While perusing the Regressive/Religious Wrong sites, (Well, somebody has to keep tabs on what they’re up to and I get paid to do it.) I ran across a post that claims the bible names the anti-Christ.
I already touched on this subject back in October. That time the claim was based on a mythological “bible code” as interpreted by an expert nobody ever heard of. This time it’s a whole ‘nother pile of elephant pucky. (It’s still elephant pucky, just a slightly different flavor.)
This time some true believer (i.d. unknown) discovered that if you take a word from the New Testament and translate it back to Aramaic and then take a word from the Old Testament and translate it back and then combine the words, you’ve discovered the true name (sort of) of the anti-Christ. (I don’t make this stuff up folks, my mind isn’t that off-kilter.)
There is a video, of course, that runs you through the convoluted and erroneous non-logic, but I usually get lost in the maze early on. (DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for the wasted five minutes of your life!)
The video first showed up on World News Daily (aka Weird Nuts Drooling). That should tell you something right there. It’s attributed to one ppsimmons. (P.P. Simons?) Whoever he or she is, no one seems to know and if they do, they ain’t talkin’.
It starts with Luke 10:18, King James Version, of course.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
The first key word in this puzzle is “lightning”. Whether Luke wrote Luke or not, (The evidence is strong that he didn’t.) it was written in Greek. So, the first thing you have to do is go back to the Greek word and translate it into Aramaic.
Now, bare in mind that translations are often subjective as some words have no direct match in another language and many have various and quite different definitions. And here you’re going from the original spoken Aramaic to Greek and back to Aramaic. There are other problems as well, but I’m not writing a book.
If the forth-and-back translation of lightning is correct, the word in Aramaic is “barak”. (Bet you can see where this is going.)
Also, according to the video “heaven” doesn’t mean heaven. In this case it means “high place” as in Satan’s abode. This is true because elsewhere in Luke (Luke 8:5) the word “air” refers to Satan’s abode. (Ooooookay!)
Which brings us to the rest of Mr Anti-Christ’s name.
For this, we travel back in time to Old Testament days. Isaiah’s time to be exact. (circa 8th century BCE) In Isaiah 14:14, Satan says,
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
FUN FACT: The word “ascend” in Hebrew is alah. (Hmmm, maybe the Hebrews are in cahoots with “Lightning.”
In Aramaic, “heights” becomes bamah. Now, before I wrap this up in a pretty pink ribbon, I should point out that “bamah” is an unused root.
An “unused root” is a word not used in the bible. Only the words derived from the root are used. Therefore any translation must be of the derived word rather than the root. For example, both “mile” and “militia” are derived from the root word “milia,” which itself, means “thousands”. In other words, translate from the words used, not the ones not.
But, that’s reality. Back to Fantasy Land. According to the video’s rather unique logic, the correct translation of Luke 10:18 is.
I beheld Satan as Barack Obama.
Across the bottom of the screen throughout the video was a banner proclaiming “Jewish Rabbi Confirms the work of this video!” However, the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, stated
“[The video] doesn’t hold up even within its own silly logic,”
(I think I’ll go with Rabbi Ehrenkrantz on this one.)
I’ll leave you with the words of Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.