The preponderance held the view that ease and comfort brought in mainly since the mid-1850s reflected God’s benevolence towards humanity. I would hazard God eased His restraint; allowing the evil principle to begin development of what all now clearly see as a one-system, governmental scheme. Wrest control of vital resources and translate human labor towards profit-oriented industry; simply pay for necessities—how convenient. A high standard of living so-called not realizing we were rapidly distancing ourselves even further from Almighty God—bowing the knee to money; praising ourselves for our ingenuity and glorying in precipitous technological developments.
Perfection: when we consider the case; these things had to take place, eventually. We live in extraordinary times.
It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
From sole intellect, any reasonable person must concede the Author knew their matter over two-thousand years ago; wealth calculated in terms of sheep, oxen, and goats, et cetera when the world population stood roughly at 200 million (nearly 8 billion presently). Any judicious individual can delineate from these two passages a single-province where the whole relies on one unique form of payment with which to buy vital provisions—note the universality expressed in both passages.
At any rate, those who ridicule Scripture may use the same book to proclaim their position. Note the following written by the great apostle Paul:
1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
“Quite right,” says the unbeliever. “
For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
48 Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe.”
“Indeed, this is my position,” replies the unbeliever.
Let the nonbelievers cite Scripture as a way of amplifying their claims for remaining outside the faith and therefore, add to their plausibility, which the believer dare not deny.