Tuesday, August 05, 2008

About The Late Great Planet Earth

In my post about the Obama as Antichrist meme I had written that Hal Lindsey wrote that the Antichrist will be a Jew in The Late Great Planet Earth. It turns out that I had confused the "False Prophet" (who will be an evil Jew analogue of John the Baptist, according to the book) with the actual Antichrist. The actual Antichrist will be a Roman dictator

Our interest here is the revelation that Egypt will attack the revived state of Israel, which will them be under the control of a false Messiah. This man will probably be a Jew who works closely with the world dictator who will them come to power in Rome.
I got the quote at this site, which has numerous other excerpted quotes from the book. As I noted in the edit I made to the previous post, given that Lindsey has been proven wrong about his predictions for 30 years now, he may have revised his views somewhat since having written this.

It just so happens that I've been slowly reading the first Left Behind novel (in between reading other stuff) and see that LaHaye has his Antichrist as a Roman, too. In a feeble and comical way, that is.

The host, "Wallace Theodore," begins by saying that the live broadcasts of both of Carpathia's press conferences and his speech were replayed throughout the evening on all the news channels. "You've become a popular man in this country seemingly all at once," he says.

Carpathia smiled. "Like anyone from Europe, particularly Eastern Europe, I am amazed at your technology. I --"

"But isn't it true, sir, that your roots are actually in Western Europe? Though you were born in Romania, are you not by heritage actually Italian?"

"That is true, as it is true of many native Romanians. Thus the name of our country. But as I was saying about your technology. It is amazing, but I confess I did not come to your country to become or to be made into a celebrity. ..."
The Romanian = Roman bit might work a little better if Nicolae's surname were not taken from a mountain range that's nowhere near Italy, or if there were any truth to the idea that many Romanians are ethnically Italian, but such inconvenient facts don't matter as much as the requirements of the Bible Prophecy Antichrist Identification System, which calls for a Roman Antichrist.

1 comment:

cabdriver said...

Hal Lindsey has predicted the Apocalypse more times than Charles Taze Russell did.

And it is my understanding that, informally speaking, the rules for determining the authenticity of prophets contain the clause "one strike and you're out."


Yeah, Tim LaHaye...I've always wanted someone to ask him (preferably on camera) about how he squares his writing the Left Behind series with this verse in the Book of Revelations of the Apocalypse of St. John:

"...For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book..."

Personally, I wonder how the Book of Revelations ever made it into the Official Compilation- it reads like the biggest non sequitur in the history of literature to me.

But, to hear people like Lindsey and LaHaye go on about it, a naive person could get the idea that every other chapter in the Bible amounts to little more than an arcane supplemental appendix to the Revelations- a text which gets treated by both of those "religious thinkers" as if it were the ultimate Magic 8-Ball.