It was granted to [the beast] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. Revelation 13:7
Before the birth of mass communication, the digital age, and the Internet, people wondered whether it would be possible for one person, the Antichrist, to gain ascendancy and power over the whole world. But today, the possibility does not seem so remote. We hear increasing calls for world leadership.
Bible prophecy foretells a time when a “beast” or king will arise in the latter days and literally rule the world during the seven-year Great Tribulation until he is subdued by the returning King of kings, Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:19). Four times, the apostle John uses the word “Antichrist” to describe the one who is coming in opposition to (“anti”) Christ. Christians need to be aware of cultural and geo-political trends that suggest the need for a universal monarch or government. Even though the Rapture will ensure Christians are protected from the Antichrist’s fiercest actions, there are likely to be “birth pangs” leading to his appearing.
Anyone who sets himself up in the place of Christ has “the spirit of the Antichrist” (1 John 4:3) and must be resisted.
If Christ is Lord of all, Christians must recapture their sense of moral outrage. Charles Colson