“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
– Revelation 13:12
An archaic (Old English) definition of “earth” in the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, page 775, reads “a country, a territory”.
This is important to know because Revelation 13:12 reads the false prophet will cause “the earth and them which dwell therein” to worship the antichrist, using a combination of deceptive miracles (Revelation 13:13-14), force (Revelation 13:15), and currency (i.e. the mark of the beast, Revelation 13:16-17).
Some people believe the false prophet, and therefore the antichrist, will control the entire world. I disagree. I believe Revelation 13 is speaking of one country, and therefore the mark of the beast will be rolled out only in one country.
Geopolitically and administratively, a one world currency is inconceivable. The antichrist would have to physically and politically control all nations in order to effect a one world currency. But scripture foretells war, and resistance from the east, for example.
I say, the antichrist will not rule the entire world because, first, most people are not inherently evil, and second, God would not allow it.
By contrast, during the Millennial Reign, at some point, there will be a “one world government”, to all intents and purposes.
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
– Philippians 2:10-11
Furthermore, if every non Christian were to take the mark of the beast, then it follows that except for Christians every person would die, Revelation 14:9-10.
If every non Christian were to die, whom would Christians preach to during the Millennial Reign?
Apart from that, there’s Mark 13:20, which suggests flesh will be saved.
“And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.”
– Mark 13:20
So you see, the world will survive the tribulation, and life will go on.
This is why I wrote what I did in my book, about the word “earth” and the NSOED.
Just now while writing this, it occurs to me that there is proof in Revelation 13 itself of what I say about the word “earth”.
In Revelation 13, the word “earth”, γῆ in Greek (transliteration ge), occurs 6 times, but the Greek word γῆ occurs 7 times. The one other time it occurs, Revelation 13:3, the KJV translates it as “world” rather than “earth”.
According to Strong’s, the Greek γῆ can mean “ground”, “land”, “world”, “earth”, or “country”.
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”
– Revelation 13:3
For an example of “country”, read Matthew 9:31 or Acts 7:3. The Greek word used, in my Strong’s, in the two said passages is once again γῆ.
“And he said unto them, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shew thee.”
– Acts 7:3
It is remarkable that the translators of the KJV made a point to translate Revelation 13:3’s γῆ differently from the other occurrences of γῆ in Revelation 13.
Context might have been the reason for Acts 7:3’s “country”.
But to differentiate “world” from “earth” is quite subtle, and possibly inspired, 2 Timothy 3:16. So, in effect, the KJV translators are saying “all the world” will wonder about the wounded head of the beast, but only “the earth and them which dwell therein” will take the mark of the beast. That is to say, the two are different.
Finally, because of Revelation 14:7-11’s mentioning of Babylon immediately before God’s wrath upon those that take the mark of the beast, I say, the mark of the beast will be rolled out mainly, if not only, in Mystery Babylon, the country.