I had an email discussion with a friend the other day about the possibility that the Antichrist will not rule about over the whole world, all nations and people. The first reaction was the following:
Please show me in the Word that the AC WON’T rule the whole world ?
Rev 13 It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
All who dwell on the earth will worship him everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
I just love to discuss the Word. My response was as follows:
I will try my best to show you why I have doubts about the Antichrist worldwide rule. I think it may be more regionally based with a worldwide influence. Consider the following verses:
Eze 32:4 “Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.”
In this verse, we would not say that every single animal all over the world is going to be eating the bodies of the fallen. It is impossible. 99.99% of the ‘beasts of the earth’ will be living elsewhere
Luk 2:1 “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.”
There was never a time when Caesar literally taxed all of the world.
1Ki 10:24 “And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.”
Another example of hyperbole to make a point. The entire literal earth did not seek after Solomon’s wisdom.
Dan 4:1 “Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.”
Nebuchadnezzar did not rule every single people and nation in the whole literal earth.
Rom 1:8 “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”
Obviously, we know that the faith of Christ was not spoken throughout the whole literal world at this time.
When John was baptizing in Matt. 3: 5-6, we see something similar happening. We read, “Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” This sounds as if every living soul in all of Judea, Jerusalem, and everyone in the region of Jordan were baptized by John. Where in reality it is a synecdoche letting us know that there was a very large number of people who were baptized by John. Judea is the whole Southern Kingdom of Israel, which at that time was Israel. We know for a fact that not everyone in Israel was baptized by John.
Obviously all doesn’t always mean literally all. Now the question remains; Will the AC rule over all/the whole world or just a part of the world. Is Rev 13 an exception to the rule? If the other examples in Scripture did not mean the literal earth/all/everyone, can we say that Rev 13 does mean a literal earth/all/everyone?
There is more, but I will leave you with this for now.
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