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The Shape of Things to Come

Tired of the protracted Democratic fight for the Presidential nomination? Want to pretend we're already in the general election phase of the campaign? Why, just head on over to Snopes for a preview of what things will be like six months from now:

And lots more.

It's hard to pick a favorite, but "The Book of Revelation describes the anti-Christ as someone with characteristics matching those of Barack Obama" is definitely in the running:

According to the Book of Revelations the anti-christ is: The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuassive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal.... the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destory everything. Is it OBAMA??
I usually dismiss such prophecies out of hand, but this one has me a little unsettled. After all, it has already established its credibility by successfully predicting the religion of Islam, which was founded half a millennium after Revelations was written. (Fun facts: other warnings in Revelations include the failure of the McDLT, the prohibition against putting metal in the microwave, and the cancellation of Firefly after only 14 episodes.)

Posted on April 28, 2008 to Politics





Comments

At this point, if I got an e-mail telling me Obama was black, I wouldn't believe it.

Posted by: Craig on April 29, 2008 9:11 AM

I won't be voting for Obama or Clinton... and I've got some major questions about McCain.

But as a evangelical (in the theological sense) conservative (in the political sense), I want to apologize for the piles of hog poop that get forwarded around, esp. those that purport to interpet the Bible to further their political ends.

If you'd like to read my thoughts on the subject (which I sent to the congregation I pastor), you can check out http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/search/label/Politics.

I really liked this post... except the part where you reminded me that Firefly got cancelled.

Posted by: Mark Jackson on April 29, 2008 9:20 AM

Y'know, I got a little bent out of shape when the anti-Obama smears started going around. But then I realized that not a single person who would ever actually vote for a Democrat would pay any attention to this.

Fortunately lots of other conservatives have "major questions" about McCain, as well they should. He has very little cred among the libertarian wing of the GOP and the churchies can't stand him. The best of both worlds, really.

Posted by: Jeffrey on April 29, 2008 9:50 AM

Here's an easy rule of thumb: don't trust any source that claims to be from "Revelations".

It's the book of Revelation. Singular. As in: there was only one revelation made to John.

Posted by: MR on April 29, 2008 10:11 AM

Here's an easy rule of thumb: don't trust any source that claims to be from "Revelations".

It's the book of Revelation. Singular. As in: there was only one revelation made to John.

Good rule. And don't trust any source that thinks that the "John" of the Gospels and the "John" of Revelation is the same guy. They ain't.

Posted by: Dorothy on April 29, 2008 10:50 AM

Matt,

Please please please stop writing about politics.

Your humor pieces are original and good. Your review collations are entertaining. Your game reviews are informative.

On politics, you don't have any insight I couldn't get from any other other blog equipped 30 something urban liberal guy.

Most of your comments (such as this one) are just you bashing straw men of your own or other's fevered imagination.

Please stop doing what you do badly and put your talent to better use.

Posted by: Brian on April 29, 2008 10:53 AM

Matt,

Please please please keep writing about politics.

Your humor pieces are original and good. Your review collations are entertaining. Your game reviews are informative.

On politics, you are good at making fun of politics. Your point of view is your own, and you're not doing anything to confuse or mislead people.

While your comments may be off-putting to some others' fevered imaginations, more often than not you're funny, and that's good.

Please keep putting your talent to good use, and post what you feel like posting.

Posted by: jdbo on April 29, 2008 11:22 AM

If Obama's in there then it's only fair that the other candidates "Billary" and McCain are in Revelation, too.
Billary:
"thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols."

McCain:
"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow"... "thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot"

And even President Bush:
"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit"... "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them"

Posted by: Larrie on April 29, 2008 12:11 PM

I heard that Barack Obama watches cricket matches; very un-American.

M&M's also melt in his hands, but not in his mouth.

Posted by: Lost Poke on April 29, 2008 12:11 PM

Man do I miss Firefly...

Posted by: Dylan on April 29, 2008 3:36 PM

And his name anagrams to A SMOKIER BUSH CABANA. So there's that. I don't know that we can stand four years of an even smokier Bush cabana.

Posted by: J on April 29, 2008 4:19 PM

> The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent..

Huh? Did someone re-edit the Bible, again, to add the Muslim angle?

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2013;&version=46;

Pick a version, any version. No Muslim statement anywhere. If America will be remembered for anything, it's trite religion, miss-quotes and half-truth used to further hate. :)

Posted by: Brendan on April 29, 2008 5:08 PM

Funny, I thought the Book of Revelations was pretty clear about the Antichrist being a Jew. Jerry Falwell agrees with me. And the Pope does too.

Posted by: Hutton Gibson, Devout Psycho-Catholic on April 29, 2008 6:39 PM

And don't trust any source that thinks that the "John" of the Gospels and the "John" of Revelation is the same guy. They ain't.

More specifically, don't trust Dr. Stephen Smalley (Ph.D., Cambridge) author of The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse, one of the many benighted dolts who think that it is the same "John" in both cases.

Posted by: Post-Lib Theology Guy on April 29, 2008 7:43 PM

I'd hate for everything to be destoried by Obama or whoever the Antichrist turns out to be. Stories are an important part of our culture.

Posted by: MarkDM on April 29, 2008 9:16 PM

I think lumping those who can't remember what the book is called, and those who argue over authorship in the same category is a bit lame. That said; if you play the James Earl Jones reading of bible backwards from the start of the third chapter of Revelation you can clearly hear an exact description of Barack Obama, right down to a blow by blow description of how the primary voting would turn out. Also, 1 Chronicles 1-9? An exact list of the super delegates who are going to vote for him.

Posted by: Mark on April 30, 2008 2:48 AM

I've already gotten some of those smear emails, but the anti-Christ one is especially interesting. My dad told me that he thinks Obama is the anti-Christ, so he almost certainly received that email or had someone recite it for him.

It often enrages me how ill-informed so many people are. I don't know which is more infuriating--the people who write that shit and distribute it or the people who are too ignorant to run it through Google before taking it as fact.

Posted by: Kate on April 30, 2008 4:33 AM

I new the world was ending when Firefly went away. Are there 4 series of the apocolypse? Farscape is #2.

Posted by: Scarlett on April 30, 2008 6:50 AM

Thanks for putting all these links in one place. Now I know where to direct all the a$$holes and idiots that force me to talk about this most ridiculous and insidious side of politics.

So many people believe this BS because they want it to be true.

Posted by: steph on April 30, 2008 10:36 AM

I love how many of these emails now come with the declarative at the top "It's TRUE, I saw it on Snopes!" When all it takes is a click through to Snopes to see that it isn't true.

Jeffrey, don't be so sure that all Democrats will just blow these off. Obama has been having a lot of trouble with Jewish Democrats who have been the target of an anti-Israel (pro-Muslim/Palestine) whisper campaign.

Matthew. Don't stop posting on politics. I don't always agree with you, but I always enjoy your take on things.

Posted by: LizRM on April 30, 2008 1:59 PM

It's the book of Revelation. Singular. As in: there was only one revelation made to John.

And it's the revelation of Jesus Christ, not of Islam or Hitler or M1 helicopters or Obama or Hilary or anything American, for that matter...well, what can you do.

Posted by: Manders on April 30, 2008 3:46 PM

I'm frightened. No wait, that's just gas.

Posted by: HeyJoe on May 1, 2008 2:36 PM

Being led by an anti-Christ wouldn't be that bad anyway. I mean, the US would at least be on the winning side.

Posted by: Stewart on May 2, 2008 8:40 AM

What is this supposed to show, again?
Crazy rumors fly about every politician. For example,
http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/

*Returns to reading Rolling Stone's biweekly anti-Hillary hatchet job*

Posted by: Kevin on May 5, 2008 2:01 PM

I've already shouted to three people I know the words "OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM!" Whenever I try to pin down their sources they tend to be clueless though. I think it's something in the water here in southern Georgia.

Posted by: John H. on May 5, 2008 10:27 PM