More generally and to the point, it makes me wonder, even if the second coming takes place, how certain can we be?
I think everyone who believes in it will say the same thing, "if you're saved, you will know." But I think we could predict that not everyone will agree on who is saved or what is actually going on during either the real or false event.
There are certain kinds of "second coming" scenarios that would be very difficult to fake. For example, something that involves a massive celestial event. But almost without a doubt you would have certain people saying they had staged this from the HAARP complex. No doubt some would think even a darkening of the Sun (other than by the Moon) could be "staged" by mysterious forces.
I mention this because it has always interested me to consider how Biblical prophecy actually verifies, to what extent is it literal, to what extent symbolic or allegorical. The word "Armageddon" is widely accepted to be a corruption of Har Megiddo placing it in a known location (which you can see on google earth for example, it's about 20 kms southeast of Haifa, Israel). But the scriptural passage mentions allegory there. The symbol of the whore of Babylon is clearly identified as an allegory. The circumstances of the Rapture can rather easily be interpreted as symbolic or metaphorical. Etc etc.
But in terms of Mitt Romney, I would assume his emergence as "anti-christ" would have to involve key events like a blasphemous declaration or interference in the outcome of large-scale events in the Middle East. As such, wouldn't there be tens of millions of evangelical Christians who were primed to watch for every mis-step in that direction? I mean, how would a Mormon under such predictable scrutiny get to such a point where he could fool any significant number of people?
That's the part of this I don't get. With Obama, it's much easier, he is working from the progressive left where he already has a huge base of gullible people who have a long, demonstrated track record of accepting bafflegab as reality. For Obama to proclaim himself divine would simply be one further step down that road of nonsensical politics of hope and change. I can picture most of his followers saying "see I knew it, I've been saying this for years." With Romney, I can't imagine anyone expecting him to be anything much more than a dull, managerial president trying to keep his team out of trouble.
Anyway, as I've said before, May 4 to July 20 provide literal time frames for Obama predictions to work out. There is a total eclipse of the Sun on May 20th visible from California, Nevada, Utah, northern Arizona and New Mexico. That could factor in as the predicted darkening of sun and moon (it's an annular eclipse, meaning the Moon is too far from earth to cover the entire disk of the Sun along the path of totality). We will have a less complete eclipse further north (and south) depending on distance from the path.
I could mention one other time frame clue, the days of Noah would be from the tenth to seventeenth day of the current month (the second month) of the Hebrew calendar. Thursday is the 3rd of that month (Iyar). So that clue is also in play with the forty days following. For those reasons, in my own watch, I have thought that early summer 2012 is a particularly good time for prophetic fulfilment, compared to any other part of this year.
The three antichrist model is really an independent prophecy postulated by Nostradamus and has no obvious Biblical source. At least that's my take on it. But I continue to think of antichrist as a widespread spirit already fully developed in the world around us.