If you’ve frequented this site enough, you know that I do not believe Scripture teaches a revived Roman Empire.
In a previous article, I took you through a quick tour of the six Biblical world empires and challenged you to identify the 7th in order to determine the geographic location of the final beast empire. In this article, I offer you another Scriptural clue to consider – John’s description of the final beast empire in Revelation 13:2. More than just a word picture, this helps us to determine the geographic location of the Antichrist’s empire.
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
[Revelation 13:2 NASB]
This final beast empire that John is describing is the same as Daniel’s 4th beast empire [Daniel 7:7]. We can decode the animal imagery in Revelation 13:2 to find the geographic location of this final empire by cross-referencing this passage with the one in the Book of Daniel.
Daniel 7:3-6 NASB “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.  “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.  “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’  “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
The empire like a lion is Babylon. The empire like a bear is Medo-Persia and the empire like a leopard is Greece. Why is this important? It’s important because John describes the final beast empire as being like these three… and Rome is not among them.
All of these kingdoms directly ruled over the Jewish people in the Middle East and we can expect the Antichrist’s Kingdom to do the same. Here’s a helpful map of the area John is describing with the modern-day names of the nations. According to Revelation 13:2, this is the area of the Antichrist’s kingdom:
Rome is not the revived kingdom. The only mention of Rome in biblical prophecy is in Revelation 17:10 as the kingdom that’s in power at the time of John’s writing. Remember, the passage titles that name Daniel’s 4th beast empire as Rome are uninspired and, I believe, based on an interpretation of Daniel 9:26 that is not historically accurate.
3 responses to “Revelation 13:2 Reveals the Geographic Location of the Antichrist’s Kingdom”
Finally someone who actually gets it. I find your way of reasoning very good, but the map could be made more accurate. To get a perfect picture of what territory the Antichrist will rule over, we need to dig deeper and look at what the borders of each of these three ancient empires looked like at the time of their last king. Why? Because in Daniel these beasts are described when they have almost reached their end: Babylon (wings of an eagle plucked out (Dan. 7:4)) and the Greek empire (4 heads = the division after Alexander’s death, Dan. 7:6). What we need, are three transparant maps of each of these empires at the time of their last ruler and lay them over each other. Then we are looking at an empire that encompasses much of North Africa, the entire Middle East and most of West Asia, at the border of India (the Greek empire ruled these territories).
Greetings from Belgium.
i like the idea of overlapping maps to get a potential outline. it’s something i have been meaning to do but haven’t got around to it.
Straight to the point and right on target! Keep up the good work in opening the eyes of the Saints in these last days!