By searching the scriptures, we can paint a mosaic of thepersonality of this end time figure. A troubled society producesthe atmosphere for a dictator, and his personality will draw mostof the people of the world to him. We are told in Daniel that hewill be a master of intrigue, he will succeed in whatever hedoes, he will be completely wicked and "stern-faced", and he willdestroy many: Daniel 8:23-25 - "In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power." However, it must be understood that when this man appears,he will not appear "stern-faced" at the beginning. He willappear the opposite - a man of peace, love, and concern for theworld. His emergence will be that of a benevolent dictator, withthe unity of mankind most likely being his theme. He will appearas the Savior who is promised or vaguely imagined in allconfessions and traditions, who will judge according to themeasure of worldly people. Everything about this great deceiverwill be so good, reasonable, and acceptable that one will have tohave very good reason and a lot of courage to remain calm andnegative about him against all public opinion and against awhirlwind of enthusiasm. He will be the epitome of deceptionand his machinations will not be realized by the world until hisreign is half completed. It is difficult to not compare him withHitler, another dictator of our time. When he first came topower, he so mesmerized the people of his time and country thatthey literally worshipped him. William Shirer, author of TheRise and Fall of the Third Reich wrote, "Today, as far as thevast majority of his fellow-countrymen are concerned, he (Hitler)has reached a pinnacle never before achieved by a German ruler.He has become - even before his death - a myth, a legend, almosta god..." He will acknowledge no god other than the material ones:Daniel 11:37,38 - "He will show no regard for the gods of hisfathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard anygod, but will exalt himself above them. Instead of them, he willhonor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he willhonor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costlygifts." He will be boastful: Daniel 7:8 - "While I was thinkingabout the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one,which came up among them; and three of the first horns wereuprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man anda mouth that spoke boastfully." As Daniel 11:37 states, "He willexalt himself above all other people and values."