Before I begin this topic, there are a few things that you need to do. First, please pray for America. That is true whether you are an American or a citizen of an allied nation or one of the Christians in a nation that would not be considered an ally. Pray for America.
Next, it wouldn't hurt to read Election 2016 and pay particular attention to the comments on what the President's duties are and why the President's character matters.
Finally, if you don't know anything about the anti-Christ who is to come or anti-Christs in general, you could read some of my comments on Eschatology, starting in Revelation 10.
Many people, presented with the idea that a ruler will rise up and take over either the entire world or the part of it held by the old Holy Roman Empire and from there influence the rest of the world, depending on your view of prophecy, scoff. They say something like "How can this be? Our modern world would not stand for that. We've moved beyond the time when empires could stand. Certainly the fall of the Axis in World War II or the fall of the Soviet Union show such a conquest to be impossible! Even the United Nations is largely ineffective."
Well, the simplest answer to that is that God has said it will happen, so it will. The Antichrist's empire, like so many before it that have tried to conquer all and stand, will fall, just as God said. Nobody likes prophets, and Christ said they were not honored among their own people who supposedly knew them. Twas ever so, and it will probably always be so. After all, at the end of the millennium after Christ has reigned supreme for 1,000 years, Satan will once again rise up in rebellion against God and deceive many nations on earth into joining him again, even though that is also prophesied to fail.
The thing about God is that what He has said will happen, will indeed occur. Sometimes He has given some wiggle room for how a people can escape by turning back to Him (listening to the prophet). There is neither wiggle room for how things ultimately end up, nor is there wiggle room in the Antichrist's rise and fall. The only thing up in the air is when the rise of the Antichrist will occur.
Relevancy to today
So why is this commentary relevant now?
Well, for one thing God is saying that the end times are near. This prophecy was given at the church a few weeks ago. In it Christ declares that He is returning to pick us up. The church has looked forward to this event for all of its history. The fact that it has taken a long time for the rest of the Old Testament prophecies to be fulfilled doesn't mean that the event will never happen. It will. Don't lose faith. Once Israel was made a nation again and the elect started to return there, the last remaining prophecy was complete. Now there are no prophetical obstacles to His return. I do freely admit that God's sense of time is different than ours, and the message given doesn't say whether it will be today or decades or longer. But the sense of immediacy in this and other messages is something that I don't remember hearing in my youth in the dim distant past.
The other reason that it is relevant is what is going on in Washington D.C. this week (and the last few weeks). President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives for his solicitation of what amounts to election interference in the 2020 presidential election and obstruction of the Congressional investigation into these charges. The sad reality is that he has not only admitted to the charges but he has doubled down on some of them and invited China to get on board and investigate his political opponents as well.
- "The call to the Ukrainian President was PERFECT. Read the Transcript!..."... we did
- "China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine."... China took him seriously and declined his invitation
- "But honestly, we have all the material. They don't have the material."... and I'll continue to block every witness you ask for that might know something and incriminate me as well. But if you'd like to put witnesses on the stand that might tarnish Mr. Biden, those would be fine.
Whether you think that he should be removed from office for these things or not, the parts in quotes are admitted testimony. I would have neither impeached nor removed President Clinton for the Lewinsky mess. It was incredibly stupid, but didn't really affect the country. What President Trump did was much worse. He tried to use a foreign country to damage his leading political opponent in the 2020 presidential election. And from polling as front runner before the impeachment mess and Biden's showing in Iowa and New Hampshire, it is pretty clear that the President was successful in damaging him. It wasn't all on the President... Biden had his own issues as well. But it didn't help. Election interference is something that the country was up in arms about with the Russians in 2016, by the way. If reported accurately, he would appear to be guilty by his own admission. The comments after the quotes are partly satirical, but certainly something to think about.
What about the Antichrist
So what does President Trump's life and times have to do with the Antichrist?
First, let me say that I'm not of the opinion that President Trump is the Antichrist, so don't go there. I, speaking as a Republican, think he will go down in the history books as a truly awful president, but that doesn't make him the Antichrist. I tend to support Dake's opinion that the Antichrist must come from the area controlled by the old Holy Roman Empire. Dake thinks he will probably arise from the area generally thought of today as Syria (although the current borders are not the same as the divisions of the old Roman Empire in the area so there may be a bit of wiggle room there). Second, although Christ declares in His Olivet prophecy that many people will rise up trying to deceive the very elect into a belief that they are the Christ, he is speaking of a time after the Rapture of the church in the tribulation period. Not that people don't try to rise up as Messiah figures from time to time, but they don't have the wide spread following that the Antichrist will have and have no real ability to turn the elect Jewish people's heads to follow them. Certainly, the world has been full of people against Christ (anti-Christs) since the time He walked around Judea.
No, what strikes me as something important is the following that Donald Trump has been able to create. This country, for better or worse is split roughly half Republican and half Democrat. There are a few independent thinkers, but they are truly few and far between. That is especially true in some states. But what I've noticed especially with this particular man in office is that even Republicans who opposed and denounced him while he was running for office have turned rabidly in his favor after elected.
The impeachment battle in the House was roughly resolved on party lines, although there was some party switching that occurred. There was 100% lock step of those House Republican members in opposing impeachment even though the charges were admitted to be true by the President himself. Even the country as a whole isn't that uniform. I think the current polling shows that 10.3% of Republicans support removing President Trump from office (and a bunch of Democrats, of course). Not even 10% of the Republican House members could see their way clear to agree the articles of Impeachment should be issued.
When it came to the so called trial in the Senate, it was pretty clear that the deck was also stacked in President Trump's favor. Even before the House had voted, the Senate Leader was declaring that things in the Senate would move in lock step with what the White House wanted. Unbelievable. Remember that the President is a man who reportedly bragged "You know what else they say about my people? The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible." I hope it doesn't come to that, but the blind devotion is certainly there. As expected, the vote in the Senate was largely along party lines with the exception of Senator Romney. To be clear on one point, the purpose of the impeachment process is to see if there are sufficient grounds to bring the President to trial. During the trial, the evidence in the impeachment articles along with any other evidence or witnesses needed to prove the case would normally be presented. Not so with this Senate trial. No new witnesses and no new evidence would be presented by rule of the President's party. They said they'd seen enough to vote like a robot and clearly all but one had. The sad thing was that there didn't seem to be any rebuttal witnesses that discounted the testimony about what was actually supposedly done.
So, the President was let off the hook and is now in scorched earth mode firing those who opposed and testified against him and in some cases their relatives. Probably before the 2020 election the House will impeach him again. Maybe due to possible violations of the Emoluments clause because of all the foreign people currying favor by staying at his hotels, and government officials choosing to have their employees go out of their way to stay at his resorts. If not that, for his scorched earth policy. If not that, there will be something else. Be clear that the impeachments aren't happening because he's a Republican. They're happening because of the things President Trump is doing and saying. It is totally in his power to stop giving reasons for impeachments, just as it is with any President. The method for staying out of trouble for Presidents isn't any different than the method for anyone else. Accept Christ as Savior. Accept Christ as Lord. Repent of your evil ways. It's really not tough. If you do those three things, you don't have to worry much about being impeached. For those politicians who might not understand the language, Savior means that Christ emptied himself of his divinity, was born from woman, lived a sinless life, sacrificed himself, shed his blood for our sins and then was raised from the dead to take up his place in heaven again. Lord is easy - think of the kings of old. You did what they said. Period. Full stop. And repent means to stop doing things that are evil in God's sight and start obeying the law unless the law conflicts with God. And remember that Jesus took the commandments to a whole new level of righteousness.
Whatever the cause of the next impeachment, we'll have to do the whole process all over again. There's debate on whether or not Presidents are covered by the Emoluments restriction, but I'm pretty sure that all American citizens think they should be. If the process does repeat and he gets off a second time, there will probably be more attempts because sadly, he just can't seem to help himself. Eventually the power in the Senate is likely to have shifted because of their excusing his actions so the results may be completely different.
But the reality is that the Antichrist, when he comes, will have the same blind loyalty. His battle for control will be hard fought and there are indications from Biblical prophecy that at least three countries will pull from his initial grip, but make no mistake about the loyalty requirements. If you aren't for Trump, and you're a Republican politician, he'll do everything he can to get you out of office and will certainly publicly revile you. Just ask the McCain's and Senator Romney. When the Navy chooses to move a ship because it's named after McCain and the president is coming and might see it, something is incredibly wrong.
The same will be true for the Antichrist. Either you will support him, or he will be out to destroy you, with the power of Satan at his back. Take the mark of the beast and give your allegiance to the Antichrist, or be beheaded. It will be tough times then. But it is tough times now to be a Republican and try to take a stand for God and do what you believe to be the right thing when it means going against President Trump - and not just about the impeachment proceedings. The same spirit that will bring the Antichrist to power in the massive confusion and mess post rapture can be seen at work now. And even Christians (the current equivalent of the "very elect" of Olivet prophecy) don't bat an eye because he's supposedly our guy. How much harder and worse will it be in a time when it will be much harder to know the real truth than it is today to stand up to the Antichrist.
Stand up against lies
It is time to make a stand for what is right. The Bible declares that only God truly knows a person's heart. But the Bible also declares that by our words we will be known. In Psalms 58:3, the psalmist says "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies." 1 Timothy 4:1-2 declares "And the Spirit expressly speaketh, that in latter times shall certain fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons, in hypocrisy speaking lies, being seared in their own conscience." I don't know where President Trump ultimately will stand with God nor where he stands with God now. Neither does anyone else. But I can say for certainty that if you are a Christian, you should hope for the best for everyone. As I said at the first. We all need to pray for America, and any President is a big figurehead of America.
But I do know that the words of our heart are a window to our soul. If news reports are accurate, the President lies and repeats lies with abandon. To be clear, all people lie on occasion intentionally or otherwise. If you read all the words I've ever written, you'll find some things I was mistaken on, I'm sure. All politicians (or anyone who says a lot of words) will misspeak from time to time. Most, when presented with facts or truth, will admit they were wrong and go on about life, and most people when they hear the retraction will agree no harm, no foul (at least if there wasn't clearly malicious intent) and forgive and go on about life as well.
Not so with Mr. Trump. If he believes the sun rises in the West, he'll declare that till the day he dies, regardless of facts. (That was intentionally hyperbole to make a point). The last time I checked his internet lie counter it stood at 5276 unique lies, distortions, or otherwise inaccurate statements, but hadn't been updated since May, 2019. Counting repetitions, another internet counter on the Washington Post has the total number at over 16,000 for Trump at a recent check. I didn't post a link because they run a story periodically and it would be better to just do a search for the current total. The fact that lie counters are now a thing is a bad sign for our republic.
After talking about President Trump's lies, the New York Times got hit with a common push back of "Well what about Obama?". Using the same criteria, they found that over the eight years of Obama's presidency he had eighteen falsehoods to his shame. Ten months in (at the time of the article), Trump was at 103. Obama's PolitiFact percentage breakdown had half true or above totaling 73%. Trump's PolitiFact percentage breakdown of those categories stands at 29% at this point in his presidency. The top line of True is 20% vs 5% for Obama and Trump respectively. Tellingly the "Pants on Fire" lie breakdown is 1% vs 15% for Obama and Trump respectively. It is no wonder that nobody believes a word of his declarations of innocence.
Why bring up President Trump's lies with respect to the Antichrist? Well, the Antichrist will be in the deception business. He will deceive the nations. He will bring about a false religion (or change a currently false religion to put him at the center). He will be devoid of anything holy and will work to deceive the world with his own miracles and wonders post rapture. The church - those Christians who were ready at the time of Christ's coming in the air - won't be around to stop him or try to dissuade anyone else from following down the wrong path. Bibles are going largely electronic now days, so there won't be much around to read for an explanation either. All of the online Christianity will gradually drift away as the Christians who ran them will be gone and will therefore cease being able to pay for internet hosting fees, domain names, and everything else. Add to that the mess post rapture (will reliable electricity even be a thing for a long time in some places?), and it will be easy for people to ignore the calling of the angels to not take the mark of the beast in order to be eventually saved. But be clear that lying and deception will be at the heart of everything the Antichrist does. If we don't take notice or care when a President lies continually, it will be easy for the Antichrist to do the same.
Stand up against bullying
In today's society, bullying is denounced in schools. The First Lady has taken a public stand against cyber bullying.
Beyond simple lying, President Trump tears down anyone he doesn't agree with. He rails against LED lighting and low flow toilets and non-US citizens who champion trying to fix our environment and the list goes on and on. He fires anyone he can who doesn't agree with him. He spends an inordinate amount of time on his golf courses. Anyone would say he spends far too much time on Twitter. It's time to do the right thing for a change in the country and it's time for the leaders, Republican and Democrat alike, to stand up and adhere to their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
But again, he's just the President. If you think it will be easy to survive going up against the Antichrist, you're very much mistaken. If you get fired by Trump, you can find another job. If you go against the Antichrist, you'll literally lose your head eventually.
The precedents that are being set now in dealing with over the top Presidents, could be used by future presidents to further the power of the presidency into something that the real Antichrist will find useful to help dominate the world. It may already be too late in that regard and the only hesitation I have in posting this is the reality that God may have destined all this to come about in order to usher in the final tribulation period. But heed this warning and make yourselves ready for the Rapture. Whether it happens in your lifetime or not, there is no guarantee that you won't die of a heart attack or car accident or something else before the week is out. You must be ready. If you look at how easy it is for the President to manipulate those who are supposed to rein in abuses of office, think of how easy it will be for the Antichrist. Be ready, so you don't have to worry about it.
I still feel like a voice crying in the wilderness for people and leaders to do the right thing now. Doing the right thing won't overturn the 2016 election. It won't even touch that bit of stupidity. We'll have President Pence, and a new vice president will be picked who will also almost certainly be a Republican. So even if President Pence gets swept up in the miasma that is President Trump, you still are unlikely to have Speaker Pelosi made president and have a result that is outside of the 2016 election. All that will happen is a rich businessman will no longer be president and a politician will be. That rich businessman thing is something the Democrats should really think about for 2020, but that's a piece for another time. I'm not a big fan of Vice President Pence. But he isn't President Trump. There is that. And in 2020 we'll get the chance to pick someone better. If Trump is removed, the Republicans might just get a do over in their primaries to pick someone other than either Trump or Pence that would make real competition for the Democratic candidate. If nothing is done, the decks are being stacked for Trump to not even have any competition in the Republican primaries.
But even though I used the problems of America as an example since they are topical and on everybody's mind, and used President Trump specifically as an example as he is a well known public figure that is reported on a lot, these were just examples of how accommodating a nation and its people can be to a particular man. The thing to consider from this article is if this can happen in America, what will the Antichrist be able to accomplish? Will a true world-wide empire be established if only for a short time? How strong will the control be? The Bible does a lot to show how bad it will be during the tribulation period, but much of that bad is God's righteous judgment on a sinful people.
How will the Antichrist rise to power? By governments around the world acting just like the GOP from the grass roots up to the high powers of Congress and reasoning that their own power will be strengthened or maintained by turning a blind eye to some current or future individual. The Antichrist will rise to power by the people of the world covering their eyes and plugging their ears and singing la-la-la when exposed to the voice of reason.
I call on the Congress to stand up and do their job and put the country back on track. It's better to suffer through whatever outfall there is from dumping President Trump than to have to explain one day to God why you let fear rule and you kept him in power. Nothing he will claim he accomplished could not have been done with any other Republican president. Some things he has done wouldn't have happened at all (which would have been a good thing at least as far as the environment was concerned). And just perhaps if the leader wasn't so abrasive, even more could have been done in the first two years when Republicans had complete control than the little that was accomplished. And just maybe the Federal debt wouldn't be ballooning out of hand. But I have no real expectation that they will, nor do I have much expectation things will change in 2020.
If my fellow Americans have any doubts about how to actually use your backbones, read Senator Romney's comments on his vote from the New York Times or other online sources. He did well and is to be commended.
All quotes are taken from internet sources which are presumed to be reliable transcriptions of what was actually said by President Trump.