>I thought the beasts were supposed to be kingdoms or governments
there are only two beasts to my knowledge, the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
> so "getting the mark" would mean worshipping the state in the sense that you turn to the state to solve all your problems and bring about a utopia.
thats basically what it means, likelihood is that the Antichrist will come after a time of great suffering in the world and will exploit the crises to gain power, its basically proof that you are weak minded
>Has there ever been a previous time where they've tried to isolate you from society if you didn't get something indicating your allegiance to the state? Perhaps under communists?
communist countries would be the closest to fit that bill which isnt surprising since the Antichrists world government will likely be some kind of communism that utilizes corporations as a kind of "right arm" of the state
>Especially since much of Revelation prophecy was about the Roman Empire and was fulfilled a long time ago.
glad im not the only one who noticed that, lots of stuff mentioned in revelation either happened not long after John received the visions or within the last few centuries.