He said, according to Bible prophecy, the Tribulation is a seven-year period after the Lord “raptures” Christians to heaven. The people left behind will then be subjected to the Tribulation, dark days when the Antichrist will come to prominence. He said the Tribulation will be immediately followed by the second coming of Christ, according to Scripture.
Miller, host of the Bott Radio Bible study show “Dialogue,” shared the viewpoint.
“If there are still born-again believers out there, then the beast has not yet appeared,” Miller said. “If you're left behind for the Tribulation, you'll have more than the ‘mark of the beast' to worry about.”
Hitchcock said he interprets Scripture to indicate that people will take the mark with purpose and intention and that there will be no deception about it.
“They will be rejecting the true God and taking the Antichrist as their god, so no one is going to take the mark of the beast accidentally,” he said.
“It's going to be something that's purposeful and intentional, because it says in Revelation 14 that people who take the mark of the beast are going to be doomed and cast into hell. God is not going to send people to hell for doing something unintentional.”
Hitchcock said people have always seemed interested in the Book of Revelation, written by the apostle John. He said he is not surprised that interest in the prophecy revealed in Revelation appears to have grown in recent years.
“We live in times where everything is magnified because of the information that's out there 24/7, and there are a lot of things happening in our world that are very troubling to a lot of people,” Hitchcock said.
“Then people read the Bible and they see parallels there, and so they wonder if this is the thing that the Bible is talking about. It just highlights that we need to be careful about these things and not engage in sensationalism and fear and of those things.”
When asked what he says to naysayers who reject Bible prophecy as nonsense, Hitchcock had a ready answer.
“Some people say it's just mythology or legends or whatever, but there are 500 prophecies in the Bible that have been fulfilled already,” he said.
“That gives a solid foundation for believing that future prophecies that haven't been fulfilled, will be fulfilled.”