While doing research into the Antichrist, I came across an article that suggested Satan will possess and control the Antichrist, the first beast that comes out of the sea. Revelation 13:5 says that this beast receives power from the dragon (Satan):
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:5-8)
Then came a statement that made me stop and think:
>Satan works through the Antichrist, for Satan himself is not able to become incarnate.
I began to investigate what it means to be incarnate. Here are a couple of partial quotes:
The word incarnation means “the act of being made flesh.” It comes from the Latin version of John 1:14, which in English reads, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” Because of the near-exclusive use of the Latin Vulgate in the church through the Middle Ages, the Latin term became standard. https://www.gotquestions.org/incarnation-of-Christ.html
When Christ took on the form of a human, His nature did not change, but His position did. Jesus, in His original nature of God in spirit form, humbled Himself by laying aside His glory and privileges (Philippians 2:6–8). God can never stop being God because He is immutable (Hebrews 13:8) and infinite (Revelation 1:8). If Jesus stopped being fully God for even a split second, all life would die (see Acts 17:28). The doctrine of the Incarnation says that Jesus, while remaining fully God, became fully man. https://www.gotquestions.org/God-incarnate.html
While angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14), they can appear in human, physical form (Mark 16:5) - but that is not an incarnation.
Jude verse 6 refers to those fallen angels who abandoned their own home (heaven) whom God "has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgement on the great Day."
2 Corinthians 11:14 says that Satan is still free to "masquerade as an angel of light" - but that is not an incarnation.
What, then, does it mean or imply for Satan, a created, fallen, angel to become incarnate? Can Satan take on human flesh as Jesus did, i.e., be born as a human being? Or can Satan only take on the outward appearance of a human?
As for the Antichrist, if Satan is unable to become incarnate, is that why Satan has to possess and control him?
I am looking for a Christian overview on this specific question and am pleased to receive both Protestant and Catholic views.