Tales and parables are what we humans have to work with.
You may think there are facts, but facts are simply dead people writing something and putting a footnote  here.
 Some random source
I go to that source, and they attribute some other source. And another source, and another. How did he get his info, the original source?
Well, he didn't quote any important people, as he's the first one. He either made some observations and tests, or he faked the whole thing. Now there are a great many things that are actually elaborate fraud, because people bandwagoned on to ideas they liked rather than making their own tests.
Fawning over facts in a book is not learning anything.
What we humans can trust is our stories (even if we learned the wrong lesson from them, they are sizably more valuable than words in a book that may be selling a convincing fraud). Our stories tell us our personal histories. They are testimonies to a life well- (or poorly-) lived. They often contain inklings of a larger truth. We humans like stories, good or bad, which is why people can't get enough of the latest drama.
I shall tell you a parable of the bad shepherd. (The good shepherd cares for his sheep, but this story is not about him. You can read the Bible if you want for that) Now the bad shepherd only wants to turn his sheep into meat for his own profit. He tells them that there is no purpose to their life, so they will not think too much about the purpose he plans, that of selling them for meat. He tells them that they are just sheep, so they will not become confident enough to venture on their own, seeking something more. He brands each of them with his sign, and puts a chip on them. When one of them has run off, like the good shepherd, he pursues them. To the ends of the earth. When they are at market weight, they are finished. They will all be led to the slaughter. The good shepherd and the bad shepherd are neighbours. Their property looks the same on an overhead map, as part of a larger plan. Because the bad shepherd supplies meat and nothing but, the good shepherd doesn't have to worry about butchery, and their lambs die peacefully having given their wool.
But should the bad shepherd ever become greedy, there are two things that can happen. He can start killing his lambs younger and younger, and he will run short of lambs after awhile, after new ones don't replace those he's killed. Anf some of his sheep run away. His market amount will lower from fifty fully grown sheep to less children, so less adults when those mature. He will lose money, and have to sell his farm because he was too overzealous. Or he can try to take the sheep from the good shepherd. The good shepherd will call the police, and have him arrested.
Did you understand this parable?
The bad shepherd is Antichrists, each of which work against God and toward destruction. The brand and the chip are the Mark of the Beast, and like with the story of the good shepherd, those wanted by the bad shepherd are willing to pursue one and leave the rest behind. The good shepherd is Jesus (and Jesus as he lives through his followers). The property looks the same because it is the Tao. Harmony exists when good and evil do not bother each other. There will always be those who do harm to others as long as this world lasts. But there are two ways evil can run afoul. It can be heavy-handed as in a despotic government, and then we either have revolts (sheep running away) or it can massacre people to the point of not having enough to perform essential jobs. Failed state collapses, and there is starvation and poverty. Or it can try to steal the righteous. This is part of the end time prophecy where the Beast tries to trick the elect, and ultimately all parties concerned are punished. But it also refers to the sin of trying to deconvert theists. Know that each of us will be judged by how much light and hope we bring into the world, and when we try to drive others away from what they hope for, we have done something wrong.