This beast (or kingdom) is practically in place now. Because the U.S. has been such an economic giant historically, it had to be taken out of the way, and that's what this whole sub-prime mortgage crash and corruption with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been about, the inflation and devaluation of American currency. Because America runs on a credit system that it was bound to crash at some point. And they've been working for that day, not conspiratorially, but openly. And the latest development is the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act, by which the government can arrest and detain any American citizen they deem a 'terrorist' and hold them in detention indefinitely.
The Bible declares hard times for the end days... and we are upon them. Begin storing up food to carry you through a couple of weeks and water to drink. An informative, conservative, Biblical site that is a good resource in understanding all that has been and is going on, is www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com.
The important thing for us as believers to remember is that God is in control and accomplishing His will for humanity and all creation.
And those who have been born again (Jn. 1:12, spiritually made alive to God) through faith in Christ alone, and no other god or Deity or system to which they have made vows and oaths. Only those who follow Christ alone by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:21 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
*An important update: The prophecies of the pope are culminating with the 112th pope. It appears he is readying to come into power this year (2012) in fulfillment of St. Malacy's prophecy, and in conjunction of many world religions which HAVE set the date for this new world order to occur in 2012! For more info on this incredible topic, go to www.newsraidersupdate.com or see www.prophecyofthepopes.com.