Time reported the following article yesterday:
The Web’s Word: Obama Is Not the Antichrist
Can Barack Obama be the Antichrist? While Barack Obama may indeed win and may indeed be president during the time of the demise of the United States, he is NOT the final Antichrist.
The terms ‘antichrist’ and ‘antichrists’ are only used in the Bible five times (four and one respectively) and are found in four verses of the Bible, all written by the Apostle John. Those verses are II John 7, I John 2:18, I John 2:22, and I John 4:3. And since all of them discuss some aspect of theology, it is clear that the final Antichrist is mainly a religious figure.
Since the Bible shows that the Antichrist is a religious leader who works with a political leader, this rules out Barack Obama as he is a political, not a religious, leader (and John McCain for that matter).
Update 11/19/08: Because of the times that we are in and various prophecies, it seems likely that even though Barack Obama is NOT the final Antichrist that he will likely enable the rise of the Beast of Revelation (also known as the King of the North) and the King of the South who may be the Madhi that Shiite Muslims expect (see Barack Obama in Islamic Prophecy?). For related information, please see the article Eight Reasons that Barack Obama May be Apocalyptic.
Update 02/17/09: Since more people have made claims about why they feel that Barack Obama is the Antichrist, a more detailed news item has been posted to address this, please see Eight More Reasons that Barak Obama is NOT the Antichrist.
Several articles of possibly related interest may include:
Some Doctrines of Antichrist Are there any doctrines taught outside the Churches of God which can be considered as doctrines of antichrist? This article suggests at least three. It also provides information on 666 and the identity of “the false prophet”. Plus it shows that several Catholic writers seem to warn about an ecumenical antipope that will support heresy.
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Are there biblical and non-biblical prophecies about Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist? This is a lengthy article with many prophecies that Barack Obama may end up fulfilling.
Do Certain Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus? Will the final “Anti-Christ” be Jewish, insist on Saturday, be opposed to the trinity, and bring in the millennium? Catholic writings indicate this, but what does the Bible show?
Two Horned Beast of Revelation and 666 This article explains how the LCG views this, and compares this to Ellen White.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”?
Should a Christian Vote? This article gives some of the Biblical rationale on this subject. Would Jesus vote for president? Is voting in the Bible? This is a subject Christians need to understand.
Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied “son of Kenya”. Might Bible prophecy be fulfilled if he is elected president?