Revelation 13 clearly outlines a future in which no one may buy or sell anything unless they have taken the mark of the beast. But how will believers be savvy enough to avoid doing so?
Pastor Mark Biltz, author of Decoding the Antichrist and the End Times, told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network that the question itself is a "slippery slope."
"Look at how dependent people are on technology right now," Biltz says. "People can become so dependent upon the technology, like their iPhone, that they don't know how they can live without it. And so people are going to have to decide at some point just how far they are willing to go.
"There is definitely an anti-Christ system now in place. It's going to be by assimilation. I don't think the Antichrist is going to come in and say, 'I'll kill you if you don't get the mark.' But I think he'll say, 'You can keep your Jesus, but you have to accept the system as well.'"
Biltz says there's a huge debate about the Antichrist: who he will be and where they will come from.
"In all the texts I read in the New Testament, it implies he will be a professing believer," Biltz says.
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