7 And [kai] it was given [didomi] unto him [autos] to make [poieo] war [polemos] with [meta] the saints, [hagios] and [kai] to overcome [nikao] them: [autos] and [kai] power [exousia] was given [didomi] him [autos] over [epi] all [pas] kindreds, [phule] and [kai] tongues, [glossa] and [kai] nations. [ethnos] KJV-Interlinear
7 And it
was 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. NASB
The tantrum child like
behavior or telling lies about God, which we have already seen, will escalate
into violence on an unprecedented scale.
The anti-christ will be
able to do only that which God allows him to do.
Of his own accord, the
anti-christ really has no power to speak of, let alone influence over much of
Likewise, on an
unprecedented scale, people will believe in Christ and that will cause Satan,
through the anti-christ to become unglued.
His accusations against
God, from the prior verse, will have no impact on preventing people from
believing in Christ. On the contrary, people will believe in droves, instead.
Thus the escalation into
violence, and this escalation of violence will in turn bring even more people
God does not let evil
run rampant unless there is good reason. On one respect evil has to burn itself
out, and in another case, a great deal of good comes out of the tantrum of evil.
The anti-christ, out of
frustration and hate, will rally the entire world, all people, languages, and nations,
against believers, and attempt to murder everyone he can. And he will succeed.
God allows his success
so that this prophecy will come true, because it is going to happen, and to
allow people to recognize that Christ is indeed Lord and Savior.
So although many will
die, many will be saved. Most of those people who will be saved would not have
been saved, if this event did not occur. Eternal life is far better than
eternal condemnation, regardless of the results of life in this life. All
things work together for good.