Q. My question involves the gentiles that make it through the end times judgments. We know that they can’t buy or sell without the mark. We know that many are beheaded. So what will the ones that become saved and make it to the Millennium do? Hide themselves? Stay on lands or farms where they can grow their own food? How will they escape the anti-Christ system?
A. I don’t think the anti-Christ will be able to set up an economic system that doesn’t have some gaps in it. There will almost certainly be areas on Earth that his technology can’t cover.
But even where there is coverage, I think some believers will be able to provide for themselves without being dependent on the economic system. As a practical matter it will be almost impossible to store up enough to last the entire period, so some form of living off the land combined with bartering for things they can’t grow, combined with the faith born of desperation, will probably be the solution. While I don’t think it will be easy, it will have to be possible or else no one would survive.
When you combine this with the “natural” disasters and other end times judgments that will be taking place, this is not a life you would wish on your worst enemy, let alone friends or loved ones. Our prayers for the people in our lives who have not made a decision one way or the other about accepting the Lord’s pardon for their sins simply have to become more urgent and more passionate while there’s still time.
Remember, the Lord wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim.2:1-4), so praying for the salvation of loved ones is consistent with His will. We should all resolve to become even more serious about it. If you’re doing all you can by yourself, get together with like minded friends and pray in groups for each others families. The prayers of righteous people are powerful and effective (James 5:16).