Different Faces of the Antichrist
The Antichrist is a man similar to what we may see everyday. He is dangerously contemporary, and a mighty demagogue. The antichrist could be a young man with a strong personality and seductive power of speech and writing or an old man who resembles your loving grandfather. Christians are correct in their belief that Lucifer was cast out of Heaven and into Hell for attempting to rebel against God One must ask why God would then allow him to leave Hell and come to Earth and bring misfortune upon humanity. Satan is the personified concept of evil, and the jealous enemy of people. Satan is not in Hell and probably spends most of his time on earth, seeking to destroy the lives of human beings and to keep them separated from God. Which brings me to my collage which I named, “Different Faces of the Antichrist” and Stefan George’s poem, “The Antichrist”? My collage sheds brightness on certain detailed aspect of the poem with understanding the literacy and visual aspect of Stefan George’s poem. I present his poem with a sense of insight with downfall of misconceptions, followers of the antichrist and lastly understanding of why the Antichrist exists.
Every decision a person make everyday is questionable whether it is good or bad. A person still deals with consequences with the outcomes of decision making. In the poem “The Antichrist”, the speaker, which I believe is Satan, gives the reader the feeling that he isn’t as bad as one may make him to be and if you look at my collage, you’ll see Satan as a similar human being, who tries to fit in with society. His words are very convincing and confident, especially with the many things he mentions he has in common with Jesus Christ and what he can do for you if you became one of his followers. For instance in the first stanza, lines 1-3,
... born in Jamaica, but also now lives in Britain. The poem “Island Man” is about and for, “a Caribbean ... island, and so the locaton of the two poems is different. Also “Island Man” is written in a third person ... up”; this introduces the Caribbean man. He has no name throughout the poem, which makes it more generalised, and so appeals ...
“He comes from the mountain, he stands in the grove!
Our own eyes have seen it: the wine that he wove
From water, the coupes he wakens”. Satan describes resurrection, not resurrection of Jesus Christ, but of himself. My collage shows many faces of the Antichrist that resembles people we see everyday, therefore his resurrection may be a falsity, due to the fact that he is trying to disguise himself as Jesus Christ. There is no way of knowing who the Antichrist is, but your faith in Jesus Christ will show you the right path. In comparison to the poem, Stefan George describes the Antichrist as a person we have all seen before in the first stanza, line 2, “Our own eyes have seen it: the wine that he wove”. Both statements I made, justify that the Antichrist is everywhere and if you are vulnerable, you will see him and make the mistake of accepting him into your life. Hence, the photo of Jesus Christ and his demonic mirror image of himself in my collage! The difference between the two of them is that the one on the left has pointy ears and jagged long fingers, which signify a beastly look of the imitation of Christ and the Antichrist compares himself to the real Jesus Christ on the right to fool non-believers.
As the reader continues to read the poem and analyze my collage in contrast with the poem, one should notice the followers behind the Antichrist. In my collage a person can clearly see the sins one makes when their higher power is Satan (Hence the photo in the middle with the people having sex and drinking, ect).
The Antichrist sits up high over his followers who he feels are beneath him; therefore the photos show him as a giant and people as undersized bodies. As a follower of the Antichrist, you may become a beast on earth and do things that aren’t under Jesus Christ’s rule. In my collage, you see sex, and the acceptance of the antichrist birth, with photos of animals and faces of people with a lost soul. In comparison, George’s description of the Antichrist followers becomes “dense” or a “waste” of a human being, therefore their soul is nothing to him. Followers become somewhat of a slave or creature to their Satan. Humans in my collage are shown as the destruction similar to the Old Testament, demonstrating the negative acts and uncontrollable ways of life. George states the following in stanza 8, lines 22-24
... him. So he must use God's creation of people to 'win'; . Satan doesn't give up easily. The first thing that ... is. When you hear the word, Satan, you immediately think evil. In general, people look at Satan and that is all that runs ... for his intelligence. Many of the famous people in our past and present are intelligent. Satan is also a leader. He led ...
“Cheer louder, you dupes of the ambush of hell;
What’s left of life’s essence, you squander its spells
And only on doomsday feel paupered”. Therefore while reading the poem; you have a clear view of what a soul becomes after the acceptance of the Antichrist. My collage shows the destruction of the consequence where the earth would decipher and become a hell and the Antichrist becomes the ruler over all humanity. This, in the Antichrist mind, is his resurrection.
Relating back to my earlier question about the reason why the LORD would let Satan do such harmful things to society is told through both Stefan George’s poem and my collage. Satan seems to talk to non believers, people he feels aren’t “bright” or non believers of Christ because any strong person would be able to destroy Satan, and he knows that. Satan makes a statement in stanza 4, line 10, “I’ll do for you everything heaven can do”, meaning first, he is comparing himself to GOD, and this statement shows a great deal of jealousy and second, he is making the potential followers aware of an “heaven”, giving them a choice to which follower is best for them. Clearly he needs weak people in order to make him strong. In my collage, you see photos of angles killing the devil/antichrist, the trumpet, and the coming of Christ, which are symbols of destruction of Antichrist. We actually need Satan, so that we can continue to fight in the war he gives every believer of Jesus Christ. With his negativity surrounding us, humanity becomes stronger and bigger with each fight. Stefan George ended his poem with the Antichrist saying how he would destroy the world and the people will hear the silence of the trumpet in stanza 9 lines 25-27,
... soft and convey the sound of water very vividly. Rhyme: The rhyme of the poem is in the form ... of something soft and flowing, produces a soft low sound. The epithet “marble” that is used ... set of small bells, or objects that make ringing sounds. wind chimes bear (ACCEPT) verb to accept, ... of the Night” are filled with “sounds of sorrow and delight”. These two feelings would ...
“Then you’ll hang out your tongues, but the trough has been drained; You’ll panic like cattle whose farm is ablaze…
And dreadful the blast of the trumpet”.
In comparison to my piece of art, the trumpet indicates a sound of rejoicing, therefore the devil wants the sound suppressed. In King James Bible, the book of 1 Corinthians 15:52 stated, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”. This is the destruction of the Antichrist and all other demons as well. Satan knows what would happens if no one follows him, or in this case he hears the sound of the trumpet, which explains why towards the end of the poem, he starts venting and demanding to be ruler and telling his real identity.
In conclusion, without my collage, “Different Faces of the Antichrist” and Stefan George’s poem, “The Antichrist”, understanding the concept of the poem wouldn’t have been as easy as one may have thought. I took the poem and basically broke it down into photos I have developed for visualization purposes. We see the connection with understanding the Antichrist statements in reference to the bible, the downfall of humanity if we choose to follow him and finally the reason for the war against Satan.