Mellanöstern och Nordafrika Tidningen
Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

The Antichrist, by the numbers

There is an irony of biblical proportions in the high level of White Evangelical Christian support in America for Donald Trump, which hovers around 70% these days. This is much higher than among Black Protestants (12%) and even White mainline Protestants (48%). Cyberspace is rife with references to Trump as the savior of Israel, a modern day Cyrus the Great. But, and here is the ultimate irony, there are also signs that would link Trump with the proverbial Antichrist. Trump’s recent eye-raising (his to heaven) comment that he is the “chosen one” and seen as a king in Israel fuels the speculation. 

I made a decision some time ago to stop commenting on Trump, but having been raised in a Fundamentalist Baptist church that preached an end-time scenario that included the Antichrist, I cannot remain silent on this. The eschatology (what will happen at the end of the world as we know it) that has informed Fundamentalist and now much of the most conservative “Evangelical” thinking is over a century old. One of the main proponents was an engineer-turned-preacher named Clarence Larkin, whose Dispensational Truth, first published in 1918, was standard reading, right along with the Scofield Reference Bible. My father, who led a Bible study at a local Baptist church on Wednesday evenings, made his own large chart based on Larkin’s proposed scenario of a Rapture (when true Bible believers are raised in the air to meet Christ), a Tribulation (when an Antichrist and Beast will appear and rebuild the Jerusalem temple and then persecute the Jews more than ever before), a Second Coming of Christ (with a thousand-year rule of peace), the loosing of Satan and the last battle of evil, culminating in the Day of Judgment when you either end up in heaven forever or hell and a burning lake of fire forever. As a young teenage, I even made my own chart.

This apocalyptic scenario, in one form or another, still dominates the far right of Evangelical theology. Consider the following from the doctrinal statement of Dallas Theological Seminary:

Article XIX—The Tribulation

We believe that the translation of the church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6:1–19:21) during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The whole period of Israel’s seventieth week will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of which the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close. The latter half of this period will be the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), which our Lord called the great tribulation (Matt. 24:15–21). We believe that universal righteousness will not be realized previous to the second coming of Christ, but that the world is day by day ripening for judgment and that the age will end with a fearful apostasy.

Article XX—The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that the period of great tribulation in the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person on the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God’s covenant promises, and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God.

It should not be surprising that someone who clearly has not lived the life of an Evangelical Christian and has no clue about the Bible should qualify for the role of Antichrist. On an intriguing and very large website called thehypertexts, an anonymous author plays Trump by the numbers. He is 666ed to a starring role:

1) The Trumps own the most expensive building ever bought in the US, at 666 Fifth Avenue, a street symbolic of money (Mammon). 

(2) The Trumps paid $1.8 billion for the 666 tower. And 18 = 3*6 = 666. The 666 tower is controlled by Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Kush was the patriarch of Babylon. 

(3) The Trumps are also in the process of building a $666 million tower at One Journal Square. According to multiple reports the height will be 666 feet.

(4) The famous Trump Tower is 203 meters tall according to multiple reports. And 203 meters = 666 feet. The Trump penthouse is on the 66th floor!

(5) Donald Trump inherited his grandmother’s real estate empire when she died on June 6, 1966 = 6-6-6. Her name was Elizabeth Christ Trump. Elizabeth means “vow,” so her full name means “Vow for Christ to be Trumped.”

(6) In Trump’s first fiscal year which began in 2016 = 666+666+666+6+6+6 the budget deficit rose to 666 billion dollars! (Per Fox Business and other sources.)

(7) Donald Trump’s name equates to 666 in Jewish gematria, English gematria, and ASCII computer code. There are details below. 

(8) Trump’s fear mongering comments about “rapists” and “drug dealers” vaulted him to the top of the polls on June 6, 2015 = 6+6+(1+5) = 666.

(9) Trump announced his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015 = 6+(1*6)+(1+5) = 666. On the Ides of March, he had 666 delegates. 

(10) Trump uttered his unholy trinity of heresies on August 21, 2019, when he claimed to be the “King of Israel,” the “second coming of God” and the “Chosen One.” August 21 was the 233rd day of the year, and 2*3*3=18=6+6+6. 

If you have more than an hour to spare and read through the entire webpage (and its many links), you will not only encounter many more 666 markers, but also details as to why Trump cannot be a Christian and how he is the opposite of Christ (even though that was his grandmother’s middle name). For those who do not accept this apocalyptic babble, it is hard not to see what is written as satire. For those who still subscribe to the Larkin view of the future, Trump should look less and less like Cyrus and far more like the end-time beastly villains described in the book of Revelation.  

About the Author

- Anthropologist and historian with 40 years of experience researching and working in Yemen. Varisco is currently the President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Senior Fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg of Bonn University, and an expert advisor to MENA Tidningen.