The Mark of the Beast
Last week I got to thinking about the true purpose (the why) behind the Antichrist’s need for a system like the Mark of the Beast. Aside from the already stated economic and religious reasons given in Scripture (Revelation 13), my opinion, is that there is also a very practical reason for it. By the time, he begins to come to power; the war on truth will have reached a crescendo of sorts. So much fake news and information leaks will be ongoing everywhere, it would seem that in order for him to secure his position of authority, he would require a plan that demands absolute loyalty.
Much in the same way Nazis had to wear the swastika as a symbol of political loyalty to the Reich; this mark will also be a symbol of allegiance to the Beast. Not only that but will also likely influence the bearer’s ability to reason to such an extent, that once you receive it, you will have permanently abdicated your right to free will. That will be the ultimate form of sacrifice this man will require.
Therefore, while we do not know who this Antichrist is, nor do we know exactly how the number 666 fits into this technology, we know it is coming because the technology is already here. From Deep-brain neurostimulators to electronic tattoos, there are numerous types of wirelessly controlled implantable technology. While most of this technology is being used benignly for medical purposes, this man will conceive of a way to use them as a form of control. He will figure out a way to tie this into the new form of digital currency that will arise once our current fiat system has collapsed.
Interestingly, both regimes (the Nazis and the Beast) will have only truly ruled for seven years. While it is true that Adolph Hitler came to power in 1933, he really did not get around to his true intentions until 1938, when he invaded Czechoslovakia. From 1933 until 1938, Hitler seemed like a great man of peace and enterprise. He was praised all over Europe and even in America by many political leaders and captains of industry for bringing Germany back from the economic brink with his Four Year Plan. However, from 1938 until 1945, Hitler’s true colors came out and he was bent on conquering everyone he could, at whatever price. Similarly, the Antichrist will first come out as a man of peace; riding on a white horse, as a man on a mission (Dan. 8:23-25, 9:27; Rev. 6:1-2).
As outlined in Volume I, after the Rapture, the world will be thrown into chaos. This rider on the white horse will seemingly have all the answers to the issues that will be plaguing mankind at that time. Since Satan is the de facto ruler of this earth and age (Luke 4:5-7, 1st John 5:19), he is the primary instigator of all the problems which have always plagued mankind. As such, Satan will hand over the keys of the earth (metaphorically speaking) to this man and he will do the impossible. The world will marvel after him, and for the briefest of moments, he will seem like the answer to their godless prayers.
So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
What gets lost in translation here, is the timing of all this. So as a bit of a recap, allow me to list out how I believe things will transpire.
The Rapture of the Church decimates the US and triggers a global collapse of the present world order
The Rapture is immediately followed by a three to four and a half year gap in which the following occurs
The formation of the Beast (government) and Harlot (religious) world system begins
The calamitous destruction of Damascus by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) prompts the hook in the Jaw for Gog. The chaos will be used as justification for Israel’s nuclear first-strike policy against perceived threats (Isaiah 17)
After this great victory, Israel receives global condemnation for the use of excessive force and begins to largely dismantle their IDF believing they are finally out of harm’s way (Ezekiel 38:8-9)
The global collapse of the West, coupled with Israel’s disarmament triggers the Gog-Magog invasion (and why the US is unable to come to Israel’s aid) (Ezekiel 38-39)
After spectacular divine deliverance, Israel unanimously approves the building of the third Jewish temple (Rev. 11:1-2)
The building of the third temple prompts the arrival of the Two Witnesses and begin their three and a half year ministry (Rev. 11:3-7)
The world is realigned under ten regional commands (Dan. 2:41-43)
Using subterfuge, the Antichrist dislodges three other regional leaders to garner the controlling interests of the Beast system (Dan. 7:7-8, 19-24)
The ousting of the three kings by the Little Horn (The Antichrist) will signal his arrival on the global stage as The Antichrist (Rev. 6:1-2)
The Antichrist is now in a position to confirm the covenant with the many. Presumably, some treaty between Israel and the Beast system, allows her to operate independently of the Beast (Dan. 9:27
Seals 2-6 occur in conjunction with the ensuing conquest by the Antichrist to secure his global dominion
This season of conquest is why Antichrist will require unwavering loyalty by use of this permanent mark with his name. Much like the current Social Credit System, China is currently employing, the Mark of the Beast will be everything, and without it, you cannot do anything. Furthermore, to deny receiving it, will mean forfeiture of all property and certain execution. The mark itself will most likely genetically alter your DNA and will corrupt your mind (loss of free will) possibly causing the bearer to enter into some form of demonic possession that never lets go.
I personally believe that demonic forces can possess technology. Just think about all the creepy things Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already saying these days with simple systems like Alexa and Siri. My theory is that the Antichrist will be a man who is embedded with some form of quantum-powered (quantum dot), AI-infused, technology that will give him unfettered and immediate access to all the digitized information stored around the world. Perhaps this is why places like the Utah NSA Data Center exist. This data center (one of many) can hold upwards of five zettabytes of data [a zettabyte equals a billion terabytes]. Furthermore, our DNA itself can hold massive amounts of information (around 700 terabytes in a single gram of DNA), which may also be how he accesses it.
Imagine how powerful a man could be if he could perfectly recall any information ever conceived of in mere milliseconds by accessing this data with the assistance of AI. Now imagine that same man who is embedded with a form of quantum-based AI that is also possessed by Satan himself. Satan and his fallen angels were here before Creation, so they certainly understand how everything works down to a molecular level.
He will know where all the hidden treasure is buried. He will know every dark secret conceived of on earth. He will be able to manipulate everyone whose name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, simply by knowing all their dirty secrets. Francis Bacon once noted that knowledge is power. If that is the case, then this man will be the smartest unredeemed man to have ever lived.
Not only will he have access to all the conventional knowledge in the world, but he will also be able to access the secret (multi-dimensional) knowledge that is hidden from our reality. He will have the dutiful support of the False Prophet, who can summon up supernatural demonic powers. The world at this time will want to worship this man. He will be for all intents and purposes, the world’s first superhero. This is why a supernaturally charged False Prophet, who can do signs and wonders, directs all worship towards him. Antichrist will be (my opinion) the physical embodiment of the Singularity, or at least, that is what people will think of him as being.
Nevertheless, by worshipping this man for temporary respite, he or she will be condemning themselves to an eternity in hell. Whatever temporary enjoyments they have here on earth, will be extremely fleeting because, before hell, they will endure the divine judgments increasingly compounding upon the earth. From cataclysmic natural disasters to the bloodying of the waters, scorching the earth, devastating heat, and tongue-gnawing darkness. Their messiah will not be able to stop the wrath of God from being poured out upon the earth.
Even still, the mark of the beast will so pollute their minds, that they will be incapable of repenting. All they can do is curse and blaspheme God. If the mark of the beast involves some form of neuro-engineering, those who bear it will not be able to reverse it.
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. 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 ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11