Revelation 6. I looked, and there was a white horse. Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown. He rode out as a conqueror to conquer.
My Theory about his rise to power.
The Rise Of The Antichrist. A few years ago I was discussing this subject with a few Christian friends and I told them of a theory I have about the Antichrist and the mechanisms that are already in place today that will usher in his rise to power rather quickly once the church is removed. It is my personal opinion that today a group or sphere of the most wealthiest people exists that have direct control over every facet of the worlds economy.
He Who Has the Gold Makes the Rules.
According to an article by the International Business Times dated January 19, 2015. The richest one percent of the world’s population will have more wealth than the remaining 99 percent by next year, charity group Oxfam said. The report, which warns of a widening gap between the world’s richest and the rest, comes ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
According to the research paper by Oxfam, titled “Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More,” the share of global wealth owned by the richest one percent has increased from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014 — a trend that will eventually lead to the richest owning over 50 percent of wealth by 2016. Moreover, the study found that the richest 80 people in the world now own the same amount of wealth as the bottom 50 percent of the population.
3.5 billion people share between them the same amount of wealth as that of these extremely wealthy 80 people … In 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population; by 2014, the figure had fallen to just 80 billionaires,” Oxfam said, in the study. In absolute terms, this means that the richest 80 people — 0.000001 percent of the world’s population — currently have a collective wealth of $1.9 trillion, an increase of $600 billion since 2010.
See how the number of billionaires has changed in only four years according to the study above, where once 388 billionaires equaled the wealth of the bottom half of the population, and as of 2014, the number drops dramatically to only 80 billionaires, this means that the richest one percent of the world’s population will have more wealth than the remaining 99%. This is alarming, and to me personally backs up my theory about an unknown entity that controls the worlds economy.
UPDATE: January 9th, 2017, Oxfam released a new study stating “Eight men own as much — as half of all humans!”
Oxfam used Forbes’ billionaires list that was last published in March 2016 to make its headline claim. According to the Forbes list, Microsoft founder Gates is the richest individual with a net worth of $75 billion. The others, in order of ranking, are Amancio Ortega, the Spanish founder of fashion house Inditex, financier Warren Buffett, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim Helu, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.
In the Oxfam study in 2014 they concluded that only 80 billionaire are worth more than the bottom halp of the worlds population, we see from their newest study the number of billionaires (8) now posses as much money as the bottom half of the worlds population.
Will the Antichrist be wealthy?
Althought the bible isn’t specific whether the antichrist will be wealthy or represent great wealth, in my mind it’s not too difficult to base my opinion on several factors.
When the Antichrist arrives, (in a post-rapture enviroment,) he will immediately see that the world is in dire straits emotionally, spiritually, and economically, and he will quickly take advantage of it. I believe that, for the most part, this man may be a leader or one of the leaders of this wealthy entity, and may indeed posses great wealth himself.
You can’t take millions of people off the planet and not have it affect the economy. One way to help a hurting world is to shore up economies around the world, and since this entity may control the majority of the worlds wealth, then we can only conclude that a new economic system will quickly develop.
The First Task of the Antichrist.
In order to begin his rise to power, his first task will have to be gaining enough credibility among the world’s leaders first, and the rest of the population second, so in order to achieve credibility among the leaders the Antichrist must either (personally) possess enough resources to follow through on his many promises, or be the representative of great wealth, otherwise the world’s leaders and the rest of the population will have a hard time trusting this man.
Credibility is everything, this obviously works since ten nations, (Kings) will hand over their authority directly to him. We now can see that the Antichrist will posses economic, political and military power, enough to begin taking over the world. What that system will turn out to be is unknown, but whatever it may be, it will be brilliant, so brilliant that 10 nations immediately sign on, just as scripture declares.
I also have another part of this theory that makes sense, too me at least. Whatever kind of new economic system is devised, it may require a forgiveness of all debt by everyone, including governments, corporations, banks, etc, in favor of a new system which will wipe out every vestige of how the world once worked, financially, in favor of a new system that may put everyone on the same level, including the wealthy. It may also produce a new form of currency. If something like this, in whatever shape of form could occur, wouldn’t he quickly become the most popular man on the planet???
It may be that a contract of sorts is drawn up, reeling in the 10 most wealthiest and powerful nations under his direct control, remember, scripture states under his new administration will include ten nations, scripture describes them as Ten Kings. See Daniel 7:23-25.
We know from specific scripture that the Antichrists presents Israel with a covenant that Israel must sign before the tribulation period begins. The content of such a covenant in unknown and more that implies a present day contract.
The Ten Nations. An Agreement?
Why Ten Kings? What do these nations have in common? The Antichrist will pick ten nations that posses at least two standout attributes.
First, they will no doubt be the wealthiest nations left (in a post-rapture environment.) These are the nations that basically run the world, financially. And second, they may also posses the bulk of the worlds military strength and assets. See Revelation 6:3-4. Think about it, scripture clearly states that the Antichrist will be given great authority and will posses the skills to begin his rise to power. So why not stabilize the world with a new economic system that could benefit everyone, creating a massive allegiance from the population, and second, incorporate into his new administration the ten most powerful nations that could oppose him, militarily. This way he will control a new world economy and also control the ten nations that posses the bulk of the planets military assets. Again, like the covenant mentioned above, in order for these 10 nations to sign on and become Kings as scripture declares, this implies that some kind of contract must be drafted
I theorized that some sort of contract may be drawn up and presented to the nations that will eventually establish a one world government and economy. I did some research into contract law, it is very complex, so I’ll spare you the boring details. This contract the Antichrist may draft could have specific ambiguities (ambiguous contract.) He may also use a similar tactic in getting Israel to sign a covenant which will begin the seven year tribulation period.
I went to Wikipedia for some background info and typed in the keyword, “ambiguity in a contract.” I have highlighted specific points that support my theory.
“Contract proferentem (Latin: “against [the] offeror”), also known as “interpretation against the draftsman”, is a doctrine of contractual interpretation providing that, where a promise, agreement or term is ambiguous, the preferred meaning should be the one that works against the interests of the party who provided the wording. “The doctrine is often applied to situations involving standardized contracts or where the parties are of unequal bargaining power,.”
The reasoning behind this rule is to encourage the drafter of a contract to be as clear and explicit as possible and to take into account as many foreseeable situations as it can.
The court perceives such contracts to be the product of bargaining between parties in unfair or uneven positions. To mitigate this perceived unfairness, legal systems apply the doctrine of contra proferentem; giving the benefit of any doubt in favor of the party upon whom the contract was foisted. Some courts when seeking a particular result will use contra proferentem to take a strict approach against insurers and other powerful contracting parties and go so far as to interpret terms of the contract in favor of the other party.”
Contra proferentem also places the cost of losses on the party who was in the best position to avoid the harm. “This is generally the person who drafted the contract.”
The legal principle is, ambiguity in a contract benefits the party that did not draft it.
What the above sentence means (ambiguity in a contract,) is that his new economic policies will greatly benefit those who agree to it, but also means that the sole responsibility in keeping to the terms of the contract rests on the Antichrist shoulders alone.
The above statement seems to fit into the Antichrists plan of ensuring equal footing for all parties that could benefit from the creation of a new government/economic order. We know from scripture that 10 nations are enticed enough to agree to his terms.
In order for the new system to gain acceptance among the ten nations, the Antichrist will have to hold up his end of the contract. What he will have to do is gain a high level of credibility first among the nations leaders, and then gain the trust among the population, along with his flamboyant attributes could be his promise to keep governments and corporations afloat. In order to perform a monumental task of this magnitude he will either have to be extremely wealthy, or represent great wealth. The rapture will significantly impact the population. Industries and services will be severely impacted by the loss of so many people. What he may do is begin gobbling up corporations around the world, most may be on the verge of failure at this point, (post rapture) this is a hook to help him gain creditably which will foster a higher level of trust, further ensuring that his new plan will be accepted.
Each of the ten nations, (Kings,) will have to compromise something in order to gain an equal footing among the other nations that make up the Ten King rulership of the Antichrist.
We have learned so far that when the Antichrist comes onto the scene, he will work to gain the trust and set up a new world government and new economy. His government will eventually resemble the former Roman Empire as scripture foretells.
The Revived Roman Empire.
If you’ve studied end-times prophecy and or the former Roman Empire, you may have seen several elements that coincide with the Antichrist’s rule throughout the seven year tribulation period.
“And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation.” Revelation 13:7.
Revelation 13:8. “And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast.”
Revelation 13:4. “They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they worshiped the beast.” Roman Emperors were worshiped and statues were created in their images.
“He required everyone – great and small, rich and poor, slave and free – to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.” Revelation 13:16-17.
Who Is He And Where Does He Come From?
There is much debate around this question. “Daniel 9:26 refers to (the Antichrist,) as the ruler of the people that will come, that he will be of the royal lineage of the race that destroyed Jerusalem. The Roman army, led by the future Emperor Titus, with Tiberius Julius Alexander as his second-in-command, besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem, which had been occupied by its Jewish defenders in AD 66. The siege ended with the sacking of the city and the destruction of its famous Second Temple.
The Antichrist will be from a Royal Roman lineage. But it doesn’t specify which country he will come from.
At its height, the Roman Empire included today’s countries and territories: most of Europe (England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Gibraltar, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine), coastal northern Africa (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt), the Balkans (Albania.)
Daniel 7:8. “He will rise from obscurity… a “little horn.” The Dictionary defines obscurity as “the state of being unknown, inconspicuous, or unimportant.” The world will have no idea who this man is when he arrives on to the scene. They will probably marvel that such an unknown man could foster such authority so quickly.
“He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.”
The interesting part of the passage states, “he will have no desire of women.” Some speculate that the Antichrist will be homosexual, nothing could be further from the truth. Since he has no desire for women, this mean he has no desire for flesh at all, either male of female. Nor will he be asexual, “no desire for sexuality.” In fact, because he will exalt himself above all, he then shares in the same negative attribute that caused Lucifer to sin and betray God. Ezekiel 28:13. “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.”
Isaiah 14 reveals the fall of Lucifer from the heights of heaven, which resulted in his status as the fallen angel that he is today. Isaiah is seen speaking here in past tense, after Lucifer’s fall. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning… For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”
His sin was pride, in his beauty and wisdom which resulted in his desire to be worshiped which caused his fall. The Antichrist also suffers from the sin of pride and will demand to be worshiped. Revelation 13:16-17. It will be Satan who will be worshiped through the image of the Antichrist.
The Son Of Perdition.
The title “son of perdition” is used twice in the New Testament, first in John 17:12 and again in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The phrase simply means “man doomed to destruction” and is not reserved for any one individual. In fact, there are two people to which this title “son of perdition,” is applied. In context, John 17:12 is referring to Judas Iscariot, while 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is referring to the “man of lawlessness”—the Antichrist—who will appear in the end times before Christ’s return.
Years ago I read an interesting article, the author surmises that the Antichrist may indeed be the son of Satan, hence the phrase, “son of perdition.” Keep in mind, no angel, fallen or not can pro-create, however, according to scripture, fallen angels can indwell flesh who then pro-create producing off-spring. It’s happened before, see Genesis 14:5–7.
Is it possible for Satan to indwell a man who then impregnates a women which will produce a child that grows up to be the Antichrist? It’s interesting.
Understanding Specific Prophetic Time-Lines.
Since the date of the Rapture is unknown, once this great event takes place some believe that the world will be plunged directly into the seven year tribulation period, fortunately scripture declares otherwise.
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Once the church is removed we can only speculate at the amount of time that passes before Christ breaks the first seal. It could be, days, weeks or months or several years. And after he arrives and begins to take power, it could be a few years before he has enough power, (authority and credibility) to draft a contract, or as the passage above states, (a covenant,) with Israel. The above passage goes on to say, “a covenant with many.” Bible students and the so-called bible scholars have speculated over who, (the many,) mentioned in the passage are. Some believe this covenant will draw in other nations that participate, others believe “the many,” may refer to the 70 members, (priests,) that make up the temple administration. This will remain unknown until the covenant is presented, at least to Israel.
Allow the common sense of scripture to speak to your heart, whether you study prophecy or not, it is the Holy Spirit that will give you a more throughout understanding of God’s Great Word. John 1:1. Take care, and may God and Christ Bless you always.