’s Sun, and God’s Son.
II John 7 says, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”
Mark Twain’s statement: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug” bears credence.
To escape the paralysis of last-days madness please read Gary DeMar’s Why the End of the World Is Not in Your Future. Understanding the context makes you a better student of God’s Word and saves us from being taken captive by modern-day prognosticators.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Lance Seppi's response to: Did Jesus Reveal The Name Of The Anti-Christ?