This article is a kerygmatic commentary on Rev. 13, 1—18. The Dragon and the mystical number 666 represent the Antichrist as the head of the World State. The godless power of the Roman Empire has been the anticipation of the coming Antichrist. In all the fighters against God the author sees Nero redivivus, but the last one, the real Antichrist will concentrate all demonic powers in his person. However, his totalitarian rule will not last long (1 John 3,8).
The satanic power is at work diachronically throughout the ages. But the last one, the „Son of Perdition” is easily to be recognized by those who seriously take his description presented in the Book of Relevation.