See, I think completely differently about that.
We are, supposedly, in the time of the Laodecian church - you can read about it in the book - and that church is marked by their superficiality, their complete connection to the world, their lukewarmness to the uncomfortability that is supposed to be part of being a Christian, i.e., "No man that warreth (for Christ) entangleth himself in the affairs of this life." etc. etc. etc. There are about a thousand verses that pretty much no "Christian" these days follow.
AND, at the end, Christians are supposed to get their heads chopped off. Now, I'm just speaking of the Christians I know who are heading to sin city, have big, fancy houses, cars, clothes, etc. etc. etc. (nope, not kidding) so I really think, when the rubber hits the road that the mark - check it out - SO THAT NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL SAVE HE THAT HAD THE MARK OF THE BEAST - I just think a lot of them will be lined up at the church doors to get theirs.
Just mho. Of course, the damn thing is a blueprint, not a prophecy, so hopefully there is some way to stop the monstrocity before it ever gets started. Imagine people who WANT that mess to happen. WTH??!!