Tinfoil hats on, everyone!
I thought I was kidding when yesterday I facetiously and sarcastically equated John McCain as the son of the biblical murderer Cain. To be clear, I was kidding and I am kidding. However, some people are not kidding when it comes to equating John McCain with the Antichrist (which goes above and beyond the insinuation of Cain the city builder).
Before we move further, let's get our terms straight: Our John McCain is really John Sidney McCain III (in the same way our Barack Obama is Barack Hussein Obama II). John McCain's father was John Sidney McCain, Jr., and his grand-pappy was John Sidney McCain, Sr.
According to the True Bible Society of Colorado Springs, John McCain's great-grandfather was originally named John Mihai. (The ever-accurate Wikipedia strangely names John McCain, Sr.'s father also as "John Sidney McCain," however John Sidney McCain Zero is an unlikely name.) A quick copy and paste from the Yahoo!/The Nation article also linked above:
"What started us looking at this issue is the fact that Senator McCain has declared his intention to maintain US forces in Iraq for a hundred years," said David Jenkins, a leading Biblical scholar. "That means that McCain wants to control Babylon for at least a century." According to many scholars of the Book of Revelation, the Antichrist will try to rebuild the ancient city of Babylon in order to use it as a springboard for an international effort at world domination. Ultimately, the Antichrist will marshal forces from Babylon to spark a showdown with Christian and Jewish-led forces in the battle of Armageddon.Are your tinfoil hats still on? I'm reminded of the time I was on the train to the Grand Canyon, and I overheard a conversation regarding Barack Obama fulfilling biblical prophecy as some sort of doom bringer, and that person wouldn't vote for Obama for that reason alone. If the Colorado Springs "scholars" are right, then my fellow passenger would be wrong. Either way, it's silly.
"We believe that the End Times is near, based on the pattern of wars, earthquakes. and other strange phenomena we've been witnessing since the start of the New Millennium," said Jenkins. "Given that it may be imminent, the person who controls Babylon must be the Antichrist." Until 2003, many Christians believed that Saddam Hussein might be the Antichrist, since he started excavations to restore Babylon in the mid 1970s. But Hussein's death meant that the Antichrist is someone else. Since Obama wants to get out of Iraq, he can't be the Antichrist either, concluded Jenkins.
Jenkins said his teams suspicions were further heightened when genealogical research showed that McCain's great-grandfather was actually not John McCain, but John Mihai. Mihai is an ancient Romanian name, and according to Bible-believing Christians, the Antichrist is likely to be a Romanian. "What clinched it for us was that the name Mihai means 'who is like the Lord,'" said Jenkins. "As far as we're concerned, that was enough. It means that McCain might easily pretend to be the Redeemer."
I remember previous elections involved "voting for the lesser of two evils." If we don't curb the irrationality of some voters and the multimedia hype machine, it just might become "voting for the lesser of two Antichrists." It's about issues and the scope of the executive branch of government, people! (In other words, there are other offices up for election, as well as state and local measure that affect you more directly that the next White House tenant!) Don't believe the hype, the email forwards, and especially blogs (like this one)!
To be fair, the Mayan calendar does end around the time as that of the first term of the next "Antichrist" President (whoever that may be): 2012. If you believe the hype of McCain-as-Antichrist or Obama-as-Antichrist, then you are pretty much in a bind. Your perspective probably states that you are damned if you vote, and damned if you don't.
Here's my suggestion for those who believe in certain doom: Live your life as well as possible! If 2012 is as epic in apocalypse as hyped, then we pathetic mortals certainly won't survive it. No one will. Stop building that bomb shelter; it won't hold!
Just so you know, we all had a chance at survival when Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich were on the ballot. Foolish American mortals...
Tinfoil hats off!