Steve Lyston | The Anti-Christ platform: The economic system
Revelation 13: 16 - 18 says: "He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."
It is very critical in this season for us to understand the Book of Revelation. Many pastors and individuals are afraid to read this book, but it is relevant. Signs, seasons and symbols are critical in the Book of Revelation. The mark of the beast is not only a mere matter of a chip being placed in your forehead. It is a system that both corporations and merchants impose.
They will join with political leaders and will impose laws and decrees which are Antichrist meaning against Christ and the Word of God. Once you refuse, they will try to starve you of food and funding (grants, food stamps, etc.), and they will lay sanctions on organisations or nations that will not agree.
The Antichrist will come through the economic system, and the beast represents an incarnation of political and social evils.
The number six symbolises carnal flesh image. It represents the carnal nature and the number of man. That means a world leader will rise that will be empowered by Satan.
Daniel 11: 37 says:
"He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all."
The right hand represents allegiance, power, honour . To whom will we have allegiance in the end time? To whom will we give honour? Every single person will have to decide. Many are doing it already for money and power.
According to Daniel 11: 37, the Antichrist will have no desire for God, women or the Church. Money and power are the only things he will worship. The Antichrist will change definitions and make new decrees. He will glorify sin and call it something else.
Revelation 13: 7 lets us know that believers globally will be persecuted and beheaded and forced to accept unclean lifestyles and false religions.
Revelation 13: 4 - 5 reminds us that men will worship the Antichrist to get power. He will be an orator powerful speaker, but he will ridicule and blaspheme Jesus and the Bible. There is a difference between 'anti-Christ' and 'The Antichrist'. The 'anti-Christ' is used to speak of systems and/or people against Jesus Christ and who are forerunners to the main person of The Antichrist. The Antichrist is one who will reveal himself to be and bring the solution for all the world's problems - purporting equality for all.
Each time you see the word 'Beast' in the Bible, it symbolises animal characteristics in behaviour. The Antichrist will have Satan's help and will have demons and fallen angels to carry out his bidding! Many leaders will sell their souls for power and money to become rich.
You are going to see many organisations coming out of the woodwork, supporting spiritual fornication and adultery. They have to do it to establish their dominance in the marketplace.
The Book of Revelation speaks about Babylon; and Babylon is a system without God. Babylon is coming from the spirit of Nimrod. Study Revelation 18 and you will see his rebellion against God.
Revelation 8: 3-4 says: "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury." And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues."
Any believer or individual who calls him or herself a Christian, who supports or is a part of the Babylonian system in any way, God is calling them to come out; otherwise, they will be receiving the same judgement as those who engage in the Babylonian system.
Each believer has to look within him or herself and seriously ask the question : "To whom am I pledging allegiance?"
Recognise that believers can get caught in the Babylonian system if they rebel against the Lord. There is no way in the world anybody can serve two masters.
Let it be known that Jesus is not coming back as a Saviour, but He is coming back as a judge.
I John 2: 18 reminds us: "Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour."
- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.