Antichrist watchers have announced their newest suspected Antichrist. The 186th Greek Prime Minister is Alexis Tsiparis and some very loose fitting logic has placed this 41 year old in the running alongside Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, every Pope ever, and Barack Obama.
The truth is, some folks are always looking for the Antichrist and always seem to find it whenever a world leader is even remotely liberal, aspires to see peace between Israel and Palestine or within the greater Middle East region and, somehow, is well liked. This, obviously, makes it hard to be a politician that cannot be suspected as being the Antichrist. When combined with the fact that you can find the “Mark of the Beast” anywhere you want whenever you want.
Addendum 1: Antichrist Speculation is an unspoken past-time for many Christian Millenarians, and one that has overtaken the previously preferred hobby of speculative date-setting for the Second Coming of Christ. Since Matthew 24:36 states that “no man shall know the day or the hour” of the awaited return, “date setting” has seen increasing taboo within the culture of Christian Millenarians.
Addendum 2: Anyone in power, who hopes to bring peace to the world (especially in the Middle East) and is not a Christian Millenarian themselves will definitely be suggested as the potential Antichrist. The most common suggestion in America from 2008 (and will be until 2016 at least) is President Barack Obama (or, as this link suggests, Baraq O’ Bamah).
Addendum 3: Media, the exponential increase in information, the vast increase to access to information, the capacity for individuals to create media content, and for like-minded individuals and groups to share content has led to an explosion of pseudo-science, conspiracy theory, apocalyptic and eschatological speculation. The combination of all these factors creates a system of information subcultures, each of which taking what they like from other info subcultures and disregarding what they do not. The result are quasi-ideologies that intersect, overlap, conflict and/or contradict based on the preference of an individual rather than one steady-state doctrine or ideology that defines a specific ethos.