Antichrist Ruler- His Kingdom- Coming Soon 06/21 by Revelation Hour | Blog Talk Radio
The Prophet Daniel, describes the rise of the World-ruler - one man also claiming to be a great 'messiah' - 'anti' = 'in place of' - Christ = 'Anti-christ'.Daniel 8:23, describes first, Antiochus Epiphanes, who in the time future to Daniel, but past to us, since he did fulfill the prophecy 160 years B.C. But In a double fulfillment, Daniel now foreshadows what the final False-messiah will be like! "A stern faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the Holy People."
[This probably means Gentile Christians, as Daniel did not say 'Jews' here.]
"He will cause deceit to prosper and he will consider himself to be superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand [rebellion] against the Prince of princes. [This will be during his first 3.5 years reign - as described clearly by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 - 12]