Is Barack Obama the AntiChrist? Pt 1

Are you ready for a hot topic?

Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ?

Well, what does the Bible say about Anti-Christ?

In the Book of Revelation we read these words

“And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. 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.”

Learn a few quick things about Anti-Christ…

Lesson #1 – The word Anti-Christ is not found in the Book of Revelation, you can not find it.

Most people try to do the calculations on trying to find the anti christ by the passage that says that the number of the Beast is 666.

This is a passage that has a description of the beast.

So Lesson #2 – The Beast in Revelation is not a person.  The Beast in Revelation is a power or an entity.

It’s a combination of 4 pictures.

It’s a combination of the beasts we see in Daniel 7.  These 4 beasts together are made into a composite in Revelation 13 and they comprise this particular beast.

The idea is that those 4 beasts were 4 empires, or 4 nations.  Now they’re rolled into 1.

The picture in Revelation 13 is most likely a picture of anti christian governmental powers.

It’s not the picture of a person.  It’s a picture of a larger entity.

Now what about Anti-Christ?

The word anti christ is only found 5 times in the Bible, all of them in 1 John.

John writes this “children, it’s the last hour…”

Remember, that was the first century and he said it’s the last hour.

“…and as you have heard anti christ is coming.  So now many anti christs have come. Therefore we know it’s the last hour.”

This “many anti christs” gives credence to the idea that I’m saying that there are many anti christian powers and spirits in the world.

Well, Who is an anti christ?

Scripture #2 – “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”

Anti christ is anyone, like a Roman Emperor, who claims to be God or a false Jewish King who sits on the throne.

Like the Herod powers in early Christian church.  The Herods that sat on the throne in Jerusalem.  They were all antichrists.

“And every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God” 1 Jn 4:3

“This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and(I) now is in the world already.”

And finally one more.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

Well, what about the question Is Barack Obama the AntiChrist?

Let me just simply say, he sits on the throne of power as President of the United States.  The United States could become an anti christian government.  In fact, I think it already is because certainly the U.S. does not confess that Jesus is Lord.  So the power itself is set against Christ.

Barack Obama?  Not so much….

He’s probably just another light weight.

We don’t know how Barack Obama will turn out but I can tell you this…

Is he the Anti Christ?

I don’t think so, anymore than you are, or I am.

And we’ll talk more on this topic in videos that we have coming out.

So stay with us…

Barack Obama the antichrist?

You gotta do better than that.

Cycles Explained Pt 4

Wrath, in the Bible, is final judgment.

There are judgments that are temporal, for instance, just being disciplined or a judgment that comes that you can recover from.

You can be judged in a temporal way for your failures but wrath is final judgment.

When wrath comes on you there’s no protection from that, there’s no recovery from that, it’s your final end.

That’s why wrath is so terrible and that’s why the Bible says wrath is not for believers.

But it’s pictured for us 7 times in the Book of Revelation saying to us that Revelation is not written in a linear fashion but written in a fashion where we have a vision and it ends in judgment. Then we have a vision and it ends in judgment. We have a vision and it ends in judgment.

The fourth vision, it’s said this way

“Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped….

So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”

That’s a final judgment.

And that’s the kind of judgment Jesus was always saying when he depicted his pictures of judgment.

The fifth picture of it is in Revelation 16:19

“The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.”

This is a depiction of every island fleeing, no mountain found, wrath, final judgment.

Number six Revelation 19:11,

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war….

And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.”

That’s a final judgment on people and it says those who were slain are actually devoured, they’re consumed. They perish, as the Bible says.

And then the seventh picture in Revelation 20:11

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

7 Pictures of judgments. All of them are pictures of final judgment.

One of the evidences that I put before you that the Book of Revelation is not written in a linear fashion but in cycles of visions.

Cycles Explained Pt 3

As I’ve been trying to establish with you, one of things that is hard about the Book of Revelation is it’s not written in a linear fashion.

It’s written in a cyclical fashion and that’s indicated by the fact that what you’ll see is that John will say “and I saw.” It’s not “and next, and then and after that.”

It’s “and I saw.”

So he’s like a man that’s having a series of visions. Each one of these visions is different.

One of the things that made this most clear for me was when I began to see God’s judgment in the 7 cycles.

I used to always wonder why interpreters would come up with “7 judgments of God.” Well because in the Book of Revelation there’s 7 depictions of judgment and guess what? All of them are final judgments.

When you can see that you realize that makes sense.

Listen to this final judgment as it’s prophesied in the first cycle, the first vision

“Behold, he’s coming in the cloud and every eye will see him and those who pierced him and all tribes of the Earth will wail on account of him. Even so, Amen, I am the Alpha & Omega says the Lord God who is and who was and who is to come.”

This is that picture “every eye will see him” when he comes in his judgments and “those who pierced him will wail on account of him” and you say “well that one’s not very strong.” Well, keep following with me.

In the second vision, or cycle, in the Book of Revelation it says in Chapter 6 verse 15

“Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

That’s just the 6th chapter of the Book of Revelation and he says “the great day of Wrath has come.”

Well, that’s a final judgment.

And it’s depicted by people wanting to hide from it. They’re actually asking mountains to fall on them and hide them from final judgment.

The third vision, or cycle, we see it in 11:15

“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever…
[twenty-four Elders] saying,

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.”

This is a depiction of the fact that he has already come.

The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

So there’s a quick picture of 3 visions of John, all 3 of them depicting wrath, or final judgment.

I’ll be back on another video and I’ll share with you 4 more pictures of final judgment in the Book of Revelation.

Cycles Explained Pt 2

Lets pick up where I left off.

We’re talking to you about the fact that the Book of Revelation is written cyclically.

Now, if you do a movie, that’s not surprising to someone. Basically, the way that happens is you get a sequence of a person in the here and now and then you wonder “how did he get to here?”

And then the movie goes retro on you, you go back to a set of circumstances that brought him to where he was. Then sometimes in a really complex movie they’ll say “meanwhile back at the ranch” and they’ll give you another scene from another perspective.

All your getting in the Book of Revelation is 7 Cycles of Perspectives on how history plays out because history is very much layered like that.

In the 4th cycle, you not only go back to the beginning of time but you get introduced to the enemies of the Church.

You get introduced to a Great Red Dragon.

We get introduced to 2 Beasts; one out of the sea and one from the land.

These are actually the enemies of the Covenant People of God, or I’ll be telling you that’s the church.

Then later on we’ll come to another cycle in Chapters 15 & 16 where God pours out his wrath and what you’ll learn is that the wrath of God, or the judgment of God, is both historical(through time) and apocalyptic(at the end of time).

I think again, that we all know this.

Then in Cycle 6 in Chapters 17-19 you get the career of the Great Harlot.

The Great Harlot, having been unable to destroy the Church by direct assault, having been unable to intimidate the Church, having been unable to deceive the Church, the Great Harlot is the “ace in the hole.” She’s the seducer.

So you learn about in Chapters 17-19 how the Harlot has a career seducing the people of God and how God judges her.

Then, the stuff that everybody likes. This is the stuff that everybody goes crazy about.

You get Revelation 20-22.

What this is, this is the chapter that shows the reign of Christ and the reign of the saints with Christ throughout history against every enemy until the time of the judgment.

Then you get the picture of the re-creation, the New Heaven and the New Earth and of life as God intends it to be when Heaven actually comes to Earth.

Now, I know what you’ve heard about.

You’ve heard about it being a millennium that comes at some distant point.

Well, we’re going to have a fantastic time when we talk about the millennium, but for now we’ll close this and we’ll pick up our study. I want to talk to you a little more about symbolism and then pretty quickly we’re going to just start going bit by bit through the book. These are not going to be deep exegesis. This is going to be a fly over but I can give you the exegesis at another time.

Thanks for giving us this time.

Cycles Explained Pt 1

Lets talk about the cyclical view of the Book of Revelation.

You see, first of all, the Book of Revelation was written to some very specific people and the way you’ve heard it interpreted goes like this…

“The first couple chapters are about churches and then after that the church disappears and after that you never see the church again.”

What I would say to you is that it is written to some churches, and those churches are introduced to us and then after that the church is reintroduced to us many times but not literally but by symbols.

Now, the cyclical interpretation would mean this, I would give you the whole story in a panorama.

So Revelation Chapter 1, 2 & 3 is the first cycle. We get introduced to Jesus. Then we get introduced to his churches. We get introduced to seven churches and the theme of that is Christ in the midst of his church, empowering his church to overcome.

In fact, that’s the theme of the whole Book of Revelation. The whole thing is told in the first 3 chapters.

And then what you get after that is recapitulating the Book of Revelation from a variety of points of view.

I could walk you right through these…

One of the parallel sections is 1-3 and the theme of that is overcoming and then Revelation 4-7 we get a view of things in Heaven and how they interplay with things on Earth.

So 1-3 is the Church on Earth.

Chapters 4-7 is the scene in Heaven during the same period of time. The period of time is the coming of Christ until the triumphant return of Christ. The picture in 4-7 is the order in Heaven and what is our thought as Christians? We want things on Earth to be as they are in Heaven.

In Heaven there’s perfect order, perfect peace, Christ is on the throne, He’s reigning, He’s being worshiped.

On the Earth, there’s a church in tribulation.

Guess What?

It’s happening at exactly the same time.

Now, Cycle 3 is where we see Rev 8-11, the Angels of Heaven responding to God’s commands to release the prayer’s of the saints on Earth. So that things on Earth can be as they are in Heaven.

Well, God’s means of making things on Earth as they are in Heaven is actually judgment.

So, it’s very disturbing.

In Cycle 4, Revelation 12-14 we get a closer look at things as they really are and what we do this time is pull back the curtain and instead of going all the way back to the cross of Christ, or the Life of Christ, we go all the way back to the promise of Christ and then we bring through his entire career.

To be continued….

Interpretation Principles

When you’re going to interpret the Bible you need some principles of interpretation.

Here’s the principle you’ve been given with the Book of Revelation; you’ve been told that it’s supposed to be interpreted literally.


People ask me sometimes “Do you think the Bible is literally true?”

And I’ll say “I believe that’s literally a ridiculous question” because the Bible is full of all kinds of usages of language.

No one uses the language more fully orbed than John.

If you’re going to take John’s writings and you’re going to be a literalist, I’ll give you a little thing most people have never thought about.

John wrote the Gospel of John. Almost everytime in the Gospel of John that someone interprets a thing Jesus says literally chaos insues.

John says “you want me to enter into my mother’s womb and be born a second time?” The woman at the well says “you can give me water like that? Give me some water I want to drink it.”

A crowd of people, that turns into a Mob, a congregation turns into a mob when Jesus says “if you don’t eat my flesh or drink my blood you have no part in me.”


Jesus says “I’m a door.”

Really? Is he that wooden?

I don’t think so….

Every time that you go literal with Jesus in the book of John you run into a door!
You run into a wall.

John gives you a Jesus who speaks in ways that are nuanced.

Well, it shouldn’t surprise us when John comes to the Book of Revelation his own use of imagery is just a fully nuanced and is fully orbed.

A couple things about it, I mentioned on one of the other videos, the Book of Revelation was written in a time of distress. Therefore, he spoke symbolically and when he spoke symbolically he had two intentions: to obscure his meaning from a certain group of people and to reveal his meaning to another.

That’s what apocalyptic writing does.

And that’s the kind of writing people do in distress. It’s the kind of communication that people do when they’re distressed.

When you’re a prisoner of war you don’t want your captors to know what you’re saying or if you’re a Christian in a foreign land that surpresses the Gospel when you write your letters home to your supporters you’re not as explicit about your victories but your obscurity is well known to those that are receiving it.

Then the Book of Revelation is, surprisingly, I’m going to suggest to you, not written in a linear sytle.

That’s the hardest thing for people to get.

People think you’re supposed to start with a book and you start here and go all the way to here, and this happened first and this happened last.

It’s not written like that.

The Book of Revelation is written much more like a film than anything else because it was a book that was seen and heard. It’s not a book that was read and written down. It was seen and heard, it was imagery, it’s pictures and these pictures are supposed to capture your mind and capture your thoughts.

And I suggest to you that the book, rather than being written linear was written cyclically.

…MOre to come in the next video.

Myths Debunked

We’re going to be doing these series of short videos to share with you some interpretations of the Book of Revelation and actually to make it very simple.

So, if you’re just joining us, just a couple principles of interpretation for this book.

The book is three things.

It’s a personal letter to an actual historical group of people.

It’s a book written in an apocalyptic style. Apocalypse is it’s own kinds of literature in the Bible.

It’s also a prophecy in that is has revelation of what we like to say as “things to come.”

But the Book of Revelation has been taken over, if you will, by what is actually called the Futurist school but it has been taken over by people who I think are sensationalists and it’s one of things that I can remember all these categories that I was given for the book of Revelation very early on.

I was told about the “Great Tribulation.” I was told about the “Tribulation.” I was told about the “Anti-Christ.” I was told about a “Seven Year Period.” I was told all these things but when I got to the Book of Revelation and did verse by verse exegesis one of the first things that surprises you is those things aren’t there.

So as we share with you a different point of view I’ll be very clear up front, my point of view is that the Book of Revelation is written for the church and it’s written for us to be disciples of and followers of Christ in times of trouble and distress.

Let me back up and go over a few things that were shocking.

There’s no where in the Book of Revelation where there’s a 7 year period called a tribulation. There’s no where in the Book of Revelation where there’s a period called “The Great Tribulation”.

What you have in the Book of Revelation is an image of 5 times the Revelation uses an image of 3.5, or the equivalence of 3.5, but never does it say 7.

You don’t find the word Anti-Christ in the Book and I find this surprising because John the writer of the Book of Revelation is the one person in the Bible, and the only one, that uses the word anti-christ. Well, there is no expression of that anti christ in the Book of Revelation. People go to what’s called a Beast and they say that’s the Anti-Christ. The problem is there’s no indication that this beast represents a singular human being.

So when you unpack these things you wonder “have I been defrauded?”

I think you have been.

I think you’ve been sold a bill of goods by people who have bought into sensationalist apocalyptic views and it makes great reading. It’s kinda like reading the National Enquirer but most of them you will read them and the interpretations can change with the headlines.

The interpretation of the Book of Revelation that I’m going to give you is not going to change with the headlines. It’s the kind of thing that is going to be very steady, very applicable to your life and it’s going to make common sense.

In the next video I’m going to share with you some distinctives of interpreting the book that I think will make it easier for you.

Symbolism Explained

In the last video we said we were going to explain the book of Revelation so I’m going to start right in.

Verse 1 says the Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to, and the word there is “to show”, the actual word in the Greek language is “to signify” or “to show by signs.”

What you need to understand first of all is the book of Revelation sounds symbolic because it is symbolic.

So what we will do is look at the symbols.

Now, as soon as I say that a lot of people will say “I’m jumping off this bus…”

Buy you’d be making a great mistake because everyone understands that there are signs and symbols in the book.

No one disagrees.

When you run into the Lamb you know that’s a sign for Jesus Christ. You don’t even question it.

When you run into the Lion you understand that’s a sign for Jesus Christ.

What I’m going to tell you is that the signs and symbolism of the book hold the key for understanding it.

Now the question is “Why would someone write such a symbolic book?”

Well, the Book of Revelation is three kinds of literature.

First of all, it’s prophetic literature. So that means there is an unfolding of some future things.

Second, it is literature that is apocalyptic in nature and that’s where the rub comes. People don’t understand what apocalyptic means.

Finally, some of it is just plain narative.

To come back to Apocalyptic, it means this, it was written at a time of deep distress. Something like a time when American soldiers were in Hanoi Hotel and there they found themselves imprisoned and their captors were tormenting them.

How did they communicate with each other?

They communicated with signs and symbols that were obscure to their captors but were very clear to the prisoners.

The Book of Revelation is written by a church under the oppression of Rome and it’s written in signs and symbols that were very clear to the first century Christians and rather obscure to the Romans. Thus, it would have much less likelyhood of being suppressed.

So the Book of Revelation is signs and symbols and we will unpack them for you one at a time.

We’ll be back with the next one soon.

Book of Revelation Explained

The purpose of this video is very simple; it’s going to introduce the explanation of the Book of Revelation.

A lot of people think the Book of Revelation is a very difficult book but I think it can be explained very easily.

What I also believe is the Book of Revelation is a discipleship manual.

When most people explain the Book of Revelation they explain it as far off future events or maybe even near future events that will be unfolding in this country or that country but I believe the Book of Revelation is a “Discipleship Manual.”

Listen to the opening words.

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants the things that must soon take place.  He made it known to him by sending his Angel to his servant John.”

And then he goes on to say in verse 3,

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it for the time is near.”

Now the Book of Revelation was thought to be near at the time that it was written, it’s unfolding and so I believe the Book of Revelation is a discipleship manual for Christians.

It was very relevant to them at the time and I believe they would have understood it and that it would have been obscured (Not to Christians) but it would have been very obscure to Roman Ears.

For You and I, we’ll find that the key to understanding the Book of Revelation is actually embedded in the Bible itself, very easy to find and a good student of the Bible can unlock it’s keys.

You and I will discover as we explain this book that Revelation is for today and actually for every generation that has ever lived since the first century.

So if you want to come with us on this journey; we’ll be posting videos in the days to come.  I think you’re going to enjoy them.

I’m going to show you how the history of the world is unfolded at least 7 times in the book of Revelation.

I hope you’ll join me for these short videos.