Updated: Jul 7, 2020
(FIRST PUBLISHED DECEMBER 4, 2018)
“So, Michael…who is the Antichrist?”
Man, if I had a quarter for every time someone asked me that question, I’d have a private jet on 24-hour standby. Yet, each time I'm asked it, I always insist God has not YET revealed to me the identity of the MAN OF SIN. Thus, my answer to that question has ALWAYS been one and the same…“How the heck should I know?”
Well, at least, that WAS my answer…until a few short weeks ago, when – out of the clear blue – the Holy Spirit removed the blinders from my eyes; and to my surprise, for the first time, I realized the SON OF PERDITION was already here, walking amongst us; not really trying to conceal his "true" identity, but rather pursuing his destiny “out in the open”; metaphorically “hiding in the light”.
Since then, I’ve fervently studied and wrote and prayed – in total, I've logged close to 180 hours researching and writing this blog – each day, inquiring of the Holy Spirit whether He wants me to actually publish it or not. Quite frankly, I’m sorta stunned that He never put the kibosh on it; since, again and again, I certainly gave Him every opportunity to pull the plug. However, in the end, the Lord’s communication concerning my writing and posting this blog was loud and clear...DO IT.
And isn’t that EXACTLY what the apostle Paul told the Church at Thessalonica, almost 2,000 years ago; that – before the Antichrist is REVEALED – we the Church must FIRST recognize him, then EXPOSE him?
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that DAY (which begins with the 7-year Tribulation) will not come unless the falling away (the apostasy of the Church) comes first, and THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED, the son of perdition.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
Why expose him now, you ask? Why at this very point in time?
Because HE’S FINALLY HERE! And for that reason, we are confident we are very close to experiencing the glorious Rapture of the Church.
But not yet. And that's the REALLY good news for non-Believers, that – although the SON OF PERDITION is finally among us – Donald Trump has not OFFICIALLY come to power as the Antichrist, since he is prohibited by the Holy Spirit from doing so...UNTIL the Rapture of the Church. Thankfully, until then, there is STILL time to be Saved.
Now...already...many of you are shaking your heads, and saying NO, NO, NO! over the idea of Donald Trump being the Antichrist...and you are right to be skeptical. I was. In fact, up until recently, I consistently and VEHEMENTLY stated – over and over and over again, both in public and in private conversations – that Donald Trump was unequivocally NOT the Antichrist. And I WAS WRONG.
Like most Christians, I was following a fictional depiction of the Antichrist, one I’d formulated from books like The Late Great Planet Earth, and the Left Behind series, instead of actually searching God’s Word to determine what the Bible actually said on the subject. It was only after I put aside my own biases, then spent countless hours "searching" the Scriptures and praying for the Lord's guidance in this matter, that I learned the truth concerning the identity of this individual.
My prayer is that you too will come to the same conclusion – hopefully, sooner than later – then, use the few remaining days to share this blog with others. Why? For the reason of SALVATION. Yes, by using God's Word to identify Donald Trump as the person who will soon become the Antichrist, we give urgency to the times – the LATENESS OF THE HOUR – and the soon return of Jesus Christ to Rapture His Church.
For that reason alone, if this blog somehow leads just one person to repent and seek Salvation through Jesus Christ, it was worth all the grief I'm taking for writing it.
TEN BIBLICAL REASONS I BELIEVE DONALD TRUMP IS THE ANTICHRIST
(#1) He’s a peacemaker. Imagine a person – an outsider, an interloper; someone with no political experience whatsoever – who, against all odds, becomes the most powerful man in the world; not through force, or via a violent military coup, but through peace and diplomacy; by using the constitutional laws of the most powerful nation in the world – the United States of America – to be elected “fair and square”, by a party of his constituents.
As impossible as it all sounds, it DID happen, didn’t it? Two years ago, when business mogul and reality TV host, Donald Trump – against all odds or conventional wisdom – was formally elected President of The United States (POTUS) on December 19th, 2016.
The prophet Daniel certainly saw this event in a vision, when he said...
“And in his place shall arise a vile person (Trump) to whom they (mainstream politicians and leaders) will not give the honor of royalty (they don't respect or accept Trump); but he shall come in peaceably (he was elected fair and square) and seize the kingdom by intrigue (diplomacy, not force).” (Daniel 11:21)
So, was Trump’s election pure luck? Happenstance? Lucky rabbit’s foot in his pocket? Hardly. On the contrary, if we are to believe Daniel’s prophecy from 2,500 years ago, Donald Trump came to power via SUPERNATURAL means – through a series of fortuitous "coincidences" – culminating in a political windfall never before witnessed. The apostle John spoke of it in Christ's final Revelation, when he made it crystal clear that the Antichrist will not succeed on his own merit, but instead will be...
“…given AUTHORITY (by Satan)...” (Revelation 13:5)
So, what WERE some of the "coincidences" experienced by then-candidate Donald Trump, leading up to his staggering upset victory in the 2016 election?
Opportunity. Trump’s rise to power came at a time when opposition factions within the post-Obama Democratic party were at an all-time low.
Visibility. As a non-politician – an outsider – Trump was already well-known to the public; as a successful business mogul, and the host of a popular hit TV series.
Charisma. Although Trump can be quite polarizing – even abusive and vitriolic, at times – he also can be quite charming, when it suits his agenda.
Experience. Although he had no prior political experience, Trump was considered a candidate for POTUS in every presidential election as far back as 1988.
Money. For an “outsider” to break through the political “glass ceiling”, Trump needed considerable funds to “pay his way in”. Lucky for him, he’s a billionaire.
Chameleon. Although Donald Trump identified himself as a liberal Democrat most of his life, in 2016 he changed course; then ran for the office of POTUS as a conservative; a Republican.
Sure enough, in what we now know as one of the most stunning, controversial and unprecedented upset victories in the history of politics, Donald Trump became POTUS…and in doing so, not only became the most powerful man in the US, but also the (de facto) most powerful man in the entire world. Once in power, Trump soon gained control of all branches of the US government – Executive, Legislative and Judicial – as well as the military; and again, accomplished all of this – not through force, but – peaceably; just as the apostle John witnessed when he said...
“And I looked and behold a white horse (synonymous with peace): and he (Trump) that sat on him had a bow (but no arrows, again implying peace); and a (stephanos, a victor’s) crown was given unto him: and he (Trump) went forth conquering (winning), and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:2)
Concerning the courts, the prophet Daniel seems to make reference to Trump’s attempt to influence the US Judicial System, when he said that Trump will…
“…change the times and the LAW”. (Daniel 7:25)
Ask yourself, have we recently seen major changes to our US Judicial system – and in particular, a monumental shakeup within the Supreme Court – a move that will help secure additional judicial support for Trump in the future? Yes, we have; and as we now know, the appointment of controversial judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court not only adds another conservative voice, but also tips the highest court in the land clearly in Trump’s favor.
As well, by strengthening his control over the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections, Trump can continue to aggressively add more appellate and high court judges – individuals already aligned with Trump's ethos – until he controls the entire US judicial system. And again…all of it done PEACEABLY.
Ultimately, will people rebel? Yes; and when they do, Trump will subsequently crush them, just as the prophet Daniel said (in 7:25) he would, when he said that Trump will “…change the times”. The Hebrew word for TIMES is Zimniyn, and it denotes the idea of ORDER (as in “law and order”) – and yes, very soon, Trump will respond to political opposition by "rolling out" his own special brand of "crowd control", as a way to silence his enemies and stifle negative press, as he continues his quest for world domination.
I mean, come on...you didn't really think Donald Trump would stop at ONLY becoming POTUS, did you? On the contrary, Donald Trump’s sights are targeted much higher than ONLY becoming POTUS, the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. Very soon – probably right after the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on January 3rd...but certainly after he brokers his Peace Treaty with Israel – Trump will begin to shift his attention away from US domestic issues, and focus more on European and global initiatives...peaceably – through diplomacy and deceit – and all of it conceived by a person not to be trusted:
“And in the latter time of their kingdom (the End Times)…a king (Trump) shall arise…who understands SINISTER SCHEMES (Trump uses deceit to achieve his goals).” (Daniel 8:23)
But not yet; not until the Holy Spirit and the Church are first removed at the Rapture. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8) Only then will Trump be able to aggressively move forward with his SINISTER SCHEMES.
Until then, Trump still needs to be seen as a PEACEMAKER.
Need More Proof?
Aggression withheld. But WAIT, you say…I thought the Antichrist was a warmonger? Oh, he is. Absolutely. 100%. But that comes later, when he unleashes his terrible brand of LAW & ORDER on the world, as witnessed by the disciple John: “When He (Jesus) opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature (one of the four Cherubim) saying, ‘Come and see.’ Another horse, fiery red (WAR), went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it (Trump) to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him (Trump) a great sword (uh-oh).” (Revelation 6:3-4)
“…the prince (Trump) who is (yet) to come…” (Daniel 9:26)
“Then he (Trump) shall confirm a covenant (peace treaty) with many (Israel and others) for one week (the 7-year Tribulation/Daniel’s 70th “week”)…” (Daniel 9:27)
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump came to power as POTUS...not as a warmonger, but as a PEACEMAKER.
(#2) There’s no time left for another candidate to emerge.
From the apostle John's second letter, we know – over the past 2,000 years – there have ALWAYS been despotic antichrist-type leaders in this world, evil scumbags like Caligula and Nero and Hitler and Stalin:
"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. (2 John 7)
So, okay, if there have ALWAYS been world leaders willing to pit themselves against Almighty God, what distinguishes Donald Trump from all other “antichrist” candidates of the past? HE'S THE LAST ONE. If this IS true, then it also means we are even now in the final days of the END TIMES: a very specific and EXACT period of time, foretold by Jesus Himself, in response to His disciples asking him point blank…WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK?
“Tell us (Jesus)…when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)
Jesus explains that His return – His SECOND Coming – will happen at the END of one FINAL, future Jewish generation (which began on May 14, 1948, with the REBIRTH OF ISRAEL).
"Assuredly, I say to you, this (final) generation will by no means pass away (end) till all these things (all remaining, unfulfilled, End Times prophecies) take place. (Matthew 24:34)
Obviously...the next vitally IMPORTANT question is...HOW LONG IS A JEWISH GENERATION?
For the answer, we turn to Psalm 90...which is not only the very FIRST Psalm written by the patriarch Moses, but it's also the ONLY Psalm he ever wrote. (NOTE: Kinda important!)
"The days of our lives are SEVENTY years; and if by reason of strength (good health) they are EIGHTY years. (Psalm 90:10)
Thus...if Israel’s final 70-80-year generation began on May 14th, 1948 with the REBIRTH OF ISRAEL; then our current “FINAL” generation technically ends on...MAY 14TH, 2028.
Wow, that’s less than 10 years away. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t, since that’s the exact same timetable echoed recently by secular scientists, who now view our world as a "sinking ship"...
In a recent article entitled, Scientists Say We Have Ten Years to Save Earth, the writer says: “Time is running out to protect Earth from the disastrous effects of climate change. An international team of eight researchers said we have just 10 years to save the planet.” (Inhabitat, April 16, 2017)
Then just last week, I read a blog entitled: Humans 'don't have 10 years' left thanks to climate change, Guy McPherson, a biology professor at the University of Arizona, said the human destruction of our own habitat is leading towards the world's sixth mass extinction. He says, “…that there’s no point trying to fight climate change, that we'll all be dead within the next decade and there's nothing we can do to stop it.” (Newshub, Nov. 19, 2018)
So, then...YOU do the math. Add ten years/one decade to our current year, and you come up with the year: 2028.
WHOA...WAIT…WHAT…are you kidding me? That's the EXACT same year prophesied by Jesus. Are you saying that – after billions and billions of years – we now find that both Jesus Christ AND secular scientists are in perfect accord concerning the timing of the END?
Thus, if both Jesus and modern atheistic scientists all agree on the timing of the END, I guess it's time the rest of us admit that...WE'VE RUN OUT OF TIME.
Need more proof?
The future is now. After the prophet Daniel's disturbing vision concerning the future Antichrist, the angel Gabriel comforted him with news that his vision was NOT for then, but for a future time. “I (Gabriel) have come to make you (Daniel) understand what will happen to your people (Israel) in THE LATTER DAYS, for the vision refers to MANY DAYS YET TO COME.” (Daniel 10:14)
Later gator. Even at the end of his life, an aged Daniel continued to press Gabriel for a glimpse into the future, but the angel tells the prophet the “revelation” is not for him, but for those of us living in a LATER, future time: “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the TIME OF THE END; (when) many shall run to and fro (population explosion), and knowledge (technology) shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
Mr. Popular. Should we at all be surprised that – other than Jesus Christ – the person who would one day become the Antichrist (Trump) is mentioned more than any other person in the Bible…and always in the context of him coming to power during the END TIMES?
Are you sure there's no time left? Trump's upcoming signing of a 7-year PEACE treaty begins the final 7-years of Tribulation. And since we know from Moses that this final generation cannot exceed 80 years, that means the PEACE accord MUST be signed NO LATER than May 14, 2021. Think another, better candidate than Donald Trump can SUDDENLY emerge in less than three years? I don't.
“So, you also, when you see all these things, know that it (the End Times) is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this (final) generation will by no means pass away till all these things stake place.” (Matthew 24:33-34)
“Little children (John’s pet name for the Church), it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist (Trump) is coming, even now many antichrists have come by which we know that it is the LAST HOUR.” (1 John 2:18)
With the rebirth of Israel on May 14, 1948, the countdown began on Israel's final 70-80 year “generation”. For this reason we realize we have no time left for the development of another, better Antichrist candidate; certainly no time for someone to come along who fits the criteria better than Donald Trump.
(#3) He is a gentile.
Probably the biggest error Christians make in identifying the Antichrist is they FALSELY believe that he's a Jew. WRONG! In the Bible, symbolically, the “LAND” (soil) almost always denotes Israel. Conversely, the (evil and unclean) “SEA” is consistently associated with non-Jews; the non-saved gentiles...or what the Bible refers to as The Nations.
Thus, in the Book of Revelation, when the apostle John sees, then describes, the Antichrist (the terrible BEAST) as emerging from the “SEA” (picture Israel as an “isle” amongst a “SEA” of gentile nations), we can be confident in knowing the MAN OF SIN is a human being, a gentile, a non-Jew:
“Then I (John) stood on the sand of the (gentile) “SEA”. And I saw a beast (Trump) rising up out of the SEA...” (Revelation 13:1)
Need More Proof?
A tale of two kings. If God intended for the Antichrist to be a Jew, most likely the prophets of the Bible would have compared him to the most evil JEWISH king: Ahab. They didn’t. Instead, the prophets compared the Antichrist with the most evil GENTILE king…Antiochus IV Epiphanes (the Grecian king of the Seleucids, who ruled from 176 BC to 165 BC, and ultimately desecrated the Jewish Temple).
Age of the Gentiles. The start of the 70-year Jewish Exile (in 606 BC) kicked-off a period known as THE AGE OF THE GENTILES…and not only are we are still in it, but it continues until Christ returns (after which the 1,000-year AGE OF THE JEWS begins). And, just as Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar was the FIRST gentile king during this period (Daniel 1:1), Donald Trump is the LAST gentile king.
The Final King. All earlier gentile kings are foreshadowed in the FINAL gentile king: Donald Trump. If Nebuchadnezzar was the FIRST, if Alexander was the GREATEST, if Syrian king Antiochus IV was the most DUPLICITOUS...then the Antichrist is the FINAL king, the WILLFUL king. “The king (Trump) shall do according to his OWN will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.” (Daniel 11:36)
Delusion. Most Israeli Jews are by nature wary of outsiders; gentiles, the goyim...and yet, inconceivably, they embrace Trump, a GENTILE, as their top benefactor. This is clear evidence of God’s supernatural power at work, as He deludes idol-worshiping Israel into believing Donald Trump is their best friend and Messiah. (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
Anti-Semitism. Maybe the most convincing argument FOR a gentile Antichrist is our increasingly anti-Semitic world…a world that would NEVER accept a Jew as their supreme leader.
(The Times of the Gentiles officially began) in the third reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, (when) Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. (Daniel 1:1)
“Then He (God) will send them (the Church) strong delusion, that they would believe the lie (that Trump is not 'one of them').” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
Donald Trump is a gentile, a self-avowed Christian; a Protestant, a Presbyterian.
(#4) He protects Israel and they adore him.
Throughout her storied history, Israel’s greatest sin has always been her penchant for idolatry, as – over and over and over again – she has shunned her TRUE LOVE, Jehovah God, to pursue promiscuous relationships with foreign, pagan gods. Alas, now, Israel is making the same mistake, as she once again chooses to ally herself with the wrong false “god”.
However, this time – instead of putting her faith in some inert graven image, like Ba-al or Zeus or Asclepios – Israel has chosen to follow a MAN – the Anti-Messiah, the Antichrist – Donald Trump; who will SOON broker a PEACE initiative between Israel and others. And when that happens, Israel will begin to see Donald Trump as their protector, their benefactor, their MESSIAH.
That's why it's so vitally important to understand that – for the first time in her storied 4,000-year history – Israel is experiencing unprecedented PEACE AND SAFETY throughout her homeland (Ezekiel 38:11). And because Trump protects and emboldens Israel, they envision him as a hero – a modern-day Cyrus the Great – and that affinity will continue to grow as Trump continues to protect and support them.
Here are just a few of the ways Trump is currently assisting Israel:
Weaponry. Each year, the US gives approximately $35MM in munitions to Israel.
Protection. The US’s highly-effective defensive weapon, the IRON DOME, is almost single-handedly responsible for most of Israel sleeping safe at night.
Recognition of Jerusalem. Trump stood alone as the FIRST world leader to recognize Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel.
Trump will help Israel rebuild their Temple. In the fall of 2016, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the Jewish Sanhedrin requested that Donald Trump (and Vladimir Putin) assist Israel in rebuilding the third Jewish Temple. Thus, very soon, we can expect Trump to gain Israel’s ULTIMATE trust by assisting – maybe even orchestrating – the building of Israel’s infamous third Jewish Temple.
Think Israel doesn't have a love affair with Donald Trump? Earlier this year, the Jewish Sanhedrin (a tribunal of rabbis) minted a half-shekel coin with Donald Trump's image superimposed over King Cyrus's image. AMAZING. Two gentile Kings...and both seen as Messiah-figures to Israel.
And yet, we know that all of Trump's accomplishments – both domestically and internationally – will pale in comparison to what will be seen as his ULTIMATE accomplishment: Trump's brokering of a Middle East PEACE ACCORD.
The significance of this PEACE AGREEMENT, this current Israeli/Palestinian Peace Deal being drawn up by Donald Trump?
TRUMP'S SIGNING OF 7-YEAR PEACE ACCORD BEGINS THE FINAL 7-YEAR PERIOD OF TRIBULATION.
Wow! Talk about the “Art of the Deal”! And when it's finally accomplished, the brokering of this momentous and unprecedented 7-year PEACE treaty – giving new liberties to the Palestinians – will allow Trump to move just one step closer to having absolute power throughout the US, the European Union, and the rest of the world. We first heard of this PEACE covenant 2,500 years ago, when the angel Gabriel spoke to the prophet Daniel:
“Then he (Trump) shall confirm a covenant (peace treaty) with many for one week (7-years)…” (Daniel 9:27)
[NOTE: For a recent assessment of that upcoming battle, please listen to my recent podcast: WHEN RUSSIA ATTACKS ISRAEL. https://www.mycornerofeternity.com/podcast
Need more proof?
Stalled Peace talks. At this very minute, politicians, princes and world leaders are ALL attempting to broker this historic Middle East PEACE accord. And yet…they've had NO SUCCESS. But there is a reason for that. Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 that Trump will be unable to broker this PEACE DEAL until the Rapture of the Church occurs, and the Holy Spirit (who currently INDWELLS and SEALS the Church) is taken away.
Time to build the Temple. During the recent 2018 Jerusalem mayoral race, both candidates sited the rebuilding of Israel’s Holy Temple as a major part of their respective platforms. In December 2018, the Temple altar was dedicated, in anticipation of the upcoming Jewish temple. Expect newly-elected mayor, Moshe Lion, to begin construction immediately following Trump's signing of the 7-year Peace Treaty.
Cyrus the Who? Cyrus (the Great) was a Medo-Persian King who, in 538 BC, released the Jews from Babylon, allowing them to return home after 70 years of captivity at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. As Cyrus is so highly beloved by Israel, it's shocking to hear the comparisons between the Medo-Persian King and Donald Trump.
Heads or Tails? Earlier this year, Israel put Donald Trump's image on their currency and his name on their street banners.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that DAY (the DAY OF THE LORD, which begins when Trump signs the PEACE treaty) will not come unless the falling away comes first (the current apostasy in the Church), and the man of sin (Trump) is revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
"For when they (Israel) say: PEACE AND SAFETY! Then sudden destruction comes upon them…and they shall not escape". (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
“It shall come to pass in that DAY (when Jesus Christ returns) that his (Trump's) burden will be taken away from your (Israel's) shoulder and his yoke from your neck…” (Isaiah 10:27)
While a mostly anti-Semitic world has turned their collective backs on Israel, Donald Trump is the ONLY world leader to wholeheartedly support them, with gusto. In return, he gets Israel's adulation...even as, later on, Trump will turn on them.
(#5) Trump has completely conned the Church.
In a classic act of Spiritual and Biblical DELUSION, we see that even though Donald Trump outwardly possesses none of the Spiritual qualities of a true Born-Again Christian – and at times, even appears to be completely antithetical, even antagonistic to the Biblical tenets of a true “Believer” – he has successfully passed himself off to most of the now APOSTATE Church as a “God-fearing” individual, even as the Church does NOT recognize Trump for who he truly is…the Antichrist.
Talk about the ultimate WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING...Jesus warned us about people like Trump, when He commanded us in Matthew 7 to...
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." (Matthew 7:15)
Certainly, Daniel had a glimpse of Trump’s godlessness when he said that…
“He (Trump) shall regard neither the ‘God of his fathers’ (Jehovah), nor regard any (other) god (e.g. Allah, Vishnu, L. Ron Hubbard), for HE SHALL EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE THEM ALL. (Daniel 11:37)
Later, in the New Testament, the apostle Paul appears to lay the blame for the rise of Donald Trump squarely on the shoulders of the apostate Church, when he says…
"…the falling away (apostasy of the Church) comes FIRST, and (then) the man of sin (Trump) is revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
As usual, a pagan world is the first to accurately spot a religious hypocrite, as was noted in a June 6, 2016 GQ MAGAZINE article, which featured the sardonic sub-title: DONALD TRUMP SURE IS BAD AT PRETENDING HE LOVES JESUS. Yes, he is…although to his credit he doesn’t really try to hide it...or fake it. Of course, he doesn’t have to, since the Church fawns over him like he’s the second coming of Ronald Reagan.
In what could easily be described as Christ's most severe castigation of religious leaders, he condemns the current Church age, saying…
“…because you (the apostate Church) are LUKEWARM (with one foot in the church but the other in the world), and neither cold nor hot, I will VOMIT you out of My mouth (rejection).” (Revelation 3:16)
“Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:28)
“Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify…” (Matthew 23:34)
In truth, because of the rampant Biblical illiteracy amongst the majority of the apostate Church, the equally Biblically-illiterate Donald Trump has successfully conned, hoodwinked and bamboozled the majority of the Church, leaving God with no other option than to label them as WORTHLESS, then DELUDE them, as Paul described when he said:
“I (Jesus) will send them strong delusion, that they might believe the LIE.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
So, how do we know Jesus is targeting the apostate Church here; and not a sinful world?
Because a pagan, non-Believing world does NOT need to be deluded by God, since they are ALREADY completely clueless to the truth of Salvation. Thus, since the world has zero discernment in the area of Biblical prophecy, the apostle Paul MUST be referring to a Biblically-illiterate evangelical Church…an organization that no longer values the inerrant truths of the Bible, and SHOCKINGLY no longer preaches the true Gospel that JESUS ALONE SAVES THROUGH FAITH ALONE. So, what IS the lie that the Church NOW believes?
DONALD TRUMP IS THEIR MESSIAH.
REALLY!? I mean, if that’s true, why IS the Church so completely silent about this? Unfortunately, in today's society, most people who identify as “Christian” are not even saved; and most of those who ARE saved have never been taught the inerrant truth of the Bible; thus they are completely ignorant to the correct interpretation of Biblical prophecy and Christian eschatology. In truth, 99% of the Church has no knowledge of – and is pretty much ignorant to – what the Bible REALLY says about the End Times.
So, these days, is it really THAT difficult to determine a LEGITIMATE “Christian”? Obviously, the apostle John doesn't think so, when he adds that the Antichrist – Donald Trump – does NOT fit the criteria of a TRUE BELIEVER…
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits (don’t trust Trump by what he TELLS you, but by what he SHOWS you)…By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.” (1 John 4:1-3)
As well, John seems to further identify Trump as a spiritual FUGAZI (fake), when he adds...
“And this is the spirit of the Antichrist (Trump), which you have heard was coming (yeah, for the past 6,000 years), and IS NOW ALREADY IN THE WORLD (yes, he is, living in the White House).” (1 John 4:3)
BTW, these “deluded Christians” we talk of? Peter tells us they are ALSO the ones who not only disbelieve Christian eschatology, but also deny every other “difficult” passage in the Bible (i.e. all the parts they don’t agree with)...like the creation, the flood story, the existence of hell, the lordship of Jesus, etc. Peter says that...
“…scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His (Jesus) coming? For since the fathers fell asleep (died), all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (LOL…yeah, right). For this they willfully forget: that by (reading and studying) the word of god (we know) the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.” (2 Peter 3:4-6)
Yes, just as the religious leaders (i.e. Pharisees) 2,000 years ago totally disregarded Jesus's initial advent (Matthew 23), so too the Church today REFUSES to recognize Donald Trump as the Antichrist...even as he is as "subtle as a tsunami".
Funny thing…before my mom died in October of 2017, she'd often comment on how she thought Trump was the Antichrist. I can still hear her laughing, as over and over she’d say: “Oh, Donald Trump – with that scowl of his – he would make the PERFECT Antichrist.”
And mom was right. Trump WILL make the perfect Antichrist…
…and later on, he’ll make an even better BEAST.
Need more proof?
The Antichrist does NOT obey God. “…the king (Trump) shall do according to HIS OWN WILL: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god.” (Daniel 11:36)
The Antichrist has no respect for his Christian heritage. 2,500 years ago, the prophet Daniel recognized Trump as someone who does NOT respect his own Christian heritage. “He (Trump) shall regard neither the God of his fathers (Jehovah) nor regard any (other) god (Allah, Vishnu, Elon Musk, et al); for HE SHALL EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE ALL.” (Daniel 11:37)
“For false christs and false prophets (like Trump) will rise (to power) and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (the Church).” (Matthew 24:24)
Trump has a willing ally in the apostate evangelical Church; and like the sycophants that they are, they (like Israel and the pagan world) will blindly follow Trump...someone who SAYS he’s a Believer, even as he blatantly LIVES the pagan life of a non-Believer.
(#6) Wow…what an ego!
Obviously, any human being who attempts to place himself on a par with God must possess an over-inflated EGO…and that is exactly how Trump is best described – certainly in the media, but also – in both the Old and New Testaments:
“…when the Lord has performed (completed) all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, I will punish the fruit of the ARROGANT heart of the King of Assyria (Trump), and the glory of his HAUGHTY looks? (Is. 10:12)
“…who opposes and exalts himself (Trump) about all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he (Trump) sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
As mentioned, Trump’s ego is most apparent in how he views his relationship with God. By his own admittance, Trump admits HE HAS NEVER SINNED, and has no contrition whatsoever.
Evidence to this was possibly FIRST witnessed at the (now infamous) 2015 Family Leadership Summit, when Trump was asked by moderator Frank Luntz if he’d ever “asked for forgiveness” from God. Trump’s response?
“That’s a tough question. I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't." (Donald Trump, 2015)
So, to hear Donald Trump talk, he does NOT believe he’s a sinner; and thus, feels he has NO need for repentance...even if that is the antithesis of what the apostle Paul said when he broached the subject of sin and humility and mankind's need for Savior…
"For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)