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Revelation of John 17:8
The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
There are some who think this may refer ro Alexander thw Great. The story goes that as Alexander approached Jerusalem, the High Priest came out to meet him. He said "look here, you are mentioned in our scriptures" -
After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
They say that it corresponds to this verse -
Revelations 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
They say that he is to come back from hell so that all people know that he was, he died, and he returned, thus proving he has incredible power. IF it is Alexander, then that makes some sense because we have statues of him and people will be able to tell he at least looks like the statues and busts of a famous leader. It is also known that Alexander was a TYRANT.
Interesting. I have never heard that one, but one thing that take on AntiChrist is forgetting are all the other instances of 'antichrists', specifically, the in the book of Daniel (c.8) and Ezekiel, but also the other prophetic books.