Uzisuicide said:I think half of the people on my facebook friends list would line up around the block to receive the mark of the beast. Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute has an interesting take on eschatology. He claims that the Tribulation has already happened under the Roman Emperor Nero and that 666 as the mark of the beast is clearly a reference to Nero. But we're still awaiting the second coming of Christ.
The Churches I've attended teach that the rapture will occur before the tribulation but this doctrine is more recent like 100 years or so in the Protestant Church. The doctrine of a post tribulation rapture is making somewhat of a comeback.
The societal lines are clearly drawn. While conservative groups are most likely more religious. Leftist groups like antifa, weather underground and code pink are eagerly awaiting the coming of the anti-christ. They are the blinded legions who are satan's foot soldiers in the spiritual war being fought all around us. You can check out Hanegraaff's radio and podcast "The Bible Answer Man"
To the shock of many in the protestant world 'the bible answer man' recently converted to Eastern Orthodoxy. As a former evangelical I grew up listening to this guy on the radio. His institute CRI has put on quality material for decades and has been a great resource for many. He authored a book "The Apocalypse Code" that covers the book of Revelation and how these events were fullfilled in AD 70. He has some clips on youtube as well in regards to these kind of topics.