“He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die. He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.” Revelation 13:15-17
When this empire first arises, it will have a very pluralistic, inclusive, attitude toward worship. Shortly after assuming power all forms of worship will be outlawed, except for the worship of himself.
The antichrist does the exact opposite of what God desires. One of the commandments God gave had to do with the tefillin/phylacteries (Deuteronomy 6:6-8). These tefillin are boxes that house the commandments of God. During prayers these are bound to the arm and upon the forehead of the wearer. The binding on the arm is a symbolic representation of what we do, our work. And the forehead represents the work process, our thoughts. We are to think and do according to the commandments of God. Satan is a counterfeiter and wants people to put the mark where the tefillin are meant to be – on the arm or forehead. He wants people to think of, and do, his will. True believers are going to be put into a situation where they are forced to depend on God – and not their own resources. God wants us to know that He is trustworthy, and He can sustain us.