September 18, 2009
When I first began studying prophecy some 35 years ago, it was when I originally encountered the teachings of a coming world government with one man taking full control (Revelation 13). It was extremely difficult to even fathom that concept in those days. After all, America and Russia were both super powers and it really just didn’t make much sense. – But, since the Bible presented this as the coming reality, I believed it, even though I could not fully comprehend it.
Fast-forwarding to today, it is much easier to envision the possibility of such a scenario. Cable television is everywhere in the world. The Internet and satellite communications reach every country on the face of the earth. Even now, modern weapons can reach any part of the world in fewer than thirty minutes. — Men and nations no longer live in isolation.
And of course, there are other factors that make the ascendance of a global leader more of a reality than ever before. – The Bible predicts that worldwide chaos, instability and disorder will increase as we approach the end of the age. Jesus Himself said there would be wars, rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes in various places (Matthew 24:6-7).
The devastation caused by these increasing events will trigger a worldwide outcry for relief and order at almost any cost. – This, of course, will set the stage for the emergence of a new world leader who will promise solutions to all the problems. He will bring about world peace and promise order and security. – This leader, who will emerge out of the newly formed European Union, is commonly referred to in the Bible as the Anti-Christ.
With the rapidly approaching deterioration of world conditions, it will be no surprise that people will follow this man even to the point of falling down and worshiping him. — Christian brother David Jeremiah said this; “We see in our own political campaigns how quickly people gravitate to charisma and power. Give us a fine-looking candidate with a golden voice, a powerful presence and the ability to enthrall people with vague rhetoric about an undefined better future, and we follow like sheep as the media bleats the candidate’s praises. Completely overlooked is the substance of the man’s program.”
(Somehow this seems so recently familiar!!)
The presence and charisma of the Anti-Christ will be similar, making his rise to power inevitable.
Another fascinating aspect of this fast-approaching worldwide scenario is how this coming ruler will take control of the monetary systems. Revelation 13:16-17 says,
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Another confusing issue in times past was the idea of a mark that would individually identify everyone in the world. — It just seemed so far-fetched — a fantasy only possible in science fiction. – Not today, however! New methods of identification are being invented daily.
The following are just a few headlines highlighting this emerging technology:
◆ Advisory Committee: Comprehensive ID Management Needed in U.S. (08/27/09 – www.SecureIDNews.com)
◆ Chips in Official ID’s Raise Privacy Fears (07/16/09 – CBS News)
◆ Radio Chips Coming Soon to Your Driver’s License (02/28/09 – www.WorldNetDaily.com)
◆ Cash to Become Extinct As Chips Take Off (06/20/09 – www.News.com.Au)
◆ India to Issue All 1.2 billion citizens With Biometric ID Cards (07/15/09 – Times online)
◆ Massive E-Cash Surge Hits Japan Shops (06/08/09 – World of Tech News)
Here in America, the current administration’s desire to control the Internet proves there are plans for a new bureaucracy on the drawing board for an ever-bigger government. It is only a matter of time – a very short time- until such a bureaucracy will be constructed globally. It is just such an endeavor from which the 666 mark and numbering system of Revelation 13:15-18 will ultimately emerge.
As pointed out earlier, there are many end-time prophecies that could never have been understood apart from modern technological developments. Let’s look at the prophecy in Revelation 11 about the two witnesses who will call the world to repentance. During the first half of the Tribulation – when they are killed by the Anti-Christ, we are told that their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days, and the whole world will look upon them (Revelation 11:9) – How could we have ever understood such a prophecy before the development of satellite television?
In addition, how could any ruler control all buying and selling worldwide (Revelation 13) without the aid of computer technology? Here’s another — how could the false prophet create the illusion of giving life to a statue (Revelation 13) without the technology of virtual reality and robotics?
How could an army of 200 million come out of the far east (Revelation 9) before the population explosion? And — how could the gospel be proclaimed to all the world (Matthew 24) before all the aforementioned discoveries? — The list goes on.
Daniel 12:4 says;
“But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
This passage in the book of Daniel tells us that we would not understand these prophecies until the time of the end when knowledge would rapidly increase. It is no wonder how confusing it all appeared just those few short years ago. — But not so now!
While I realize that this picture of the near future is not a pretty one, it is important for all Christians to know what is coming. There is so much false information out there that I feel compelled to address these issues.
But of much greater importance than looking for the Anti-Christ, we are to be “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)
Keep looking up!
Until next time,