And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save 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 threescore and six.
"We know that you are hungry", says the bureaucrat. He adds, "Just allow us to insert this implant and you can eat tonight. Don't you care about the needs of your family? Surely, you love your husband?" He continues asking, "How else will you care for them? Look, your husband has already sworn allegiance and worship to our great leader, won't you?" Finally, he adds a measure of doubt and blasphemy united, "Apparently, your God has abandoned you, so how else will you survive?"
This scene will soon play out worldwide as many will seek to fulfill temporary need with a decision of eternal consequence. What will you do should you be here then? What will you eat? Where will you live? What employment will you find? All options will be totally controlled by the reigning new world order. Thankfully, there is another table spread with a heavenly dinner awaiting those wise enough to escape the nightmare to come. You have an invitation today to choose that banquet, the marriage supper of the Lamb, rather than starve while risking eternal damnation.
As the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation begin, apocalyptic devastation will be unsealed. The Earth's supply of food and water will vanish, animals everywhere will die, crops will fail, rains will cease as droughts prevail, lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams will dry up, and it will become nearly impossible to live without making the fateful choice. The horses of the Apocalypse bring war, starvation, disease, and death following close behind. Can't you hear their approach now? Men and women will either sell their soul for a mess of pottage, or willingly decide to trust Christ yet face near certain martyrdom.
Some believe that they will survive by living off of the land; however, it is obvious that this will be an impossibility. Many of the judgments destroy flora and fauna and nothing wild will be found to eat. Joel, Hosea, and Zephaniah all describe the death of most of the animal kingdom, so what will you eat? The choice to survive physically will come down to swearing loyalty to Christ or the Antichrist. The Antichrist brings physical survival but destroys the chance for eternal survival. Accepting Christ may make physical survival nearly impossible, but will guarantee eternal survival. There is another option available now. It also involves a decision but more on that later.
For this system of total control over all purchasing power to work, there would need to be several key events to happen. First and foremost, there would need to be a centralized global government to control all merchandise and all transactions. There would need to be advanced surveillance technology in place to monitor the world's population. All food production and water sources would need to be government controlled. There must not be any way for one to adequately live off of the land. It seems like a science fiction scenario were it not a present reality.
There are many indicators that all of this is now and has been in the making for quite a while. Currently, one mega-conglomerate owns all seed production in the world. Over 95% of the world's food production capabilities are owned by that one organization. Furthermore, the seeds have all been genetically modified so that they will not produce enough food for consumption in just a matter of 2 or 3 years. The un-modified seeds are being gathered up and held in storage facilities worldwide like the infamous Svalbard global seed vault. Future farmers will be required to buy their seed from a one world source. Furthermore, the world is dealing with a lack of fresh water that will be compounded by the drought of the Tribulation and pollution.
Add to this the death of animals worldwide and we have the complete recipe for the Mark of the Beast. For those country folks in Canada and the US who think that you can just kill a few deer, what about the thousands that are dying currently? Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is currently killing large numbers of deer in many places. In other places, bad management practices combined with an ever increasing predator population are clearing the forests of game. Fish have been washing up dead on beaches worldwide for a few years with no apparent explanation. Also, birds are dying in masses in many places. These are but a foretaste of what is to come. When you add the devastation of the Wrath of the Lamb, there will be no food in water or on land to eat. Here are just a couple examples.
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease devastates white-tail deer, bighorn, pronghorn populations in Eastern Montana, North Dakota
These are but a few of the many indicators that the Mark of the Beast is nearing. It will take place during that last 3.5 years of the Tribulation. We have the capability to mark all people. Surveillance technology is able to monitor people everywhere. Satellites can read the date on a dime from space already. The animal population is seeing huge die-offs worldwide. Plants and trees are being hit with disease and death at unbelievable rates. The time of the end that is a beginning is drawing near.
While the world is reeling in chaos and men and women who have rejected the gospel are making fateful decisions, those who have previously trusted Christ before the Tribulation will be enjoying His presence after the rapture and at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. You already have an invitation is that beloved verse, John 3;16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." If you want to escape that decision at the hands of the False Prophet's minions, accept Jesus today. Do it quickly. He is Soon2Come!
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