In looking at what leads up to those events, we can easily see the stresses that get it all going.  Let us keep in mind that all of war is economics at its core.  To counter the upheavals created by globalist banking cartels, retaliations and possibly economic warfare by a coalition of Chinese or Russians with many nations maneuvering in concert, some will likely see the need to implement an entirely new monetary system.  This should come as no surprise.  The Chinese have been preparing to implement their currency as a new global reserve monetary system.  In addition, all of these players have a stake in that Middle East oil as well because it is so important to economies that it is a de facto currency.  Through all history the top country has become despised by those dominated by its influence.  Plans are in place by many nations to take part in an upheaval that would turn the tables on those are at the top currently.  And this is what I believe the Apostle Paul meant in his statement in *2 Thessalonians 2:3- Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…  The “falling away” spoken of here uses the Greek word where we get “apostasy” from.  It is at its core, a separation, a forsaking, and a rebellion from the established order that has become entirely corrupt.  This word over time has taken on a special religious meaning too and undoubtedly comes with great social changes that are quite apparent.  This fall is underway and could even culminate when the Chinese money officially becomes a “global currency” in 2015 in hope of supplanting the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.  So called experts say it would take quite some time for the Renminbi for example, (the official name of their currency), to gain enough strength to become a threat to U.S. dollar dominance.  They are certainly underestimating the other factor, human nature.  Many countries would leap at the chance to give the Americans a taste of what it feels like when they were at the mercy of Uncle Sam unloading American debt upon them for decades.  Add in the pure greed that runs rampant when there is a perception that there is a onetime chance to get in on the ground floor of a wildly rising new monetary unit, and the upheaval will have enough momentum to force emergency actions.  This means the powers that be, in the U.S., rather than becoming impoverished with their economy being ruined, will pull out the pillars that support the entire global economic infrastructure.  But they won’t be without another strategy.  It will be like losing everything on the chess board that you have, as long as you are able to get one key piece into place on the other side of the wreckage.  Then you have the dominant position and all the power.  It is just too tempting for them NOT to do this.  The benefit would be that all of the debt they have accumulated would be wiped out.  Yes, the greatest theft of all time could be perpetrated by corrupt men who had it all made legal for them by corrupting those who make the laws.  They could then pass on the reins of power to their successors and heirs after them so they in turn could reap the wealth of the world for another generation and repeat the cycle.  They themselves are deluded, thinking of how much better they will make the world.  They just don’t see how it only makes the corruption grow with all of their “progress”.  These things will induce a period of utter lawlessness and a nearly complete breakdown of societies in many parts of the world.  But we shouldn’t be surprised by this either.  As recently as 2012 a coalition of scientists proclaimed that at least 2.3 billion people must “be killed” in order to sustain the planet.  This is just the latest echo of an idea I have heard to be rumored for some time now attributed to the global elitists.  Sure enough, the bible says that a vast number of people will die in a short time from man’s own initiated activities.  *Revelation 6:8- I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.  The sword means conflict, and this has always produced famine and disease etc.  This time it will be on a scale never seen before.  This is the ugly side of the agenda of the elitists.  It would be nice to think of everything being as simple as a bunch of progressive dreamers who have the song “Imagine” by John Lennon stuck in their heads with a naïve and simplistic goal of peace and unity.  It sounds great until you figure out that they really are delusional and driven with a messianic mentality.  Sure, they want something like the kingdom of God, only without God.  They will stop at nothing to impose their version on mankind even if it means culling the population and enslaving the rest.  One member of the Council on Foreign Relations has already said for example, that major changes for America, “will be forged in the heat of conflict.”  If ever we have seen a telegraphing of what is to come, this could not be clearer.  Speaking of being clear, this is exactly what is depicted in the famous “Fabian Window” made in stained glass.  In brief, the Fabian society is a group of socialists who are intent on bringing about a “new world order”.  This phrase is on the American dollar as well.  The picture on the window shows influential socialists after the entire world has been immersed in fire and being pounded by these socialists to form it into the shape they desire.  This is a satanic operation in an attempt to supplant God’s promise to the world but it can never be done without God.  People need to be converted by God in their hearts for something to work on the Earth like this.  It is the corruption inside of us that has made the world the way it is and it can be changed by God alone.  Here is an example I used in a Sunday school class for young people years ago.  Take two babies from anywhere on the planet and sit them down on a blanket together with each having all the same toys as the other to play with.  It won’t be long until there is crying because one of them will end up pulling a toy from the other…even though he or she already has one like it!  We are born with a flawed nature. Nobody had to teach us how to do wrong things and make others “unhappy”.  It is the difference between having God’s laws inside of us so we do the right things rather than having a dictatorship enforcing man’s rules.  They are not truly just, never implemented fairly and never truly fully obeyed either.  God will not idly stand by and allow the entire world to be consumed by a higher form of enslavement, further allowing Satan to cast an iron grip on the planet knowing that it would mean an even worse fate for those that are taken by it.  This is vividly stated in *Revelation 11:18- And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.  Jesus will liberate the world from the stronghold of darkness and oppression by evildoers.

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The Fabian window showing the world heated to be reshaped by socialists.

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Note the Fabian Society’s coat of arms featured in the stained glass window above…a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

Now let’s take a look at some more specifics of the great tribulation.  *Revelation 6:6- And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;”   This has often been taken to mean a severe economic depression and possibly even food rationing because it equates a day’s food, a measure of wheat or barley, with a day’s wage, a penny.  This is global inflation gone completely out of control.  The “mark” of the beast fits in perfectly with today’s technology.  I have said for years that once the authorities learn how to commandeer the Bitcoin, it will likely be what turns into the digital online cash I am talking about.  Sure enough, reports have recently surfaced of this international money now being “studied”, or should I say, in the works.  *Revelation 13:16 & 17- And he causes 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.  In the early manuscripts, the Greek word for “mark” means “to prick, as with a thorn.”  Today it’s becoming accepted that a microchip similar to the ones used as pet tags under the skin would one day take the place of money.  In other words, it describes a cashless economy using debit transactions.  It is simply the next step in the evolution of money after the current use of cards with chips.  Every transaction could be scrutinized whether it be for illicit behavior or “enforcement” of government imposed mandates.  The black market, or the “underground economy” could all be taxed and the idea of a massive influx of revenue for the government could hold the promise of relief from the crisis.  And as far as the number of his name in their hand is concerned in v. 17, these sixes were once thought to have been found in UPC bar codes.  Experts say this isn’t true, that there are bars in them that look like sixes.  In transmitting binary numbers, they have been supposedly used to “group” the other numbers and could therefore be included in such a chip.  Perhaps, but time will tell.  We can know for sure that there will be some connection between them.  And the name of the beast in v.18?  Yes, the name will probably be deciphered by applying the numbers six hundred, sixty and six using the Greek alpha numeric method to the first, middle, and last names, maybe even in reverse order.

Recognizing how dangerous this man is, known as “the beast”, someone, perhaps blindly believing in a duty to alter the course of events, will actually bring about their furtherance.  The wound that is inflicted on this individual in *Revelation 13:14 is from a sword like instrument.  And (he) deceives 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.  Because this is seen as an actual wound on a man, I expect it will happen while reviewing troops.  The alternative is that there is someone waiting in the wings who would like to ensure his own position after this individual is eliminated.  The fact that a second “beast” takes over is evidence at least of the first one’s incapacitation.  The second beast is the one who it seems is going to grow in power while the first one, at some point, merely looks on.  Riding the crest of a growing readiness to blame religion for the world’s ills, this one will make it his mission to defy anything sacred until it consumes him.  The “image” of the beast in *Revelation 13:15 is truly named well. 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.  Why, as mentioned earlier, a mark in the hand or forehead?  The forehead mark could be used so that people would have to actually bow their heads in front of an image, static or on a screen, for their implanted chip to complete a transaction thereby forcing “worship”.  Of course, early on this will be merely seen as a simple act of defiance to “prove” that nothing will happen if you are a mocker too, because there is no God.

In modern times you couldn’t find a better match for the “Abomination of Desolation” than an outdoor electronic display equipped with a live feed via satellite from the “man of sin.”  This man is also shown as being intensely ant-religious.  Nowhere can I find this man described as being loved and welcomed as claimed by many.  He is a mocker and a ruthless dictator that has nations in fear of his ability to make war.  Is he really going to be in power for seven years?  Let’s take a look.