Jack Van Impe clears up some biblical distortion on who the anti-Christ really is. Biblical prophesy strongly suggests that the Ant-Christ will appear in our time because 'the tree long dead has bloomed again' (which refers to Israel's rebirth in 1948 as a nation some 1900+ years after God removed them from their land.
The mark of the beast will appear in the end times when the long prophesied global government comes into existence.
REV 13:1: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. " ; [This is the now developing European Union. - ED]
Rev 13:4 "And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? "
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.