"Steps Toward the Mark of the Beast"

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Chapter 11

A Look Behind the Scenes to See Why We Will Become a Cashless Society

Most people haven't given much, if any, thought as to why we are becoming a cashless society. Those who do usually conclude that these changes are taking place as the result of technological advance that are going to make our lives easier.

Without a doubt, man is a creature that desires convenience. Whenever we can, we will almost always choose the easiest path. The convenience of a cashless system is certainly the primary reason that it is being accepted by all segments of our economy and by most people. However, convenience is not the reason why these changes are taking place.

To understand why we are moving towards a cashless society, we must look to the Bible. In God's Word, He shows us many things that cannot be known except God himself reveal them to us. In the book of Revelation we find the reason why we are seeing the implementation of the cashless/RFID economic system.

 

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.

(Revelation 13:16--18)

 

When we look at history and current events in the light of prophetic passages found in God's Word, we can see the reason why our present system of commerce is being set aside and a new economic system is being implemented. In God's Word we learn that the steps that are taking us into the cashless society have not happened as the result of a series of random events or because of a natural evolution in the way we do business. Each of the steps that have been taken is a part of the carefully crafted plan which is being orchestrated by Satan. Upon its completion, this plan will bring the people of the world who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior to the place where they will worship Satan as God. The transition from our present economic system to the closed cashless/RFID economic system is an essential part of Satan's plan and one of the final steps toward his goal of being worshipped as God.

We read about Satan‘s rebellion and his desire to become God in the Bible. God has revealed these things to us in Isaiah chapter 14 and other prophetic passages. And just as Satan has set a goal for himself to become God, he has been working diligently behind the scenes of history to reach it.

 

The Rebellion

In the Old Testament, God reveals to us what happened in the past that has set in motion the series of events which have brought the place to the place where the world is ready to accept a closed cashless/RFID system of commerce.

 

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,

son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the

ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou

hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will

sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the

sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights

of the clouds; I will be like the most high.

(Isaiah 14:12--14)

 

We read in these verses how Lucifer (Satan) has rebelled against God, and has purposed to overthrow God and take His place. Ever since he rebelled against God, Satan has been working very diligently on many fronts, using lies and deception to reach his goal of having people worship him as God.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has also revealed to us that there is a great spiritual warfare that has been underway ever since Satan rebelled. Whether we believe it or not, this conflict continues even today. Whether we like it or not, each one of us is caught up in this conflict.

While it is certain that the Lord Jesus Christ is the victor over Satan in this war, Satan will continue his rebellion until the return of Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who knows the end of all things, has also shown us in His Word that Satan will achieve his goal of being worshipped as God for a brief period of time, but he will be cast down by Jesus when He returns at the beginning of the "day of Christ".

 

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming

of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering

together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken

in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by

word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of

Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any

means: for that day shall not come, except there

come a falling away first, and that man of sin be

revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and

exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that

is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple

of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember

ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these

things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he

might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of

iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth

will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then

shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall

consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy

with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose

coming is after the working of Satan with all power and

signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness

of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they

received not the love of the truth, that they might be

saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong

delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all

might be damned who believed not the truth, but had

pleasure in unrighteousness.

(2 Thessalonians 2:1--12)

 

One day Satan, who "opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped", will bring his plan to fruition where, "he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." Our Lord Jesus Christ is allowing Satan to carry out his plan, but will one day destroy him.

 

Why Is God Allowing Satan to Deceive the World?

The fact is, according to God's Word, that those who reject God's love and mercy by refusing to believe on Jesus Christ will be deceived by Satan's lie and be damned. We can believe Satan’s lies, or we can believe the Truth. Jesus Christ is the Truth;

 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,

and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but

by me. (John 14:6)

 

When God presents us with the Truth, we must decide if we are going to believe Him. God will not force us to believe the Truth. However, it is not without consequence if we refuse to believe.

 

...because they received not the love of the

truth, that they might be saved. And for this

cause God shall send them strong delusion,

that they should believe a lie: That they all

might be damned who believed not the truth,

but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(2 Thessalonians 2:10a--12)

 

If a person rejects the truth, then they will believe Satan's lies. In this present world, at this very moment, "the mystery of iniquity doth already work…", as we have already read in verse 7 of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. The deception is underway. Satan has already deceived many with his lies.

Most people do not realize what is happening because having rejected God’s Word, they do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Those who refuse to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ will one day will believe the ultimate lie when Satan presents himself to the world as God. This delusion is sent by God upon all who reject His offer of mercy by refusing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. The deception is so strong and so convincing that unless a person repents of their unbelief and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, he or she will be deceived. There is no middle ground. We must believe God, or we will believe the Devil’s lie.

In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus warns us in several verses about these deceptions that will come in the last days. In verse 24, he emphasizes how only those who believe the Truth (Jesus Christ) will not be deceived,

 

For there shall arise false Christs, and false

prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders;

insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall

deceive the very elect.

(Matthew 24:24)

 

The Lord assures us in this verse that it is not possible for the elect (those who believe in Jesus Christ) to be deceived. The only way you and I or anyone else can be delivered from these lies of Satan is to know the Truth. The Truth is Jesus. God has revealed this to us as we have read in the Gospel of John chapter 14 verse 6.

 

Satan Pulls Out All the Stops

One of the most powerful weapons that Satan will bring out of his arsenal in the latter part of the last days will be complete control of this world's economic system. God reveals to us that there is coming a time when no one will be able to buy or sell unless they submit to and worship Satan. This weapon will be used by Satan in his effort to force those who resist his lies to worship him as their God.

 

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.

(Revelation 13:16--18)

 

Until our generation, it has been impossible for any one person or government to completely control the world's economic system. With the advent of computers and RFID technology, we are seeing a network being put in place that can monitor and control every financial transaction. This same system will eventually be used to monitor and control the distribution of all goods and services, including the world’s food supply. One day this financial network will be controlled by one person, the one who the Bible calls the beast.

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