I agree with most all that you say about the mark of the beast but the holy word also says that stong delusion would be sent that they would believe the lie.
I truely believe that the mark is here already. The company that I work for is implementing a new security badge with a chip in it so that only those who have it can work there. I have refused and the persecution is beginning already. My job rests on my accepting this card but my heart will not allow me to do so.
Perhaps this is the start if not no big deal but if so then it is a woeful day indeed . There are many who accept this with reservations but for family and financial reasons they feel that they must.
As I see my loved ones accept it . it saddens my heart for when fully grown there will be many who will accept the mark of the beast because the desires of this world are a greater call than that of GOD.
I pray that we keep the faith and trust in GOD for his holy Son Jesus Christ will return soon and I pray that we may be found worthy to stand before the Son of Man.
a Brother in Christ