U.S. President Donald Trump is always in the news. He’s an unusual figure in American Politics because he comes conducts himself in a way that many in politics are not used to.
Trump is also polarizing figure. People either love him or hate him. Trump is so polarizing that I’ve received many comments and questions from people who wonder whether he is the Antichrist.
In this article, I will address whether Donald Trump 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. 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’s made a mistake publicly.
Meanwhile, Daniel 11:36 and Daniel 8:25 suggest that 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.” (Daniel 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.” (Daniel 8:25)
Mideast Peace Negotiator
Trump often boasts about the foreign policy deals he’s made. He’s said on occasion that he wants to try to broker the hardest deal of them all: a Mideast peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, many expect Antichrist to help confirm a Mideast 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.” (Daniel 9:27)
Trump is a skilled speaker. He is adept at speaking publicly with or without relying on a teleprompter.
Some skeptics question the substance of what Trump says. But, Trump is able to endear himself to a large 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.
Do I Think Trump the Antichrist?
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. Here are several reasons why:
Super Popular vs Super Unpopular
Revelation 6:1-2 depicts Antichrist as a rider on a white horse. This imagery suggests that Antichrist may become so popular that the world will view him as a messianic figure:
“(1) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (2) And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:1-2)
Trump is the farthest thing from being viewed as a messianic figure by the world.
- Many people dislike Trump and will go to great lengths to protest against him and to resist him.
- Some of Trump’s opponents do not view him as the world’s savior but as one of the world’s biggest threats.
Trump will never command the admiration of the world like the Antichrist will.
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.” (Daniel 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. However, he hasn’t used his presidential powers to order the execution of his critics.
- If you watch Trump’s rallies since he’s become president, you will notice that he will sometimes call for the ejection of vocal opponents. Most of the time, Trump will tell the officials ejecting his opponents to not harm them.
It takes a different level of megalomania to demand the deaths of your critics.
A Different Level of Charisma
Trump is a skilled speaker, but he is not close to being as charismatic as the Antichrist will be. As I’ve stated previously, Antichrist will be even more charismatic than Adolf Hitler, a man who hypnotized an entire nation with his demonic charisma.
I’ve watched footage of Hitler speak and I’ve watched Trump speak many times. The comparison is not even close. Trump does not have the charisma that Hitler had and the charisma that Antichrist will have.
The Ultimate Globalist
Antichrist will seek to dominate the world in the fields of economics, politics, and religion. In this sense, the Antichrist will be the ultimate globalist.
Trump, on the other hand, opposes globalism. In fact, Trump said in a key 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.”1
Trump believes in a self-described “American First” foreign policy. As a result, he’s unlikely to support the efforts to create a one-world government at the expense of the U.S.’s sovereignty.
In contrast, Antichrist is someone who would embrace the efforts to unite the world in fields like politics and economics.
The Ability to Defeat His Strongest Opponents
Daniel 11 indicates that the Antichrist will attack the strongest opponents and win:
“(38) But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (39) Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” (Daniel 11:38-39)
Although the context of Daniel 11:38-39 is the Antichrist’s ability to defeat his foes militarily, the passage indicates that the Antichrist will defeat the strongest of opponents.
In contrast, Trump is not an unstoppable force at the time of this writing. Trump is struggling to get his legislative agenda passed in the U.S. Congress. How is Trump going to rule the world when he cannot even get Congress to agree to give him the money to pay for the wall he’s promised?
Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
Trump startled many across the world when he moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognized the city as Israel’s capital. Please realize that the move is not the confirmation of the “covenant with many” of Daniel 9:27. It’s not the event that will trigger the tribulation.
Trump’s move is really the farthest thing from the confirmation of the covenant with many. Many criticized the move as unnecessary, unilateral, and even harmful to the peace process. The covenant with many will have many sides agree to a deal. Trump’s move lacked the support of many of the countries involved in the future covenant with many.
It will be tough for Trump to broker a Mideast peace deal in the geopolitical environment he’s created. I believe Trump’s move greatly increases the likelihood that a non-U.S. president brokers a Mideast peace deal in the future (and thereby increases the likelihood that the Antichrist will be a non-U.S. president).
Like the King of Israel and the Second Coming
Trump accepted and tweeted the praise of a conservative pundit who compared Israel’s level of love for him to the king of the Israel and the second coming of God. The statements Trump accepted and tweeted will do nothing to dispel the speculation that he’s the Antichrist as they are not statements that most leaders would be comfortable accepting (I would strongly reject such praise).
It’s no surprise that #Antichrist was a top Twitter trend when Trump tweeted these statements and that the reaction to his actions were negative. I view the negative backlash against Trump as evidence that he’s not the Antichrist. Revelation 13:3-4 and Revelation 17:8 describes a vastly different global reaction to the coming Antichrist:
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:3-4)
“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Revelation 17:8)
In sum, I strongly disagree with the idea that Donald Trump is the Antichrist of the end times. Whether or not you like Trump, please understand that Antichrist is on a completely different level.
- Transcript: Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech. The New York Times, 27 Apr. 2016, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/us/politics/transcript-trump-foreign-policy.html.