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7.8 The Beast becomes the Antichrist's world empire

The Beast becomes the Antichrist's world empire
In chapter 5 with illustrations, I clarify my understanding of the prophecies of the appearance of the Antichrist, his reign and his ultimate judgment.

Here, we fill in some facts from Daniel 7, and Revelation 13 and 17:

  • Humanity's last world empire is represented by a remarkable beast, who has inherited characteristics from all the previous empires. It thus has a leopard's body, a bear's feet and the great mouth of a lion. I interpret this to mean that it rapidly conquers and devours much flesh (that is, it quickly expands into new territories). In this manner, first a new European superpower will arise, including several states from the former Roman empire. (Dan.7:23-27)
  • The 7 heads of the Beast indicate that it carries a cultural heritage from all 7 earlier world empires. The fact that none of the heads has a crown signifies that none of these empires remains in power. The kingdom of the Beast develops first according to plan into a significant trading power. However, unexpected wars and crises with time seem to be able to bring forth an ever stronger unified military power. Somewhat later (Dan.7:24), 10 horns with 10 crowns appear on the Beast, which could mean that the leaders of several nations build a solidified inner core group.

The decisive battle, however, takes on a spiritual nature, and is not fought with human weapons.

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