Although I tend to be rather sceptical about understanding the likes of Revelation in a literal way, Ive always found it intriguing that one of the judgments was a star called ‘Wormwood’ that would poison many people. Then Chernobyl happened. Chernobyl is Ukranian for wormwood, and the disaster spewed out a vast cloud of radiation which travelled the globe. And of course a star is basically a nuclear bomb (using fusion rather than fission processes). Im not saying Chernobyl does equate to that Biblical judgment, but perhaps it was a foretaste of what is to come.
I also find it interesting that the ‘mark of the beast’ relates to commerce, and specifically the buying and selling of goods. For basically the whole of human civilisation, money in some form has been the means by which people have indeed bought and sold goods or services. Yet it is only now that technology has advanced so that physical money is now unnecessary for those functions, and instead people typically use plastic cards (Denmark for example no longer recognises cheques). Microchips under the skin have now already been trialed:
Note Martin Lewin’s words in that article.
Just a century ago noone would have thought of such a possibility, never mind 2000 years a go. But not now.
I understand Revelation and other prophetic writings in the Bible can be full of symbolism, but then that symbolism reflects something real. That is the point of symbolism. When i look at the likes of Daniel and see how his symbolic words came to pass in historical reality (beasts representing kingdoms which came and went, a specific timeline detailing the arrival of the Jewish Messiah etc) then logically there is no reason why some of the prophetic writings from both Testaments cannot relate to realities which were due to happen in the 20th century and beyond.