This poem is about a biblical character—the “antichrist” or “man of lawlessness.” It was written using iambic tetrameter.
I can afford to show my hand,
For you won’t buy what I have planned;
I know the text you’re reading now
You won’t accept or quite allow;
To you, my words make little sense,
And mental blocks are my defense.
To you, the world’s a random mess,
And what is coming, you can’t guess;
Your past does not have precedents
Preparing you for these events;
And, anyway, my hand’s with fate,
No one can change the destined state.
This social chaos that you see,
Confuses minds, you will agree;
And, more than that, it paves the way
For me to rule the world one day;
A savior will appear to men,
But they don’t know just how or when.
I will usurp their rulers’ reigns,
For they have pasts with filthy stains;
Those foolish men I planted will
Reveal that I have greater skill;
I’ll have the answers that they lacked,
For me the deck has been well stacked.
The earth requires a wiser man,
A new, efficient master plan;
The social problems that I caused,
The human goodness that was paused,
Will differ from my future way,
As night contrasts with wondrous day.
I’ve made some plans with loyal aides
To found a realm that never fades;
And all the goods that men require,
And everything that they desire,
I’ll give it all to faithful slaves,
They know that I’m the one who saves.
I’ll be the light that shines on men,
I will forever live within,
As long as they fulfill my will,
They will survive to serve me still;
But if they disobey in thought,
They’ll fall from grace and come to naught.
For those who read this text I write,
You will forget the time of night;
But when the day appears ahead,
You will remember what I said;
And you will know that, by my pen,
I told you what would happen then.
(written c. June 2019)
But you said in your heart… ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:13-14, NASB)
Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, Who made the world like a wilderness…? (Isaiah 14:16-17, NASB)
…you have ruined your country, You have slain your people. (Isaiah 14:20, NASB)
…who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4, NASB)
Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith. (2 Habakkuk 2:4, NASB)
His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree… (Daniel 8:24, NASB)
He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. (Daniel 11:37, NASB)