„The complex notion of the ‘provisional’ character of the State is the reason why the attitude of the first Christians toward the State is not unitary, but rather appears to be contradictory. I emphasize, that it appears to be so. We need only mention Romans 13:1, ‘Let every man be subject to the powers that be. . . ,’ alongside Revelation 13: the State as the beast from the abyss.“
— Oscar Cullmann
Professor Oscar Cullmann in his book The State in the New Testament.