Biblical Prophecy & The End Times: The One World Economic System
In the first article in this 3 part series on Biblical prophecy and the end times, we discussed the Antichrist and the coming one world government. The Antichrist will be the leader of the one world government and the head of the global and godless society.
The Antichrist Will Control Commerce & The One World Economic System
Known as the beast of the sea in the book of Revelation, the Antichrist will control commerce and the one world economic system. This is one of the ways that he will control people and will get them to submit to him and worship him. They will not be able to buy food, clothing, housing… without the mark of the beast.
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
There is a variety of speculation about what type of economic system there will be in the times of the Antichrist and the one world economic system. Some speculate that there will be one world currency. Others believe that it will be a cashless system based on electronic credits and debits. The Bible does not give us specific details of the economic system, except that it will be controlled by the Antichrist and the one world government. And it will be used to control and manipulate people to reject Christ and to worship the Antichrist.
The People Who Reject Christ and Receive The Mark of the Beast Will Suffer a Great Deal in the Tribulation
End times prophecy in the Bible reveals that the tribulation will be a terrible time to live in. It will be terrible for people who come to faith in Christ during the tribulation period. And many believers will even be martyred. It will be especially terrible for unbelievers, and they will suffer a great deal of God’s wrath.
In the first half of the Tribulation period (the first 3 1/2 years), people will suffer terribly during the 7 Seals (Revelation 6 & 7) and the 7 Trumpets (Revelation 8 & 9). Then in the 2nd half of the Tribulation there will be great suffering during the 7 Bowls or Plagues as per below.
The 7 Bowls or Plagues of Revelation 16
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.” 2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. 4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.
The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. 9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory. 10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. 12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
The 7th Bowl
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.
The Ultimate Destiny of Those Who Reject Christ and Take On the Mark of the Best
Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
There is a lot of speculation that the mark of the best will be a microchip placed in a person. The technology to “mark” people in this way has existed for some time. The microchip could be used to track a person’s location, health, and financial transactions. It is not clear in the Bible what exactly the mark of the best is, but it is certainly possible that a microchip would be a way to mark and keep track of people.
In our next article we will look into the other key part of the coming end times global and godless government and society. The one world religion.
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