There is a world power that is supposed to come onto the scene just prior to Jesus’ Second Advent. This dominant power is prophesied to come onto the world scene and be referred to as “the Beast.“ This beast is foretold to “exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name” (Rev 13:12-17).
The Book of Revelation speaks of an end-time ruler that will control the world markets and no one can buy or sell without having a specific mark or number (Rev 13:17-18). This is supposed to occur during the Great Tribulation. This anti-Christian power is mentioned in Revelation 13. No one can buy or sell except they have the mark of the beast or the number that is needed. Those who do not have this number or mark will not be allowed to buy or sell food, clothing or anything at all. A new world order will eventually come at the end of this age…but it will be the Kingdom of God mentioned in Revelation chapters 21 and 22. This new world order will be under the authority and reign of Jesus Christ – King of kings and Lord of lords. This new world order will benefit humans who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. There will be no more poverty, no more pain, no more sorrow, and every single tear will be wiped away forever (Rev 21:4).
Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
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