A regular feature on the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” went something like this:
Bullwinkle: “Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!”
Rocky: “But that trick never works!”
Bullwinkle: “Nothing up my sleeve! Presto!”
Bullwinkle: “Looks like I’m gonna need a new hat!”
I couldn’t help but think of Bullwinkle’s unbroken track record of failure to conjure something out of thin air when I happened across the sixth most popular video on You Tube’s “News and Politics” section.
To sum up, the video states that in Luke 10:18 Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall as lightning from heaven.”
The word translated “lightning” is “baraq” in Hebrew.
O or U is a conjunction used in Hebrew.
Bam-maw means Heavens/heights.
So Jesus in Hebrew would have said “I beheld Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.”
Well, I’m glad we settled that.
But of course I have been a Christian long enough to remember when the rumor was that Henry Kissinger, the great peace maker, could be the A/C.
When that didn’t pan out, the scuttlebutt was that Mikhail Gorbachev could be the Beast. He also is a man of peace and that stain on his head looked a bit suspicious!
But at that same time, those on the other side of the political fence had their own candidate for Last Days World Dominating Dictator:
You see, Ronald has six letters. Wilson has six letters. Reagan has six letters! Get it?
Struck out again.
Like Bullwinkle, these so called experts needed a new hat.
I think you are getting my drift at this point.
The speculation on steroids that leads people to make these kind of statements is both silly and unscriptural.
Oh, there will come a time when the Antichrist does come on the scene.
In fact the Bible gives us an important insight into when this will take place.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (II Thessalonians 2:7-8)
Notice that the Antichrist won’t be revealed until He Who restrains is taken out of the way.
There is evidence to suggest that this Restrainer is the Holy Spirit giving God’s people the power to fulfill the job description Jesus gave us in Matthew 5.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
Salt in the time of the New Testament was an important preservative. It was used to keep food from spoiling.
Light drives the darkness from a particular place, keeping it at bay.
As long as those of us who know Jesus are here, the Antichrist cannot reveal himself as such.
This doesn’t mean that he isn’t present now or even involved in world politics in some way.
But he will not be revealed as the Beast of Revelation 13 until the church is removed from this world at the event called the Rapture. (See I Thessalonians 4:16-18)
So if the Antichrist won’t be revealed until then, why do we waste our time with tortured twistings of people’s names and analyzing pictures of their birthmarks?
The only thing that comes out of such idle speculations is that those who don’t know the Lord get a good laugh, and the message of Jesus’ imminent return is discredited by the world.
Here’s a good piece of advice to follow the next time someone tells you they have figured out the time of Jesus’ return, or that Michael Jackson was really the archangel Michael, or that the name of some televangelist is found in a super secret computer analysis of the Bible, or that someone whose political perspective they don’t agree with smells of sulphur and brimstone when you get near them.
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. (I Timothy 6:3-5)
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