Re-written to simplify: 6-12-2021 Prophecy about Twelvers?   Genesis 17:20  [God to Abraham:]   “As for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers.   He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.”  Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2021   All rights reserved. Other “Post-Rapture” Pages: see “sitemap” for a complete list   -  Home 1. Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (Daniel 11: 32-35) 2. Antichrist (Daniel 11:36) 5. Bowls & Armageddon     (Daniel 11: 44-45) 3. Who is the Beast? (Daniel 11: 37-38)  4. Kingdom of the Beast (Daniel 11:39-43) 7. Battle with gog & magog    (Ezekiel 37 & Revelation 20) 6. Jesus’ 1000-Year Reign (Revelation 20)  The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)  Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2)  Will people be saved after the rapture       Third Jewish Temple?    Daniel 12      The Trumpet Call vs. The Trumpet Plagues - The Antichrist What does the Bible say?    There’s a lot of fascination, and sometimes anxiety, over the antichrist and mark of the beast, mainly because post-trib false prophets re-arranged God’s prophecy, in Revelation, and tell people that they come before the rapture, which is just not true.   The antichrist and mark of the beast are described in Rev 13, which naturally comes after the 6th Seal rapture, in Rev 6. In other words, the ‘great multitude from every nation’, which is naturally the Christians, are ‘standing in front of the Lamb’, in Rev 7:9, way before the antichrist appears, in Rev 13.  It’s important to note that the ‘great multitude’ is in heaven ‘between’ the 6th and 7th Seals, so the Trumpet plagues literally can’t start until the Seals are done because the 7th Seal is a half-hour of silence (Rev 8).  In general, post-tribs admit that the 6th Seal is the rapture, but they overlap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls to force the rapture to be at the end, which is changing God’s prophecy and basically making themselves false prophets.  In reality, Christians need not worry about the antichrist and mark of the beast because the 6th Seal rapture is next, in Revelation, so true Christians will be enjoying the Wedding Supper of the Lamb while all the earth is in turmoil.  I believe the rapture is near, so the antichrist is already an adult on earth, but he will not rise to power until after the Christians are safely in heaven, so there’s nothing to worry about.  Yet, to satisfy the fascination and clear up any confusion, I will address the various scriptures about the antichrist and explain the timing of it all.    John was the only Biblical writer that actually used the term ‘antichrist’, which he said was any person who denied that Jesus Christ came from God. (2 John 1:7)  He also said that the spirit of the antichrist has been in the world since Biblical times (1 John 4:3) and thus there have been many antichrists (1 John 2:18).  Yet, the ‘post-rapture’ antichrist that people most often think about is described in Daniel 11:36.  Daniel 11:36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.”   Basically, a person can be sure that this verse takes place after the rapture because it takes place after the abomination, in Daniel 11:31, which is when the rapture happens.  I know the rapture happens around the abomination because Jesus specifically mentioned it, in Matthew 24:15, as being the last sign before the rapture.  Jesus tells Judea to flee to the mountains, immediately, when the abomination is set up (Matt 24:16-18), and then there are people hiding in the mountains, during the 6th Seal, who see Jesus in the sky and mourn. (Rev 6:15-17)    The the signs in the sun, moon, and stars, during the rapture in Matt 24:29-31 (gathering in the sky), perfectly match the 6th Seal.  I know the 6th Seal takes place during the abomination because there are two groups in Rev 7, following the 6th Seal, just like there are two groups in Matt 24:15-31.  They are even described in the same order: the 144,000 Israelites who stay on earth during the first part of tribulation, since they didn’t believe that Jesus was their Messiah, and the multitude from every nation, which are the Christians, who appear immediately in heaven.  Post-tribs insist on saying that there’s only one group in Matt 24, so they overlap and re-arrange God’s prophecy in Revelation in a feeble attempt to match, but that doesn’t work because it’s going in the wrong direction.  I mean, Jesus was giving a relatively vague overview of end times, to the disciples in Matt 24, compared to God’s complete account in Revelation.  Clearly, a person shouldn’t try to alter Revelation to match Matthew.  No, a person should use God’s expanded, complete account of end times, in Revelation, to understand the earlier, brief description, in Matthew 24.  There is an ominous and dire warning for anyone subtracting from God’s prophecy in Revelation (Rev 22:19), so omitting the fact that there are two groups, in Rev 7, is a very bad idea.  If you consider Matthew and Revelation together, then it’s very clear that the 6th Seal rapture takes place during the abomination and that paves the way for the antichrist to start his rise.    Sometimes, Revelation can be a bit confusing because the term ‘beast’ can be used for the antichrist, as in Rev 19:20, but in general, the beast is a group of 10-armies, described as having “ten horns and seven heads,” and the antichrist is the despicable human who leads those combined armies.  You can see that in the following passage because the armies of the beast are described as being invincible, while the antichrist is described as the “mouth” who utters proud words and blasphemes, which matches the blasphemes in Daniel 11:36, above.  Revelation 13:4-10 [Antichrist] 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" 5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.   9 He who has an ear, let him hear.  10 If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go.  If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.  This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.   Notice that the antichrist is given 42-months to ‘exercise his authority’, which also matches the phrase in Daniel 11:36, which says, ‘he will be successful until the time of wrath is completed’.  The 42-months corresponds to the 1260-days that the two witnesses prophesy, in Revelation 11 (below), since it’s the beast who kills the two witnesses after they are done.    Notice that the above passage refers to ‘saints’ twice, in verses 7 and 10, but I don’t think they are exactly the same.  I mean, I think verse 7 refers to the two witnesses who are conquered and killed during the 6th Trumpet War.  Then, verse 10 refers to the 144,000 Israelites who are sealed by God, in Rev 7, and martyred, in Rev 14, because they refuse the mark of the beast.  That happens because the two witnesses are no longer there to protect them from the antichrist.  Basically, the verse is telling them to have patience, even to the point of death or captivity, rather than worshipping the beast as everyone else does in verse 8.    Note: Christian saints are not mentioned because they are already in heaven, as again proven by verse 8, since ‘all inhabitants of the earth’ is elaborated upon by saying, ‘all whose names are NOT written in the Book of Life’.  In other words, all whose names WERE in the Book of Life are no longer on earth, but already in heaven.  Revelation 11:3-10 [Two Witnesses] 3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6 These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. 7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.   The 42-months are also during the Trumpet plagues, since the 7th Trumpet sounds after the two witnesses rise and ascend to heaven. (Rev 11:15)  In fact, the 6th Trumpet (Rev 9:13-21) describes the massive war when the armies of the antichrist invade Israel and kill the two witnesses.  That is the same war that is described in Daniel 11:40-43, which mentions Israel as the “Beautiful Land” and the ten-nation beast as the “king of the north.”    It’s evident that Iran is currently “king of the north” because they fulfilled Daniel 11:21, which starts the final empire in Daniel 11.  The final empire is described in much greater detail than the other empires, which is what you’d expect from God’s Book of Truth, which is what Daniel 11 is called. (Dan 10:21)  It is the only chapter in the Bible that was specifically ‘sealed until the time of the end’. (Dan 12:4)  I admit that Iran is not the main subject of every verse, but every verse describes a major event that contributed to Iran’s rise to power and influence in ancient Mesopotamia, or northern Middle East (Iraq and Syria), which every “king of the north” in Daniel 11 has controlled. (see condensed commentary)  Plus, Iran is basically the arch-enemy of Israel and in the best position to lead the post-rapture beast against Israel, since they have direct influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, as well as Gaza and the West Bank.  Iran is also allied with Russia, China, and Turkey, all of which are likely to play a role in the 6th Trumpet War, since the number of troops is stated as “two hundred million.” (Rev 9:16)  In summary, Iran is the current “king of the north,” starting in Daniel 11:21, so that’s where the antichrist will come from, in Daniel 11:36, proven by the fact that it is the North who dominates and invades Israel in Daniel 11:40-43.  It’s all in Daniel 11, God’s Book of Truth. Ahmadinejad, Raisi, and the Riddle of Seven Kings   I’ll mention Ahmadinejad briefly because for those who have viewed this page before know that I previously mentioned him as my best guess for the antichrist.  Now I’m not so sure because he was not allowed to run in the next Iranian election, June 18, 2021.  He signed up to run, but was declined, so his chances of becoming the 8th president are very slim.  That makes a difference because I thought he might fit the riddle in Rev 17:10 (below).  Of course, I didn’t think he was the only answer to the riddle because the beast in verse 8 comes from the Abyss, which I think is Marduk, the patron god of ancient Babylon. [I have many details on Marduk on a different page because I think he is the ‘god of fortresses’ and ‘foreign god’ in Daniel 11:38-39.]  Revelation 17:8-11 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. 9 "This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.   Therefore, it sounds like Marduk is the ‘8th king’, who ‘belongs to the seven’.  I think Marduk is the foreign god that the antichrist and Muslims will turn to, after the rapture, after they see that their religion was wrong.  I think the seven kings whom Marduk will belong to refers to Iran because they have had seven presidents since 1979.  I thought Ahmadinejad could be a second answer to the riddle because he was the 6th president and #6 seems to be emphasized.  After all, he does still desire to be #8 and a comeback would indeed be astonishing.    Right now, most analysts think Ebrahim Raisi will be elected because he’s best known in the field of candidates.  Most think the field was selected that way because they want Raisi to win.  He’s best known for his role in executing thousands of prisoners, in the late-1980’s, at the end of the Iran-Iraq war, so he might make a suitable antichrist, too.  However, it’s no secret that Raisi would prefer to become Supreme Leader, so even if he’s elected, if something should happen to Khamenei before inauguration, Iran could have another election, in which Ahmadinejad could register again.  I’m just saying it’s still possible, at least until inauguration.  A lot can happen before September, especially if the rapture happens.  Then again, I’m not positive that the 8th president will be the antichrist.  It was just a theory about Ahmadinejad returning, but the 8th president could still be significant, one way or the other.  Personally, I’m hoping that the rapture will happen before inauguration so it won’t matter.  Daniel 7 and the Little Horn   Daniel 7 is a different type of timeline, with different features, which I address fully on a different page, but the following passage matches the beast and antichrist from Revelation, so it’s also pertinent to this page.  Although Daniel 7 doesn’t contain a reference to the abomination and rapture, I’ve already shown that the ten-horned beast from Revelation 13, which is the subject of this passage, is after the 6th Seal rapture from Revelation 6.  Daniel 7:7-8 7 "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast- terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.  8 "While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.    It’s pretty clear that the little horn is the antichrist because it even says, “eyes of a man,” plus the “mouth that spoke boastfully” matches the previous ‘mouth’ in Revelation 13:5.  This passage shows that the ten-nation alliance starts to take form before the antichrist is fully in power.  Then, the antichrist uproots three leaders as he takes power, which is probably why the beast has “ten-horns and seven-heads,” as mentioned in Rev 13:1, but not here.  Personally, I think the leaders most likely to be uprooted will be the leaders of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, since those nations comprise ancient Mesopotamia and that’s where Iran has the most influence.  The ‘uprooting’ could be very quick, perhaps days or weeks after the abomination and rapture, but that’s impossible know for sure.   I won’t speculate on all the horns, but I think the “large iron teeth” indicate that Russia is part of the ten-horned beast.  One reason is that the four beasts of Daniel 7 starts with a lion, which symbolizes Iran, then goes to a bear with ‘teeth’, which symbolizes Russia.  Another reason is that I’ve always thought that Russia and Iran was the basis of the ‘kingdom of iron and clay’ from Daniel 2:40-43.  Of course, the iron and clay eventually break apart (v43), but I think the iron teeth in Dan 7:7 show they are still together during the ten-horned beast.  The Man of Lawlessness   Basically, Paul refers to the post-rapture antichrist as the “man of lawlessness,” and most post-tribs try to use this passage as proof that the antichrist and third Temple must come before the rapture, but that is false.  For starters, Paul is just trying to squash a rumor that the rapture had already taken place, so he is just naming some things that are known to happen around the rapture, most of which are found in the Book of Daniel (since Jesus said to watch for the abomination from the Prophet Daniel).  Paul was not trying to give a definitive timeline, so this passage in no way nullifies all the important details from Revelation.  I will further explain the timing, after the passage.  2 Thessalonians 2:1-6 “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.  5 Don't you remember that when I was with you, I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.”     Paul uses the term “rebellion,” which is the same as the ‘armed uprising’ that sets up the abomination because Daniel 8:13 calls it the “rebellion that causes desolation,” which essentially combines the armed uprising and abomination in Daniel 11:31.  Notice that the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, all in one sentence, since the abomination and rapture will be the event that really reveals who he is.  He will be noticeable, afterwards, because he will be ‘killing, burning, capturing, and plundering’ those who are wise and try to instruct others of the truth. (Daniel 11:32)  Notice that the next verse says he will “exalt himself over everything that is called God,” which is almost exactly like his bold declaration in Daniel 11:36.  Therefore, that is clearly after the abomination and rapture.  As part of his proclamation, he ‘sets himself up in God’s Temple’, so that has to be after the 6th Trumpet War and killing of the two witnesses because, before they are done, they would have stopped him.  Plus, the third Temple will be built under the protection of the two witnesses, which is why they are symbolically told to ‘measure the temple’. (Rev 11:1)  That is actually referring to the Temple Mount because a survey always ‘measures’ before  construction begins.  Plus, realistically, the Muslims would never let construction begin on a third Temple unless the two witnesses were there to protect.  Anyway, when compared to Daniel and Revelation, it’s clear that Paul was just naming things associated with the rapture, or shortly thereafter, to squash a rumor.  He was not giving a definitive timeline.  If that is a person’s desire, then it makes infinitely better sense to consult God’s Book of Truth, which is Daniel 11, or God’s final prophecy, which is Revelation, not a passage taken out of context that was meant for a different purpose.  [see also separate page on man of lawlessness] The False Prophet   The false prophet will not rise to prominence until after the antichrist has executed his power for 42-months, and led the 6th Trumpet War to kill the two witnesses.  I say that for many reasons.  First, the false prophet is represented by the 2nd beast in Revelation 13, which is totally different from the 1st beast because it has two-horns, rather than ten.  Revelation 13:11-17 [The False Prophet] 11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.   Notice that the false prophet arrives on the scene and does everything on “behalf” of the first beast (antichrist), so he must be following the 42-months.  Plus, the antichrist is “wounded by the sword and yet lives,” which I think happens during the 6th Trumpet War, or earthquake that happens after the two witnesses rise and ascend to heaven. (below) Revelation 11:12-13 [Two witnesses ascend to heaven] “Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.”  And they went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies looked on.  13 At that very hour, there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”   As you can see, people temporarily recognize the God of heaven because they see the two witnesses ascend to heaven and the earthquake that follows must be massive.  Yet, the false prophet will use “great and miraculous signs” to deceive people and lure them back to the antichrist, who not only kills God’s two witnesses, but also survives the massive earthquake.  Yet, it’s not just the false prophet’s power that deceives the inhabitants of earth; God helps.  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 [False Prophet] “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”   Notice that God sends the “powerful delusion,” which could be the fire from heaven, so everyone on earth will believe the lie and so be condemned.  That’s because the only people on earth, at that time, will be those who missed the rapture, and contrary to popular belief, gentiles don’t get a second chance.  Only the 144,000 Israelites, who are sealed by God in Rev 7, will successfully resist the false prophet and get a second chance, and that’s only because their time is cut short. (below) Matthew 24:22 & 24 [The 144,000 Israelites sealed by God] “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. … 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible.”   That brings me to the timetable for the false prophet and how those days are cut short for the 144,000 Israelites who get a second chance for refusing the mark of the beast.  Following the deaths and ascensions of the two witnesses, I think the false prophet accomplishes his miracles and forces the mark of the beast upon Israel, in just 30-days, which is the meaning of Daniel 12:11-12, concerning the 1290 and 1335-days.  I think the post-rapture timeline is plain to see when the verses are placed together, as I’ve done below.  Revelation 11:3 & 7 [count starts at abomination and rapture]  3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." … 7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them and overpower and kill them. Daniel 12:11-12 [count also starts at abomination and rapture] 11 "From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days. Daniel 8:13-14 [total time from abomination and rapture to Armageddon] 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled-the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?"  14 He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated."   As you can see, starting with the abomination and rapture, the 1260, 1290, and 1335 are all milestones on the same post-rapture timeline, which is a total of 2300-days.  The two witnesses are killed, after 1260-days, allowing the false prophet to enact the mark of the beast, in Israel, after 1290-days.  The 144,000 Israelites are rounded up and slaughtered, after 1335-days, which means their days are cut short from the 2300-days total.  Notice that they are “blessed” for reaching 1335-days because they are martyred for refusing the mark of the beast (Rev 14), which means they will become priests during Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth. (Rev 20:4-6)  I’ve seen people try to add and subtract these numbers, but it’s plain to see that the 1260, 1290, and 1335 are all milestones on the same 2300-day timeline.    To further illustrate, notice how Daniel 8 contains references to the whole timeline of 2300-days. (1) The “rebellion that causes desolation” is just a combination of the uprising and abomination (Daniel 11:31), both of which happen in conjunction with the rapture. (2) The “surrender of the sanctuary” happens after the two witnesses supervise the building  of the Third Temple and are killed during the 6th Trumpet War, which allows the antichrist to ‘set himself up in God’s Temple’, as noted in 2 Thess 2:4.  (3) The “host that will be trampled underfoot” describes Armageddon, when Jesus will defeat the armies of the beast.  Notice that the beginning, middle, and end of the post-rapture tribulation are all referenced in that one verse.  Everything takes a total of 2300-days and Jesus will “re-consecrate the sanctuary,” following Armageddon, and begin His 1000-year reign on earth. Covid-19 vaccines    One thing I want to address concerns people being told that the covid-19 vaccine is the mark of the beast, which is ridiculous.  Those are just rumors from post-trib false prophets or anti-vaxers.  I’ve been told about internet trolls who swarm people and try to scare them with false rumors about vaccines being the mark of the beast.  Just ignore them because the mark of the beast is the last thing in Revelation 13. (see false prophet above)  So, unless you’ve witnessed all the other things, such as the antichrist killing the two witnesses and temporarily possessing the Third Temple, the two witnesses rising to heaven followed by a giant earthquake, the false prophet performing miracles such as bringing fire from heaven and making an image speak, then you don’t have to worry about something being the mark of the beast.  Besides, all those things are after the rapture, so you don’t have to worry about something being the mark of the beast until the rapture happens.  At that time, we will be in heaven enjoying the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, so there’s won’t need to worry then either.  It’s only post-trib false prophets who try to scare people with lies about the antichrist and mark of the beast coming before the rapture.  Just ignore them. Matthew 15:14 [Jesus said,] “Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” Currency of the Beast   I think it’s pretty obvious in today’s society that Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency will be the basis for the mark of the beast because that would explain why people won’t be able to buy or sell without the mark.  A cryptocurrency doesn’t require a bank account, just a digital wallet, which could be controlled by a tattooed mark on someone’s hand or forehead.  Of course, an RFID chip is another option, which can be inserted in the hand and contain the information.  Either way, if a certain cryptocurrency was adopted by the beast and forced upon another nation, rendering their own currency invalid, then every person would need a digital wallet for that cryptocurrency to buy and sell.    Already in today’s society, Bitcoin is rapidly becoming more acceptable.  Services such as Paypal and Mastercard are making it easier to convert money to and from cryptocurrencies, so they can be used for almost anything.  On top of that, on June 9, 2021, El Salvador became the first country to declare Bitcoin as “legal tender.”  Normally, that would mean Bitcoin could be used for payment of any debt, but El Salvador went a step farther and instructed every vendor to accept Bitcoin for any purchase.  Of course, they are not forcing anyone to receive a mark, but it’s an ominous start.    Like I said, the mark of the beast won’t happen, at least not in Israel, until 3.5 years after the rapture, after they’ve been invaded and defeated by the 10-horned beast, so the Biblical prophecy is very feasible, under extreme circumstances.   Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of Timelines: 70th Seven to 2300-days