The Willful King is none other than:
The Serpent’s Seed of Genesis 3:15
The Wicked Man of Psalm 10
The Assyrian of Isaiah 10:5, 12
The King of Babylon of Isaiah 14:4-20
The Oppressor and the Aggressor of Isaiah 16:4
The Little Horn of Daniel 7:8
The Profane King of Daniel 7:25-27
The Stern-faced King of Daniel 8:23-25
The Coming Prince of Daniel 9:26-27
The Worthless Shepherd of Zechariah 11:11-16
The One who comes in His Own Name of John 5:43
The Man of Lawlessness of 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8
The Antichrist of 1 John 2:18
The Beast of Revelation 13:18; 17:12-17; 19:19-21
First, as to the Willful King’s personality and genius:
He is a great orator and demagogue, Daniel 7:8.
He is a speaker with regal authority, Revelation 13:2.
He is a philosopher of distinction, who traffics in deception, Daniel 8:23.
He is a clever and persistent politician, Daniel 8:25.
He is a deceiver who will use the false religious system to gain power, Revelation 13:1-18.
He is a military genius, Daniel 7:8, 24; Revelation 6:1-2.
He is a man different from other men, Daniel 7:7, 19, 23; Revelation 13:4.
He is a highly intelligent man, Daniel 7:8.
He is a perfection of unholiness (“666”), Revelation 13:18.
He is a man who will look more imposing than other rulers, Daniel 7:20; Revelation 13:3-4; 17:8.
He is a last wonder of the world, Revelation 13:3-4.
Second, as to the moral character of the Willful King:
He is the personification of selfish ambition, Daniel 11:36-37.
He is an absolute dictator, Daniel 11:36.
He is a blasphemer extraordinaire, Daniel 11:36; Revelation 13:1, 5-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
He is the greatest antinomian (rejecting moral law), Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8.
He is a rejecter of religion, Daniel 11:37.
He is an egotist, who exalts and magnifies himself above every god, Daniel 11:38.
He is a materialist, Daniel 11:38.
He is a worshiper and financier of military power, Daniel 11:38.
He is a rewarder of those who acknowledge him, Daniel 11:38.
Third, as to the origin of the Willful King:
His economic origin is displayed in making prosperous the Revived Romans Empire, Revelation 17:1-5; 18:3.
His political origin is from the Revived Roman Empire, Daniel 2, 7-8.
His national origin is Roman, Daniel 9:26.
His racial origin is Jewish according to some, Daniel 11:37; John 5:43.
His spiritual origin is of Satan, Genesis 3:15; Revelation 13:2; 16:3.
His providential origin is of God, Daniel 8:2, 8; Revelation 6:1-8.
Fourth, as to the steps in the rise to power of the Willful King:
He will be the product of iniquity, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7-8.
He will have an inconspicuous beginning, Daniel 7:8; Revelation 6:1-2.
He will confirm a covenant with many, Daniel 9:27.
He will strengthen the Ten-Nation Confederacy, Revelation 7:8, 20, 24.
He will be the world power by the middle of the confirmed covenant, Revelation 17:12-13.
He will destroy the false religious system that helped him rise to power, Revelation 17:3, 16-17.
He will slay the Two Witnesses of God, Revelation 11:3-13.
He will persecute Israel and the Tribulation saints, Revelation 7:9, 14; 12:13-17.
Fifth, as to the Willful King’s rise to power, he will be aided by:
Chaotic world conditions, “Beginning of Birth Pains,” Mark 13:5-13
False religion, Revelation 17:1-5
Satanic deception, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10; Revelation 13:2
Divine permission and help, Psalm 75:6-7; Revelation 6:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2:11
Economic and military sanctions, Revelation 13:15-17
Men who worship him and blaspheme God, Revelation 13:8; 16:10-11
Military might, Revelation 13:4
Sixth, as to the end of the Willful King:
His campaign against the Lamb of God ends with the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 16:12-16; 17:4; 19:17-19.
His capture takes place along with that of the False Prophet, Revelation 19:20.
His spirit is cast into the depths of Sheol and his body will have no grave, Isaiah 14:9-10.
His body is cast alive into the Lake of Fire, Revelation 19:20.
His continuous and conscious torment will go on forever, Revelation 20:10.
The Antichrist comes on a white horse, imitating Christ and claiming to be Him (Revelation 6:2; Matthew 24:4-5; John 5:43; Daniel 9:27; 11:37).