Well, ACTUALLY, the 'beast from the earth' might well be a pope. Large as it is, neither the RCC nor any poipe is popular enough to be "the" antichrist. Remember, the true AC will reject any & all religions as well as rejecting God & anything else worshipped as a god. He will proclaim himself to be God. The 'beast from the earth', a false prophet, will be his sidekick & 2nd in command.
You've got your interpretation wrong. The beast IS NOT a person. The anti-christ rises out of the beast. Read Revelation 13.
In the Bible, figures of animals ALWAYS represent nations, systems or organizations. Look it up. Do your homework. Hollywood got it wrong - as well as most TV preachers who only want your money.
For example, Revelation 13 mentions a beast rising out of the sea. Revelation 17 states that the textual representation of the sea means people.
Sea = people.
The beast, therefore, is an organization or system that arises out of a large number of people.
In Revelation 13 we read a description of a horn that arises out of the beast. The horn represents a person or office of the organization. Revelation also states the horn, or person, will speak blaspheme against God. Blaspheme means "to claim to be God." See the gospels. Jesus was hated by Jewish priests because He, Jesus, claimed to be equal to God.
"The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in heaven and earth.
" - Pope Pius V quoted in Barkley chapter XXVII page 218.
(see also: https://catholicpoint.blogspot.com/2012/10/pope-claiming-as-god.html
By the prophetic Word of God as well as the written word of the Catholic church itself, the anti-christ upon earth is identified as the Pope
Beware the conjuring of modern false prophets who always have one hand on the Bible and the other in someone else's pocket.
The Bible interprets itself. Read the book.
Revelation also further identifies the Pope as anti-Christ by describing a fatal head wound that is healed
On February 20, 1798 Pope Pius VI was arrested by troops under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Pope was imprisoned where he died and church property in Rome was seized by the French army. The fatal head wound of the anti-Christ described in Revelation 13:3 was thus fulfilled.
Revelation 13:3 also states the fatal head wound would be healed. In 1929 the Lateran Treaty, supported by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, returned 110 acres of real estate in Rome to the authority of the Pope thus creating the modern city-state known as Vatican City.
History fulfilled also identifies the Pope as anti-Christ. Google it. Read about it in the Bible. If this doesn't give you a chill, nothing will.
Historically, the Catholic church has been responsible for the death of more saints and Jews than ANY OTHER NATION including Nazi Germany. Over time the figure comes close to fifty million people.
And the Bible predicted it two thousand years ago.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft.....