Depression, Tribulation and the Mark of the Beast


“And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the Land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? For the money faileth” – (Gen.47:15).

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” – (I Tim.6:10).

“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 and sell, save he that had the name of the beast, or the number of his name” – (Rev.13:16,17).


   As I was writing up one of my sermons, I ran out of red ink pens that I use to quote scripture. I tried a bunch of new red ink pens but none would write and the Lord spoke inwardly to me and said – “Red ink - bank foreclosures and great depression” this was on Saturday – Sept.13, 2008.


   On Monday, Sept.15, Wall Street fell over 500 pts, the greatest loss in their history. The 158 year old Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy with $60 billion in debt and Merrill Lynch, with billions in debt also, was snapped up by Bank of America Corp. in a $50 billion stock transaction. In order to prevent a worldwide panic, a global consortium of banks, working with U.S. Gov’t officials in N.Y., lent $70 billion to other troubled U.S. companies. Most people blame GOP for the economic mess and Obama has a clear lead in the polls now.


   The U.S. banks are buried in foreclosures, home-equity loans and student loans, upside down in auto loans, and drowning in credit card delinquencies. Consumer debt in the U.S. is now $27,000.00 per household and the U.S. is now the world’s greatest debtor nation. The FDTC could cover only a small percentage of bank failures, so don’t think the U.S. is immune from depression-style runs like the 1930’s. A depression is coming that will greatly effect the U.S. and the whole world. As it was in Egypt in the days of Joseph – our money will fail. A global stock market crash could occur soon during the Tribulation and seven years of famine.


   I believe the first gale – force wind of the Tribulation storm will be a U.S. economic collapse and Antichrist will become U.S. president. When that happens, look for Antichrist to come and take control of the U.S. and the world economy. As the depression and crash of 1929 paved the way for Hitler in 1933, so the coming depression crash will prepare for the Beast, the second coming of Hitler.


   The reason and excuse given for the mark of the Beast being implemented will be a financial depression. The Antichrist will arise and supposedly restore economic order. The fear and chaos of the economic collapse will make the great crash of 1929 look like a minor economic adjustment. The buying and selling on Wall Street, and our greed and covetousness, will pave the way for the buying and selling with the mark of the Beast.


   Antichrist will install a worldwide walking credit card system. Human bodies will become the receptacle of the credit card number of the Beast. He will institute a cashless society and control all economic activity. He will have power over all kindreds and tongues and nations, and that means not just military and religious power, but economic power also. Your buying and selling computer digit number will be permanently in your forehead or right hand.


   The economy and religion will be the instruments through which every human being on earth will be forced to make their choice between God and Satan, good and evil, because all must worship the Beast and receive his mark in their forehead or right hand. You cannot buy or sell without the mark – 666. Although many people in our day think they can avoid God in their lives by feigning neutrality, one’s survival during the Tribulation will be determined by these two decisions for or against God’s Word. The polarizing issue of the mark of the Beast will divide people into two camps. It will be impossible to take a position of neutrality or indecision in that matter. You must choose Christ or Antichrist.


   The love of money in the root of all evil and evil Satan and his Antichrist-Beast will be in the center of money. Certainly as the 21 Tribulation plagues continue on for seven years, they will become more and more frequent and more and more intense and painful like a woman in travail and the economy of the world will totally crumble. No doubt that the great depression of the great tribulation will aid and abet the Beast, it plays right into his hands and gives him total economic power and control worldwide. He will come on the scene soon. How close the rapture must be.


   Gold prices are soaring but even gold will not hold its value. Gold hoarders are going to get hurt badly also. One of the three different places that the number of the Beast – 666 is mentioned, is with gold. “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold” – (I Kng.10:14). So the number of the Beast is connected with money in the O.T. also. It’s greed that feeds the Wall Street beast, both the bull and the bear, and soon the Antichrist-Beast will come, who has the “feet of the bear” – (Rev.13:2) – during the time of a bear market.



   The wisdom from God’s golden Bible is worth more than all the money and gold and jewels in this world. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold” – (Prov.3:13,14). And the Lord Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God – (I Cor.1:24). And Jesus said this – “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” – (Lk.12:15,21). Again – “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – (Mt.6:19-21). Our covetousness is destroying our families and government and church and our whole society and it ends up with the mark of the Beast.


   It’s not a time to go into debt. It’s time to get clear and out from under financial burdens. Don’t buy anything unless it’s needed. Avoid going into debt at all. Sell what is not needed and pay off your debts. Keep one good reliable car and stick with it. Don’t follow the world, follow God’s Word. The born again saints who see hard times coming must be wise and prepare. “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” – (Prov.27:12). Lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth.


   It is written – “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit” – (Prov.18:10,11). The strongest walls and towers of defense can be taken quickly by the enemy. The Lord Jesus is a true tower of strength and security. Christ is our tower and wall, impenetrable, impregnable for all His saints. In Him we are safe. We see the false and deceitful defense of the rich man that has his portion and treasure in the things of this world, and sets his heart upon them. He makes his wealth his strong city and his wall, but it is only in his own conceit; it will not prove to be really so: but like the houses built on the seashore of Texas and Louisiana, will blow away in the storm. Wall Street security is soon to fall like our twin towers and Pentagon building. Our only security is to be saved and born again and love not the things of this world and have eternal security in the Lord Jesus. Do not place your trust in the U.S. wall of defense or Wall Street riches or our rulers. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God…” – (I Tim.6:17). Trust in God’s Word, not man’s word. Remember the warning printed on our money – ‘In God we Trust.’


   It seems like ‘greed is good’ in the U.S. today. “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live” – (Prov.15:27). Those that are covetous bring trouble upon their own house and the brokerage house and the house of God. How many representatives of our national house of Congress have became greedy of gain and have taken bribes and used unlawful ways of getting money? In fact, our House of Representatives has made it legal almost to bribe our elected officials, we call it lobbying. How many of our church leaders, pastors, and deacons, have been greedy of filthy lucre and brought trouble on the house of God? The qualifications of a pastor and deacon include – “Not greedy of filthy lucre” – (I Tim.3:3,8). Money grabbing people trouble houses – amen. After all – “the love of money is the root of all evil” – (I Tim.6:10). We recognize in the old-fashioned word “lucre” the root of our modern word ‘lucrative.’ Eager to have much money.


   One of the Lord’s apostles was greedy of money. His name was Judas. He kept the money bag and was the first, but not the last church treasurer that was a thief. Not only did he steal the Apostle’s money, he was so greedy of filthy lucre that he betrayed the Lord for 30 pieces of silver. He that is greedy of gain troubleth the whole nation – amen.


   Greedy money banks are behind credit cards and are making millions on them. The merchants must pay interchange fees (about two pennies on the dollar) to the credit-card issuing banks. And credit-card holders pay 20% interest on the unpaid balance. Banks are the power behind credit cards – they are inseparable. And when the bank crash comes it will usher in the mark of the Beast. Chase Bank and Master Card are number one.


   When the crash comes, the President-Beast will declare an emergency and initiate Presidential Executive Order No. 11490. In this Order the president is authorized to seize control over and regulate all facets of the monetary system including the stock market. Watch out for the president who does this. Banks want a cashless society because they make money on all credit card transactions. The gov’t also wants this because they will receive billions more in tax revenues by eliminating working for cash. The buying and selling on Wall Street points directly to the buying and selling with the mark of the beast.


   The rapture of the church will occur soon – are you ready? Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and become a new born creature in Christ. Be baptized by the Holy Spirit into the true church of Christ not made with hands. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” – (I Cor.12:13). All the water in all the baptistries in all the world can never wash away your sins which are inward. Only the Lord Jesus can baptize you into His body, the church.




Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705



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