"He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Rev. 13:16-17).
This requires a tyrannical government/power.
As an Adventist, these current events do not surprise me. Things have been headed this way for quite a while now, and not just because some naive (stupid, idiotic) human beings want more control over their subjects, or more power, or more wealth. There is a power behind it all who seeks the worship of or destruction of all humankind... Satan. His tactics are force and deception, and so you'll be seeing force applied and lots of deception.
The only surprising thing might be that it's been so quick, and seems to be getting quicker. But even that was foretold, "the final movements will be rapid ones."