There was a revealing by Jesus Christ of future events (Rev. 1: 1). He gave this revelation to the Apostle John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Chapter one verse ten gives us the time setting. It says “on the Lord’s day.” The preposition “on” could have rightfully been translated as one of four prepositions: on, in, by, or at. Since this is discussing time, the right preposition should have been used to delineate time – IN. Verse ten should have been translated: “I was in the Spirit IN the Lord’s day …”
It was like John went forward in a time machine INTO THE DAY OF THE LORD! The “day of the Lord” is composed of events leading up to and culminating with the return of Jesus Christ.
There are approximately thirty references in the Old Testament prophetical writings that mention the “day of the Lord.” Just one example in passing: Joel 1: 15 – “Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.”
The Book of Revelation identifies the rise of the “end time” social system and WHO gives it the power to gain control of the world. Chapter 6 reveals: 1) A white horse – religious deception (Matt. 24: 4-5). 2) A red horse – International Communism that wars against 3rd and 4th world countries. It “takes peace from the earth, and …[to] kill one another …” Its military arsenal was given to it by Western manufacturers of advanced technology. 3) A black horse – coming economic difficulties that will affect all mankind. It will be a worldwide economic collapse. 4) A pale [greenish] horse – probably radical Islam carrying out Jihad war over one-fourth of the earth. 5) Persecution of saints with many being killed. 6) A great earthquake will erupt because of something tugging at the platelets of the earth. We find that revealed in the first four trumpets – asteroids penetrating our atmosphere that will create serious problems. People will believe that it will be an extinction level event, as with the dinosaurs. Read Jeremiah 30: 4-7 to grasp the full impact of this event.
As the Trumpets of the Book of Revelation are being opened, we suddenly have a couple of inset chapters. One of those chapters gives greater details concerning this “end time” social system and its power and effect upon the human race.
Chapter 13 verse one shows the rise of this system out of the sand of the “sea.” The sea is composed of water. Notice the interpretation of the “sea.” “… The waters which you saw, where the whore sits [great false church], ARE peoples, multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Rev. 17: 15). This system will be the last pagan, anti-True God system that will have ten global groupings of nations giving their political, economic, and military power to one man called the Beast. The Beast is a man and his government.
The last part of verse two says: “… and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” According to Revelation 12: 9, the “dragon” is none other than Satan, the Devil!!! Satan or Lucifer worshippers receive power to create this “end time” social system, and Jesus Christ has allowed it. Jesus has all power in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28: 18), so He could have prevented this. In His great wisdom, He is allowing mankind to experience total disobedience to Him and the terrible consequences. Verse three says “all the world” will wonder after this dictator.
Verse 4, last part, gives us an idea of the military power he will accumulate – no one nation or individual will be able to make war with the Beast system! This system will continue for the last three and one-half years; then Jesus will roar out of the heavens with His resurrected saints and the holy angels to destroy this ungodly system (Rev. 19: 11-21). This system will blaspheme God. The Beast will claim to be God, but he is not!
Notice what this Beast, who claims to be God, will do! “And it was given unto him [the Beast] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (v. 7).
There will be a FALSE prophet that will perform miracles to deceive the whole world into believing this is God’s kingdom. However, it will be a counterfeit kingdom. There must be a way to control the human race and keep them dependent upon this Beast government. There will be!
Revelation 13: 16-18 describes an economic system for BUYING AND SELLING. Everyone will be assigned a number that will be invisibly placed on his or her right hand or forehead. It’s called the MARK of the Beast. There will be no cash, coins, checks, or money orders; just a number for transacting business. We are approaching the time. Don’t faint or grow weary at this late date!!!