Is the beast in Daniel and Revelation a political system or a man?
In the book of Revelation, Scripture tells us that the beast speaks and its body is later cast into the Lake of Fire.
"And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months (Revelation 13:5).
A government system or political system cannot have a physical body that is killed, destroyed and then burned. The prophet Daniel in a vision describes the final outcome for the beast (the Antichrist):
"I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time" (Daniel 7:11-12).