We saw previously that the man called by many, the Antichrist, is not exactly the same man that many call the Beast, and which I usually call the Beast-man to distinguish him from the fourth kingdom which is also biblically called the beast. Let us look at Daniel chapter nine again.
“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
25 “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (NIV)
Look carefully at verse 26 and notice, ‘The people of the ruler that will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.’ We know from historical records that it was the Roman Empire that came and destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Temple therein. The Romans are the people here, and therefore the ‘ruler’ that will come and sign the seven-year treaty with Israel, will come from the descendants of the Roman people, that is to say, he does not come from the descendants of the Greeks, nor the Babylonians and not from the Media/Persian Empire. This is important because we are trying to establish the origin of the Antichrist and the Beast-man. From this passage we can correctly say that this ruler, that is, King or President or Prime Minister or whatever comes from the Roman people.
He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. (NIV)
The time of wrath to which this prophecy applies is the last 3 ½ years of the ‘tribulation’ spoken of in the book of Revelation. The ‘stern-faced king’ that is referred to above is the Beast-man. We know this because he does the same things that the Beast-man does elsewhere, and we are told that these things happen in the time of wrath. What I would like you to notice is that this passage very clearly says that the stern-faced king (AKA: the Beast-man) is from the third, that is, Greek kingdom. It says in verse 23 above, ‘In the latter part of their reign,’ notice it says their reign; their, as in from one of the four kingdoms that emerge from Alexander’s kingdom. So, the Beast-man comes from the third kingdom, but the man who is the ruler from the Roman Empire comes from the fourth kingdom.
We saw in a previous post that the man who signs the seven-year treaty appears to have been killed in Jerusalem but then the man that comes up out of the Abyss takes control. I don’t know exactly how this is going to work, but clearly the Scriptures tell us that it will. We know of demon possession, so possibly the Antichrist will be sort of ‘possessed’ by the spirit of the third-kingdom Beast-man, or, possibly the spirit of the Antichrist will have completely departed his body and the spirit of the Beast-man from the Abyss will occupy the Antichrist’s body. I don’t know exactly how this will work, but work it will do.
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. (NIV)
Are you astonished by this revelation? Don’t be. This passage says that those whose names are not written in the book of life will be astonished. You my friend will know about this before it happens so your astonishment will have passed. This is not talking about the supposed death of the Antichrist and his miraculous restoration. This is talking about the Beast-man, who once was alive on the earth, but at the time Revelation was written he was not living on the earth, but at the time of this passage’s fulfillment, he will once again be alive on the earth. This is pretty strange stuff; don’t you agree?
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. (NIV)
Do you have a mind of wisdom? If so, you will be able to see the meaning of this.
The Beast-kingdom has seven heads, that is, prominent rulers. These are the prominent rulers of the Roman Empire. At the time of the writing of the book of Revelation, this passage says, that five of the rulers have come to power and have died (fallen) and one is, that is, when John received this revelation one of the heads was then alive and was the sixth Caesar, but later a seventh ruler would come ‘but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.’ This is telling you that he will die before his time, that is, he will be killed in Jerusalem and the spirit of the Beast-man will come up out of the Abyss and occupy his body, or whatever.
Now verse 11 is very interesting too. The Beast-man that once was and now is not, that is, now he is in the Abyss waiting to come up, is an eighth king of the seven kinged kingdom. We were clearly told that this beast (kingdom) has seven heads, and yet we are told that the man from the Abyss is the eighth head. Notice the last part of the above passage, ‘He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.’ He was too evil for the third kingdom, that is, he was of the third kingdom but he belongs with the totally evil fourth kingdom. That is why he was taken from the earth and put into the Abyss and will be released at his appointed time.
This is all very strange, granted, but you must answer each and every one of each and every passage in the Bible. There is no doubt that the Bible shows us that there was an evil ruler that went to Hell and that he will come back as the Beast to lay waste the nations of the whole world.