The Scriptures foretold in the days of Daniel (app. 539 BC), of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and of the coming of the Messiah and His death, and the destruction of Jerusalem and the sanctuary. It was also clearly shown that the people that would destroy Jerusalem would be the same people from which the Antichrist would come forth.
Eventually, the Roman Empire passed and faded into history around the fifth century.
Many other empires have since come and gone. Then, in 1948, the beginning of what has been called a revived Roman Empire began to take shape. Certain countries in Europe began to unite. It later became known as the European Common Market, and then the European Economic Community (or EEC), and then the European community (or EC), and then the European Union (or EU). Many treaties were initiated as the organization evolved. The power, size, and influence of this union continued to grow, as more and more nations became part of it. It also initiated its own currency called the euro. Its influence became worldwide.
Then the Rapture came. The spirit of lawlessness was unleashed, the Antichrist came forth, and sin began to explode as never before.
He was the son of Satan and had the power of Satan.
This man of sin had superhuman intelligence and the wisdom of his father, Satan.
He spoke great things. It was written: 2 Th 2:9-EVEN HIM, WHOSE COMING IS AFTER THE WORKING OF SATAN WITH ALL POWER AND SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS.
He came forth from the revived Roman Empire, because of what was written in Dan 9:26.
He HAD A BOW. It may be noted that no arrows were mentioned. He had a method of conquering, but not using war. He conquered by peace. He conquered with words. This was a diplomat, of sorts. This was the most ruthless, evil man that had ever existed.
AND HE WENT FORTH CONQUERING, AND TO CONQUER (he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest‐NIV)‐Rev 6:2.
His ultimate goal was to make people believe he was God and to rule the world.
He quickly became the dominant figure in Europe.
The Antichrist was an extremely proud, boastful, intimidating, and imposing person. He was different from the others, after all, he was the son of Satan.
He (the Antichrist) came forth or arose after the ten kings, rulers, or representatives of what we call the revived Roman Empire. He came up from among them.
The Scriptures describe such an empire in Rev chapters 17 and 18, which fits the united Europe perfectly.
None could stand against him without consequences. If they tried, their future could be very unsatisfactory.
He begin to initiate his plan to rule in Europe, but he was met with some opposition.
At the time he was taking over the united Europe, three of the first rulers (or kings, or representatives of nations) opposed him.
They were plucked up by the roots, and subdued and fell‐Dan 7:8,23,24. Their authority was removed, however their lives were prolonged for a year and a half. By peace, he destroyed many‐Dan 8:25.
He spoke great words. His contenance was more intimidating than the others.
There were ten kings (or rulers) that had not yet received a kingdom and had not yet begun to rule, but received authority as kings for one hour with the Antichrist. They handed over their power or authority to the Antichrist‐Rev 17:13. He became its leader.
What had been the reorganized European Union now underwent major changes.
The man of sin had prevailed
In its final form, this empire consisted of two parts, or as referred to in Daniel—two legs and two feet, the eastern and western.
Each had five toes (or 5 kings), thus a total of ten. However, these did not cleave to each other, even as clay and iron do not mix. Neither did supernatural beings of the darkness mix well with humans. Thus, it was partly strong and partly weak, partly united and partly divided. This became the fourth and last kingdom before Jesus returned. A one‐world, united economic system was put into place. This last kingdom was dreadfully strong and would rule over all the earth and split it up into pieces.