What will the world look like?
by Tani Shrabel
Mandy, dressed in her Sunday best, her dark hair pulled back neatly in a ponytail, slowly maneuvered an overflowing grocery cart toward the front of the store. In her thirty plus years of shopping experience she couldn’t remember ever filling a cart this full. “This is the third time I’ve had to pick up this box of cereal,” she thought as she hurriedly tucked it under her arm. “One more time Lord”, was her silent prayer as she approached the new reader stations.
The government issued a mandate requiring all citizens to receive an implantable RFID microchip for ID and verification purposes. Now anyone with the new ID chip can simply walk through the reader, bag his or her groceries and go home no cash or cards necessary. Full implementation has been delayed for nearly a year.
Once again Mandy readied her debit card and put on a brave smile as she heard the rejection beep. “Here you go”, she said as she held out the card to the approaching attendant.
Mandy was surprised when she looked into the eyes of the approaching teenage girl and saw fear, yet her heart remained calm and resolved. “I know you’re with me Lord”, she thought.
“I’m sorry we can no longer accept cards. Implanted ID only,” the young attendant said, as she nervously looked around the room, her body blocking Mandy’s exit. Mandy stepped toward the girl extending the card hoping to persuade the girl to accept it. She forgot about the box of cereal under her arm. It did a somersault before hitting the floor emitting a loud crunch. The sudden movement frightened the teenager who turned and ran calling for a manager her voice sounding eerily like an early warning siren.
In the ensuing confusion Mandy took her opportunity to escape, rushing to the door. “This is it”, she thought. “The Mark of the Beast.” The last thing she saw before heading to her car was today’s headlines glaring from the newspaper dispenser, “Homeland Security issues Red Alert. Anyone without a government certified ID chip is a potential terrorist”.
This story is purely a work of fiction. However, this scenario is based on technology available right now, which could eventually be used for implementing the Mark of the Beast. Could this fictitious scene actually become reality in the future?
We know from Bible prophecy that people will be required to take a mark in their right hands or in their foreheads. This is known as the Mark of the Beast. Without it no one will be able to buy or sell, Revelation 13:16-17. The Bible warns Christians not to take this mark or face eternal consequences as described in Revelation 14:9-10.
The technology for marking and tracking products has been rapidly advancing. It is physically possible to mark and track a product from its shipping point all the way into our homes by using RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip tags. A company can find the exact location of any RFID tagged product within seconds even while in transit.
For years pet owners have been given the option to purchase an RFID tag to place either on the animal’s collar or to be inserted into the animal’s body. This is used to identify and locate the animal if ever lost or stolen.
With the technology readily available and the ever-increasing need for control in the name of global security, could people be next in line to be marked and tracked?
What is an RFID microchip?
So what are we talking about? What is an RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip and how does it work? I cannot give a scientific explanation on the inner workings of this developing technology but I will give a very brief explanation. (For a better understanding of how RFID works you can go to www.spychips.com).
A microchip is a miniaturized set of electronic components on a single unit sometimes called a micro circuit board capable of storing data. A microchip with the addition of a built in antenna is known as an RFID tag.
These tags can be placed on or implanted into products, animals and people for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio frequency waves. These RFID tags work in conjunction with various types of readers. Some are stationary placed in strategic locations, and some are mobile, even hand held. It is similar to how a barcode is scanned in a grocery store, with the exception that an RFID reader can read at greater distances and read multiple items at once. Some can even read through boxes, cargo containers, clothing and purses. Each individually RFID tagged product in a large warehouse can be simultaneously read and inventoried in a matter of seconds with an RFID reader.
The reader then interprets the data stored on the chip. Sometimes the data is associated with a database available on the Internet, which has all the information about that particular product, animal or person.
The FDA approved an implantable RFID tag for humans
In 2004 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved an implantable RFID (microchip) tag that is encased in a glass tube and is about the size of a grain of rice. It can be implanted under the skin by using a needle usually in the hand or upper arm. These RFID tags store a unique identifying number. A reader scans and identifies the number to the associated database holding all of a specific person’s medical history.
The company, Verichip Corp., owns the patent to this RFID tag and has been promoting it as a lifesaving necessity especially in the event of a medical emergency.
Privacy advocate groups, one in particular, CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) founded by Dr. Katherine Albrecht has been fighting this technology from its inception. CASPIAN warns that implantable RFID tags will destroy privacy and pose health risks (Malignant tumors have been discovered in some animals at the site of the implant).
This opposition in no way has slowed down the development and future plans for implantable RFID tags. The opposition merely forced the company Verichip Corp. to be extremely careful with the wording of newly released information. No longer will they release terms like “implantable RFID”, now they will use terms like “in vivo monitoring”. The term “In vivo” is Latin for within the body. Verichip Corp. has even changed their company name to sound much more inviting. They are now known as PositiveID.
Future plans for RFID implants
The future of implantable RFID sounds strangely like something out of a science fiction novel. Nano technology is taking RFID implants to unbelievable levels of miniaturization. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, which is roughly the size of a single atom. Scientists can now use nano-sized particles to build RFID implants, which are invisible to the naked eye, sometimes referred to as ‘smart dust’. This smart dust can store digital information just like their larger counterparts.
The power supply was inadequate for these ultra-miniaturized RFID implants until James Neil Rodgers recently discovered that body fluids could be used as a power supply. Now these tiny RFID implants can be kept running indefinitely by harnessing the electrical power within the human body.
All of these advances are making RFID implants less invasive and therefore more acceptable to the general population.
Will People accept RFID implants?
Currently there are no plans for implanting people with RFID tags en masse (that we know of). There is only the slow and systematic introduction to the use of microchips for tracking and identification purposes, usually promoted as enhancing our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
We are all accustomed to having our cell phones with us twenty-four hours a day. Most of us know our cell phones are equipped with GPS location microchips, and some of us are even aware that those same microchips can track us even if we turn our phone off. Why do we accept this invasion of privacy? We accept it because; we want the convenience of instantaneous directions more than privacy.
In a recent poll twenty-five percent of Germany’s population said they would be happy to receive microchip implants for the sake of convenience alone.
When the new technologies for lifesaving RFID implants are released people will begin to view them in a much more favorable way. Implantable RFID microchips could even become an everyday part of life as many of the experts predict.
One company’s connections could be used for the Mark of the Beast
Verichip Corp. has been very busy acquiring new companies, creating new systems and forming connections for their implantable RFID tag (Verichip).
In April 2004 Verichip Corp. created the Veripay system, which was used with the RFID tag implants at the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, Spain. The club was the first to offer RFID implants for fun. Many patrons took advantage of this offer getting an RFID implant so they could relax on the beach and purchase drinks without the aggravation of having to carry cash or cards. Veripay is now the connection to cashless purchasing power.
In June 2008 Verichip Corp. acquired Steele Vault, a security and identity theft protection company. Steele Vault is now the connection to security and identity protection. Shortly after the merger Verichip Corp. changed its name to PositiveID.
In November 2008 PositiveID partnered with Receptors LLC. Together they are currently developing RFID implants with life saving qualities. One of the RFID implants can monitor glucose levels in the blood making life easier and safer for diabetes patients. Another RFID implant can be used to detect biological threats; a biological threat can be anything from flu pandemic to biological warfare, making us safer from terrorist attack. PositiveID will even have RFID tags for early disease detection. The connection to lifesaving, diagnostic and anti-terror qualities will make RFID implants more acceptable.
In October 2009 PositiveID selected Raytheon/ELCAN Optical to manufacture their RFID implant. Raytheon is one of the world’s largest defense contractors. They have contracts for some of the most top-secret weapons and projects in the US. Raytheon is the connection to keeping any covert plans for RFID implants secret.
In February 2010 PositiveID entered a partnership with FIS (Fidelity National Information Services). FIS provides financial solutions to the banking industry on a global scale. This top-ranked company is the connection to worldwide financial transaction processing.
In September 2010 PositiveID entered into an agreement with Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest electronic health record management companies. Siemens is also an information technology provider to Google Health and Microsoft Healthvault. Siemens is the connection to personal and medical records management on a global scale.
Currently, PositiveID made an offer to buy its parent company Digital Angel. Digital Angel refused the offer but PositiveID is still hoping to negotiate the deal. Digital Angel has the largest defense contract for SARBE (search and rescue beacon equipment); the most technologically advanced personal locator beacons available. The beacons feature digital satellite communications, GPS (Global Positioning by Satellite) and programmable functioning capabilities. SARBE is the most widely used personal locator beacon for the DOD (Department of Defense).
If PositiveID is successful in merging with Digital Angel they will have a connection to GPS satellite tracking.
In addition to all this, on July 26, 2010 the FDA and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filed a joint statement promising their cooperative assistance in making wireless medical device technology (RFID tags) available and affordable to all Americans.
Let’s put these connections together and see what story they tell. PositiveID’s RFID implant with its connections, can be used to make cashless transactions on a global scale, it is identity theft secure, it can be used to retrieve financial and medical records with world wide access availability, any covert plans can be kept secret because it is manufactured by a defense contractor who handles the most guarded secrets in the US military, it can be tracked by satellite, it will be regulated (controlled) by the government (the FDA and FCC) and finally it will be promoted as making our lives more convenient and safe.
At this time PositiveID’s RFID implant is not the Mark of the Beast. However, they are creating a system, which could easily be the forerunner for those who will implement the Mark of the Beast.
Will this technology become the Mark of the Beast?
The technologies are advancing at such a rapid rate that by the time the Mark of the Beast arrives it may look nothing like what I have just described. We are certainly closer than ever before; just thirty years ago there was no Internet and the technology to mark someone and keep track of all of those marks would have been impossible.
What we know for sure is there will be a Mark of the Beast as the Bible has prophesied, and we will be able to recognize it.
So how will we know if RFID implants become the Mark of the Beast? The Bible gives us clues so we can recognize the one and only Mark of the Beast spoken of in the Bible.
- It will be a mark of some kind no matter how small or a marker or marking process. Revelation 13:16
- It must involve the head and/or the hand. Revelation 13:16
- It will involve a name that when calculated is 666. This will be the number or name of a man who is the Antichrist. Revelation 13:18
- Without it you will not be able to buy or sell. This could possibly mean a work verification system or perhaps it will be linked to all your finances. Revelation 13:17
- In order to receive this mark, a person will be required to worship the beast that is the Antichrist. This could be a loyalty oath, a contractual agreement, it could require your signature for acceptance of conditions or literally you might have to bow and worship the Antichrist. Revelation 14:9
Whatever is used for the Mark of the Beast we will recognize it. If anyone refuses this mark they will be put to death. But don’t despair. There is a reward for all who do not take this mark.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4