It’s only a matter of time until, as the Bible declares, the entire world, persisting in its rejection of God, of Christ, and of His Word, will be united both politically and religiously under Antichrist. Multinational corporations have put the entire international structure for Antichrist in place. The remarkable prophecy in Revelation 13 of one evil man controlling mankind with a number could not have come true without today’s technology. To past generations, it didn’t make sense. There is no question that we are moving in the direction of a cashless society, and there are many sound reasons why personal business will be transacted through a computer chip just under the skin in the forehead or in the hand, as the Scripture implies (Revelation:13:15-18).
Christ foretold today’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when He declared, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved…” (Matthew:24:22). There was no danger of all flesh being wiped out with bows, arrows, swords, and spears during the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 – nor even with the most powerful conventional weapons at any time prior to the 1940s. This prophecy could refer only to current WMDs, which proves false the claim of some that Nero was the Antichrist and that everything Christ spoke of in Matthew 24 was fulfilled at that time.
Those who teach this Preterist/Reconstructionist view even dare to say that Christ returned in AD 70 in the person of the Roman armies to destroy Israel. Therefore, His promise to the church, “I will come again,” has already been fulfilled. Such a theory defies both logic and Scripture.
Christ had clearly said, “I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John:14:3). The coming of the Roman armies was a judgment upon Israel, but it certainly did not fulfill Christ’s promise of coming for those who believe in Him to take them to His Father’s “house [of] many mansions” in heaven (John:14:2). That promise can only still be future – the promise of the Rapture.