A Dallas megachurch pastor is releasing a new book that claims President Barack Obama is clearing the way for the Antichrist.
Rev. Robert Jeffress, head of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church, writes in his book “Perfect Ending” that he does not think Obama is the Antichrist, but asserts that the president’s policies, particularly his support of same-sex marriage, are preparing the U.S. for the coming of the Antichrist.
"Although President Obama is certainly not the Antichrist, his policies are paving the way for the Antichrist," says Jeffress in a press release from his publisher.
According to the release, the book "focuses on understanding the often-confusing topic of Bible prophecy and explains how Christians can recognize prophetic events that may be taking place in our world—and America's government—today."
An excerpt from the book, which is set to be released by Worthy Publishing on Jan. 21, published at The Huffington Post states:
"For the first time in history a president of our country has openly proposed altering one of society's (not to mention God's) most fundamental laws: that marriage should be between a man and a woman. While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God's law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God's laws without any repercussions."
Many Christians believe that the Antichrist will persecute believers during the Jesus’ Second Coming, when Christ will return to Earth to destroy the Antichrist and take the faithful to Heaven.
In a sermon at First Baptist Church prior to the November 2012 election, Jeffress urged his followers not to vote for Obama, saying that the president is “choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”