Okay, I am going to preface this post with a brief advisory statement: this post will be rather religious in nature. If you do not wish to read something written from a pronounced Christian perspective, you may want to pass it by. However, if you seek the truth in all things as I do and want to read something that will, in the near future, affect every man, woman and child on this planet, read on. For when it comes it will truly affect everyone, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, agnostic, pagan, atheist or simply have no spiritual position whatsoever.
This worldwide thing is the coming “Cashless Society”, perhaps better known (and certainly more colorfully named) as the Mark of the Beast. Still with me? Good, let’s get to it then…
This enigmatic Mark is described in one small portion of the Bible – Revelation 13:16-18. Let’s get the quote out of the way and we will then see why I believe that it is nearly here. The above mentioned verses read: “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” Now in this quotation the person known as the beast is the Anti-Christ, the powerful dictator who will rise in the years just before the return of Christ; Scripture has a lot to say about him in various places in both the Old and the New Testament, and I do (naturally) have some opinions about who he will be, but I won’t digress.
Okay, so there is a 2,000 year old prophecy concerning some kind of mark that no one can perform any kind of financial transaction without – how does that apply today? Ah, my friends, that is exactly the subject at hand today!
As the world’s population has grown and what were once semi-isolated economies have become tightly interwoven there has been a movement to regulate and regiment humanity’s financial interactions. In the first half of the 20th Century when the United States government started issuing Social Security numbers and cards to all working Americans, there were many Christians who cried out that the government was instituting the Mark of the Beast. Nope, that was only a step in that direction. During WWII the Nazis tattooed numbers on the arms of virtually everyone sent to the concentration camps; I have had older friends who survived those horrors and I’ve seen the tattoos. Many of the Jews and Christians in the concentration camps said that those crude tattoos were the Mark of the Beast; they were certainly the mark of a beast, but those identifying tattoos had nothing to do with money and were only used as a means of identifying the prisoners. Later, when manufacturers starting using bar codes to identify and track items using scanners and the growing computer networks, many warned that the Mark was upon us. No again, although those vigilant souls were probably close to the truth. At the end of the 1990s, when RFID chips were first coming into use, a few people warned that the Mark was even closer to coming into existence, but by then most people were too absorbed in their entertainments and daily lives to pay much attention; after all, they weren’t putting the chips into people.
That, my friends, is about to change.
I recall reading back around the turn of the century that the U.S. military was experimenting with using RFID chips attached to materials as a means of making the military’s supply chain more efficient by being able to track everything from boxes of MREs to tanks. (Perhaps some of my military brothers and sisters who served at that time can shed further light on this; if you remember it, please let me know by comment or email!) No one seemed to notice. I have heard nothing else about it for at least ten years, but I suspect that the military’s efforts were neither in vain nor terminated. It was around this time that the use of RFID chips implanted by veterinarians on our pets became not only common but welcomed; if your pet got lost any animal shelter or vet’s office in the country could check for a chip, scan it, and find out instantly who that pet belonged to. Many people have been reunited with their pets using this system, which means that it was a good idea. However, that good idea has a dark side that most people don’t see.
Do you see the pattern that has been forming yet? In incremental steps the government, not only here in America but in other parts of the world, has been leading us towards the ultimate regimentation, using our own money as the incentive to go along with this plan. First they get us used to the idea of doing business with a personal number; just try doing anything even relatively important without your social security number. Then they slowly show us the benefits of an indelible, non-removable identifier – hey, that’s pretty cool! Then it comes down to where we cannot do anything with such an identifier…hmm, that sounds a little fishy, but if it works…
Two days ago I read an article on Yahoo news about the government in India starting a program of direct deposit of government issued funds – such as social security and unemployment payments – where the recipient is identified by either thumb prints or retinal scans. Last night the article was gone from Yahoo (not surprisngly!), so I tracked down another report on it that happened to be a very watered down version of what I had originally read. Here are the links to two articles that I did find: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-03/mysore/36129691_1_social-security-schemes-direct-cash-transfer-beneficiaries and http://southasia.oneworld.net/news/aadhaar-card-mandatory-for-delhi-government-services#at_pco=cfd-1.0. Both articles are, as I said, quite watered down from the original Yahoo article. Basically, the government of India is trying a system of matching people to money through some form of biometric identity. Ok, Dave, but how is this ominous? It is ominous because it is yet another step toward the implementation of a cashless society, aka, the Mark of the Beast. By the way, I personally believe that the Indian government’s project will prove to be an abject failure, and there are two reasons why I believe that. First, a system of thumbprint and/or retinal scanners would be pretty expensive and unwieldy, especially in a nation such as India where there are literally millions of people without any form of legal identification and many places that don’t even have electricity. Second, it will fail because it is not the type of system that the Bible describes.
When the Mark comes out it will be either in the form of a system of RFID chips implanted on us just as they are in our pets, or a system of tattooed bar codes on our persons. The RFID system, which has made news recently when a school district in San Antonio, Texas, started using RFID chips to track its students, would still be expensive to implement but not impossible – all that would be needed are the chips themselves (seven-plus billion chips, one for every person on earth, would really be quite the enhancement of the manufacturer’s bottom line!) and the scanners. The only information that the chips would need to carry would be our personal identifying number. Nearly all computer systems from stores to banks are now interconnected, so the network would really only need the software to connect the chip to the system. (By the way, these same chips can also be used to track our every move in the same way that the chips in smart phones are used to track us!) The system of a tattooed mark, such as a bar code, would work in similar fashion except that it would be cheaper to implement – most places of business already have scanners – but would lack the tacking feature of the RFID system. My bet would be on the RFID system since it would provide the most control over us, but the tattoo system would still tie all of our financial transactions to the system and it would do in a pinch. All the technology necessary for either system already exists and is in use for other purposes; all that is needed to put this insidious plan into action is a crisis that can be used to force our acceptance. Whether it will be a financial crisis or a natural disaster of global significance is really irrelevant, but I believe it will happen due to a financial crisis – which we are facing daily and which will probably be manufactured.
I can hear the propaganda machine/marketers pitch now: “This will eliminate identity theft! This system will take the financial gain out of most robberies! You’ll never have to worry about losing your credit cards or driver’s license ever again!” The list of “benefits” goes on. Then why is this system deemed such a grievous, vile thing? Because it is dehumanizing in its concept. Because it is a means of gaining financial control over us to an unprecedented degree. Because the RFID system will provide the means to track our every move – everywhere we go. Because it will be a huge step toward abolishing the concept of privacy. And because Scripture says that it will be a way of surrendering our very lives to the service of a vile, ruthless dictator.
I don’t ask, in this day of conspiracy theories, that you believe or even accept what I’ve said today. All I can ask is that you pay attention, that you unplug from all of the distractions of modern life long enough to think this through. All I ask is that you keep this in mind and think hard before you go and cheerfully get chipped or tattooed, because once you do your fate will be sealed, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
Peace and blessings to you all!