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Published On: Mon, Aug 1st, 2016

Who’s Your Antichrist: Erdogan or Trump?

Ever since the New Testament book of Revelation made the canon, there has been a perpetual prophetic mania to predict who will be the Antichrist, the Beast, the Dragon, the Whore of Babylon and the host of evil end-time characters.


There is hardly a dictator or world leader who has not been targeted, from ancient Rome’s Nero (the most likely suspect) to President Obama. Christian apocalyptic scenarios today are largely the domain of conservative Fundamentalists and Evangelicals who are often convinced that “the day is at hand.”

One of the major scenarios was designed by a Baptist engineer and preacher named Clarence Larkin more than a century ago as a view called “Dispensationalism.” Larkin produced a number of charts to highlight God’s plan for the ages, all seven of them. Those who follow this plan believe that true Bible-believing Christians (not Catholics and most other Protestants and definitely not Mormons) will be taken up to heaven “in the twinkling of an eye” in a “Rapture” when Jesus makes a sudden appearance in the sky. For those remaining there will be seven years of tribulation with Satan using an Antichrist, a Beast and all the plagues and villains featured in Revelation. Then Jesus will return to earth and the forces of good will defeat the axis of Satanic evil at the Battle of Armageddon and usher in a thousand-year rule of peace, the lion laying down with the lamb, with Satan tossed into a bottomless pit. Then, just to make the plot more interesting, Satan will be freed and gather one final army only to lose again. Now comes the Day of Judgment and the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. If it sounds like science fiction, it sure makes a good read, as the evangelist Tim LaHaye found out.

So who might be the Antichrist or Beast or Dragon in waiting today? Google will find you many candidates, but one of the most interesting is Turkey’s President Erdogan. A Youtube channel called “Armageddon News” from Capetown, South Africa, has a series of videos showing how Erdogan fits all the signs of the last days. The main video links Islamic history as a tool of the Devil, even linking the mighty Nimrod of Genesis with al-Baghdadi of ISIS. We are told that the distance from Mecca to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is exactly 666 nautical miles (said to be verified on Google Earth, no less). The number 666 is the symbolic key, with a claim made that the Greek letters for the number 666 look just like the Arabic bismillah followed by the crossed swords. In this video Erdogan is not called the Antichrist but the “Dragon” since the first letter of his name looks like the Arabic Allah sideways and “rdogan” sounds just like “dragon.” But others do finger Erdogan as the Antichrist because he survived the recent coup and everyone knows the Antichrist will not die until Jesus comes.

Then there is Donald Trump, now trumping Obama as the Antichrist in some Fundamentalist circles. One site lists the top ten reasons Trump is connected with the infamous 666 number, including the following:

The Trump family bought and controls the most expensive single building ever purchased in the United States, at 666 Fifth Avenue, a street symbolic of money (Mammon) and excess (greed)…The Trump family paid $1.8 billion for the most expensive building on record. And 18 is 3*6 = 666… The Trump family is also in the process of building a $666 million tower at One Journal Square. According to multiple reports the height will be 666 feet. Another Trump Fifth Avenue property, the famous Trump Tower, is 203 meters tall according to multiple reports. And 203 meters = 666 feet. Donald Trump lives there in gold-enameled opulence on the 66th floor. 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. The family business name was E. Trump & Son. (Elizabeth means “oath” so her full name may be interpreted as “oath for Christ to be trumped [i.e., outranked, upstaged through trickery].”).

Are you convinced yet?

So who will be the “real” Antichrist? Erdogan, Trump or a darker horse? Well, just wait until August 30, 2016 and you will find out, whether you follow Nostradamus, a Fundamentalist Christian prophecy, or a Muslim view. If Trump is the Antichrist, I suspect he will announce it on Twitter?Keep your mobile charged and get ready for the fire and brimstone.

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, a Senior Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and an expert advisor to MENA Tidningen.

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