Chapter 13 of the book of Revelation confirms Paul’s teaching that the coming Deceiver would demand to be worshipped (2 Thessalonians 2:4,9). In Revelation we see him being worshipped as a great warrior, “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (:4); he is worshipped by those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (:8). The False Prophet (the second beast) will command public worship of the Antichrist, “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (:12).
For all this to happen there must be a one world religion, lead from Rome, in the Last Days. It will be the religion that Satan sought to establish when he deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:5); he wanted “a man” to replace God. The New Age Movement, World Council of Churches, United Nations, and the Roman Catholic Church are all eager to create a single religion that would suit every religion on earth. A One World Religion will work alongside a One World Government.
Through religion, great signs and wonders, “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live” (Revelation 13:13-14). Those who are deceived into this Antichrist religion are those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Saviour and have received the ‘Mark of the Beast’, “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” (:16-18). This may begin as a public display of adoration and praise, but soon this will be enforced, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (:15). The statue of the Antichrist in the Jerusalem temple will be the focus point of the Last Day One World Religion, possibly in the same way as Mecca is to Islam.
Commerce and Industry
All trade and industry, all buying and selling, will be controlled by the Beast’s system. No matter how rich or poor a person might be they will have to register for the Antichrist’s identification mark, that will be placed beneath the surface of the skin of the right hand or forehead like a bio-chip implant, if they want to do any kind of business, “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” (:16). Without this mark, which may include a tattoo, no one will be able even to purchase their every day needs, “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” (:17).
What is being described here is the ‘Cashless Society’ that World Governments and International Bankers would like to impose upon the nations. Though it is impossible for everyone to have the same number, it is possible for the number Six hundred and sixty-six (666) to be built into the ‘Mark’ of every individual. Our present ‘Bar Codes’ already have this number built into them for every product on earth. Regardless what form the ‘Mark’ will evolve into, we know that it will be impossible to conduct any kind of business transaction from buying a loaf of bread to creating multi-million dollar companies. The Antichrist’s system will be in control of all the money of every person and organisation.
Control of the Forces of Nature
Revelation 13:5 explains that the Beast will receive “power”. This power comes directly from Satan, “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (:2). This power may come into him through a false resurrection, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast” (:3), [Note: There are some who see the healing of the deadly would as being the revival of Roman Catholicism after the blow given to it at the Reformation. I personally cannot see this as legitimate interpretation. Others believe that the resurrection may actually be a raising of the dead of a world leader of the past such as Nero or Hitler. I think it is better to let the Scripture to speak for itself at this point by taking the most obvious interpretation.]
At some point the man who is the Antichrist must become possessed by Satan himself in much the same way as “entered Satan into Judas” (Luke 22:3, John 13:26). There may be some significance in the fact that both the Antichrist and Judas are called “the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, John 17:12), that they both worked miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9, Acts 1:17), and had control of the money (Revelation 13, John 12:6). Through this overcoming of physical death the world will worship him. It is likely that such a resurrection will convince the world that he is the Christ of Scripture.
He will receive great power from Satan to work great sign and wonders such as calling fire down from the sky. He and the second beast will amaze people by their trickery and the spectacular, “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” (Revelation 13:13). The Beast’s right-hand man, the false prophet will appear like Elijah since the Jews believe that Elijah must come before the Messiah. These miracles will convince them that they have found the true Messiah, for who else could overcome both death and natural forces?
The coming Antichrist has no personal ability to do any of these things, he will be totally under the control of Satan, thus forming a false trinity. Through some method he will be able to cause electrical storms to appear and literal fire to fall to deceive the world into following him.