Some say the Antichrist will be a Jew. Others say he'll be a Muslim. Others say a Catholic. Some say he will emerge in Russia, others the Middle East, and still others say he will be a leader of the European Union.
The point to take away is that it's all speculation, and fanciful speculation at that. The Biblical passages mentioning the Antichrist are so obscure and fraught with mythic imagery that they require interpretation. And much of the interpretation they've been subjected to, unfortunately, is based on extra-Biblical assumptions, not to mention pseudoscientific borrowings from astrology and numerology.
Let's not mince words: it's bunk.
In two millennia of playing "Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Antichrist" (as author Jonathan Kirsch characterizes it in A History of the End of the World), no one has ever won the prize. Either the game is rigged, or those playing it don't have a clue.
Politics as unusual
If it wasn't intended as a political smear -- and we have no way of knowing, admittedly, what the true motivation of its author was -- we are entitled at the very least to conclude that this whisper campaign identifying Obama with the Antichrist is based in ignorance and fear. Ignorance, because the author knows next to nothing about the Biblical underpinnings of his or her claims (including the proper title of the Book of Revelation). Fear, because the author willingly foregoes reason for superstitious terror.
Obama, the man, is neither Christlike nor Satanic. He is an ordinary politician who happens to have a sonorous voice and the gift of gab. He also has a platform. What say we judge him based on his merits?
Note on Ken Blackwell: The quoted passage has also been tacked onto the end of an anti-Obama op-ed piece written by conservative newspaper columnist Ken Blackwell, making it appear as if he wrote it. He did not. There was no mention of the Antichrist in the original column.
Sources and further reading:
Barack Obama the Antichrist?
Blog: "Barack Obama may be the Antichrist, he has risen up out of nowhere, he mesmerizes crowds, people are gathering in huge numbers..."
Barack Obama: Meet the Antichrist
Wonkette, 23 October 2006
Obama and the Bigots
New York Times, 9 March 2008
A History of the End of the World
By Jonathan Kirsch (HarperCollins, 2007)
Last updated: March 27, 2008