What the Bible actually says about… The Mark of the Beast

The Prophecy of a National ID

by Irvin Baxter


In Revelation 13:15-18, the Bible foretells a time when every person on earth will be required by the government to have a number. The prophecy also says this ID number will be required in order to participate in the economy.


The Bible further states that this economic control will be used to weed out political and religious dissent and to require a statement of allegiance to some kind of broad global belief system.


If an individual refuses to give this statement of allegiance, the person’s personal identification number will not be validated, and he or she will not be eligible for employment and consequently will be unable to “buy or sell.” Scriptures tell us that some people will even be killed for their refusal to bow the knee to this prophesied system of global governance (Revelation 20:4).


On the other hand, the Holy Bible says that, if any person takes this number or mark and pledges allegiance to the required belief system, it will result in eternal damnation for that individual (Revelation 14:9-11).

When will this system be set up on earth?

The prophecies teach that this global ID system will be set up by a global government that will be established just before the second coming of Jesus Christ. This global ID system, referred to in scripture as the “mark of the beast,” will be fully implemented during the final three and one-half years immediately preceding the second coming.

Is this system being set up right now?

Even though the prophecy is 2,000 years old, it could never have been fulfilled until right now. Before the invention of the computer and the birth of the Internet, numbering and monitoring every person on earth was simply impossible. However, with the present reach of computer technology, we all know that such a system is totally possible.


Before we write off the possibility of such a scheme as being ludicrous and the invention of individuals suffering from paranoia, we should note that such a system is under consideration in America right now and is already in force in many nations of the world.


On May 11, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Real ID Act into law. The Real ID Act requires any person who wants to fly on an airplane, enter a federal building, open a bank account, or drive a car, to have a national ID card called the Real ID. For those who drive, their driver’s licenses were to become their national IDs. The Real ID law requires those who don’t drive to go to the license branch to receive their national ID card.


In order to qualify for the Real ID (drivers license or otherwise), the person is required to present a certified birth certificate, his or her original social security card, proof of address, and provide biometric identification by submitting to a digitized photograph.


When the states realized that the real purpose of the national ID was to register, number, track and control every American, they began to pass laws against the Real ID. To date, twenty-five states have either passed laws or resolutions against implementation of the Real ID. The original deadline for conformity to Real ID requirements was May 11, 2008. However, not one state had complied to Real ID requirements by the deadline, and half of them had let it be known that they didn’t ever intend to comply.


In an attempt to cajole the states into compliance to the Real ID, Homeland Security extended the deadline to December 31, 2009. However, with the deadline just ahead, states have still not shown any inclination to obey. Compounding the problem is the fact that new Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, signed a law against the Real ID in Arizona while governor there. It has become obvious to all that Real ID is dead in the water.


Because Real ID has been such a failure, Congress is now pushing a replacement law for the Real ID—the Pass ID. However, when everything is said and done, it is still a (papers please) national ID system. America has not had a national ID card since her founding in 1776, and Americans obviously don’t want one now. The bottom-line purpose of a national ID system is control, control, control. But Americans don’t like to be under the tyranny of governmental control. We like freedom, freedom, freedom.

So which national ID system should America adopt?

Which national ID system do you favor—Real ID or Pass ID? Answer? Neither! I like the third choice—no ID!


But wait, we have to have an ID!


Sorry, you’ve come to late to tell us Americans that. We’ve gotten by without one for 230 years, and we’ll do just fine without one for another 230 years. We don’t want to be numbered. We don’t want to be placed in a database so that we can be tracked and controlled. Long live the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Question: Are we brave enough to be free, or have we become so cowardly that we are willing to give up liberty for the promise of security?


Benjamin Franklin said: “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”


America’s verdict is in! NO NATIONAL ID! NOT NOW! NOT EVER!


Note to Congress: Dear lawmakers, please repeal the Real ID Act and don’t replace it with another national ID scheme. These schemes are prophesied to end in tyranny and disaster!

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