The Antichrist by Arthur W. Pink
3. He will be a political genius
He will emerge from obscurity, but by dint of his diplomatic skill he will win the admiration and compel the cooperation of the political world. In the early stages of his career he appears as |a little horn| (or power), but it is not long before he climbs the ladder of fame, and by means of brilliant statesmanship, ascends its topmost rung. Like the majority of politicians, he will not scruple to employ questionable methods; in fact it will be by diplomatic chicanery and intrigue that he will win his early successes. Dan.11:21 tells us that at first they will not give to him the honor of the kingdom, but |he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.| Once he gains the ascendancy none will dare to challenge his authority. Kings will be his pawns and princes his playthings.