The book of Revelation gives us great detail regarding the last 7 year period on earth, known as the Tribulation - which concludes with the Second Coming of Jesus. We have watched world events lining up in preparation for this period; events which perfectly align with the prophetic scriptures detailed in chapters 6-18 of Revelation.
The 13th chapter of Revelation gives considerable detail regarding the Antichrist and his "partner-in-crime", the False Prophet. This revealing chapter describes the "authority" that the Antichrist will have over "every tribe, people, language and nation". In other words, the entire earth. This chapter goes on to describe the fact that the Antichrist will also control the world's financial system (as administered by the False Prophet), and he will do so by implementing the "Mark of the Beast" - which is a "mark" which will be required to be inserted on the hand or forehead. This "mark" will be necessary for ALL financial transactions. In other words, if you don't have this "mark", then you cannot buy or sell anything.
"He also forced everyone...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..." (Revelation 13:16-17). We've previously detailed how the technology now exists which could fulfill these prophetic scriptures. Digital Angel now has the GPS/RFID implantable microchips which can be inserted into the hand or forehead, and contains the capability to handle financial transactions, global tracking and health related information on every person. This technology is a perfect fit and could easily be implemented as a way to control all financial transactions.
The current economic crisis, which has involved almost every nation on earth, has led to an alarming call by the industrialized nations to create a "global economy". The European Union, is now calling for Global Financial Reform, and will present their plans during an upcoming economic meeting with other major countries on November 15.
At the same time, we now hear a constant drumbeat - which calls for a one-world currency as part of the overall solution to the world's financial crisis. Originally envisioned for 2024, we now see an even more urgent call for a single, global currency - something that is now being discussed as an immediate solution, rather than a long term solution.
Ecommerce Times has produced a summary detailing the necessity for this global currency, as a solution to the current crisis. Its highly probable that discussions held during the November 15 meeting will include the implementation of such a world-currency.
Global financial system. Global currency. Global financial leadership.
These are words that I didn't expect to see on this side of the Rapture. I have always assumed that these discussions would not begin until the Tribulation. Yet, in only a brief 4-6 week period, we have witnessed the world going from a stable financial system which seemed foolproof - develop into an acute "world crisis". Additionally, we now watch world leaders engaged in serious discussions regarding a single, world currency and a global financial system - as solutions to our financial crisis.
All of this had to happen for the Antichrist to ultimately control the world's economy. The world will witness a leader emerge from the European Union (aka "revived Roman Empire") who will seize control of the world's financial system. But for this to happen, there has to be a "world financial system" and a single "world currency". The fact that we are seeing these things developing now is fascinating from a prophetic perspective.
The world is headed rapidly towards the Tribulation. Everything that we see happening in the world today makes that point abundantly clear.
What a difference a few weeks makes.
Its a brave new world - a world which will be very favorable for the rise of a global figure - one who will appear to have the answers for all of the world's problems. A figure who will confirm a peace plan in the Middle-East. A figure who will appear to solve the financial problems of the world. Unfortunately, the bible tells us that his "success" will be brief. Just as the world believes that the Antichrist has finally solved their problems, and when the world is saying "peace and safety", the bible tells us that "destruction will come on them suddenly" (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3). The Tribulation will begin with the Antichrist confirming a peace plan between Israel and her neighbors (Daniel 9:27). But after this, the Tribulation ("destruction") will begin "suddenly".
We do have good news though. The "gathering up" of the Church, also known as the Rapture - will occur before any of this. Jesus stated in Revelation 3:10 "I will keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world."
The apostle Paul confirmed the prophecy made by Jesus. I'll let the apostle Paul close this commentary with his very words - words which inform us of our fate:
"Jesus - who rescues us from the coming wrath". That says it all. We won't be here to see the Antichrist and his reign of terror. We have a date - with Jesus - in Heaven. And this date appears to be coming very soon.