The world has changed dramatically in only one generation, and seems to have grown smaller with the increased speed of transport and communications. We have become more closely linked through the internet, mobile phones, TV, jet airplanes and multi lane highways, but have you wondered if we might have become more controlled as well? In reality there is less privacy in our lives as satellites, security cameras and surveillance devices observe our every move and more. Is this for our own security, or is it a step towards a government which will know everything about its subjects, and hence, have control over them?
The prophetic writings of a simple fisherman who lived 2,000 years ago predict how this government will gain control. This man, John, was one of Jesus' twelve disciples, and he received many amazing predictions concerning the final days of this Earth, many of which have already begun to be fulfilled. His amazing predictions are recorded in the Bible along with hundreds of other prophecies about the future. Many have already been fulfilled, but one of the most earthshaking ever is still waiting to take place.
John predicted a global economic system that would eliminate cash, and it's already started! Think of how much plastic people already carry around with them these days. Are we on the verge of a new era, one in which cash of any form will be eliminated? According to this prediction, we are.
If someone wanted to control the world, what better way than by instituting a universal monetary system where everyone would be linked to a central computer? The only way this would be possible would be by implementing an idea that has been in use for some time, though only on a small scale: If you were to have a computer chip inserted under your skin, similar to the chips used in smart cards today, not only would your identity be secured, but you would also be protected from it being stolen or lost. Once the chip has been implanted, a simple bar code reader could read the information on it and ... voilą! You could make financial transactions just like using a credit or debit card.
Believe it or not, the hi-tech means for fulfilling this futuristic vision is available today! To obtain a passport for your dog to travel in Europe, you need to have a chip with all the dog's vital information implanted in it. The governments of several countries are already pursuing plans to eliminate cash and checks, while other countries are testing various methods of doing business without currency. Sounds convenient, doesn't it? But is it really? If this were to happen, whoever is in charge would have almost complete knowledge of what you do and when you do it, and that means control. The worst part is that people will be so allured by the "convenience" that they won't realize what they are getting into.
John further predicts that the man who will control this system, referred to as the Antichrist, will be possessed by Satan. The dragon [Devil] gave him [the Antichrist] his power and his throne and great authority (Revelation 13:2). He will end up "ruling" the world, controlling it by forcing everyone to accept a mark: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads: and that no one may buy or sell except one that has the mark or the name of [the Antichrist] or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16-17). In order to make it all acceptable, this program will be disguised as a technological breakthrough for the benefit of everyone.
The coming world leader will also demand the world's worship; not only because he has a severe ego problem, but also because he will be possessed by the Devil. You see, this is what Satan is really after when he causes his puppet, the Antichrist, to set up the one world credit system: To force the people of the world to bow down and worship him. This sounds a little farfetched, but the Bible warns: If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead, or on his hand, the same shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God. (Revelation 14:9-10).
Now come on," you might say, "God would not give such a severe punishment for simply accepting an identification and credit mark that allows you to buy your groceries, would He?" Well, here's the issue: voluntarily receiving the mark will primarily be a spiritual decision to worship the demonic Antichrist and accept his power over you, so it is a serious decision.
These will be very difficult times for those who don't accept the mark, because they will get persecuted by the Antichrist's government. But no worries, because God will intervene when Jesus Christ returns to rescue His people and defeat the forces of evil. In the words of John, Those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands ... lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4). Smooth ending, isn't it?
So when you see a world government arise and its leader demanding your allegiance, and even your worship, don't fall for it. No matter what they try to entice you with, or however they threaten you to take their "mark," give worship to the one true God, your Creator, Who loves and cares for you. Only He can and will see you through the days ahead if you put your trust in Him.
Some of the above may astonish you, but it's God's truth as revealed in the Bible. Countless Biblical prophecies have already been accurately and specifically fulfilled, so you can be sure that these predictions of the future will be as well! You can prepare for the exciting days ahead by receiving Jesus into your heart. Simply pray,
Dear Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive me for all the wrongs I have done. Help me to trust in You, to learn more about You and how to share Your love and peace with others. I trust You will watch over me. Amen.
If you believe what you have read here, and refuse to accept the mark, you will become part of the movement to undermine the Devil's forces in the world today, and will have joined the battle for truth and justice. Don't be deceived--be prepared! For more information, please write to us.