earth age begins to come to a close…
The last week started January 2016 with renewing of the Covenant of OLD[Dan 9;27] by the invited Pope Francis[false prophet] by the anti Christ /man of sin /son of perdition Binyamin Netanyahu[666 old Hebrew Gematria]Pope’s proviso ‘they together would build a New Temple in Jerusalem[plainly the Great-city–Harlot Babylon -this was broken 3.5yrs later when BIBI opens his ABYSS[Rev11;7-8 outside which the two last prophets will be murdered] Synagogue[Ezekiel 8] in July sanctified Mt of Olives Pure Red Heifer sacrifice September.
October Great Tribulation–Corona virus starts…The first beast is Judah[fake Israel] which walked on not going to war when the 7th head-Rabin- was murdered thinking it a Palestinian attack. Turned out to be a Jew rumored to be minor MOSSAD operative–new king 8th head known as the little horn[son]=BIBi head of the MOSSAD .who WAS1996 5 kings dead ,one to come-Shimon Perez as President many years ;one a short time to go Shamir d.2014…11th king [elected-not hereditary] who has 2 horns[sons] like a leopard -born Palestine-feet bear like -parents from USSR [same bear in Dan7]- mouth of a lion-Hebrew/English speaking one of first Beast’s horns slain–7th king; Rabin- the world is amazed & follows the Beast [why is Judah/Israel the BEAST -simple they murdered God’s Messiah Son [Matt27;25]-the anti Christ wants magnify himself equal to Jesus who is Matthew 27;37–kin of the Jews–come as a child–think simply about prophecy!….WAS NOT 1999 subdues 3 kings
1. prepared to given the daughter of women-Jerusalem as combined capitol-Barak removed 2. one goes to coastland-directing war–falls with stroke-Sharon removed. 3. the tax collector -Olmert previous to P.M. treasurer. WAS AGAIN 2009 returns without the honor of kingship-Livni wins election–President Perez invites anti Christ to form minority Govt until April 2019 elections no one will form Govt with him until May 2020 coalition with B.Ganz which will leave Netanyahu as king until November 2021 18 months but this exceeds his ‘They [Judah/fake Israel] will be given into his hand Time[3.5yrs] Times [ X 3.5yrs] & a half a Time[+ 1.75yrs] = !4 yrs'[Dan7;25] by about 5 months–1996 until1999 then 2009 until April 2019. Netanyahu should be removed June /July 2021–14yrs- unless he can find some means to Delay further–but God says ‘there will be Delay NO MORE’-Rev10;6 so ,WAIT & SEE !…IF I am correct then the 2 last Prophets will arrive 2nd half of 2021 to fulfill the WEEK. Source: Israel Email: [email protected]
The day that the Antichrist is revealed will be the most fearful and confusing day imaginable. Even to Christians who know what is happening and look forward to the coming of Christ, it will still be a shock to experience the Antichrist’s rise. All stability will be suddenly taken out of our lives and apparent chaos left in its place. By contrast, for the vast majority of people, his sudden rise will seem like a dream come true. Finally reaching the vision of a one-world government and the hope of peace on earth will effectively mask the true character of the Empire-Beast and its leader.
To the believer, however, the coming of the Antichrist will make the prophecies of the last days a stark reality and jolt us out of our comfort zone as nothing else could. Right now we can somewhat sit back and watch the events of the end unfold without actually being affected by them. We can be fascinated by reading books on end-times prophecy and listening to news stories that correlate to Biblical predictions. But when the Antichrist comes, nothing in our lives will remain the same. The end times will arrive with suddenness whether we are expecting them or not.
This event does not imply that God will somehow lose control. The Lord knows exactly what he is doing. In fact, it is only by the will of the Lord that the Antichrist will have any power over the world at all. Even the very day of his revealing will not occur by chance but through a carefully laid out plan of God. Paul told the Thessalonians this about the Antichrist’s rise:
“And now ye know what restraineth that he might be revealed in his time.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now hindereth will continue to hinder until he is taken out of the way.
“And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming…”
Commentators have debated for years over who might be the one who now hinders the appearance of the Antichrist. The most common explanation (and also the correct one) is that the restrainer is none other than the Holy Spirit. Only God has control over the course of history. Satan and other evil forces may try to affect how individual events transpire, but it is ultimately the Lord himself who has the final say and the ultimate control. Just as God has planned and prophesied of the events of the end thousands of years before they were destined to occur, he will also maintain control over their fulfillment down to the smallest detail and moment of time. Therefore, as amazing as this may sound, even the very instant that the Antichrist will be revealed is both known and controlled by God.
This brings up an interesting conundrum. How can the Lord possibly be the force behind the rise of the evilest man in history? Isn’t God supposed to be the major influence for good in the world? Let’s look at this more closely.
In reality, it isn’t the Lord who wants to bring the Antichrist on the scene, but Satan. The Lord may control when Satan will be allowed to do this, but God will not create nor condone that man’s wickedness. To substantiate this view, Paul goes on to say that at the very moment God’s restraining influence is removed this will occur:
“…then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming,
“Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders…”
The Antichrist will be Satan’s main accomplice at the end. He will rise to power solely as the result of the Devil’s evil planning. We discovered previously that the final world empire will be Satan’s last attempt at world dominion in this age. Now we can see that all of the Devil’s wicked plans will culminate in the rise of not only the empire itself but in the leader of that beast as well.
Satan will also attempt to show signs and wonders to the world to confirm the “rightness” of the Antichrist’s reign. In one fateful moment, all the people of the world will rally behind this great leader, and the new world order he represents will be born with horrifying consequences. The Lord tells us that the coming of the Antichrist will be the ultimate turning point for all humanity. That singular event will create an absolute dividing line between good and evil in the last days.
Delusion from God
After describing how Satan will orchestrate the Antichrist’s rise, Paul goes on to say this:
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
“And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
“That they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
What an amazing prophecy. Not only will the power of Satan and his demons be hard at work trying to promote and establish the Antichrist at the end, but the Lord also says that he too will send “strong delusion” on that day! Why would God actually seem to help in the Antichrist’s rise? It’s not that the Lord desires to have evil reign over the nations. Rather, God is going to use the Antichrist’s coming as a judgment upon a Christ-rejecting world. God himself will send a strong delusion so that those who have rejected the love of Jesus will once and for all have to decide for or against Him. People who have casually turned their backs upon the Gospel and have refused the crucified Son of God will on that day have an opportunity to choose an alternative—Satan’s “savior”.
Don’t take this aspect lightly. Much of what will happen to Christians and non-Christians at the end will be a direct result of the decision they will have to make when the Antichrist arises. The Bible says that those who have heard the Gospel and have blatantly rejected Christ will be the most likely to follow the false Christ. In the book of Revelation, John puts this fact in some fairly strong terms:
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
We must remember that in this particular portion of Revelation chapter thirteen, the prophecy is primarily directed toward the empire and secondarily toward the Antichrist. What is really meant by this prediction is that all people who have refused Jesus and are therefore not found in his book of life will easily fall prey to the deception of the new world order. So enamored will they become with the Antichrist and his meteoric rise that they will happily swear allegiance to his empire. To the Lord, this will be regarded as the ultimate in idolatry. Thus, the term “worship” is used to describe the behavior of the Antichrist’s followers. This will involve both allegiance to the Empire-Beast and eventually the literal idol worship of the Antichrist as the savior of the World and God.
In the coming sections, we are going to see what this system of empire worship will mean for Christians who refuse to go along with it. Not only will Christians be persecuted, but their entire economic world will suddenly come crashing down around them if they don’t follow the Antichrist’s system.
The Second Beast of Revelation
To fully understand the prophecies dealing with the rise of the Antichrist, we must first recognize that Revelation chapter thirteen undergoes a significant transition beginning with verse eleven. The shift from the first beast to the second beast of Revelation relates to a complete change in the focus of John’s vision. In the first half of the chapter, he is primarily concerned with looking at the empire as a whole, whereas in the last half he specifically zeros in on its leader. In the first part (Rev. 13:1-10), John sees the Antichrist in much the same way Daniel describes him: as an important feature within the total surreal image of the Empire-Beast. Both John and Daniel describe the Antichrist simply as a “mouth” speaking great things within their primary visions of the final world empire. In this respect, the coming leader is somewhat obscured within the overall symbolism that describes the fourth world power.
The Leader of the Empire
Starting with verse 11 in Revelation 13, however, John’s vision shifts from the empire as a whole to the Antichrist specifically, and he begins to have the clearest view of the man of sin found in the entire Bible. This is how he describes the Antichrist’s rise to power:
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them who dwell on it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
It is very important to understand this major transition within Revelation 13. Verses one through ten describe the rise of the final world empire, whereas verses eleven through eighteen describe the final world leader. Those that have misinterpreted the first half of the chapter to be a description of the Antichrist instead of the empire also have misinterpreted the last half. In this regard, some have contended that the first 10 verses deal specifically with a political leader who will arise to lead the world (i.e., the Antichrist), while verses 11-18 refer to a future “religious” leader they identify only as of the “false prophet”. This second name comes from a statement in Revelation 19:20 that describes the beast along with an individual called the false prophet as being cast alive into the lake of fire after Jesus comes.
However, as we will soon discover, the correct interpretation for Revelation 19:20 is one that relates the beast to the entire empire and the false prophet to its leader—the Antichrist—and not to two separate leaders, one political and one religious. Any other interpretation will run into problems with other verses and lead to confusion. Thus, verse 11 of Revelation chapter 13 begins a discussion of the final ruler of this empire, who will, as John says in verse 12, “exercise all the power of the first beast (i.e., the empire) before him”. If the first beast was the leader and the second beast was a religious figure, how could the religious leader control all the power of the political leader? This interpretation simply would not make sense. The second beast must be the leader of the empire, which controls all the world at the end.
Thus, if the first beast of Revelation 13 is rightly identified as the empire and the second beast as its leader, then everything fits together perfectly, even with the prophecies in Daniel. Notice how the symbolism of this prophecy helps to describe and distinguish the second beast (the Antichrist-Beast) described in Rev. 13:11-18 from the original first beast (the Empire-Beast) described in Rev. 13:1-10. The Antichrist is said to come out of the earth as opposed to coming from the sea, from which the empire originates. As is discussed in previous sections on the New World Order, the empire arises out of a raging sea, which is said to be many “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Rev. 17:15) whereas the leader comes out of the empire after it arises. This is similar to the way in which the prophet Daniel saw the beast with 10 horns arise first (the empire) and its leader arises afterward as the “little horn” among the 10 (Dan. 7:8). Therefore, in all of these prophecies the empire is predicted to first arise as a fragmented entity (“partly strong and partly broken”; Dan. 2:42) made up of nations in some kind of coalition (i.e., the feet of iron and clay of Nebuchadnezzar’s image) and the leader is then predicted to arise secondarily as a man speaking great things who ascends to power over the entire empire.
The False Christ
What is interesting, however, is that the second beast is seen to have two horns like a lamb, but his speech is like that of a dragon. The only other character in the entire Bible who is said to appear like a lamb is Jesus himself. In the book of Revelation, the Lord is continually described as the Lamb who appears to have been slain. Jesus is seen to be God’s sacrificial lamb who took away the sin of the world through the giving of his own life. The fact that the Antichrist is also described to look like a lamb is significant and must not be overlooked. All the evidence of prophecy tells us that the final world leader will be deceptively evil. In other words, his evil will be covered by a facade of goodness and an aura of peace.
It appears that the hero-worship of the Antichrist and his own proclamation of the deity will both come as a result of the world believing him to be some kind of savior. Perhaps, in the same way, as so many would-be messiahs have done throughout history, the Antichrist will think of himself as the fulfillment of the Second Coming of Christ. However, his outward image of appearing to be someone worth following will be radically contradicted by his words and actions. The message that he proclaims will be one of Satan and not of God. It will be anti-God and anti-Christ. That’s why the speech of the Antichrist is described to be like that of the dragon—he is the Devil’s agent, and he will do as his master wishes.
When Paul said that there would be great deception accompanying the rise of the Antichrist certainly he had in mind this contradiction of appearing to be good while actually being evil. Daniel also hinted that this would be the case when he said of the Antichrist,“And through his policy also he shall cause deceit to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many…”
Daniel says that the man of sin will cause the destruction of many people not by open wickedness, but by peace. When he comes, the Antichrist will rally the people of the world behind him with incredible speed. He will do this not entirely by force, but more significantly, through promises of world peace. Imagine a one-world government the purpose of which is said to free the nations from the threat of nuclear war and liberate its citizens from the constant fear of terrorism and lawlessness. What could possibly make a better platform to endear the hearts and minds of people fed up with this evil world?
Almost everyone wants peace. To appear to be against the hope of world peace would quickly earn a person the label of a “nut”, if not worse. When the Antichrist comes, he will appear to be the greatest cause for peace a Christ-rejecting world has ever seen—a savior of sorts—a person to be followed and, yes, even worshiped!
The Timing of the Antichrist’s Rise
There is one significant question that has not been answered. Although we may now be able to imagine in our minds what the Antichrist will be like and even some aspects of what will happen when he appears, we still don’t know the relative timing of his coming with respect to other events. In studying end-times prophecy, it is always important to keep the overall picture in focus. Especially when concentrating on one particular event, it is easy to get so isolated from other prophecies that wrong conclusions can result that may not fit with the Bible as a whole.
For those who have attempted to identify the Antichrist as simply the latest evil leader to arise in a troubled world, they have fallen directly into this trap. On one hand, they realize that the man of sin will be a tremendous leader and exceedingly wicked in his ways, but they lose sight of the fact that the Bible provides us with more exacting details—information which above all else does not allow loose interpretations.
When we studied Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventy Weeks (see the sections on Israel), there was one particular verse that provided the overall framework for the chronology of the last days. Although this verse was buried within the prophetic description of Israel’s future, it nonetheless contained important information concerning the rise of the Antichrist. The final verse of Daniel chapter nine says this:
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator”
The events within this one verse describe perfectly the major events of the Antichrist’s reign, and they also correlate perfectly with other major prophecies dealing with him. This prophecy describes the final seven-year period (which is divided into two 3-1/2 year segments) and is actually marked in time by the actions of the Antichrist. In other words, each event within Daniel’s Seventieth Week can be related somehow to what is prophesied to occur as a consequence of the Antichrist’s leadership.
Thus, in the above prophecy, we are given details concerning the beginning, middle, and end of the Antichrist’s kingdom. In the beginning, it says that he will sign a treaty with many nations, probably to set up the new one-world government. At the midway point, he will suddenly stop the sacrifices in the rebuilt Jewish temple (see the chapters on Israel and on the wars of the end) and proclaim himself to be God in the Holy of Holies. This “abomination”, as the Lord calls it, will rapidly cause the entire world to become a desolate wasteland of destruction. Daniel finishes the prophecy by saying that the judgment of God will ultimately be poured out upon he who caused the desolation.
If we couple this prophecy with what was said in “Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts” (see previous sections), we have all the information necessary to identify the Antichrist when he arrives. In that section, we found that the “little horn” will uproot three of the first ten horns in his ascent to power. Adding this information to what is contained in the above prophecy we find that after the Antichrist conquers three of the ten countries of the alliance he will then sign a world-wide peace treaty establishing his empire. Don’t miss the significance of these events—they mark the initial actions of the Antichrist in the world and will ultimately help identify him when he arises.
With this in mind, the timing of his coming must correspond to the start of the final seven years of the history of this age—or the last seven years before Christ returns. Before that period begins his identity will remain effectively hidden by the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit. Thus, any speculation on our part concerning who the Antichrist might be would be pure foolishness. Right now we couldn’t identify him even if we wanted to, because the Lord has simply not yet allowed him to be revealed.
Power, Signs, and Wonders
Paul says in 2 Thessalonians that the very process of revealing the Antichrist would be accompanied by “all power and signs and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9). In the book of Revelation John begins to describe these power, signs, and wonders using terms that make them sound frighteningly familiar, especially to our generation.
“And he doeth great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had the power to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, that had the wound by a sword, and did live.
“And he had the power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Fire from Heaven
For centuries people have believed that the wonders and miracles the Antichrist will perform would be strictly supernatural in origin, coming directly from the Dragon himself. These wonders, however, only might have appeared to be miracles to a first-century prophet having visions of them, as they might to anyone living before the age of advanced technology. Now that the Twenty-first Century is upon us, certainly, we can see that many of the things that would have seemed to be miraculous even a hundred years ago are today commonplace. If you could be transported back to the days of the Apostle John and take with you only those things that technology has made possible during the last thirty years, they would seem like wonders and miracles far beyond anyone’s comprehension. For instance, in the above prophecy, John mentions that the Antichrist will have the ability to make fire come down from heaven. At first, this may conjure up visions of Elijah calling down fire upon the troops that threatened to take him back to the king. But is this really what the Bible means? Will the Antichrist be able to supernaturally materialize devouring firestorms that can destroy his enemies? I think not.
What is more likely is that this is a prediction of the miraculous military power that the Antichrist will have at his disposal. The weapons of fire that we have become so familiar with in our lifetime certainly might seem to be supernatural to a first-century man. Can you imagine living in an era of swords and spears and witnessing artillery or rocket fire for the first time? A missile fired from an F15 fighter at a great distance would travel so fast it might appear to be supernatural fire coming from God. Today, the U.S. sends fire down upon its enemies using unmanned drones with high-resolution cameras and hellfire missiles. The drones often cannot be seen or heard before the missile suddenly explodes. Soon, the Antichrist will control all such weapons to eliminate opposition wherever it may arise. Incredibly, this prophecy is now coming true through the military capabilities of the final world empire even before its leader arises. For the first time, the technological weapons of our generation are bringing about the very capabilities necessary to fulfill the prophecies in Revelation dealing with the Antichrist and his power.
The Antichrist will command the world’s armies with so much support in the advanced Western world that using the military option to destroy his enemies will not even be debated. On that day it will not be a “partly strong and partly divided” alliance that a terrorist or a rogue nation will meet. The kingdom of the Beast will be so united behind the man of sin that anyone daring to stand in his way will be mercilessly destroyed.
Not surprisingly, this will be one aspect of the Antichrist’s personality that his followers will actually admire. The world has been terrorized by extremists and militarists for far too long. Even now the world community is calling for a strong leader who will stand up against renegade nations and terrorist groups and bring them under control. The rapid victories of the Western Alliance over the armies of Iraq and Afghanistan were only a small foreshadowing of things to come. Once the empire consolidates its power over the entire world, no nation or group will be able to stand in opposition. The very man who will turn out to be the most godless and evil person in history will also inspire his followers by ruthlessly destroying his enemies. The quickest way the Antichrist could create world-wide acclaim would be to swiftly strike out against anyone daring to oppose his “peaceful” new world order. It may even turn out that the Antichrist will rise to power on the heels of an international crisis—one in which a terrorist group or a terrorist nation will be holding the world hostage with nuclear blackmail.
In Revelation chapter 13 we are told that one of the seven heads of the seven-headed, ten-horned beast will appear to be mortally wounded just before the Antichrist arises. Could this catastrophe be a nuclear terrorist attack on one of the countries of the Western Alliance—particularly on one of the G-7 nations? This idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, four of its former republics now have independent nuclear forces. Though the CIS has tried to assure the world that the weapons remain under strict control, uncertainty still remains.
Back in 1992, Edith Lederer of the Associated Press reported,
“With the Soviet collapse, the possibility of buying ready-made weapons or components, and the experts to put them together, increases the likelihood that new members will join the nuclear club.
‘The most frightening potential is…through the former Soviet Central Asian republics, into the Indian subcontinent, into Indonesia,’ said Paul Beaver, publisher of Jane’s Defense Weekly’”
Lederer also predicted correctly that the most significant short-term threat comes from the Middle East Arab nations, particularly Iran. She made this prediction years before Iran started enriching uranium to make fissile material for a bomb. In addition, since the CIS central Asian republics are Muslim countries, collaboration with other Islamic nations was a likely scenario. Nuclear proliferation and terrorist threats to use such weapons could consolidate the Western Alliance around a one-world government and a single leader faster than any other conceivable threat.
In the book One Point Safe by Andrew and Leslie Cockburn (Doubleday, 1997), they argue that there have been many instances where nuclear materials have been stolen from Russian facilities or intercepted while being shipped by trains or trucks. This has resulted in a black market for uranium and the knowhow of making nuclear weapons, which has spread the nuclear threat to the most renegade nations and groups.
Since the early 1990s, we now know that Pakistan and North Korea both obtained their nuclear weapons know-how from rogue scientists operating covertly out of the former Soviet Union. Once that knowledge got out, it inevitably continued to spread to other dangerous nations. The Pakistani nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan almost single-handedly worked with other rogue nations to teach them the secrets of nuclear technology. Today Iran is likely only a year or so away from having the ability to build nuclear weapons. And at the same time, these nations have developed ballistic missile technology that will allow them to launch atomic warheads at any targets within thousands of miles from their borders.
North Korea and Iran have repeatedly threatened Israel and the U.S. with nuclear destruction. Terrorist nations like these don’t have to overtly launch nuclear missiles at their enemies. If they did, they could easily be traced back to their sources and result in their own total annihilation. Instead, they can arrange for secret delivery of the weapons to terrorist groups or even transport the warheads using standard shipping vessels to major coastal cities. Once a GPS-enabled detonator within the bomb senses the correct coordinates, these weapons could be automatically timed to destroy the neighboring city and potentially kill millions of people. Only one such attack on a major Western world city would cause an international crisis and a probable economic collapse. It also would instantly create a police state throughout the world to prevent any further attacks. A strong leader would have ample opportunity to rise to power on a global basis and unite the world against the nuclear threat.
The statement that Daniel makes concerning the Antichrist saying that “by peace, he shall destroy many” could have a startling fulfillment if this were the case. How ironic it is that Antichrist’s rise will seem to be for peace, while at the same time he will become one of the most devastating militarists and persecutors of people in history. Even the book of Revelation makes the observation, “Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:4). No one will be able to stand against the coming leader of the final world order!
The Image of the Beast
Not only will the military might he commands be unsurpassed, but the Antichrist will also have at his disposal the most technologically advanced wonders of all time. The Apostle John tells us that he will make an image to the beast that had the deadly wound. Remember how the prophet Daniel describes that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made a huge statue of a man after he had the vision of the future course of world history? He wrongly reacted to the gift of knowledge from God by making an idol which was expressly against the Lord. He even forced the people of Babylon to bow down and worship the image on the threat of death.
John says the man of sin will do the same thing to the people of the final world empire. It may be that the Antichrist will so recognize his place in Biblical prophecy that he too will attempt to create a type of commemorative idol. However, there’s a curious difference between Nebuchadnezzar’s statue and the Antichrist’s image of the beast. In Rev. 13:15 it says that he will have the power to give life to the image of the beast. John predicts that the image will actually appear to be alive to the people!
How is this possible? Will the Lord somehow allow Satan to give supernatural creative powers to a man? Though many people stand by the position that the image of the Beast will literally come to life, I take the opposite point of view. For one thing, it is clear that only God has the power to give the gift of life. The Bible plainly tells us that it was through Jesus that everything came into being (Col. 1:15-17), and the book of Genesis states unequivocally that all life originated by the Lord’s hand. Therefore, the creation of an image that seems to have a life all its own must have an explanation other than that of a man having life genesis abilities.
Before our generation, it might have been very hard to come up with alternative explanations for this prophecy. However, during the same time frame as other major prophecies of the end are being fulfilled, such as the rebirth of Israel as a nation, technology has made possible at least two mechanisms wherein John’s prophecy of the image could come true. The first and simplest explanation is that video broadcasts of the image of the beast along with its leader the Antichrist will be required to be accompanied by saluting or worshiping as a sign of allegiance to the empire. Since TV broadcasts can be seen worldwide almost instantly, all parts of the empire would be required to pledge their allegiance or suffer the consequences. This technology has become possible only during the last 60 to 70 years; thus, again the empire is seen to give birth to the very things that the Antichrist is predicted to make use of during his reign.
A second possible explanation for how this prophecy might be fulfilled also may become technologically feasible in the near future. Soon, technology may finally allow the means to fashion an “image” that for all intents and purposes would appear to be alive. This is not some inspired personal prophecy. It’s merely an educated forecast based upon the current state of computer technology.
It doesn’t take too much insight today to see where the computer revolution is heading. Before long, both the programs that tell the computer what to do and the microprocessors which run the systems will be so advanced and fast that computers will literally appear to have lives of their own. Artificial intelligence research is progressing to the point of creating computers that can communicate and respond to humans in ways that simulate human responses. Interacting with one may become much like it was for the astronauts working with Hal in the movie “2001, A Space Odyssey”—no terminals required for simple interactions, no cryptic codes to remember, only casual conversation with a machine able to “understand” and respond “intelligently”. Years ago, Popular Computing magazine stated,
“[T]he Fifth-Generation Computer will be able to learn, associate, infer and understand. With no keyboard, the machine will be able to understand spoken language and perform whatever function you ask of it, gleaning needed information from a ‘knowledge bank’ or from other computers it may be in contact with. It will act more like an intelligent assistant than a machine…”
In an article entitled, “Who Needs Humans Anyway?” the Economist reviewed a book by Geoff Simons called “Are Computers Alive?” In it he said that “computers are going to challenge one’s view of oneself as ‘human’, ‘intelligent’, ‘conscious’ or simply ‘alive’ at a very basic level, as their capabilities increase.” The Economist added, “Mr. Simons is saying not so much that computers and robots could evolve to the status of an alternative life form but that they are already in effect alive”.
Although it has been proven by the mathematician Gödel that attaining true artificial intelligence equivalent to the human mind is not achievable using standard computer construction and algorithms (The Emperor’s New Mind, Roger Penrose, 1989), simulating intelligent interactions through ever-more rapid processors and sophisticated software is possible. Now, it is becoming commonplace to communicate with computers and while it still is obvious when we are interacting with a machine, the technology is improving dramatically every year. Already major companies have installed computerized operators to take routine telephone queries. Many of these computer interactions are still primitive and frustrating, but soon talking to one will be indistinguishable from speaking with a live operator—the computer will “understand” your words and respond in a human-sounding voice with logical and typical statements.
Kevin Warwick at Reading University predicted that computerized machines or robots will become more intelligent than humans sometime within the next few decades (March of the Machines, Century, 1997). Roger Penrose actually believes that human intelligence is created not through typical electronic circuits, but through the formation of stable quantum interactions within the brain’s structure. He thinks this is done using the complex neural connections combined with the microtubule structures within each cell to cause electrons to become “entangled” in quantum uncertainty. In Penrose’s view, this creates the ability to think of novel things that computers with standard silicon circuits never will be able to do.
Amazingly, a new approach to computing is taking shape that may actually be able to create an intelligent machine like nothing possible before. Quantum computing is a new field that may achieve the goal of artificial intelligence through the strange properties of quantum entanglement using electrons, light, or individual atoms. D-Wave Systems, Inc., has actually commercialized the first quantum computer to perform very specific calculations (The Economist, What is a quantum computer? May 16th, 2013). Future systems are predicted to be able to solve problems that would take standard computers eons to solve, such as breaking complex encryption codes and solving other mathematical equations. If Roger Penrose is right about the human brain using quantum waves to create intelligence, then a future quantum computer might suddenly become self-aware with abilities far beyond current computer technology. The image of the beast in Revelation could turn out to be a Skynet-like intelligent computer similar to that envisioned in the Terminator movies. But instead of destroying the world, it will be used to ensure that the Beast’s subjects follow the empire and the Antichrist.
The driving force to create the necessary awe and wonder surrounding the computer is already in place. The Apostle John tells us, however, that this wonder will quickly turn into something much more ominous. He says that the people of the empire will become so enthralled with their creation that they will literally begin to worship it. During the time of Nebuchadnezzar, the worship of a false god merely involved constructing some kind of statue and bowing down in obeisance. Today, that kind of overt idol worship is against the character of the Western mind. However, we now have a type of idolatry which is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Since the early days of the industrial revolution “technology worship” has taken the place of graven images. Oh yes, we still worship the works of our hands, but instead of making a golden calf, the world now bows down to a science and all the technological wonders it produces. Computers, tablets, and iPhones have replaced the traditional carved images as our idols. The “living” image of the Empire-Beast will betray the true evil nature of its creator: pride, arrogance, and the coveting of the things we create. When computer technology reaches its apex, the world will voluntarily bow down in their hearts to what will be regarded as the ultimate accomplishment of mankind.
Before our day no one could have foreseen how John’s prophecy would be fulfilled. The electronic abilities that have arisen in our generation were not even thought of before the middle of the last century. Even a standard personal computer, which has been an incredible aid in writing these words, would seem impossible or miraculous to a first-century prophet. In fact, there was a time not too long ago when we surely would have been accused of being witches or children of Satan were we to have such devices. The technology that has become commonplace today, as recently as our grandparents’ time would have appeared to be an unbelievable wonder.
I have no doubt that the image of the Beast will be part of the massive computer system that is tying every part of the globe together into one gigantic network. It will be built on the internet, but become far more pervasive in everyone’s life. It will control, surveil, and demand allegiance from all the Antichrist’s subjects. On the surface, it will seem to be a friendly and indispensable system—virtually a living organism that will be looked upon as the means to bring all the diverse cultures of man together under one governing body. No matter what the differences may be in culture or language between nations, they will all be able to interact with this “beast” in virtually the same manner. And what will the people of the empire do with this electronic wunderkind? The answer to that question involves one of the most fascinating aspects of the study of end-times prophecy.
Mark of the Beast
The Mark of the Beast is predicted in the Bible to be a symbol of allegiance that the Antichrist and the Final World Empire will require of every man, woman, and child. This Mark will be the dividing line between life and death, Christ and Antichrist, allegiance to God or allegiance to Satan, and it will be given in the right hand or forehead. All people who obtain Mark will suffer the wrath of God and be forever damned. This section is dedicated to explaining the prophecies dealing with the Mark as well as the latest events in our world that are leading to it.
Of all the predictions in the Bible concerning the last days, the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast seems to consistently generate the most interest and speculation. Propelled to prominence by countless books and movies, it’s almost as if this single prediction holds greater fascination than most of the other prophecies of the end times. Perhaps this interest is partly due to a subconscious realization that its fulfillment now looms closer than we’d like to admit.
Indeed, there is now good evidence that the development of Antichrist’s economic system is already in the final stages of implementation. Even as you read these words, the people who control the banking and financial systems of the world are rapidly bringing the monetary structure of the final world order to fruition. Amazingly, the Empire-Beast of Daniel and Revelation is already constructing the global electronic network and computer technology necessary to fulfill these prophecies. Of course, this fact should not come as a surprise to those who study Biblical prophecy. The advent of the Mark of the Beast is one of the primary events that will characterize the Antichrist’s kingdom and the final world empire at the end.
On the other hand, Mark is also one aspect of the last days that most people would rather not think about too seriously. It is an interesting development, but only in so far as it can be studied from a safe distance. As the prediction starts to become reality, a natural tendency is to turn away from the evidence and pretend that nothing is happening. This is only a normal defensive mechanism to impending trouble because unlike some of the other prophecies of the Bible, Mark cannot be fully realized without directly and negatively affecting everyone’s life. We may be able to sit back and observe the last world empire as it forms or gets excited over the prophecies dealing with Israel being reborn as a nation, yet with those prophetic fulfillments, we are still able to go about our day-to-day routines as though nothing has changed.
When the Mark of the Beast is finally fulfilled, however, everything will be radically transformed. Mark is the first prophecy on this side of the return of Christ that will completely change every aspect of our lives. When the Antichrist begins to implement a new system of commerce for the New World Order, the people of the world will be forced to swear allegiance to the empire and get branded for life. Suddenly, when this happens Christians will find themselves completely cut off from society and its way of life because the Bible unmistakably prohibits the followers of Christ from obtaining the Mark.
It will be a fearful thing to have our lives uprooted and made uncertainly, but this is exactly what is going to happen when the Antichrist arises. This is why it is so important to understand the development of Mark and how close it is to being fulfilled. If we can determine what will happen from Biblical prophecy well in advance and prepare for it, then nothing will be able to take us by surprise. As we shall soon see, for those who live to experience the deception and ruthlessness of the final world empire, a foreknowledge of how the Mark will develop will turn out to be indispensable for survival. In truth, it is the Mark of the Beast more than anything else that will brand people for all time as to whether they are for or against the Lord. For this reason, we are going to study the evidence for its rise in great detail.
Let us begin by reading the well-known prophecy concerning Mark from chapter thirteen of the book of Revelation:
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and enslaved, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads,
“And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred three score’s and six.”
Branded for Life
The rise of the Antichrist as the sole dictator of the New World Order will radically change the way the entire world system operates (see the sections on the Antichrist). Daniel tells us that he will “think to change the times and the laws” (Dan. 7:25). This is similar to the authority described for God in an earlier chapter of Daniel (Dan. 2:21). It is clear that the Antichrist will attempt to take to himself the authority reserved for God and try to control every aspect of the world system and the people within it. Not only will the world be united under one ruler and one government in that day, but its citizens will also be forced into a drastic change in the way they do business.
When the Apostle John wrote down these prophecies in the Book of Revelation he did so in Greek, which was the international language of the day. In verse 16 quoted above, the word mark is actually the Greek word charagma (χαραγμα). According to the NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon, the definition of charagma is a “stamp or an imprinted mark“. Strong’s Concordance calls it “properly, an engraving (etching); (figuratively) a mark providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties“. The meaning is also extended to the personal “impress on a coin or a seal“, such as a wax seal used to provide proof of authorship to a letter sent between two individuals or parties. The Mark of the Beast on the hand or forehead is thus a seal of ownership demonstrating that the holder belongs to the Empire of the Antichrist. Those who get the final Mark are therefore branding themselves and showing their allegiance to the Beast, while at the same time signifying their absolute rebellion against God.
To be an approved citizen of that new world you will have to receive some kind of physical mark, which will identify you as legally able to participate in society. John says that virtually every person within the empire will be required to get an identifying imprint on his or her body. He further says that neither the influence of the rich nor the relative obscurity of the poor will let an individual escape from the Antichrist’s new system and his demand to be marked.
Where does he say this mark will be located? The prophecy is very specific in this regard. People will be marked either in their right hand or in their forehead.
The reason for two locations on the surface seems to be logical. The best place to put an indelible imprint on your body is where anyone who needs to verify your identity can easily find it. Naturally, the hand would be the first choice. To create uniformity in the system of marking people, the prophecy says that they will choose the right hand to be the primary point of application. Probably the secondary place to put it will be the forehead for those who may not have a hand (obviously, many people in the world do not have the right hands, but every living person must have ahead!). Why the left hand will not be used is likely a matter of convenience: to limit the choices so that someone looking for the Mark will only have to search in two possible locations.
Another reason that these locations will be chosen for Mark has to do with the development of an important identification technology over the last thirty years. Biometrics is the science of analyzing and identifying people based upon their unique physical characteristics. Our ability to recognize friends and family is based on our brains being able to associate certain physical attributes with recognition and names. Biometric scanning is similar in that it involves mapping certain bodily characteristics with a person’s identity to validate that a person is who they say they are. Examples of biometric information may involve facial recognition, height and build, fingerprints, iris scans, hand markings and shape, and voice recognition. The biometrics industry is moving toward standards that can allow recognition and identification of anyone with a high degree of accuracy. The two main biometric characteristics that are rapidly becoming standards are iris (eye) scans and hand or fingerprint scans. Many devices have already been deployed to read irises or hands or fingers. Even laptops have been designed with fingerprint readers built-in as an optional security device for logging onto the system. The standardization of biometrics to hands and eyes is no doubt in preparation for the Mark of the Beast being placed in the hand or the forehead in perfect fulfillment of John’s prophecy (see also the section on biometrics for additional information).
The primary thrust of having Mark will be to physically identify for legal purposes all those people who voluntarily become members and citizens of the final world empire. If every nation within the Western Alliance were to suddenly find themselves with a common leader, all citizenship papers would have to be modified or re-issued. Instead of using a simple registration program to record the followers of the new government, the Antichrist will decide to do something much more radical. He will attempt to permanently brand each person for life. Just like cattle, the Bible says that the deceived of the world will line up to get this new Mark and swear allegiance to the Empire. Unfortunately, they will do this not knowing or not caring about the eternal consequence of their action.
To make matters worse, the government will enforce the Antichrist’s decree and make it seem as though people have no choice. Not only will the receipt of the Mark become law, but anyone who ignores the mandate for it will have a difficult time even living. John plainly says that no one will be able to buy or sell without it. That means that if you decide to rebel against the establishment of the one-world government, then the result will be the complete exclusion of your participation in society. Some without thinking may say, “Big deal,” however, just consider for a moment how difficult life would be if you were not able to participate in even the most basic commerce.
Everyone has a tendency to take the currency of modern commerce for granted. We don’t stop to think about our willingness to participate in it by using the dollar or the Euro or the Pound or the Yen or the Yuan (or any other official currency) when we buy and sell; we just do it. However, if one day you decided not to use the legal tender of your country, you would soon discover the difficulty the average person will experience by refusing the Mark.
Without having the official medium of exchange, you couldn’t purchase anything. Lacking the ability to buy, either by credit, debit, or cash, you couldn’t even obtain the basic necessities of life. Going to the grocery store to pick up some food would be impossible. Rent or mortgage bills would go unpaid. Utility companies would be forced to turn off your services because of overdue bills. Even filling up your tank at the gas or petrol station would become a thing of the past. No one would be willing to sell you anything, because you wouldn’t have the means to pay for their goods. In addition, no one could buy anything from you, because you couldn’t receive payment through the Beast’s Mark system.
Of course, you would also be fired from your job, because just like the social security number of today, the mark of the Beast will be required for employment. Besides, how could anyone pay you for your services if you refused to take the payment in “Marks”? Most employers have already forced their employees to take paychecks as electronically deposited payments. Even the practice of getting salaries in the form of a check had long ago replaced receiving payment in cash. Refusing the Mark would mean no job, no income, no social security, no welfare, no food stamps, no assistance programs, no medical benefits, no health care, no use of public transportation, and no official identity that is approved by the government. You would become an illegal citizen and identify as a threat to the New World Order.
We are going to see in this section that there is only a fine line between the growing system of electronic payments and the establishment of the mark of the Beast. Just as we can see the skeleton of the seven-headed, ten-horned Empire-Beast already taking shape, so too is the world moving ever closer to having the capability to inaugurate the Mark.
Can you imagine how difficult it will be not to receive the mark? Refusing the mark will be like trying to use play money in the real world. You would suddenly find yourself a castaway from society with nothing but the things you could carry on your back. Having the basic necessities of life is something that every person needs in order to feel secure. Of course, in the Western world, we have pushed far beyond the requirement for just the basics. The coming of the Antichrist and the establishment of the Mark will cause Christians everywhere to abandon everything they have ever known to follow Christ.
Branded for Death
The high standard of living and lifestyle within most of the industrialized nations is often exemplified by owning a home, having two cars in the garage, a couple of healthy kids, and a good career or two. It also may involve having the latest digital technology that includes one or more computers, flat-screen TVs, tablets, and smartphones. Getting food, clothing, and other items usually involve nothing more than driving to the nearest store and buying anything you need or want. Giving up this convenient life for existence on the run with only the things you can carry on your back would be one of the most difficult things imaginable. Yet the Lord says that refusing the Mark and separating ourselves from the coming end times system will be an absolute necessity. In fact, after the Mark of the Beast is predicted in the book of Revelation, the very next chapter provides this dire warning about being branded for death:
“…If any man worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb;
“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
Now you can understand why it’s so important to be aware of the prophecies dealing with the last days and the revealing of the Antichrist. It’s not because we enjoy studying the evilest dictator who will ever live. It’s not even because we may be fascinated by all the prophecies that are being fulfilled in our generation, although we are. The reason we need to know and comprehend these things is so that we will not be deceived into following the Antichrist and his system. The danger is that the empire is destined to rise with an incredible amount of positive spin and hype from politicians, the news media, and global organizations. Every story on the news will be a 24/7 non-stop discussion about the formation of the one-world government and its dynamic leader. Deception will rapidly spread throughout the globe and it will be transformed into a frenzy of excitement for the rise of a new age of peace. Celebrations will take place. People will dance in the streets. The wave of enthusiasm will be like an unstoppable force that will catapult the Antichrist into the most prominent political figure in history. Every person who is duped by the charisma, excitement, smooth talk, and delusion of the Antichrist and his New World Order will also end up willingly taking the Mark and worshiping the Beast and his image.
Unfortunately, these acts will also forever separate them from the Lord of the universe. Though it may sound incredible, obtaining the Mark of the Beast and in effect swearing allegiance to Satan’s empire will instantly and permanently brand each person an enemy of God. There can be no turning back, no repentance, and no forgiveness for aligning yourself with the Beast. Therefore, every man, woman, and child who willfully receives the Mark in his hand or forehead and worships the beast and his image will be in reality buying a ticket for a one-way trip to a never-ending hell of fire and torment!
The apostle John states in no uncertain terms in this prophecy that all those who receive the Mark and worship the beast and his image will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the angels and in the presence of Christ himself. This is the eventual judgment that God will pour out upon the entire empire of the Beast. John warns that in the end, the followers of the Antichrist will experience the full wrath of God that was originally reserved only for the Devil and his angels (Matt. 24:41) and is synonymous with the lake of fire, which is described as the final judgment place later in the book of Revelation (Rev. 20:11-15). This smoke-filled fiery lake is also the final place of judgment for everyone who rejects the forgiveness of God through Christ. However, this is not a place where the wicked will be consumed and destroyed or cease to exist. The judgment of fire is never-ending according to this prophecy. John says that they will have no rest day or night and that their torment will continue for all eternity, which is forever and ever and ever and ever and ever… The followers of the Antichrist and his system will have no relief from the pain and suffering of judgment and no possibility of parole or forgiveness. By taking the Mark they will align themselves with Satan’s kingdom and the Antichrist and condemn themselves to be eternally cut off from the goodness and forgiveness of God.
In today’s world, people may call this kind of talk fear-mongering, scare tactics, or even hate speech. However, the God of the universe has placed these prophecies and warnings within the Bible for the good of all his people. Just as the other predictions of the last days have come true or will come true as the Second Coming draws near, so too will the Empire of the Beast suffer this severe wrath of God when Jesus returns. This judgment will be well deserved. By the time the Lord comes, the Antichrist and his followers will have persecuted and killed millions of Christians for refusing to take the Mark and refusing to worship his image. In addition, the actions of the Antichrist will nearly cause the destruction of all life on the Earth through the effects of World War III and its accompanying nuclear holocaust. The Great Tribulation will bring death and destruction all across the globe of such magnitude that Jesus says the world has never seen anything like it, nor will it ever be seen again (Matt. 24:21-22). Seeing that the Antichrist and his followers will do such unimaginable evil, what should their judgment be if not the full wrath of God poured out without mixture?
These very clear predictions about the Mark of the Beast and its consequences also are designed to make nonbelievers think about the truth of Christ as they see these events being fulfilled. The fulfillment of prophecy when the Antichrist arises and the Mark is instituted will be one of the most powerful witnesses to the reality of God and the Good News of the nearness of Christ’s Kingdom. Many people will see this truth and flee to safety through faith in Jesus (see: Escape to Safety). The book of Revelation promises that those who become believers and come out of the Great Tribulation having been washed in the Lamb’s blood will stand before the throne of God and their number will be more than any man can count (Rev. 7:9-14).
Some may ask, “What if we are forced into receiving the Mark against our will”? If by force you mean held down and made to get the Mark in your hand or forehead through brute strength, then that is far different from willingly taking it. It may be that some will actually become forced into getting marked by physical coercion. It may even be that this will be done to Christians as a way of humiliating them or torturing them; however, forcibly being marked against your will is not the same as willingly going along with the Antichrist and his system. If I was to be forcibly marked against my will, as soon as I was able, I would cut the mark back out of my body! What God is saying in Revelation 14 is a warning against willfully worshiping the Beast and willingly getting his mark. Someone could hold you down and mark you or force you to bow through physical power, but they could never get you to willingly follow the Antichrist’s system unless you made that decision on your own accord.
However, that being said, there is a difference between being physically forced into getting Mark and deciding to get the Mark as a result of physical threats. The Antichrist’s empire will severely persecute anyone who does not follow their dictates, including worshiping the Beast and getting his Mark. Many people will suffer physical hardships, incarceration, torture, and even death because they will decide to follow Christ and not the Antichrist. If you are threatened with death, then death it may be rather than follow the Antichrist. It is better to refuse to follow the Beast and as a consequence have this mortal body suffer and be killed than to avoid a brief period of persecution by going along with the Beast’s system and suffer God’s wrath for all eternity! Those that are persecuted and killed for the sake of Christ at the end shall be resurrected with glorious, perfect, and immortal bodies and will live forever in His presence.
For those who follow Jesus in the last days, nothing can be more important than to understand these prophecies. The Lord wants us to know what is ahead because there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when there will be a distinct dividing line drawn between the believers and the nonbelievers; between the followers of Christ and the followers of the Antichrist; and between the goodness of God and the evil of Satan. This will be an indelible line that cannot be crossed twice. Once the nonbeliever willingly receives the Mark of the Beast or worships his image there will be no turning back from a certain fate of eternal damnation. Likewise, if a follower of Christ should be tempted to get the Mark in order to survive during the Antichrist’s reign, let him understand now that that very act will constitute an unforgivable sin with no way to recover from it.
WARNING: some false teachers and false prophets have set up web sites or published books that indicate that it will be all right for Christians to take the Mark of the Beast in order to purchase food and necessities while not worshiping the Beast and thus not suffer condemnation. One woman who runs a popular web site even claims that she received this information from the angel Michael, and she routinely publishes her own personal “revelations” about the last days. Do not be deceived; this type of teaching blatantly contradicts the Bible. This message is NOT TRUE and such instructions are straight from Satan himself meant to confuse and potentially deceive the faithful! The warning in Rev. 14 is clear. Every believer and nonbeliever must understand right now that the Mark of the Beast is a major turning point in the last days. When the mandate goes forth to get a Mark in the right hand or forehead, every person will be required to make a final decision that will affect his or her soul for all time! God wants you to see the reality of these predictions and as a result decide to follow the only One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life: the Son of God, Jesus Christ. As the prophecies of the end times come true in this last generation, God is showing everyone the power that is only present in his Word. He is warning us beforehand of the evil to come so that we can avoid it and be saved. No other book contains such prophecies and no one but Christ can rescue us from the trouble at the end of days.
This is why it is so important to understand this prophecy of John. The followers of Christ must avoid the Mark of the Beast at all costs and refrain from worshiping the Beast and his image. This will be a true and difficult test of faith: to find safety and live forever, we must separate ourselves from the temporary things of this world that today provide us with life. Remember, Jesus said that all those who seek to save their lives will ultimately lose them and those that lose their lives for his sake will find life everlasting (Matt. 16:25). Christ also warned that in the last days
“…he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved…”
For Christians to live eternally, every believer will soon have to give up the temporal and temporary comforts of this life and completely turn away from the system of the Beast. It will be frightening to have our lives uprooted when the Antichrist arises, but it is something we must endure and overcome if we are to be saved when Jesus returns. For those who put their trust in Christ, however, God will help them through the time of Great Tribulation to reach the ultimate release of life when Jesus returns!
From these predictions of the Mark of the Beast, it also becomes apparent that the Final World Empire will be an economic powerhouse with unified financial policies throughout the globe and not just a loose political alliance of nations. Those that control the economy of the world actually have one of the most powerful weapons to control the nations of the world. The diversity of political viewpoints within the Beast will be held together through the parallel deceptions of economic advantage and security. All nations will quickly adopt the Mark of the Beast and worship the image of the Beast or be cut off. The “strong delusion” (2 Thess. 2:11) that God will send upon the world as the Antichrist rises to power and the Mark is instituted will ensnare everyone who hates the Lord today. They will excitedly and eagerly follow the Beast and its system.
This doesn’t mean that the political parties of the world, which today range from far right to far left and from democratic to tyrannical, will instantly disappear. Rather, the nations will all agree to cooperate as one entity and they will give their power and sovereignty to the Beast—all because of the dramatic excitement and deception, which will accompany the Antichrist’s rise. At that time, it will be so enticing for the nations of the world to go along with the new system that it won’t be hard to find converts. In fact, as soon as the major industrial powers consolidate their ranks behind the Antichrist’s new system and the commerce of the Mark, it will be impossible for any other part of the world to remain outside. Every nation will either go along with his New World Order or be economically outcast. The rich, the poor, the free, and the enslaved will all be forced to follow and worship the new Empire of the Beast.
The Cashless Society
The foundation for the Mark of the Beast is being laid even as you read these words. The precursor to the seven-headed ten-horned empire that will spawn the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast is actually busy developing the means to implement the final global economic system even before the Antichrist is revealed. And as it turns out, this early preparation is absolutely necessary. In order to successfully develop an economy where some kind of mark validates an individual’s ability to buy or sell, an extensive control network needs to be set up and operational worldwide. If the system was not all-encompassing and completely foolproof, it would be too easy to get around the requirement for the Mark simply if the buyer and seller agree not to use it. To prevent this obvious loophole, it now appears certain that the Antichrist’s system will completely eliminate the physical transfer of money (paper money and coins) and will replace it with a currency system associated with the Mark of the Beast (Rev. 13:16-18). To authenticate the transfer of value between a buyer and seller, there will have to be a behind-the-scenes operation that will authorize each commercial activity and then transfer the new currency between the parties. If the validation is not successful, then the transfer of money could not occur and the transaction would fail. From our perspective today, the system of the Beast is developing to involve digital currency and an authentication process that is done using the extensive electronic capabilities and networks that have been put in place over the last generation. These developments are leading the world to a cashless society where everything will be controlled.
Without the technological breakthroughs underlying the development of high-speed microprocessors, computers, and digital storage combined with the vast communications networks resulting from building the Internet and wireless communications systems, the Antichrist’s method of commerce would simply not function. These developments in technology have come upon us so quickly that before the 1970’s the scientific and engineering knowledge did not exist to even start constructing this system. Previous generations before our time couldn’t have imagined this technology or how it would be used. However, now we can see why the Bible describes the prophecy about Mark in Revelation 13 as taking “wisdom” to understand it. It turns out that no other time in history could have spawned the Mark of the Beast and no other generation but ours could have understood how the system would operate.
Incredibly, these developments in the technology and financial worlds are occurring in the same time frame as the fulfillment of all of the other predictions written in the Bible for the last days. Nearly everything associated with end times prophecy had its initial beginning sometime around the point of Israel’s rebirth or shortly thereafter. In other words, the number one signpost of the end of the age, Israel becoming a nation, is also the starting point for many of the other prophecies of Christ’s return. What an incredible God who could predict these events thousands of years before they were destined to occur and bring them all together in our time!
The march toward implementation of the Mark of the Beast is a fascinating story. Its origins can be traced back to innovators and inventors within not only the academic research community, but also within the electronics, the computer, and communications industries, along with government involvement, contributions from major retail companies, as well as the banking and finance sectors. In the following sections, we will look at the key developments in these diverse areas and see how they are all converging and leading the world down the path to the final economic system of the Beast. It will become clear that these varied but interrelated developments have led to an insidious plot to totally change the way the world operates and does business. As soon as the man of sin arises, this system will be fully capable and ready to begin the marking program. It is only through an understanding of these developments that we can discover how Mark and the number 666 will come to characterize the entire system of the Beast.
The key ingredients that have made possible the development of the Mark and the Antichrist’s economic system involve the inventions leading to the microprocessor. The age of electronics reached a revolutionary turning point in 1947 with an invention that made possible many devices that we now take for granted. In that year, John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley working at Bell Labs invented the design for the first transistor circuit. In its most basic form, a transistor uses a semiconductor material along with an input having a small voltage signal (the base) to produce and control an amplified signal at another pair of terminals (the collector and emitter). This circuit design can be used to amplify signals and also to turn on or off a second signal like a switch. It was the switching aspect of the invention that created the ability to form logic gates, which today are the fundamental components of every programmable electronic circuit in existence. Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley went on to win the Nobel Prize in 1956 for the achievement, and their amazing invention literally changed the course of modern history.
Within a few short years, the familiar large vacuum tubes that were once the standard electronic switching and amplifying devices of the early 1900s were being replaced by tiny transistors. In the decades since that time, the electronics industry has tried to manufacture circuitry of ever-smaller dimensions and greater power efficiency. They realized that if the circuits necessary to make a computing device were small enough, then the benefits of such technology could be made available for everyone. It seems unbelievable, though, just how fast this science has progressed. After World War II, the state of the art in electronics still consisted of vacuum tubes, which were in such devices as television sets, radios, and record players in almost every home. Those bulky tubes were actually the electronic amplifiers and switches necessary for performing the functions required for each device to work.
Throughout the 1940s scientists used these tubes to construct what amounted to the first modern electronic computing systems. The Smithsonian Museum has elaborate displays showing the history of these early machines. One such computer, constructed in 1946, contained nearly 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighed tons, and took a huge room to contain it. The name given to the device was ENIAC, which stood for “Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator”. It was actually the first all-electronic computer ever built.
Many other similar vacuum-tube computers were constructed throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. Though great progress was made in electronics technology during those early years, by no means could it be said that these machines, which weighed up to 60,000 pounds and cost millions of dollars to build, could possibly do much to affect the way we live. However, the invention of the transistor changed everything. Using tiny transistors instead of vacuum tubes to build electronic devices, the technology was suddenly poised to take a giant leap forward. Instead of containing massive vacuum tubes with their large wired interconnections assembled by hand, circuits could be made on silicon at a scale tinier than ever thought possible and their assembly could be automated. As transistor technology advanced, it made possible dramatically smaller electronic devices, especially as the size of each transistor shrunk from something that you could hold in your hand to microscopically small circuits that could not even be seen with the naked eye.
It was only ten years after the development of the transistor that truly integrated circuitry finally became a reality. This meant that multiple transistor switching gates could be produced on the same silicon chip, paving the way for ever-smaller devices. As a result, the multi-ton computing monsters that were constructed in the 1940s quickly gave way to more powerful and compact systems. Instead of having countless miles of large interconnecting wires and thousands of vacuum tubes consuming kilowatts of electricity, suddenly the processing brains of such systems could be made of circuits that fit in a relatively small enclosure.
As an offshoot of the circuitry’s new compactness, the decade of the 1960s saw computer technology make still another major innovation. Integrated circuit boards made it possible to move computers out of the theoretical research labs to the front door of industries all over the world. Large processors called mainframes were built which became the accounting and financial workhorses of many corporations. Almost all electronic and scientific endeavors began to rely on computer processing. Huge companies materialized almost overnight which were dedicated to manufacturing and selling this hot new technology. In less than a twenty-year period from the invention of the transistor, computers had suddenly become a common and needed tool to do business in a fast-changing world.
The secret to this astounding leap of technology was the ability to pack an ever-increasing amount of components onto a tiny silicon chip less than a centimeter square. In the mid-1960s, the state of the art in circuit design consisted of a chip containing only about ten transistors (Microelectronics and Society, A Report to The Club of Rome, p.43, 1983, Pergamon Press, Inc., Elmsford, NY). Although this configuration significantly helped to reduce the overall size of computers, it was a far cry from being able to make them accessible to the general public.
As this was happening, another significant development occurred in the year 1971 that would eventually create the foundation for the Antichrist’s system to operate. This single technological advance turned out to be so monumental that no other generation in history could have conceived of its creation or its wide-ranging effects. In the book “Microelectronics and Society”, the following statement is made:
“…in the United States, Intel, now a major manufacturer of integrated circuits, developed the first microprocessor, which is a central processing unit (CPU), where the logic and arithmetic functions can be performed on a single silicon chip of fewer than 0.5 centimeters per side. In 1975 the same company managed to assemble a complete computer on a single printed circuit board. One year later it announced the production of an eight-bit computer consisting of 20,000 transistors on a single silicon chip” (Microelectronics and Society, p.40).
By the decade of the 1970s, a major functional circuitry breakthrough was finally accomplished, namely placing an entire computer processor on a single chip. Intel Corporation had made commercially available for the first time a central processor that could handle all the logic and mathematical functions of a complete computer. Coined “microprocessors”, these small devices were poised to revolutionize the way we handle information. With this kind of technology in hand, silicon chips could be fashioned to contain not only transistors but also the diodes, resistors, and capacitors necessary to make computing devices work.
It was solely due to the availability of these microprocessors that a whole new industry sprang up almost overnight in the mid-1970s. This industry was based upon something no one had ever thought possible, the personal computer. The idea was a novel one. In only a few short years since chip technology made possible the calculator, people were now making entire computing systems small enough to sit on a desktop. With the introduction of the first mass-produced Apple and Radio Shack computers, each person could have at their disposal the equivalent in processing power that formerly could only be contained in a room full of equipment. Most of those first personal computers were in fact much more powerful than the massive ENIAC computer.
From that point, the technology snowballed. By 1980, chip manufacturers could put up to 100,000 transistors on a single processor chip. Ten years later the number was in the millions. Today, these chips are being built using circuit dimensions at the low end of the nanometer (nm) scale, the latest of which is only 22-billionths of a meter in size. The Haswell computer chips from Intel use 22 nm circuitry with 3-D transistor designs and contain billions of transistors in an area no larger than one square centimeter. Intel’s web site says that microprocessor manufacturing technology is the most complex production process on Earth and it takes hundreds of steps to make a final processor. The complexity of each chip is so great that relatively few people understand microprocessor design even though billions of people now make use of them on a daily basis. The major chip manufacturers now make over one billion microprocessors each year.
Over the years, with every incremental increase in chip density and transistor count within microprocessors came an associated increase in processing speed. The first personal computers could perform nearly 100,000 instructions per second (equal to 0.1 million instructions per second or 0.1 MIPS). The first multipurpose processor put out by Intel in 1974 (the 8080) had a processing speed of about 0.33 MIPS. By 1982, the Intel 286 processor increased the throughput to 2.66 MIPS and in 1987 Motorola introduced the 68030, which could perform at 18 MIPS. Not to be outdone, in 1992 Intel launched the 486 processor family that had an instruction throughput rate of 54 MIPS, and this brought considerable graphics and calculation speed to the average desktop computer.
The speed and processing capabilities that personal computers had reached during the mid-1990s facilitated the coming of the advanced graphical user interface and the World Wide Web. Over the last 20 years, the speed of personal computers has continued to increase almost exponentially. Today’s most advanced multi-core processors are capable of performing at speeds of 140,000—180,000 MIPS, which is up to 1.8 million times faster than the first microprocessor Intel created in 1971!
Memory chips too have grown dramatically in density and storage capability. During the mid-1980s the typical computer contained at most hundreds-of-thousands of bytes of random access memory (RAM) (one thousand bytes is equivalent to approximately one kilobyte or KB). Today, the typical personal computer system contains at least several gigabytes (GB) of RAM or over one million times more memory than early personal computers. Similarly, storage technology has advanced side-by-side with processor speed and RAM. A single hard drive now can routinely store over a terabyte (TB or one-trillion bytes) of information. The ability to store and process extreme amounts of data is making possible a global electronic network that can keep track of every activity done by people, businesses, and governments. Soon this network will control every aspect of society, including every financial transaction that occurs. Skynet may be rising, but it will not be run by intelligent machines of the Terminator movies, but by the Antichrist and the Empire-Beast of Revelation!
Without the advances in transistor fabrication and nano circuitry, society would be much different than we now know it. In fact, there would be no personal computers or iPhones or digital TVs; no Internet or social media or instant messaging; no online banking or electronic payment systems; no bar codes or smart cards or even widespread use of credit cards; no cable or satellite TV services or streaming video; no electronically controlled ignition or fuel injection systems in vehicles; no modern airlines or global positioning systems; no communication or weather satellites; very limited or no space travel and considerably less of an understanding of physics and cosmology; no video surveillance cameras or electronically controlled traffic signals; no audio cassettes or audio CDs or mp3 files; no digital cameras or video recorders, no automated phone switching systems or electronically controlled electrical distribution networks; no guided missiles, smart bombs, or drones; no email or voice mail systems; and no method to automatically track or perform surveillance on people through biometrics, cell phone positioning, license plate reading, or video cameras.
As technology races forward, computers are now a reality to billions of people, even to those in the poorest of nations. Computerized devices, systems, and operations that would have been unheard of only a few decades ago are now common-place in every corner of the globe. So quickly has this technology come upon us that we now take it for granted. It’s hard to even think of a time that we didn’t have computers. In fact, many people are young enough to never have known a time without computers. However, back in the late 1960s, the New York Stock Exchange was still run completely by paper and manual operation. It actually had to shut down for a short period, because the information generated from normal trading was beginning to inundate and clog the whole system. In today’s world, the sheer volume traded daily on the stock exchanges would make any thought of returning to pre-computer days completely impossible.
Thus, a major key to forming the system of the Beast lies in the advent of microelectronics and computer technology. Over the course of the last forty years, we have witnessed the development of the core technologies capable of making the prophecy of the Mark come true—at least from an operational perspective. Consider what it would take to produce a total switchover to an economy based upon something other than the exchange of paper money or coins. The financial accounting system necessary to pull it off would be mind-boggling. How would governments and financial institutions ever control and administer global transactions consisting of trillions of dollars in goods and services done without cash? Especially, when the infrastructure now consists of billions of people and millions of businesses doing billions of transactions every day, it would be virtually impossible to manage manually.
Up to our point in history, commerce occurred through the actual exchange of tangible currency, as it has for many millennia. However, in a cashless economy based solely on an intangible transfer of value and validated by a mark, no such physical transfer would occur. Administering such a system never could be done by hand. In addition, implementing such an extensive control system for buying and selling never could be completely set up during the brief reign that is given to the Antichrist to lead the empire (1,260 days; see the sections on The Antichrist and the New World Order). Without an extensive period of preparation and development prior to the Antichrist’s rise, the Mark of the Beast would be a dismal failure. The reality is, the only way to successfully implement a universal marking program and a fully cashless society enforced and validated through the Mark would be if the essential parts of the system were already in place before the Antichrist arises.
This is a radical statement. What very few people have considered before our time is that the precursor to the Empire of the Beast would be actively preparing for the revealing of the Antichrist long before he would arise. Whether the world realizes it or not, the foundations for the coming economic system of the Antichrist have been built by a series of technological developments and initiatives that have taken place over the last generation. This is all happening all around us on a global basis, and it consists of an ever-growing network of electronic communications all made possible by the recent advent of microelectronics, computer technology, and networking.
Our society is now entirely dependent on computer technology and the networks linking them. Huge industries would disappear overnight if somehow computers could no longer be used. The combined total of all the industries involved in some form of information processing by computer now accounts for the vast majority of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States and other nations. Major governmental organizations and corporations such as NASA, the Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Pentagon, the stock exchanges of the world, the communication industry, the banking industry, high tech industries, and countless other corporations could not even hope to function in today’s world without computers.
These very electronic wizards that were created to serve us are now becoming our indispensable masters. David Burnham said that “as computers become more and more efficient and operate at a higher and higher psychological level…the catastrophe of the dominance by machines comes nearer and nearer” (The Rise of the Computer State, David Burnham, p.10). So dependent has society become on computers that there’s no choice left. Either we continue forward to whatever future computer technology holds, or face certain economic collapse if we dare to slow or reverse the process. The path toward the eventual total computerization of society has become a one-way street. We couldn’t turn back now even if we wanted to.
The advent of the microprocessor has in effect started a second industrial revolution. The society that has resulted from its implementation is a dramatic change from anything that came before. Even now, the manufacture of goods from raw materials to finished products is being controlled and managed by specially programmed computers. In some industries, automated factories with armies of robots have replaced the manual labor of the past. In the retail industry, electronically managed inventory and purchasing at stores have radically modified the way business is done. All of our homes, businesses, and government agencies are being linked through the glue of electronic impulses traveling over the wired and wireless Internet. Society’s structure is becoming completely rebuilt and almost unrecognizable as we march toward this bold new electronic future.
The coming of these computerized wonders also has created a form of technology worship. As the latest devices are introduced by the high tech companies we have grown to know and love, we are made to anticipate and desire them. Their flashy new features and capabilities are so cool that we just have to have one. Whether it is the latest computers, tablets, or smartphones with touch screens and high-resolution graphics, they are so enticing it is hard to resist. The software and the Internet tracking schemes are so good that they even make the devices seem to know what we want before we ask. Soon, we may be able to interact with these computers as we do with other people—talking to them and getting answers to anything we desire. Could the ultimate fulfillment of the Image of the Beast (Rev. 13:14-15) turn out to be an advanced computer system that will seem to have a life all its own? Even before the day when Skynet is complete and the ultimate computing networks are made to control our lives, the awe and wonder of present-day technology are often put on an altar of desire. The globalist organization called The Club of Rome has said…
“…the promise of the microprocessor…could lead to the virtual abolition of poverty and the tyranny of work. In fact, the microprocessor could be the key to Utopia” (Microelectronics and Society.
Taking Away Guns Is Essential for Tyranny. But The Propaganda Is All About Safety
MSM, High-Tech & Reddit Engaged in Heavy Censorship of Truthful News Sources
Everything is right on schedule and, now, the time is come to remove one of the final obstacles standing in the way of a New World Order: The United States Constitution – even if, over the course of many decades, it has already been greatly diminished by the B.E.A.S.T. system; or, more specifically, Bullshit Emerging As Strategic Totalitarianism (B.E.A.S.T.).
This day is here– get ready, the virus WILL spreads throughout the US and Europe, governments will respond the same way China’s government has; martial law and full-blown concentration camp culture. This would lead to civil war in the US because we are armed and many people will shoot anyone trying to put us into quarantine camps. Europe is mostly screwed. The establishment then suggests that paper money be removed from the system because it is a viral spreader. China is already pushing this solution now. Magically, we find ourselves in a cashless society in a matter of a year or two; which is what the globalists have been demanding for years. Everything goes digital, and thus even local economies become completely centralized as private trade dies. “AntiChrist Is On His Temporary Thorne”
The truth is that all of the warnings of alleged ‘conspiracy theorists’ have turned out to be correct The word translated “pestilence” is often translated as “plague” or “disaster” …
The Bible predicts the rise of this type of societal control within the frightening prophecies about the Antichrist, the final world empire called the Beast, and the final economic system using the Mark of the Beast. The electronic tyranny of technocracy that is now being developed and implemented throughout the world is in preparation for the Antichrist’s rise to power. As we see this final empire taking shape in our day, we can know for certain that the End Times is upon us and the Coming of Christ is drawing near. Now is the time to turn away from sin and evil and believe in Jesus before it is too late!
The Un-Godly — Those That Suppress the Truth, the social media giants built multi-billion dollar empires by giving everyone a voice, but now that they have such a dominant position on the Internet they have decided that many prominent conservative voices should be completely silenced.
In order for sin to work, there has to be a “suppression of the truth.”
The World leaders Are Having Trouble With The Truth, and The World Has been “Quarantined” Tribulation Is Here…
Thousands of People Are Basically Trapped in a Petri Dish of Disease
Asked about the virus while traveling abroad last week, Trump said: “We have it totally under control”. In a separate Twitter posting, he offered reassurance but scant detail for his confidence.
By Associated Press Updated On: 05:53 PST, Jan 31, 2020
Yes, are we seeing a slowdown in new virus cases reported this morning. We now have 31,481, which does show a day-to-day decline away from an exponential rate of growth if accurate. Yet for those market participants merrily saying this is “just the flu” (there are some) we also have 4,824, 15% of the total, in critical condition and 638 deaths. Further, one arguably cannot measure the death-rate of any virus against the number of currently sick people: you surely measure it against those who eventually recover vs. those who don’t. Given we have 1,563 who have recovered vs. 638 dead (and 4,824 critical) that is a worrying ratio of 29% dead as an end-outcome, which is right up there with the MERS virus from a few years ago – although, yes, there is real reason for us all to hope that number will decline sharply as milder cases will be fully curable. But the simple flu this is not.
WASHINGTON: Wuhan coronavirus: Donald Trump says deadly outbreak ‘very well under control’ as WHO declares a global emergency. President Donald Trump regaled a friendly New Jersey campaign crowd with his thoughts about impeachment, the economy, the border wall, local politics and much more.
But he was conspicuously quiet on January 28 about one big issue keeping much of the globe on pins and needles: the spread of a deadly new type of coronavirus. It has killed more than 170 people in China, sickened thousands more there and led to a handful of confirmed cases in the US, including the first US case of person-to-person transmission reported on by health officials. The State Department on January 30 advised all US citizens against traveling to China.
Trump, a self-described germaphobe, generally has discussed the virus in broad terms, but he offered some of his most extensive comments on the issue to date during an appearance on January 30 at a Michigan manufacturing plant. “Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as some people think it could be, but we’re working very closely with them (Chinese) and with a lot of other people and a lot of other countries, he said. “We think we have it very well under control.”
The Birth Pains Are Growing Stronger….
One of the signs of ruling class collapse is when they can no longer enforce the rules that maintain them as a ruling class. When the Romans started making exceptions to republican governance, it was a matter of time before someone simply decided the rules no longer applied to them. Perhaps the robot historians will consider Obama our Marius or Sulla. Maybe that person is in the near future. Either way, the rule of law is over and what comes next is the rule of men.
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” as in Nancy Pelosi (D-San Fran-feces)
Our government has been overthrown. As evidenced by Trump’s capitulation on the border, his recent servitude to the GMO industry and his acquiescence to the warmongers, our President has been compromised. Our liberties are being eliminated one by one. Gun confiscation is next. The Constitution is gasping its last breaths. Our borders are destroyed and our culture has been turned upside down by every perversion known to man.
The watchman does not confuse truth with consensus. The Watchman does not confuse God’s word with the word of those who happen to hold power at present, or with the opinion of the majority. This is because powerholders and the majority can fall victim to a lying spirit-and this means a power that actually seizes the majority of experts, the political leadership, and the public.
Everything is right on schedule and, now, the time is come to remove one of the final obstacles standing in the way of a New World Order: The United States Constitution – even if, over the course of many decades, it has already been greatly diminished by the B.E.A.S.T. system; or, more specifically, Bullshit Emerging As Strategic Totalitarianism (B.E.A.S.T.).
They are tolerant of everything except dissenting values and opinions — meaning, of course, they are tolerant of nothing that matters, only themselves.”
The Watchman does not confuse truth with consensus. The watchman does not confuse God’s word with the word of those who happen to hold power at present, or with the opinion of the majority. This is because powerholders and the majority can fall victim to a lying spirit-and; this means a power that seizes the majority of experts, the political leadership, and the public.StevieRay Hansen
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