Some of the Top Contenders for the AntiChrist Position are:
Some of the Top Contenders for the AntiChrist Position are:
Tony Blair Looks To US Pastor Rick Warren In Bid To Unite Faiths
Tony Blair is preparing to launch a “faith offensive” across the United States over the next year, after building up relationships with a network of influential religious leaders and faith organisations.
According to the annual accounts of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a UK-based charity that promotes cohesion between the major faiths, the foundation is to develop a US arm that will pursue a host of faith-based projects. The accounts show that his foundation has an impressive – and, in at least one case, controversial – set of faith contacts. Sitting on some £4.5m in funds as of April last year, mostly gathered through donations, it is now well placed to make its voice heard.
The foundation’s advisory council of religious leaders includes Rick Warren, powerful founder of the California-based Saddleback church. It attracts congregations of nearly 20,000 and is reportedly one of the largest in the US. Warren, who has addressed the UN and the World Economic Forum in Davos, has been named one of the “15 world leaders who matter most” and one of the “100 most influential people in the world”.
His influence was confirmed in December 2008 when Barack Obama chose him to give the invocation at his presidential inauguration. But the decision angered many liberals, who see Warren as an opponent of gay rights and abortion on demand; a prominent alliance with Warren is likely to attract similar attacks on the former British prime minister.
Also on the council is David Coffey, president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), a Virginia-based network of churches that spans the globe and is particularly active in the US.
Another initiative has been to team up with the Belinda Stronach Foundation in Toronto. Unknown in the UK, Stronach, daughter of a Canadian billionaire, is hugely influential in Canada where as a philanthropist, businesswoman and former politician she has served in both the Conservative and Liberal parties. Attractive and barely into her 40s, media commentators have dubbed her “bubba’s blonde”, a reference to her friendship with Bill Clinton.
According to the accounts, Blair intends to open an office in Toronto to develop the relationship.
His desire for North America to be the focus of his faith-based operations was confirmed by the decision to hold his foundation’s inaugural event in May 2008 in New York, for the “charity’s key partners and religious stakeholders”.
The accounts also shine a light on the close connections the foundation now enjoys with major political institutions in the US. “With the Washington-based Centre for Interfaith Action, the foundation supported a meeting of major international organisations active in faith-based approaches to combating malaria (plus the White House, World Bank, UN, World Health Organisation) to co-ordinate international efforts,” the accounts state.
That Blair, a charismatic politician driven by faith, should be at home across the Atlantic is no surprise to political analysts. “He comes across as confident and persuasive,” said Professor Shawn Bowler, of the University of California at Riverside. “He does not talk like a modern robo-candidate in the way so many US political figures do.” Unlike in the UK, Blair’s religious fervour is seen as a strength. “Blair is very open about his faith and that plays a lot better in the US than in Britain,” Bowler said.
But the overtly religious dimension has drawn criticism. “The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is a fundamentally flawed concept,” said Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society. “If religion is constantly at the fore, then the old suspicions and hatreds will continue to fester.”
Other North American faith-based initiatives endorsed by the foundation include the New York-based Global Nomads Group, which brings together young people through video conferences “to discuss the global issues that affect their lives”, and the Faiths Act Fellowship, which selects “30 young leaders aged 18-25, drawn from the different faiths from the US, UK and Canada, to embark on a 10-month journey of interfaith service”.
Blair’s status is such that he is now called on to sprinkle stardust at religious gatherings, such as a speech he delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Even his autobiography, The Journey, for which he was paid a £4.6m advance, appears to be aimed at the US market. “Tony Blair is an extremely popular figure in North America,” said Sonny Mehta, his publisher. “His memoir is refreshing, both for its candour and vivid portrayal of political life.”
So embedded is he that Blair regularly crops up in Washington society diaries. Last September, the former Republican vice-president, Dick Cheney, was dining in the same restaurant. Blair got top billing in the gossip columns.
Very interesting indeed.
“LONDON — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair made a dramatic pre-election return to domestic British politics Tuesday with an attack on the policies of David Cameron, the smooth young Conservative leader sometimes nicknamed “Tory Blair.”Blair’s return, weeks before a national election, came in a speech urging voters to give his Labour Party a fourth term in office.”In uncertain times, there’s a lot to be said for certain leadership,” Blair said, dismissing the Conservative campaign slogan “vote for change” as “the most vacuous slogan in politics.”.” ♦ –Former PM Tony Blair returns to campaign trail By JILL LAWLESS (AP) – 2 hours ago–
“Matthew 8:24-27And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
James Kirkup is right – despite the orange glow, there was something bilblical about Tony Blair’s return to British politics. Just read this part of his speech:All round the globe, in Cabinets, in boardrooms, at work places such a debate is happening about how best to proceed. We cannot understate the pain some people have gone through as a consequence of the global crisis or the insecurity they now face. For many young people and equally young families or people whose livelihoods have been badly hit, the anxiety has not abated, it continues. What we can say is compared to the fear of what might have been, we have emerged better than virtually any predicted. Hard decisions lie ahead undoubtedly. But though the sea is still rough, the storm has subsided.The question is, who will captain Labour’s ship?.” ♦ –Tony Blair plays Labour’s Saviour: ‘The sea is still rough, the storm has subsided’ –
See Bobs news desk for info in this news flash.
“The Second Coming is upon us. Tony Blair has returned to earth to save Gordon Brown.” ♦ –Tony Blair is the future, and it’s orange –
This is the general movement or apostasy that has been prophesied and which will trigger last the day events prior to the return of Christ in the clouds of Heaven. The belief is that in order to save the US and the world, Church and State must work together, they must unite again, and the church must be allowed to wield the power of the State to enforce morality, first in the US, and then in all the world, to enforce the will of God upon all. This will take place in the United States first and all nations will follow her example. It will be a return to the Dark Ages when the Church wielded the secular power to enforce her decrees. This is what what we have been warned against. These religious leaders are well-meaning but they are deceived.
True. But I must say. If this is supposed to first happen in the USA, then you should come here, because we are close runners up to you guys 🙂
Tell me something, I dunno who the voting thing works in the USA. How are the NAR etc going to get into power in the gov? Is there another vote coming up or is the Obama clan and the NAR clan all in cahoots with each other anyhow?
Is Matt Crouch of TBN the anti-Christ or, perhaps, the false prophet?
Have we been looking in the wrong direction for these Satanic personalities? Recently, largely as a result of Matt Crouch’s disapproval of his methodology
of preaching, Jack Van Impe was cancelled from TBN programming. They refused to air one of his programs dealing with Chrislam and a number of false teachers who are promoting it, some on TBN itself, so he voluntarily backed out of any further telecasts involving that network. Also recently, TBN just opened a new broadcast studio right in the middle of Jerusalem to cover Israel. There is a prophetic passage in the Bible that speaks about the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not, on a wing of the temple which puts a stop to some form of revived ancient Hebrew ritual of daily animal sacrifice. Could this be a reference to some type of Christian influence…pressure, if you will, along with the assistance from animal rights advocate groups to get animal slaughter banned from the prophesied future 3rd Jewish temple during the end times? After all, it is the Christian belief that animal sacrifice is no longer needed, or even accepted anymore, since they believe Jesus Christ was the lamb led to slaughter on the crucifix by the Romans. Is it possible the “wing of the temple” from Daniel 9:27 might be referring to the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem or maybe a section of the temple complex itself, like the West Wing of the White House? There is a general consensus among contemporary theologians that the 3rd Jewish temple mount complex will share the massive foundation sitting above the western wall (wailing wall) with the Islamic controlled Dome of the Rock. Will Christianity demand a collective representation of their religion and set up an image of their own atop this lofty place? Might this be the origin of the prophesied “one world religion” Revelations speaks of, perhaps with a three-tier legislative constituency made up of Judaism, Christianity and Islam? Judischristlam, if you will? It might be relevent to mention that Matt Crouch is also a young man, which is one of the requirements of the end times false prophet. It yet remains to be seen whether he will assume operational control of that center but I have noticed in watching him that he likes to take the reigns of conversation when the camera is on him. Even his dad and founder of TBN, Paul Crouch, complained (in a submissive way) about his son’s arrogant, overbearing tendencies with guests and staff members on the air.
Daniel 9:27 (HCSB)
27 He will make a firm covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. And the abomination of desolation will be on a wing of the temple until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.
11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days.
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
He is indeed an anti-Christ – everyone who does not believe in the biblical Jesus is an anti-Christ. As for being the false prophet, well that is something interesting… What you say about the sacrificing in the temple could very possibly be true. Postribbers (people who don’t believe in the rapture) believe that Jews do not need to sacrifice because Jesus became the replacement sacrifice and God won’t allow sacrificing to take place again, nor will the temple be rebuilt. But for some unknown reason they fail to understand that Jews don’t work on Christian beliefs and they will sacrifice in the rebuilt temple AGAIN. Interesting. The bible speaks about ‘Christians’ who cause nothing but destruction in Jerusalem (Joels Army).
Ray, Jack Van Impe has been content to be part of the The Blasphemy Network’s “family” for many years. He himself is a mixed bag and an advocate of Rome.
Of course we don’t know who all the players are, but surely the stage is being set and TBN, being a friend to Rome is bound to play a part given their worldwide system.
These things are interesting to contemplate, and that is the topic of this thread, but as believers, our focus needs to be as guardians of the truth of God’s Word and His Gospel which is being compromised on every hand by so-called evangelicals. There is much confusion about the end times and rightly dividing the Word in regard to eschatology.
All these events will unfold at the proper time and none of this is a surprise to God.
There is no doubt that we are on the very brink of seeing the revealing of the person who is the embodiment of the spirit of antichrist and his counterpart. But before that can happen the true Body of Christ will be removed from the scene and we will be at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Until then may we remain steadfast in the truth against
the onslaught of lies and half-truths that are so prevalent.
It is not possible for either Tony Blair or Rick Warren or any non Jew to be the antichrist. We have to remember that many Jews will believe the antichrist is their Messiah. Therefore, he would have to be Jewish.