Depression, Tribulation and the Mark of the Beast
“And when money failed in the
“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
I believe the first gale – force wind of the
Tribulation storm will be a
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
It seems like ‘greed is good’ in the
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
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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