A few weeks ago, I was reading a piece on President Trump’s inner circle. The story talked about how Trump’s son-in-law saved the family fortune by selling their real-estate holdings and investing them all in a single building: 666 Fifth Avenue … and how he then leveraged the profits from 666 Fifth Avenue to buy a new property adjoining the family’s $666 million development in New Jersey.
Want to guess how high the new building being built from the profits of 666 Fifth Avenue will be? Yup, 666 feet!
I did my thesis in divinity school on Revelation and apocalyptic literature, so I was intrigued by those numbers and will admit it became a bit of a game to see what else I could find.
My favorite is that 666+666+666+6+6+6 = 2016, the year Donald Trump was elected President!
But to be fair, you can make most anything add up to 666 with enough mathematical gymnastics. So I decided to search for others signs of the apocalypse.
As it turns out, a super lunar eclipse, the phenomenon when the “moon turns to blood,” is very rare. Only five “blood moons” occurred in the last century and only four during President Trump’s lifetime.
Again, want to guess when the first blood moon was? The night Donald Trump was born. And the most recent time the moon turned to blood? The night after the “Values Voter Summit,” when Trump articulated his vision for why Christians should follow him.
But the truth is that the imagery in Revelation wasn’t intended to turn Christians into an End Times Scooby Gang, looking for clues and cosmic signs to unmask the Devil. Instead, the Biblical apocalyptic authors were delivering a powerful warning to Christians of their time (and all of us today) of how easy it is—especially in times of fear and uncertainty—for Christians to put our faith in worldly powers and strongmen, even when those leaders proclaim a message that is anti-Christ.
The problem with a singular focus on signs of the “End Times” (exegetical accuracy aside) is that doing so blinds us to the daily struggle we are called to as Christians.
No Rapture yet? Good, we don’t have to worry which side we’re on and can vote for a leader who denies the need for forgiveness, brags about his affairs with other men’s wives, and lies about conversations his campaign now admits it had with the Russian dictator who openly meddled in our election. Because four horsemen haven’t ridden out of the sky, we can continue to affirm leaders who say torture and killing women and children are necessary to keep us safe and protect American values.
So while I found the blood moon links eerie, and many of the 666 connections intriguing, there was one connection between President Trump and 666 that I found chilling.
666 Fifth Avenue falls almost perfectly in the “middle” of Fifth Avenue from north to south. And candidate Trump’s famous proclamation that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue (where 666 Fifth is) and shoot somebody without losing any voters reflects precisely the environment and cult the Bible warns about.
President Trump didn’t shoot anyone … but look at all he has done and said and encouraged others to do in his name. Yet his followers — including most American evangelicals — did not abandon him. And this is precisely what the Biblical apocalyptic authors warned us to watch for.
The word “antichrist” is never used in Revelation. It comes from John’s first letter, when John exhorts Christians to beware of false prophets and test the spirit of new leaders — to watch and listen to see if their spirit is from God or “the spirit of antichrist … which speaks from the view point of the world and is listened to by the world.”
So I ask, from which spirit do these words come: “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich … The point is, you can never be too greedy … You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of a**.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Eric Sapp is a founding partner of the Eleison Group, a political consulting firm that specializes in outreach to the progressive faith community. He has worked closely with Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.