The Antichrist

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I am re-reading, for the 100th time, ‘Damien The Omen II’. A class A book. I love the passage when Damien discovers his true identity, namely the son of the devil. He reads the following from the ‘Revelations’:

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion; and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
And through his policy also shall he cause craft to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many; he shall also stand up against the Prince of Princes.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, to receive a mark in their right hand , or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds and tongues, and nations!
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.

It all makes sense: he knows he’s the one. He looks for the 666 sign on his forehead, and bingo, there it is. Hit by this uncomfortable awareness, he runs and runs, as if to run away from himself, until he reaches a huge oak tree in the military academy’s garden. There, a malevolent crow looks at him, from the tree and seems to nod. Damien has accepted his destiny. At the same time, the individuals ‘called’ to the cause to train and support the son of the devil, receive a similar sign, a 666 on the hand; they know then that nothing can stop them. Damien knows: he will follow his destiny.

I like this passage because it highlights the fact that things can go wrong in supernatural circles too; if Damien had refused his ‘mission’ e.i. to be the devil incarnate, the Antichrist, things might have taken a different turn in the story.

The story is also one of danger. Damien, in his infancy, in spite of who he is, is not beyond being destroyed himself; until the moment when he reaches awareness, which means he can then consciously use his power. Up to that time, an evil force seems to protect him, destroying everyone who discovers (inevitably) Damien’s true identity (even before he discovers it himself).

I like the book because it’s a story full of drama and uncertainty; and we, the reader, know what’s going on, and it’s fun to see the people nearest to Damien gradually realise that something is out of sort with the boy.

Now, I am not religious and the following is just thrown purely in the spirit of debate. We are used of thinking of the Antichrist as a charismatic male leader (can’t be Obama, he’s f***** useless ); what is the Antichrist was a woman? Or an entity, such as a bank or a multinational? Or a group of people, a family? Now don’t take this one too seriously, but they say that the coming of the Antichrist is near: perhaps he (or she) is already between us. You are looking for a guy and instead, surprise! Isn’t this a funny thought. Some argue anyway that the number of the beast is not 666, but 696; threescore three being ‘9’. I think it’s another clever trick to confuse us.
So, in conclusion, watch out: things, are often not what they seem.

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