"And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." - Rev 13:5-8
Dr Mark Hitchcock points out that the bible says that one man is going to rule the world for the last three and a half years of this age. We can see how something like that can happen in this time and age with the economic chaos and nations in chaos. People are looking for answers. They are looking for a savior and a deliverer.
Moreover, with the global aspect of the economy with our credit cards and online banking, it all seems to just fit into the biblical narrative. With all the modern electronic technology, we can control every transaction in the world. So it will be fairly simple to establish a "mark" for everyone to buy and sell as one global economy.
"One thing that is very important to me in all of this is when people take the mark of the beast to be able to buy or sell, it's going to be really taking his name upon them. It's really going to be a mark of their allegiance to him. I think in that coming tribulation, unlike any other time, people are going to have a clear cut choice - are they going to take Christ or are they going to follow the antichrist…"