- January 8, 2014
- By Bob Allen / Associated Baptist Press
DALLAS (ABP)— A new book by Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, asserts President Obama’s policies are paving the way for the Antichrist—a future world dictator prophesied in Scripture.
Perfect Ending, due for release by Worthy Publishing Jan. 21, the Bible “is able to foretell with laser-like accuracy events that will occur hundreds and even thousands of years after it was written.”Jeffress, who made news in the last presidential election for saying candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion is a cult, writes in
That includes a coming Antichrist—a word that appears only in the epistles of John but with parallels in other books like Daniel and Revelation—connected with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world.
While past attempts to predict the specific date for Christ’s return were misguided, Jeffress writes, Christians can recognize prophetic events that might be taking place in the world and America's government today.
“For the first time in history, a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society’s (not to mention God’s) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” Jeffress writes.
“While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win re-election by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God’s laws without any repercussions.”
In the book, Jeffress sets out both to help Christians in their daily lives with the comfort of knowing how the story ends and to challenge them to speak out on changing the course of events in America while there still is time.
“It is significant that the Antichrist will be able to persecute God’s people, seek to change God’s laws, and usurp people’s freedom of worship and commerce without any recorded opposition,” he writes.
“How could that happen? The only explanation is that prior to the appearance of the Antichrist, people will have already become so numb to immorality, apathetic and even sympathetic to the persecution of religious ‘extremists’ (which will be the new term for committed Christians), and conditioned to the government’s usurpation of personal freedom, that the Antichrist’s rise to power will go unchallenged.”
Jeffress delivered a similar message in a sermon at First Baptist Church just prior to the November 2012 election.