From the beginning, Satan has deceived people into believing they cannot live without money. His kingdom has been built on the lure of riches, the love of money, but the scriptures say, “The righteous man shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
Every generation has faced the same choice, whether to trust in God or money. Jesus made it simple to understand when he said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches” (Matthew 6:24).
It really isn’t complicated, just two choices, God or money. Many nations and empires have come and gone, but ultimately there have only ever been two choices, which are two kingdoms. Each of us must choose. The one who loves God follows Him and obeys Him while the one who loves money follows after it and obeys it. It is impossible to serve both.
Satan has played the same worn out tricks from the beginning because they are all he has. He advances his kingdom through bribery, extortion, intimidation, and blackmail, just like his thugs on earth. He even tried to bribe the Lord Jesus when he took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8)
Satan has successfully controlled most of the wealth of the world by using these tactics. His followers do whatever it takes to acquire more money for themselves while preventing others from getting any. His kingdom is an organized crime operation, a worldwide mafia, with Satan acting like the godfather.
But his followers are never satisfied. King Solomon wrote, “The righteous have enough to satisfy their appetites, but the stomach of the wicked is in need.” (Proverbs 13:25) No matter how much they acquire; they always want more and Satan is the same way. He wants total control over all the wealth of the world, even enslaving every person by controlling their finances.
For a very brief time, just before the return of the Lord, God is going to allow Satan’s kingdom to reach maturity. Satan will finally have what he has always wanted, but instead of glorifying himself, he will indict himself. The stench of his crimes will be used as evidence against him, recorded in the eternal annals of history showing what happens when Satan has his way and proving God’s judgments against him are just and right. Then the Lord Jesus will destroy Satan’s kingdom when He returns to the earth. Satan will be thrown down into a lake of fire and brimstone where he will burn for all eternity. (Isaiah 14:13-15, Revelation 20:10)
The trap is now being prepared. The prophet Daniel saw an end-time kingdom arising and doing what no previous kingdom has been able to do, devouring the whole earth, trampling it down, and crushing it (Daniel 7:23). He described this kingdom as exceedingly dreadful with teeth of iron and claws of bronze (Daniel 7:19). Teeth and claws are used for cutting, devouring, and consuming, which is what this kingdom will do to anyone who stands in its’ way.
In those days, organized crime will rule the world. The wealth of the world will be corralled into the accounts of ten evil kings who will control the accounts of everyone on earth through the mandatory mark of the beast (Daniel 7:24). It will be the biggest act of extortion in history, threatening to cut off basic necessities for everyone who refuses to take the mark; just another trick play from the same old playbook.
Everyone who takes the mark will become slaves of the beast kingdom, controlled by the threat of being instantly removed from the system, unable to buy or sell. Having rejected God’s offer to live by faith, the world will be gripped with fear.
Even the antichrist will be a slave of the beast kingdom. He gets a lot of attention because he is the front man, but he is actually just a puppet on a string, doing whatever his mafia bosses tell him to do. The only reason they support him is because he is a prostitute, willing to do whatever they say, so he can have the glory of his power and position. Without their financial backing and planning, he would be nothing. He is the ultimate fraud. His only real accomplishments are not done by his own power (Daniel 8:24). The only reason he has any authority is because it is given to him by the dragon (Revelation 13:4). He will be great in his own mind, but beyond that not so much (Daniel 8:25). He sees himself as being highly exalted, even on the same level as the Most High God, but in reality he is the biggest stooge in history, used by the devil.
This kingdom is now coming into view as the wealth and governments of every developed nation in the world have come under the control of central banks. The next step will bring the central banks under the control of a global bank, such as the Bank for International Settlements, which is a bank for central banks, or the International Monetary Fund, which works to foster global monetary cooperation and financial stability.
Many more changes are coming, setting the stage for the beast kingdom to arise, but the technology required for the mark is already here. It is later than most people realize.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.