Can America Avoid the Mark?

Are there scriptural reasons to resist the National ID?

The Bible prophesies the establishment of a world government in the last days just before Jesus Christ returns to earth. This world government will be led by one called the Antichrist, who will attempt to force everyone in the world to take the Mark of the Beast described in Revelation 13.


The prophecies clearly identify the principal nations that will form the prophesied world government. We can identify several of those nations today, demonstrating our nearness to the second coming of Jesus.


In Daniel 7, the symbols are amazingly precise. Look carefully:

  • Daniel saw a lion. That is the symbol of modern Great Britain.
  • The lion had eagle’s wings which were plucked. Today, the most powerful nation on earth is symbolized by an eagle: the United States. The prophecy described the United States growing out of the lion, Great Britain. The U.S. eagle’s wings were plucked from Great Britain when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
  • The bear is universally recognizable as modern Russia.
  • The four-headed leopard depicts the four Reichs, or subsequent kingdoms of Germany. No other nation in history is more clearly identified with a leopard than Germany. Its famous leopard tanks have fought in wars around the world throughout the twentieth century. The four heads (four kingdoms, or “Reichs”) span the entire era of the Holy Roman Empire from its birth in a.d. 800 until today.


For more on this topic, read US Discovered in the Bible by Irvin Baxter.


In comparison to Daniel, John, in the book of Revelation, saw one dreadful beast composed of several of the same symbols Daniel had seen. This composite beast had the body of the leopard (Germany). It had the mouth of the lion (Great Britain) and the feet of the bear (Russia). The merging of these nations into one indicates the forming of a global government. The Antichrist and the mark of the beast will be introduced by this powerful world government three and one-half years before Jesus Christ returns for the Battle of Armageddon.


Only one of the most prominent beast-symbols found in Daniel 7 did not appear among the beast-symbols of Revelation 13—the eagle’s wings (the United States).


There are three possibilities: 1. The U.S. may be destroyed in the prophesied war that will kill one-third part of men. 2. America may be included in the world government beast as part of the lion out of which she came. 3. The U.S. may refuse to cooperate with the world government system, moving into isolation as the global government dominates most of the world.


The eagle’s wings are mentioned in one place in the book of Revelation. “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent,” (Revelation 12:14). In this prophecy, the woman is Israel, and the serpent is Satan. The serpent is depicted as trying to destroy the nation of Israel three and one-half years before Armageddon. The passage says that Israel will be assisted by “two wings of a great eagle” in fleeing to “her place”, inside Israel’s final borders. There she will be protected from Satan and his Antichrist during the three and one-half years of the great tribulation.


Do we know for sure that the eagle’s wings in Revelation 12 refer to the United States? We know that the eagle’s wings definitely referred to the U.S. in Daniel 7:4. We also know that Israel presently has one friend that she can rely on to help her—the United States, the eagle. If it were not for the U.S. veto on the UN Security Council, Israel would have been destroyed by the world community a long time ago.


We can see that it’s almost certain the U.S. will still be serving as Israel’s protector three and one-half years before Armageddon. This is after the Euphrates River War that will kill one-third part of men. So we can conclude from Revelation 12:14 that the United States has probably not been annihilated.


Since the eagle’s wings were plucked off of the lion in Daniel 7, it’s hard to imagine the eagle being depicted as part of the lion afterward in Revelation 13. The U.S. cooperates more with the United Nations than many of us would like; however, America is seen as the number one hindrance to the UN serving as a bona fide world government. We have refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty, the International Criminal Court Statute, and to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We also defied the United Nations when we launched the war against Iraq in 2003.


Last but not least, we have continually stood against a world community bent on subduing the nation of Israel. Israel will be enemy number one to the Antichrist, and the U.S. will be Israel’s number one protector.


Considering all of these factors, it appears that the case is strong for the U.S. to remain less than fully committed to the world government of the Antichrist.


Prophecies in the Bible indicate that the Antichrist will “devour the whole earth”. From this prophecy, many have concluded that he will be in total and absolute control of every nook and cranny of the world.


However, other scriptures indicate that this will not be true. In Daniel 11:41, it states that Edom, Moab and the children of Ammon shall escape out of the hand of the Antichrist. Edom, Moab and Ammon (Amman) are all located in the modern nation of Jordan. So Jordan will never be under the control of the Antichrist. It should be noted that this prophecy comes after the occurrence of the abomination of desolation (verse 33), which happens three and one-half years before the Battle of Armageddon.


Later on, in Daniel 11:44, we are told, “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” So deep into the final three and one-half years known as the great tribulation, the Antichrist is fighting wars. He still has opposition at the national level.


We also know for sure that the nation of Israel will never fall under the control of the Antichrist. That’s the reason the Antichrist and his world government armies will launch their battle against her at the time of Armageddon.


Knowing these things, we have to conclude that the Antichrist and his world government will dominate the world but will have pockets of resistance. Can we say then with certainty that America will be one of those pockets of resistance? No. But we certainly hope so! Could America be a harbor of safety from the coming storm called the great tribulation? Could America serve as a center for world evangelism in the troubled times that are just ahead? We believe that it is scripturally possible.


It is because of these very things that Endtime magazine has launched the No National ID campaign in the United States. We want to keep the U.S. free of the mark of the beast if at all possible. Bible prophecy is clear that there WILL be a mark of the beast, but it is not essential for the United States to be a part of that system as we view the prophecies.


John’s prophecies in Revelation 14 warn everyone NOT to take the mark of the beast, and pronounce the wrath of God’s judgment upon those who do take the mark. We can easily conclude from these verses that God requires all men to resist the mark of the beast when it comes. This gives us reason, even now, to declare our objections to an IMPENDING system that is very likely to become that very mark of the beast system.


Our website exposes the plans of our government to enslave every American by the year 2008 with a compulsory national identification card—without which, Americans will not be able to drive a car, ride a plane, train, or public transportation, enter a federal building, or even hold a job. Employers will be required to verify every employee’s possession of the national ID card before hiring, and all cards require a social security number.


For the first time in American history, the United States government will be capable of keeping a complete dossier on every citizen based upon a single database. This will take the invasion of privacy to entirely new levels, with American’s finding themselves under the most extensive electronic surveillance in history.


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By Ken Raggio

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