The primary goal of the evil trio is to keep prophecy from coming to pass, to somehow derail the return of Jesus. His return is their demise so all the forces of wickedness are singularly focused on keeping that from happening. Based on the activity of Satan described at the end of Revelation 12, he plans to accomplish that by destroying Israel. If Israel doesnít exist, Godís promises to them canít be kept.
We know that his plan to destroy them fails which causes him to become infuriated. He is forced to change his strategy so he decides to wage war on the saints, that is, those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. This war is carried out through the use of the mark and the image.
Jesus stated in Matthew 24 that the gospel would be preached to all the nations and then the end would come. The centuries that it took for the gospel to make its way all around the world is known as the time of the Gentiles. After that was completed, God turned His attention back to Israel in order to fulfill what He had promised to them.
The time of ďthe endĒ that Jesus said would follow the time of the Gentiles began unfolding when He opened the first seal. This isnít a reference to the end of the world, but rather to the end of human government and Satanís influence thereof. The kingdom of darkness will end when Jesus returns to establish the kingdom of God on earth and rule the nations.
When the first seal was opened, the evil angel beast of the evil trio was released from the abyss and went forth influencing world affairs in such a way as to set the stage for the Satan possessed man of sin. We have to rely on the cause and effect nature of the supernatural on the natural to realize that this has happened. Looking at the events that have transpired since the early twentieth century, itís reasonable to assume that the first seal was opened at some point around that time.
The forces of wickedness can no longer rely on the subjugation of Israel as a means to thwart Godís plan of sending a Messiah. That strategy failed when He proved victorious over sin and death. After He rose from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven until such a time when He will return to fulfill prophecy that was made concerning Israel. Satanís goal this time is to eliminate Israel, not just subjugate them, in order to prevent those prophecies from being fulfilled.
When you look at what all has happened in the world during the past several decades, things are clearly moving in a direction that aligns with biblical prophecy.
- The singling out of the Jewish race for persecution during WW2 and continued hostilities against Jews and the nation of Israel.
- The formation of a world kingdom (the United Nations) that fulfills Danielís prophecy of the feet of iron and clay.
- The establishing of the state of Israel by U.N. resolution.
- The gathering of the Jews back to their homeland, and the reclaiming of Jerusalem from gentile control.
These are just some of the things that pertain to the Jews and Israel. There is also a global initiative being pursued on several fronts by the beast with the help of 10 angelic kings that are working together with him to set the stage for the rise of the false prophet. A lot of what they do has to be inferred based on what the Bible reveals is going to happen because their agenda and motives are often obscured.
The primary goal of these 10 kings was, and still is, to undermine the truth of Godís word so they can advance their deceitful, ungodly agenda. Inasmuch as they are successful in accomplishing that objective, they render people susceptible to their chicanery. Several times in Matthew 24 Jesus cautioned against being misled, and Paul said that the man of sin comes with all the deception of wickedness; so we have been forewarned.
Their agenda is complicated and multi-faceted but they are ultimately seeking to undo what God did at the tower of Babel when He confused the peopleís language and consequently created the nations. They are out to destroy nationalism and replace it with a global, neo-Babel type of existence that the false prophet will eventually reign over.
The United Nations could probably be considered the first step in that direction. As an international organization, it would facilitate the pursuit of global initiatives that would transcend nationalism. People would start to think from, and give precedence to, a global perspective. It has been an effective strategy over the decades as nationalism is now marginalized and those who support it are denigrated. There are pockets of nationalist movements but mass immigration and the media bias in favor of globalism may prove insurmountable. The plan of the evil trio doesnít allow for independent, isolated nations to exist outside of their control.
There is also an economic aspect to their plan. We know from Revelation 13 that the false prophet is going to have a mark that people must receive in order to buy or sell anything. The shift toward globalism over the past several decades has facilitated the prevalence of interconnected economies. Ultimately, there will be a global commerce system that will come under the control of the false prophet, and in order for anyone to engage in it, they must have his mark. His mark is a means of control that will be used to quickly identify those who will submit to his authority and those who won't.
In a nutshell, the evil trio seek to retain the dominion that the kingdom of darkness currently exercises over the world by preventing the return of Jesus. Since many prophecies yet to be fulfilled pertain to the people of Israel, they attempt to make prophecy impossible to fulfill by destroying them.
They also seek to create a neo-Babel existence for the Satan possessed false prophet to rule over. There will be no room in his kingdom for those who belong to the kingdom of God so he wages war against them. His means of control and persecution are carried out through the mark and the image. Revelation 12 sums it up succinctly.
And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 12:13-17
When Satan is banished from heaven, he persecutes the nation Israel in an attempt to destroy them, however, they are divinely protected and flee to safety. He continues to pursue them in an attempt to destroy them by any means possible but he fails. He becomes enraged and then wages war with the spiritual people of God; those who keep His commandments and maintain the testimony of Jesus. He uses the mark and the image to identify and get rid of them.