I received the below email forward this morning (No edits were made to the grammar or spelling):
Subject: The Beast in Revelations
This will make you re-think: A Trivia question in Sunday School:
How long is the beast allowed to have authority in Revelations?
Revelations Chapter 13 tells us it is 42 months, and you know what that
is, 3 1/2 years. Almost a four-year term of a Presidency.
All I can say is “Lord, Have mercy on us!”
According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ will:
Be a man, in his 40’s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations
with Persuasive 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 destroy everything..
Do we recog nize this description??
I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to post this as many times as
You can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or
media outlet..do it!
I refuse to take a chance on this unknown candidate who came out of
From: Dr. John Tisdale 0D
Wait: there is more.
As I was listening to a news program last night, I watched in horror as
Barack Obama made the statement with pride. . .”we are no longer a
Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims,
Buddhists, . . .” As with so many other statements I’ve heard him (and
his wife) make, I never thought I’d see the day that I’d hear something
like that from a presidential candidate in this nation. To think our
forefathers fought and died for the right for our nation to be a
Christian nation–and to have this man say with pride that we are no
longer that. How far this nation has come from what our founding
fathers intended it to be.
I hope that each of you will do what I’m doing now–send your concerns,
written simply and sincerely, to the Christians on your email list.
With God’s help, and He is still in control of this nation and all else, we can show this man and the world in Novemeber that we are, indeed, still a Christian nation!
Please pray for our Nation!
I could not take it any more, so I replied to all:
I am sorry to do this folks, but I can not let this go unanswered. For those who do not know me, or care what I am writng just delete this.
First of the all the name of the book in the Bible is Revelation (also known as the Revelation to John or the Apocalypse of John) not Revelations. If you are going to use it as a reference get it right. It was written to be a source of hope for Christians being persecuted by Rome.
Secondly, I thought the anti-Christ was to be a communist from Russia? A revolutionary from China? I can not tell you how many of these emails I have gotten. As far as I can tell these “prophets” seem to think the anti-Christ is anyone who is the enemy of the blessed USA.
Thirdly, We are not a Christian nation. We are a nation. Many of the founding Fathers were Deists (a major movement during the Age of Enlightenment) not Christians. Meaning they believed in Supreme Creator; however, that creator does not intervene in its normal operation. Deism rejected the supernatural acts of that creator. Deists did not believe in the Triune God, the divinty of Jesus, the inerrency of the Scriptures, but did believe in the Creator. Deism eventually evolved into Uniersalism and later Unitarian Universalism.
Our constitution (which turned 221 yesterday) states:
a.) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (1st amendment)
Meaning there is no State religion, and there shall never be be one.
b.) The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. (Article VI Clause III)
This totally refutes the notion that the United States should disqualify someone from office because of their relgious persuasion.
As for the fact that this particular senator had a father who was a cultural-non practicing Muslim is beside the point. This man running for office is a Christian and has been since going forward and making a public profession of faith in 1988.
This man when he says we are a nation of many faiths is speaking not only as a Christian who realizes that the Grace of God surpasses anything we can understand, but aslo as a Constitutional scholar and lawyer.
I humbly ask, please, if you are going to spread emails of the sort below do the research and think before you hit send. To spread misinformation and faulty intrepration of not only the Constitution but the Bible is something that we should be smarter than.
EDIT: Someone replied to my email with the folling addedum…
Islam was not evena religion when the book of Revelation was written. The X-tian cannon as it is was put together between 367 and 419. The prophet Muhammad was not born until 570.