In the Book of Revelation, we read of the Anti-christ system. Only those who receive the mark of the beast will be able to buy and sell. Anyone who refuses is in dire straits. We begin by reading Revelation 13:16-18:
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. (Revelation 13:16-18)
Many people these days are sensing something is up and it isn’t good. Something is about to happen. Christians and non-Christians alike can feel it. But what is it? Events are spinning out of control faster and faster with each passing day, with each Supreme Court decision, with each obama executive order, with each battle in the Middle East, with each nation collapsing under its debt. But what?
This is to show what others are saying. Consider this from the book The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America by Jim Marrs:
“What disturbs many thinking people is a vision of the near future in which, should the feds decide to stifle dissent, they could “freeze” the disident’s assests by reprogrammin his database information. Scanners would not recognize him and he would become officially invisible, unable to drive or work legally, have a bank account, buy anything on credit, or even see a doctor.”
Folks, this is real. Very soon, life is going to be very rough on believers and non-believers as the Tribulation begins. We can already see it. We can already feel it. Christians are becoming public enemy number one in the USA and around the world. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can get us through this. Repenting and believing in Him and growing in Him will get us through these coming times.
We don’t know just when this will happen, but the signs are there. Matthew 24 tells us the signs of Christ’s return: And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will [d]fall away and will [e]betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, [f]most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole [g]world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:4-8)
These things are happening now. They will get worse as the time goes on, until the Abomination of Desolation takes place. (Rev 24:15) This comes 3 ½ years after the beginning of the Tribulation. This will be the most deadly time ever. Christians and Jews will be slaughtered by the anti-Christ system. Jews are warned to get out fast from Judea when they see this happen (Rev 24:16-22)
These are perilous times my friends. Only Jesus can save us. Enduring until the end will happen for some, but not for most. Will we be here during this time? Many say Christians will be taken up in the Rapture in order to keep from experiencing these times. There is debate on this, about when the Rapture will occur. Before? Mid-way? We do not know for sure. We just have to be ready. Are you?