The book of Revelation predicts that before Jesus‘ return a world dictator known as the Antichrist will rise to power and rule for seven years. He will abolish all religions and insist that the world worship him. He and his chief minister, whom the book of Revelation refers to as the “false prophet,” will also institute the “mark of the Beast” in an effort to exercise total economic and political control.
Often when I talk with someone about current events, the conversation turns to the Endtime and the rise to power of the would-be world dictator known as the Antichrist. That’s because the news often contains reports of happenings that Jesus said would be signs of His soon return, such as those listed in Matthew chapter 24. We also know that Jesus’ return will be immediately preceded by the seven-year rule of the Antichrist; therefore it can’t be long before the Antichrist arises.