Futurists identify the Beast with the Antichrist who will appear immediately after the rapture to rule the world and deceive the Jews. They hold that the Beast will rule the world using a world government like unto or greater than the Roman empire. Christian Zionist author Hal Lindsey has written of the Antichrist as head of a revived Roman Empire (A United States of Europe Or European Union). They also believe that RFID tagging could represent the Mark of the Beast, which Revelation 13:16-17 says will be placed by the Beast in the right hands or foreheads of humans and necessary for commerce.
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