The Antichrist by Arthur W. Pink
4. He will be a commercial genius
|And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand| (Dan.8:25). Under his regime everything will be nationalized, and none will be able to buy or sell without his permission (Rev.13:17). All commerce will be under his personal control, and this will be used for his own aggrandizement. The wealth of the world will be at his disposal. There are several scriptures which call attention to this. For example in Psa.52:7 we read, |Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches; and strengthened himself in his substance.| Again, in Dan.11:38 we are told, |But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces (Satan): and a god whom his fathers knew not shall be honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.| Even plainer is Dan.11:43, |But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt.| In the last verse of Dan.11 mention is made of his |palace.| He will be wealthier than Croesus. Ezak.28:4, 5 speaks of him thus, |With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches.| Thus will he be able to wield the sceptre of financial power and outdo Solomon in all his glory.