Will The Man Anti-Christ RULE The Entire WORLD
Daniel 2:35 (KJV)
Likewise, as great as America has been, it has NOT, nor does it even now, rule the ENTIRE WORLD – influence YES, but rule NO. The very definition of a DICTATOR is an ‘absolute’ ruler, not merely an influencer. Many Bible students are herein misguided in their supposition that the Beast man AC will RULE a ONE WORLD SYSTEM as its Supreme Dictator.
However, Rev. 13:1-2 defines the CONFIGURATION of the Beast’s Kingdom – the 7th Head.
Revelation 13:1-2 (KJV)
Posted below is the strongest Scriptural argument many cite for the Beast’s absolute CONTROL (dictatorship) of the ENTIRE World. As such, I have taken the liberty of posting the prophecies of Dan. 2:39 and 7:23 directly below the cited Passage, regarding Rev. 13:7, for comparison. From the analysis of the three Scriptures, I ask humbly those who support a Global Dictator theory to PLEASE prove any supposition that the Roman Empire DEVOURED and BROKE IN PIECES the WHOLE (entire) Earth, or humbly accept the fact that these quoted Passages are written in the language of synecdoche – a 'figure of speech' that is CONTROLLED by corresponding Scriptural CONTEXT.
Revelation 13:7 (KJV)
Daniel 7:23 (KJV)
To this end, let us temporarily assume for the moment that we are actually living in the early pre-Christian period and the only prophecy we have with respect to the Kingdoms in question is Daniel’s…(I have posted both above and below the verses in direct relation to the Babylonian, Grecian and Roman Empires).
Therefore, after reading or hearing of these same Daniel prophecies we would have also most likely thought that these Empires (Babylon, Grecian and Roman) would have LITERALLY ruled the entire World as well. However, the reality is that they did NOT and history proves this. The prophecy of the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, declared that “wheresoever the children of men would dwell,” that Nebuchadnezzar would RULE (not merely influence) over them. As the map of the Babylonian Empire below illustrates, this was never the case. Thus, Nebuchadnezzar reigned ONLY within the boundaries of his Empire and as such, the statement, 'wheresoever the children of men would dwell, that Nebuchadnezzar would reign over them.' must be understand as a FIGURE of SPEECH - a linguistic synecdoche.
Moreover, like the Grecian and Roman Empires that were to later follow the Babylonian Empire, Babylon did NOT rule Persia, the vast majority of Africa, India, China, and the list goes on…see maps below.
Daniel 2:38 (KJV)
With respect to the Grecian Empire we see that it also was to RULE over the entire EARTH - likewise history records this is NOT the case. (see map)
Daniel 2:39 (KJV)
Daniel 2:40 (KJV)
The Roman Empire
Here are a few more examples of Biblical Synecdoche used in both the OT and NT - as any avid Bible Student will quickly recognize these Scriptural examples highlighted in red below, are not intended to be understood as literal, but rather Figures of Speech, hence, Synecdoche.
all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
1 Kings 10:24 (KJV)
24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
Luke 2:1 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
John 12:19 (KJV)
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
Going forward, the man Anti-Christ is the 11th Little Horn King of Dan. 7:8, and ONLY rules over the 10 HORN Kingdom(s) described by John in Rev. 13:1-2.
Thus, Rev. 13 itself limits the Kingdom of the Antichrist to the 10 Kingdoms that are yet to be formed inside the old Roman Empire territory (Dan. 7:23-24). The Beast only has 10 Horns, plainly teaching that a limited geographical area of the earth is to be under the RULE of the man Antichrist (Rev. 13:1; 17:12-17) during the Great Tribulation or also known as the Time of Jacob's Trouble.
Moreover, in Dan. 7:7-8, 23-24 we are given the definite location of the future 10 Kingdoms. They are to be inside (OUT OF), not outside the old Roman Empire territory. Therefore, America and many other lands and nations were never a part of the old Roman Empire, so they will not be a part of the 10 Kingdoms to be formed in the last days inside the 7th Beast Empire. Thus, NO country outside the 10 Kingdoms will be RULED by the dictator man Antichrist and NO Mark of the Beast will be forced upon anyone outside the Kingdom of Antichrist.
In Dan. 9:27; 11:40-45 Antichrist takes over Israel and many other countries, "but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon," which would be today's modern Jordan and Arabia. If these countries escape Antichrist, these being on the very border of Palestine which itself will not escape him, then it is easily conceivable that many countries across the vast world will also escape him.
Meanwhile, Scripture reveals that many in Israel will also escape the Antichrist arriving safely in the wilderness of Edom and Moab, where they are protected of God for 3 1/2 years, or during the time the whole world is allegedly taking the Mark of the Beast (The Sun-Clothed Woman).
In Dan. 11:44-45 it states that the countries North and East of the 10 Kingdoms under Antichrist will make war on him. These countries too, then, are not ruled by him and are not therefore forced to take the Mark either.
In Rev. 16:13-16 we have 3 Unclean Spirits like Frogs going forth working miracles through ambassadors thus seeking the cooperation of many nations to help Antichrist against Jesus Christ at Armageddon. These also will not have been conquered by him or be under his direct authority, or they would not have to be persuaded to help him at Armageddon. If the Antichrist ruled them and they loved him enough to worship him and take his Mark, such demonic ministries would be completely unnecessary.
In Rev. 13:4 we have proof that there are nations whom the Antichrist has not conquered. If ALL nations were under the DICTATORIAL RULE of the man Antichrist, it would be somewhat foolish to raise the question about, who can conquer him.
Therefore, what does Rev. 13:1-2 actually mean if it is not describing and defining the geographical Empire of the Beast…MOUTH of a Lion (Babylonian Empire), FEET of a Bear (Medo-Persian Empire), BODY of a Leopard (Grecian Empire) and the 10 Horns (KINGS) that will come OUT OF the former Roman Empire - which were all component fragments of former Empires. Where are all of the symbols of the other nations of the WORLD (China, India, the Americas, Southern Africa, etc.,) if they are submissive participants of the global phenomenon?
Thus, in order for those who support the misguided theology of a ONE WORLD SYSTEM ruled by the man Anti-Christ to have any creditability whatsoever, they must reconcile Dan. 7:23 and Dan. 2:39-39, which uses this very SAME type of Rev. 13:7 synecdoche language, with the FACTS of history that reveal by logical default, that these cited verses were ONLY prophetically intended as a figure of speech, and no more.
Moreover, they must also explain and recognize John’s LITERAL description of the Beast Kingdom in Rev. 13:1-2, where he takes great pains in explaining its configuration, while revealing the absence of ALL of the other nations of the world.
Revelation 13:7 (KJV)
In summary, what is unfortunately being promoted by many from the above Passage, is that there will be a One World Dictator, a One World Religious System, a One World Government, and a One World Monetary System…which in and of itself CANNOT be supported nor validated by Scripture.
However, sad to say, those who are so adamant about this theology, just simply choose to ignore ALL of the other relevant Scriptures of both Daniel, Revelations and clarifying CONTEXT, that clearly reveals that this is a synecdoche.
Meanwhile, there is a vast difference between DICTATORIALLY RULING over people(s) and that of INFLUENCING people(s).
Americans are indeed being INFLUENCED by Muslims and Islam (especially economically), but we are by no means, here in our homeland, being beheaded by them, nor being forced to observe their much beloved Sharia Law or worship their PAGAN god ALLAH.
As such, I am pleased to report that more and more individuals who are avid students of the Word and weighing the preponderance of its evidence, are coming to realize this so called mega monster is nothing more than hyperbole, in terms of its speculative GLOBAL DOMINION.