When I was younger and more Dispensationalist, I took the Book of Revelation pretty literally. I therefore expected Revelation 13:17 to be fulfilled by a world government requiring an actual mark or tattoo of some sort with those not submitting being unable to buy or sell.
Now with bar codes and the like (and with several governments making cash more and more unusable), such a literal fulfillment is certainly possible. But I am beginning to wonder if a less literal fulfillment is happening now. For both governments and corporations are making doing business more difficult for those who do not submit to lib/left cultural standards. Robert Spencer of JihadWatch has been banned by Patreon and MasterCard. The State of New York has made banking difficult for the National Rifle Association. And this is for starters only. Those in power, both government and corporate power, with totalitarian tendencies are making life more and more difficult for more and more of those determined to exercise their free speech against various Leftisms and Islam.
Jordan Peterson is so concerned about Patreon’s part in the attacks on free speech that he is leaving that platform. His announcement of that also summarizes much of the current war on free speech.
Bishop Gavin Ashenden has also noted the use of finance to attack free speech. He, too, wonders if this is Revelation 13:17 happening today.
And really such a less literal fulfillment is more likely. Why should “the Beast” bother with putting physical marks on everybody if invasive modern technology can be used more effectively to “deplatform” and defund those who refuse to submit? That certainly seems the direction the beast of tyranny seems to be going today in its attacks on free speech.
And remember this is not the first time corporations have been the willing tools of tyrants. That is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany and what has been happening in China for years.
And now it’s beginning to happen even in the United States. Whether this is Revelation 13:17 or not, that should alarm.