Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Will the Real Antichrist Please Stand Up?

After another trip down the rabbit-hole that is Google, this time chasing....the Antichrist, with no idea why I felt the urge to do so, I found Mad Hatter's Tea Party in full swing. Antichrist (for brevity's sake, AC) stories properly originate in the Bible, but have been "borrowed", and made to fit circumstances appropriate to their times, by several "seers" of decades and centuries past.

A nap selection of internet nonsense follows. If a passing reader knows of other ideas or nominations, do let me know via comment.

Jean Dixon, American psychic and astrologer (1896-1981) predicted, via a vision, that the AC would be born on or around 5 February 1962 (presumably due to the extraordinary cluster of planets in Aquarius on that date). Why Aquarius gets the dubious honour of being "sign of the AC" is anybody's guess. Ms Dixon's prediction has, in recent years, spawned yet another variation on.....THAT birth certificate issue, so beloved of some anti-Obama individuals. Theory is that he's not covering up his place of birth, they say, but his actual date of birth! That'd put the cat among the astrologers would it not?

As an alternative.. they offer that Obama, while not the AC, is the fore-runner (mirror image of John the Baptist) making smooth the way for the real AC. That sounds reasonable...or as reasonable as these things get. I have to admit that in the days of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, when crowds of adoring supporters were practically falling down before him, I did get a spooky feeling of AC in the air. I put it down to having watched a few DVDs of the Left Behind series - or maybe one over-generous glass of Scotch too many.

Another theory: because several prophecies have indicated that the AC will be born somewhere in the middle-east, with a mix of ME and Roman bloodlines, King Abdullah of Jordan, born 30 January 1962, of a British mother, gets the nod. The King's been very quiet so far, doesn't seem like yer average AC to me.

Followers of whacky Grail theories and David Icke have pointed fingers at Prince William as AC. Bloodlines, apparently. Others fancy Vladimir Putin as AC - gawd knows why.

To demonstrate how nutty all of this supposition really is I'm going to throw in another name: Eddie Izzard. I'm sure he'd have a laugh about it. He was born 7 February 1962 in Aden (now Yemen). Two boxes ticked, and... erm..I see a third.
He will have "no regard for the desire of women": He will either be asexual or homosexual
[Dan 11:37]

He will rise from obscurity…a “little horn” [Daniel 7:8]

He will speak boastfully [Daniel 7:8; Rev 13:5]

He will try to change the laws, perhaps to gain an advantage for his new kingdom and era
[Dan 7:25]

He will be worshipped by many people. [Rev. 13:8]

Seriously, my own opinion of the AC story/prophecy: I see it as allegorical. Rather than a person, the AC could represent a time. A time when the wisdom in Christ's teachings ceases to be followed, even by those who purport to act in his name. In which case, we are all ACs, because we have allowed what is happening to happen. We have allowed the powers that be to wage wars where innocent children and bystanders are murdered as routine. We have stood complacently by as our planet deteriorates, whole communities in some parts of the globe suffer daily from lack of food and water....We have....well, you know the rest.


anyjazz said...

"Rabbit hole that is Google." That's good!

James Higham said...

To utilize an expression I read elsewhere, Twilight, "all of this hoop-la" has been going on for a very long time. There are certain indications of what he'll be like but as he won't even know till the time, we can hardly know either.

It's not worth concerning ourselves about.

Twilight said...

anyjazz ~~~ Well, to be honest, ne'er mind Google -this whole dang country gets more like being down the rabbit-hole every week. ;-(

Twilight said...

James ~~ Yes, it's been going on since the first translation of the Bible I guess....Election hoop-la has nothing on the AC lot, for both inventiveness and paranoia.

Gian Paul said...

Could it be the exceptionally strong sunflares going on right now, the comming lunar eclipse, the position of Mars, T. that make you "travel" in such an unusual (for you) direction?

I am still waiting for some Hollywood-type to produce a movie about the un-nameable. Would probably be a flop. And that's why nobody tried so far. They are not so stupid in L.A. and, they know as so many others do - and you - and James Higham rightly says: not worth the trouble. He's a fiction, produced by those who need attention. How many preachers (not just of the christian variety) do not earn their living by keeping Satan alive and kicking?

Twilight said...

Gian Paul ~~~ Don't know! I can't even remember what got me started on that "mission". I was just following my nose, but it didn't lead anywhere useful. Google's like that sometimes.

Some movie-maker will come up with a new AC story before long, I bet. "Left Behind" touched on the AC 10 years ago, that's the only instance I know of, I think the plot was adapted from a series of novels.

Movie makers probably shy away from the subject because it's likely offend a big slice of their potential audiences (one way or another). But then, all the gratuitous violence in movies offends me - but nobody cares.

Wisewebwoman said...

You forgot the cloven hoofs and tail and the fire thing, or He comes in sheep's knickers or something.
It is us. Of course. You are right.
Where did I throw those knickers anyway?

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ LOL! Probably threw 'em at some dishy pop star, way back when. ;-)