I don’t think God will put Church Age Christians in the position to have to worry about the Mark. I think the Rapture will occur before that event. However, those that come to faith during the Trib are going to have to make that decision. That is the feeling I get from Scripture and from reading commentaries about the Mark.
I tend to agree, however we have no guarantee on pre-Trib, and there is Mid-Trib and Post Trib philosophies out there.
I, for one, believe that Revelations is clear after comparing many scriptures, that the Armies of Heaven in the White Robes are the Christians who have been to the Bride Supper of the Lamb, and return following Jesus on the White Horses to Armageddon to defeat the enemies of Israel.
My belief supports a Pre-Trib Rapture.
However if you think about the change over of the Internet to the UN (other countries control) that is a near possibility in a few years for a mark (chip) controlling access for online banking aka buying and selling. There will definitely be a requirement, and if you know Islam you can imagine what it will be.
So many people are taken unaware in storms, attacks (9/11), and transformations...Who would have thought O could have done so much, in so little time, to cripple the greatest nation on earth economically, politically, and militarily?.