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by Jacques More

There is a common view that places the Antichrist as a ruler of all the earth as we know it. His having influence upon all peoples everywhere alive. That is to say, when he appears. This is understandable in view of scriptures which at first glance seem to give us this idea:

. . . all the world marvelled and followed the beast.

Revelation 13:3

. . . And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue and nation. And all who dwell on the earth will worship him . . .

Revelation 13:7-8

Revelation and Daniel are the books which speak the most about this. Here is a mention of the 'kingdom rule' of the Antichrist displayed also as a beast.

. . . The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.

Daniel 7:23

As we see, 'all the world', 'the earth', 'the whole earth' are all phrases which give the idea of total rule.

This is an appreciation out of context however.

When we read of other rulers mentioned in similar terms we can see this apparent anomaly. Daniel wrote about king Nebuchadnezzar:

You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all . . .

Daniel 2:37-38

King Nebuchadnezzar did not rule all 'the children of men'. It was limited as I shall mention. But, the extent of his rule can also appear seen as great by the standard of the next kingdoms prophesied since they are said to be 'inferior':

But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.

Daniel 2:39

That 3rd kingdom is said to 'rule over all the earth'. And, as we saw above, the 4th 'kingdom' in which the Antichrist will eventually reign, is said to 'devour the whole earth'.

Does this mean the whole earth?
The belief that the Antichrist will rule the earth as we understand the earth now is based only on the present view that when we read 'the earth' this means the celestial ball we have as our home. The 'blue' third planet which revolves around the sun. But, the earth in the Bible books of prophecy which mention it in relation to the Antichrist's rule only meant 'the known world of the day'. A large portion of the earth's inhabited surface, yes, but not all of it. This can be seen by how same phrases were used in relation to other historical rulers. Scripture explains scripture. Out of context and with modern eyes it is easy to miss this.

Nebuchadnezzar and the 3rd kingdom after him of Alexander the Great as history shows involved the then known and inhabited world. They did not include the 'new world', the Americas. Nor did it encompass Australia nor the far East: China, Japan, etc. And yet as we saw, the term 'rule over all the earth' is used to describe Alexander's reign.

What else limits the idea of the whole earth as we now know it?
In relation to the Antichrist it is prophesied that,

. . . the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods . . . He shall enter the Glorious Land . . . But news from the east and the north shall trouble him . . .

Daniel 11:36, 41, 44

What is this news?
It is the news of nations rising up against him and making their way to his location to make war. The amount of those coming from the East will be so many that the river Euphrates will be stopped in order to make way for them:

. . . the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the East might be prepared.

Revelation 16:12

Wouldn't you be troubled if you knew how many were coming?

. . . at the great river Euphrates . . . the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million . . .

Revelation 9:14, 16

Now if there are nations able to rise up against the Antichrist and, as we saw the extent of his rule relates to the 'earth' of the day, as it was written - the known world then - it makes sense. We are informed the actual direct rule which he shall have will be as per the 4th kingdom in Daniel's vision. That of the Roman empire. A better prophetic term for this then is the 'Roman Earth'. The actual immediate area or country from which he will arise is also shown us. Basically, it is in the area of what is now Iraq. The area of old Assyria and where the old city Babylon is found. It is significant in spiritual terms that this is the first place recorded relating to mass rebellion against God at the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. And it is the place from which will arise the final pinnacle of rebellion - the Antichrist. See the recommended reading below.

His direct rule thereby will encompass all the 'kingdoms' within the geographical boundaries of the 'Roman Earth'. His influence however will go beyond that for it will be given him by Satan. We are told,

. . . And the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

Revelation 13:2

The dragon is shown us as Satan in Rev. 12:9 and the beast - the Antichrist shows up throughout prophecy as the great blasphemer:

. . . he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies . . .

Revelation 13:5

And since it is the Devil's power and authority that he yields it will consist of lies, intrigue, deceit and manipulation. Daniel's words are further illumination,

Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand . . . and shall intend to change times and law . . .

Daniel 8:25, 7:25

Further, the issue of currency appears to go beyond the area of his immediate geographical rule:

. . . he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Revelation 13:16-17

It is not clear-cut that this will affect all on the globe or mainly all in the 'Roman Earth', but it appears fairly universal. Perhaps not unlike the way different countries in Europe now have the Euro as a currency, but are still different countries with different taxes. So, the political reign may differ even if the means of exchange is the same. Thus, we have good pointers to the Antichrist's domain in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa directly (out of 10 'kingdoms' in the 'Roman Earth') and, areas of influence over the remainder of the globe indirectly.

For further reading I recommend my article Not for a few Centuries.

Ref. S.054

Unless otherwise stated Bible quotes are from the New King James Version.

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