U.S. Republican Party nominee Donald Trump dominates media coverage in the United States and attracts media attention throughout the world. He is an unusual candidate in American Politics because he comes from outside of the world of politics and conducts himself in a manner that many American politicians and political commentators are not accustomed to. He is also a polarizing figure with many staunch supporters and many staunch opponents, including within the Republican Party.
I have received comments and questions in recent weeks from people who wonder whether Donald Trump is the Antichrist. I refrained from devoting an article to this topic when Trump was still competing with other candidates for the Republican Party nomination because it would have been unnecessary to address the topic if he was not the nominee. However, now that Trump is the nominee for the Republican Party I can now address the topic of whether he is the Antichrist.
Observations About Trump & the Antichrist
First, I want to make it clear that I will try my best to analyze Trump as neutrally as I can. I may have some positive or some negative things to say about Trump, but please understand that I do this as an analyst rather than someone who is a Trump opponent or is a Trump supporter. I will proceed by stating some observations about Trump and compare these observations with many people’s expectation of the Antichrist.
Pride & Ego
Trump is a very prideful man to say the least. He likes to boast about himself and rarely admits when he has made a mistake publicly. Meanwhile, Daniel 11:36 and Daniel 8:25 are two Bible verses that suggest the Antichrist will have an immense ego:
“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.” (Dan 11:36)
“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Dan 8:25)
Middle East Peace Negotiator
Trump is a negotiator who emphasizes the importance of being a good negotiator when talking about foreign policy. He has mentioned on occasion that he would like to try to negotiate the most difficult deal of them all: the Middle East peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Meanwhile, many expect Antichrist to help confirm a Middle East peace deal-the “covenant with many” in Daniel 9:27:
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Dan 9:27)
Trump is quite articulate. He is very good at speaking publicly without the reliance of a teleprompter and speaks well when he does have a teleprompter to help guide his words. Some skeptics question the substance of what Trump says, but he is able to endear himself to a significant number of Americans with what he says and the style that he says it. Meanwhile, many people expect Antichrist to be a demagogue who uses his charisma to attract people to his side as he accumulates power.
Based on these statements, you might conclude that I think Donald Trump is the Antichrist. However, I strongly believe that Donald Trump is not the Antichrist.
The Desire of Women
Daniel 11 indicates that the Antichrist will not be someone who will desire women in his life:
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” (Dan 11:37)
Trump has been married multiple times and is currently married to his wife Melania (with whom they have a son named Barron).
The Peak of Arrogance
The Antichrist will sit in a temple in Jerusalem someday and demand that the world worship him like God.
(3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
Trump is a very prideful man, but does anyone seriously think that he is so arrogant that he would demand the world to worship him and order the deaths of anyone who refuses to worship him? Trump sometimes will ridicule a vocal critic of his but I doubt he is a man who would order the execution of a vocal opponent. If you watch Trump’s rallies you will notice that he will occasionally call for the ejection of vocal opponents but at the same time tell the officials ejecting them to not harm them.
A Different Level of Charisma
Trump is quite articulate, but he is not close to being as charismatic as the Antichrist will be. As I’ve stated previously, I imagine Antichrist to be even more charismatic than Adolf Hitler, who was able to hypnotize an entire nation with his demonic charisma. I’ve watched footage of Hitler speak and I’ve watched Trump speak several times and the comparison is not even close. Trump does not possess the charisma that Hitler possessed and the charisma that Antichrist will possess.
The Ultimate Globalist
Antichrist will seek to dominate the world at an economic, political, and religious level. In this sense, the Antichrist will be the ultimate globalist. In contrast, Trump is not a big supporter of globalism. In fact, Trump said in a recent foreign policy speech:
“No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same.
We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.
The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter-and under my administration-we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.”
Trump believes in a self-described “American First” foreign policy. Consequently, Trump seems reluctant to support the efforts of certain world leaders to create a one-world government at the expense of national sovereignty. In contrast, Antichrist seems like someone who would embrace the efforts of certain leaders to unite the world in fields like politics and economics.
In sum, I strongly disagree with people who argue that Donald Trump is the Antichrist. At this point in time it is unclear whether Trump will actually win the general election this November. The lead up to the general election will probably be the most volatile in recent American political history with a candidate as unorthodox as Trump involved and with an American electorate as polarized as it is (for those living outside of the U.S., the American electorate is extremely polarized). If Trump were to win the U.S. presidency then I think the world could become a very interesting place to live in… I’ll save my thoughts on what direction I think the world would head if Trump is elected president in a potential future article.