O ver the years much speculation has risen as to the identity of this personage.
He is thought to have been Nero, Antiochus Epiphanes IV, Kaiser Wilhelm, Mussolini, Hitler, the Pope; even Henry Kissinger; and the latest, Prince Charles!
The greatest and most powerful qualification is either ignored or rejected.
You see, the antichrist will be the devil in human flesh: just as surely as Jesus was God manifest in the flesh.
This can not happen until Satan is cast out of heaven! And this takes place at the beginning of the great tribulation period, the last three and a half years of time immediately prior to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then how is it possible for him to sign a covenant (peace treaty) with the Jews for seven years?