Perhaps the single biggest trap we keep falling into with claims about what prophecies will turn out to be, is that stated in Daniel chapter 12. He was told of a time of terrible distress, unprecedented in all the history of the world, but the Jewish people being delivered, the resurrection of the dead and the wise shining and leading many to righteousness. Then Daniel is told to seal up the prophetic scroll "until the time of the end". Now, here is the bit that causes us all the trouble regarding claims of interpretation:
"None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand."
In our pride and arrogance, we just keep falling into this trap of thinking, "We are not wicked! We are wise! We will understand!" And so we have suffered a whole catalogue of false interpretations that claim to explain what such end-time prophecies will turn out to be. This was happening even in the 18th century, when the rise of Napoleon in Europe caused many to claim that he was fulfilling prophecies both in Daniel and Revelation. Some even calculated dates based upon his conquest of Rome and the way he humiliated the pope. I have a massive tome written in the early 1900s, making such claims and offering a thousand more ideas about how Jesus must have returned invisibly in the 1840s, based upon such interpretations. Time has shown the utter foolishness of such written claims.
It is the same today. Will we never learn? The latest technology that arises is hailed to be the one that will cause the mark of the beast - and then when time passes and expectations do not work out, another new technology is held up as being 'the one'. It is not technology. It is spiritual.
Ever since a former Muslim who converted to Christianity explained something he had noticed in Revelation, about the mark of the beast, I have decided that it will be akin to what the early Christians had to stand up to, by refusing to burn a pinch of incense at the altar of Caesar, to acclaim him as a god; it will be a sign of worshipping a false god, which the whole world will be expected to do, otherwise they will not be able to function in society and will likely die as a result. There already is a 'mark' or sign of false worship going on, all over the world, and increasingly so. It is heard by verbal claims on our television sets and computers, and seen by the headbands and armbands worn by the activists when they group in public. And, as this religion sweeps ever-onwards in its drive to conquer the world and force everyone to submit to its god, all Christians will have to refuse to utter the verbal words of allegiance, and to refuse to wear the identifying garb seen on headbands and armbands.
I have sometimes explained this in other answers, but I am not going to go on about it here, even though the explanation accounts for why this view could not possibly have been understood for hundreds of years after Revelation was written, and why the scribes who copied John's original scroll would have made copies that - ever since - have been misunderstood to be the Greek words that are translated into English as six hundred and sixty-six. Only now, in this generation, can an alternative understanding be possible. If this generation is the one due to see Daniel's unprecedented time of trouble, then those who are concerned to lead many to righteousness will grasp the meaning. It will become clear. Meantime, we must work while it is still day, to be guided by the Holy Spirit to help lead many to righteousness. He will give us the understanding of Revelation as the still-future aspects begin to happen.