When Bad Exegesis and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories Come Together

Gail Riplinger is kicking herself that she didn’t see this first.

It probably wasn’t within a day after president Barry had been elected that I had some dear saint ask me if I thought he was the anti-Christ. Well, he is certainly against Christ, particularly with his murderous opinion regarding abortion, but I do not think he is “the anti-Christ” of biblical prophecy.

So yesterday, I received a video link from someone on an email discussion group.

Go give a watch; it’s only 4 minutes or so, and then come back for my analysis.

Did Jesus Give Us the Name of the Anti-Christ

Leftist moonbats have their cranks and kooks; so do right-wingers. Notice the occasional references to World Nut Daily during the video. Where as leftist cranks sit in trees, throw pies at Ann Coulter, and carry around giant papiermache’ effigies of president Bush, right-wing cranks see black helicopters, spin elaborate conspiracies about political elections being suspended and their guns confiscated, and see hidden codes in the Bible.

Allow me to briefly offer some thoughts to place the passage in his proper context and interact with the claims of the video:

= Note that Luke 10 is the telling of Jesus sending out the 70 as ambassadors to proclaim the coming kingdom. Nothing suggests Jesus is providing us the name of the anti-Christ.

= Also note how when the 70 returned they reported to Jesus in verse 17 that, “even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Jesus then pronounces how He saw Satan falling like lightning from heaven. In other words, Jesus Christ holds the ultimate authority over the power of demonic beings and their influence.

= Thus, there are two possible understandings of Christ’s words here: Either He is speaking to the actual time when Satan fell from his place of prominence in the spiritual realm during some undisclosed moment in time, or Jesus is meaning to say how His arrival into redemptive history has brought Satan’s dominion over men to an end. I happen to believe the second understanding.

= Appealing to Aramaic translations of the Greek text is not how one studies the Bible. We need to determine what the original author meant to convey in the language in which he wrote, and in this case of Luke, that would be Greek, not Aramaic.

= Moreover, we don’t go running to passages way outside the immediate context in order to proof-text an already fabricated opinion about what the author is saying. Thus, it is utterly against the rules of hermeneutics for this guy to run to Isaiah 14 and pronounce it provides an interpretation of how we are to translate the word “heaven” in Luke 10:18.

= There are varying opinions as to whether or not Isaiah 14:12ff. is speaking to Satan’s original fall from heaven or if it is a prophetic announcement of judgment against Bablyon the nation. My take on Isaiah 14 is that the prophetic oracle is against the earthly realm of Babylon and has nothing to do whatsoever with Satan.

= According to Daniel’s little horn prophecy in chapter 7 of his book, the little horn, which signifies some great end-times blasphemous anti-christ, comes from the remnants of the Roman empire, the 4th great beast to come out of the sea/earth. Barry is the president of the U.S., and is in no way related to the nations once associated with the area of the Roman empire.

= As is typical of those who hold to novel views of the Bible, the author leaves himself an out by claiming that he isn’t saying that Barak Obama is the anti-Christ, just that the material is interesting.

4 thoughts on “When Bad Exegesis and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories Come Together

  1. "..the prophetic oracle is against the earthly realm of Babylon and has nothing to do whatsoever with Satan."I agree.That was another silly video. You think these people would fear to twist the Lord's truth like they do.There's most likely going to be tons of people who follow this bad speculation of barak obama, and hidden clues teaching that he is the "anti-christ".I thought he had to have 666 in his name, like Ronald Wilson Reagan did.I also see the falling of satan that our Lord saw was his power was being thwarted by the kingdom of God in the spiritual realm.And in a short time the crushing blow to his head would conquer him once and for all.

  2. DAVID LETTERMAN'S HATE, ETC. ! David Letterman's hate is as old as some ancient Hebrew prophets. Speaking of anti-Semitism, it's Jerry Falwell and other fundy leaders who've gleefully predicted that in the future EVERY nation will be against Israel (an international first?) and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed, right? Wrong! It's the ancient Hebrew prophet Zechariah who predicted all this in the 13th and 14th chapters of his book! The last prophet, Malachi, explains the reason for this future Holocaust that'll outdo even Hitler's by stating that "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this" and asks "Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother?" Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and persons perceived to be Jewish? Then please explain the recent filthy, hate-filled, back-stabbing tirades by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard and Kathy Griffin) against a leading evangelical named Sarah Palin, and explain why most Jewish leaders have seemingly condoned Palin's continuing "crucifixion"! While David, Sandra, and Kathy are tragically turning comedy into tragedy, they are also helping to speed up and fulfill the Final Holocaust a la Zechariah and Malachi, thus helping to make the Bible even more believable! (For even more stunning information, visit MSN and Google and type in "Separation of Raunch and State," "Michael the Narc-Angel," "Bible Verses Obama Avoids," and "Famous Rapture Watchers – Addendum.")

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