The Antichrist will rise to power as a little horn, wax exceedingly great, and take over the world (Dan.7:8; 8:9; Rev.13:7-8).
One of the greatest misconceptions in Bible prophecy is the belief that the Antichrist and his sidekick, the False Prophet, will be people of an unmistakable evil nature.
Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the eighth in a succession of twenty-six kings who ruled from 175—164 BC over the Syrian section of Alexander’s empire.
Revelation chapter 13 introduces us to two beasts. The first beast is the Antichrist and he will rise up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1); a symbol in the book of Revelation for peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues (Revelation 17:15).
Israel was sub-servant to the power of the Roman empire and their hopes were pinned on the Laws given to Moses and could not see past the rituals that shadowed the coming Messiah.