The Kingdom of the Beast
As a final warning of coming wrath, God will allow Satan to reign for a brief period of
“For then there will great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of
the world, until this time nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21. At the end of this age, for
a brief time, God will allow Satan to reign, on earth. He will reign through a man usually
referred to as the antichrist, although in the Bible he is also given a number of other
names. Revelation chapter 13 calls him the beast and describes his reign.
Jesus went on to say of this time, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh
would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:22
This time of distress will be the final warning that God is about to pour out His
wrath on a rebellious world. Three warnings of coming wrath, each brought by an
angel, are found in Revelation chapter 14. In the last two editions of Sword I have
written about the first two warnings. First is a call to worship God the Creator and then
a warning that Babylon the kingdom of this world will soon fall. The final warning before
the outpouring of wrath is the kingdom of the beast. Satan’s kingdom will follow the
rejection of God as Creator and the destruction of the kingdom of this world.