SEAT OF ANTICHRIST.
dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”—Rev. 13: 2.
this we have said that there have been already many antichrists, but that
there is to be in the future the final Antichrist.
In this chapter let us note some things concerning the “seat” of
the final Antichrist.
The first thought is, Antichrist will have a “seat” (Greek,
“throne or kingly power”). Hence,
we are bound to say that he will sit on a throne as a king.
The fact that the word “throne” is mentioned together with “power
and authority,” shows that the “seat” itself will be of special
significance. Assyria was the
second head of Antichrist, and the predominating characteristics of her
religion were sculpture, architecture, and painting.
It is said that Sennacherib, the most renowned of all the Assyrian
kings, made Nineveh, his royal city, to shine like the sun.
The proud monarchs of the world have saved no expenses in making their
thrones beautiful. The throne of
Antichrist will exceed in costly adornments, in beauty, and in matchless
splendor any throne ever erected upon earth before.
The inclination, already in men’s hearts to worship architecture,
will be intensified by the grandeur of this throne.
It will so eclipse, in beauty, everything else in the world, that men
everywhere will be supernaturally drawn towards it.
Thus the very seat of Antichrist is significant, and works a
supernatural influence upon the world.
However, the mere “seat”, of Antichrist is not all there is in
connection with his seat. “The
Dragon gave him his power.” This
word “power” is found in Matt. 11: 20; Acts 8: 13; 2 Cor. 12: less, in
which verses it is translated “mighty works,”
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and “mighty deeds,” respectively; and from this we may learn that
miracle‑working power is meant. Paul
says of Antichrist: “His coming is after the working of Satan with all power
and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish.”—2 Thes. 2: 9, 10.
Of the “false prophet,” who works in connection with Antichrist, it
is said: “He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from
heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the
earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of
the beast. . . . . He had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that
the image of the beast should speak.”—Rev. 13: 13‑15.
The power of Antichrist to work miracles, together with his magnificent
throne, will make him an exceedingly attractive, fascinating, and bewitching
person. John says, “All the
world wondered after (admired) the beast.”—Rev. 13: 3.
He will charm men as serpents charm their prey.
Men will not flee from him in terror, but will love him, and will
delight and glory in him as the hero of the ages.
The “power” of Antichrist will make him the idol of the world.
What has been said is not all there is to be said in this connection.
Antichrist will have world‑wide authority.
“The Dragon gave him great authority.”
All rulers will gladly yield him their seats, and give him their
dominions; and all the nations will recognize him as the king of the whole
world. “Power was given him
over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”—Rev. 13: 7.
He will wield a world‑wide sceptre.
Another thing about Antichrist to which I must call your attention is,
that he will be the world‑power in its consummation—the whole sum of
it from beginning to end in one person, as it will be in the very last days of
its existence. The duration of
his reign is explicitly given, and when it ends (Rev. 19: 20), all of this
world’s kings, armies, and administration are gone forever.
He is, therefore, the consummation of the political sovereignties of
this world, in the last months of its existence.
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beasts were the successive empires of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome (Dan.
7); but the lion, the bear, the leopard, and the terrible ten‑horned
beast, each distinct there, are all united in one in Rev. 13: 1, 2.
All the characteristics of the seven heads of which we have spoken in
previous chapters are united in the final Antichrist.
He is, therefore, the embodiment and consummation of the political
dominions of the world, as it presents itself at the final outcome.
Antichrist claims homage from man.
He will be the consummate antagonist and supplanter of everything
that is good. John saw him as
having “upon his heads the names of blasphemy.”
“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and
blasphemies. . . . . And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to
blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in
heaven.”—Rev. 13: 1, 5, 6. Daniel
says of him: “He shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god,
and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods.”—Dan. 11: 36.
Paul says: “He opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called
God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
showing himself that he is God.”—2 Thes. 2: 4.
He claims to be the only God. Hence,
he is a greater persecutor of all Jehovah’s children.
It is stated: “It was given unto him to make war with the saints, and
to overcome them.”—Rev. 13: 7. In
the first six heads of Antichrist the deification of the kings, and the
claiming and giving of divine honors to them was a part of the common religion
of the state. It was especially
so with the Emperor of Rome. There
were divine titles and honors given to Julius Caesar while he lived, and
temples erected to his honor after he was dead.
There can be no question of the profession of Deity in the case of all
the great sovereign powers from the beginning on.
For a human to claim the title of Deity is blasphemy; and all the great
sovereign heads have worn the names of blasphemy.
What the antichrists of the ages have done the final Antichrist will
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result will be: “All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose
names are not written in the book of life.”— Rev. 13: 8.
Thus we see that Antichrist will claim divine honors, and will be
source from which he receives his extraordinary character and kingdom is
clearly indicated. “The Dragon
(the devil) gave him his power, etc.” When
Christ was on earth, the devil one day showed Him all the kingdoms of the
world and the glory of them, and said unto Him, “All these things will I
give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
Jesus rejected his offer; but Satan at last finds one who accepts it.
Antichrist will worship the devil, and will cause all under him to
worship the devil. In return he
receives what was offered to Jesus. Satan
will make over the infernal kingdom into his hands, and place him into the
sovereignty of this world as his great viceregent.
Surely, then, he will be a very extraordinary person, endowed with all
the energy and power of the devil himself.
will rule as a tyrant. While
there will be ten kings that will rule with him for a while (Rev. 17:12), yet
he himself will make the laws and see that they are obeyed.
Daniel says that he will “change times and laws.” (Dan. 7: 25), and
“shall do according to his will. He
shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the
precious things.” (Dan. 11: 36, 43.) All
the commercial wealth of the world will be in his hands, and he will make very
strict laws concerning buying and selling.
The facts are, he will have absolute control of all the provisions,
establishments, moneys, etc., of the whole world, and will do according to his
next thought is the time of his appearing, and the duration of his reign.
The final Antichrist will not appear until the Bride of Christ has been
caught away, and The Great Tribulation has begun.
Paul says: “The mystery of inquity doth already work: only he who now
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The revelation of Antichrist) will hinder, until he be taken (Greek,
born) out of the way.”—2 Thes. 2: 7.
It is the Bride that is born out of the way, after which birth the Antichrist
will be revealed. He does not
appear, however, until much of The Tribulation is over.
We first read of him in Rev. 11: 7.
According to Dan. 9: 27, he will continue on earth for seven years.
“He shall confirm a covenant with many for one seven.” (R. Text.)
Taking this “one seven” in connection with Dan. 9: 2,
24‑27, we can clearly see that it means seven years.
In the middle of the seven years he shall break the covenant he has
made with many (Dan. 9:27), and shall become king of the whole world.
His reign will continue forty-two months, or exactly three and
one‑half years. So
Antichrist will appear seven years before The Great Tribulation closes, the
last half of which time he will reign as king of the whole world.
It may seem strange to some how that any person, however influential,
could in so short a time build such a vast empire.
The fact is, however, that when Antichrist shall come he will find his
kingdom already established, and his royal city to a great extent already
built. We have before shown that
the seventh head is now developing. Before
Antichrist himself appears all trusts, combines, corporations, labor unions,
secret orders, organizations of false religions, etc., will have combined
their treasures, means, and labors, and will have built a city as one grand
commercial and ecclesiastical center. The
wealth of the world will be in the hands of a few men, and every government on
earth will have to submit to the dictates of these few.
Such a state of affairs will naturally give demand for some one
person of unusual ability to take charge of everything.
The moneyed men will be seeking for such a man.
Under such circumstances, and in the midst of world‑wide
expectancy for just such a man, Antichrist makes his appearance.
Within three and one‑half years’ time he has canvassed
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whole world, and almost all men unite in making him their king and common
What and where will be the great and final commercial centre and royal
city of Antichrist? To the Word
we go. In Zech. 5: 5‑11, we
have a picture of the world’s symbol of commerce.
The complete fulfilment of this prophecy is placed in the time of
“the curse” (Zech. 5: 3), that is, in time of The Great Tribulation.
“This is their resemblance through all the earth,” that is, this is
their symbol in the day in which this prophecy is fulfilled.
It is nearing its full development now, and it will be finally
accomplished in The Tribulations. The
ephah, the dry measure, and the weight of lead are necessities in every
commercial establishment. Woman
is always a type of the church: a pure woman, a type of the pure church, and a
wicked woman, a type of the false church.
In this prophecy the wicked woman is cast into the midst of the ephah,
and the weight of lead cast upon the mouth thereof—a prophecy of the
complete union of the false church with the commercial world.
Two other women with stork wings bear away the union.
Zechariah said to the angel: “Whither do these bear the ephah?”
The angel replied: “To build it an house in the land of Shinar; and
it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.”
It was into the land of Shinar that Nimrod first marched, there he
began his kingdom, and there he laid the foundation of Babylon.
It is in the land of Shinar that the final commercial centre is to be
established, and there set up upon her own base.
Yea, in connection with the reign of Antichrist Babylon comes into
view again. We first see her in
“Mystery” (Rev. 17: 5), as the system of all false worship; but that the
real material city of Babylon is finally built can not be denied.
“The woman which thou sawest is that great CITY, which reigneth over
the kings of the earth.”—Rev 17: 18.
Thus, according to Zechariah’s prophecy and other Scriptures,
we learn that Babylon, in the land of Shinar, is to
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that final commercial and religious centre, and the royal “seat” of
That many will reject the idea of the literal City of Babylon being
rebuilt, I am aware. They tell us
that God said He would overthrow Babylon as He did the cities of Sodom and
Gomorrah. (Isa. 13: 19.)
Exactly so; but those who use this Scripture against our position
forget that God places this overthrow in “the day of the Lord” (Isa. 13:
6), and that this argument really strengthens our position, for Babylon has
never yet been destroyed as were Sodom and Gomorrah.
So in order for this, as well as many other Scriptures to be fulfilled,
the literal material city of Babylon will have to be restored.
We say that Babylon will be rebuilt.
The “seat” of Antichrist will be a magnificent one.
His Royal city will be Babylon. Before
he appears, this city will become the commercial and religious centre of the
world. He appears seven years before The Great Tribulation closes, during
the last half of which time he reigns over all nations as an absolute despot.
He exalts himself above all that is called God, and solicits
homage from all men. He will be
the final embodiment and consummation of all the sovereignties of this world.
He will deceive all nations by means of miracle‑working power.
The devil is the one from whom he receives all of his authority, and
his power, and his seat.