Bible prophecy clearly shows that Jesus Christ will return to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth; it will be a literal world-ruling kingdom. This hope is so fundamental that Jesus instructed Christians to regularly pray, “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2). Prophecies throughout the Bible give many details about Christ’s return and conditions in the world leading up to that event.
The rise of this final world superpower is foretold primarily in the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. We will begin with what God revealed to the prophet Daniel in Old Testament times.
After years of decline, the Roman Empire indeed received a “deadly wound” in A.D. 476 when Rome’s Emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by Germanic tribes led by Odoacer. But that was not the end of the Roman Empire. As we will see, that “wound” was indeed healed, and the empire would rise again—and again and again through history.
In Revelation 17 this beast appears again, in another form, here linked with a powerful and influential church called a “great harlot” (verse 1). (To learn more, see “Europe: A New Superpower on the Rise.”) This fallen woman, representing a great false church, sits on “seven hills” (Revelation 17:9, NIV). Rome, of course, is famously known as “the City of Seven Hills”).
Charlemagne—Charles the Great—was crowned by Pope Leo III in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in A.D. 800. This act was indicative of the power and influence the Roman church would hold over the empire in future years, when emperors would receive the title Holy Roman emperor.
Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History refers to this time as the “Revival of the Roman Empire in the West” (p. 155), adding that “Charlemagne’s rule was a theocracy.”
If there is any doubt that the Roman Empire was very much alive through Charlemagne’s revival, he adopted as his official title, “Charles, the most serene Augustus, crowned by God, great and pacific emperor, governing the Roman Empire.”