Tuesday, 12 September 2017 16:50

Microchips...and the Return of Jesus

Written by  Bob Crittendon
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A Wisconsin company announced its offering of a microchip to its employees to enable them to enter the building, as well as to purchase food on-site.


That’s the word from Three Square Market, according to a USA Today story, which reported that the rice-sized chip would be implanted between the thumb and forefinger.  Company CEO Todd Westby is quoted here:


“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals...” (RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification.)


Westby added, “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”  Three Square is partnering with a Swedish company with a number of employees who are “chipped.”  The story notes that Westby says there is no GPS tracking with the chip.


NBC News pointed out:


Privacy protections were among the concerns when it was first rolled out, and fundamentalist religious groups publicly objected to the tiny tags as being the “mark of the beast” mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.


NBC did not quote one of these “fundamentalist” believers, but CBN News rightly stated:


Many Christians express concerns about microchip implants because they see the idea as a prelude to “the mark of the Beast” as described in the book of Revelation.


Here’s that verse about the End Times from Revelation 13:16-17 (NIV): “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”


When Apple Pay technology came out a few years ago, consumer privacy expert and bestselling author Dr. Katherine Albrecht told CBN News, “We’re kind of moving closer and closer to that ‘right hand’ and closer and closer to the fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the mark of the Beast.”


Jerry Newcombe, writing at WND.com, indicates that people believing in the return of Jesus by the year 2050 comprise over one-third of the population.  He referred to a July 2010 Pew poll that shows a total of 41 percent of Americans believe Jesus definitely (23 percent) or probably (18 percent) will have returned to earth by that time.


Newcombe does caution against what he calls “newspaper exegesis,” and writes:


Regardless of whether this story on buying a bag of chips in a break room in Wisconsin by means of a microchip planted in the hand has anything to do with the return of Christ, I take great comfort in knowing that one day Jesus will come back.


Radio preacher Chuck Swindoll gives us great insight for living, on keeping the return of Christ in perspective: “There’s something about Christ’s soon return that stirs up our urgency and keeps us involved. … What we need is balance. We need to be informed and aware, thinking it could occur at any moment, but carrying out our lives as responsibly as if His return would not be for another two or three generations.”


Here are some points to consider:


Microchip and RFID technology are certainly available, and, while convenience is a factor, privacy and moral concerns abound.


Scripture teaches that what is called the “mark of the beast” in Revelation will become a mandatory element, without which no one can buy and sell; so, it’s not too much of a stretch to see how implanted technology could lead to a fulfillment of prophecy.


The “mark” is a tool that will be used by the Antichrist.  The Bible teaches that those loyal to him will take the mark, those who are not will reject it.  So, there is the question of methodology, but there is also the matter of meaning.  And, to whom will people on the earth swear their allegiance?


Of course, for those who believe that Jesus will take His Church to be with Him in the rapture, that event would predate the distribution of the “mark.”  But, these technological developments can help us to see how that man of perdition could actually control the lives of people by regulating their ability to buy and sell. 


Finally, we have to make sure that we are ready when Jesus comes to receive His Church.  The Bible teaches us that we are to strive to be found faithful.  There is certainly a sense of urgency - we need to make sure that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of our lives and that we are walking in obedience to His Word.



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