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The Mark of the Beast Heralds Jesus' Return


 

The Mark of the Beast is Finally Revealed

A Special Report by Michael E. O'Brien
Adelaide, Australia
December 28, 1997

 

An identity microchip about the size of a grain of rice - that can be implanted under the skin - appears certain to become that infamous mark of the beast.

 

 

Dear Friend,

Ever since the first century when St John wrote the Book of Revelation, people have pondered and calculated and disputed in their attempts to determine the hidden meaning of "666" and the "mark of the beast".

The purpose of this article is to shed new light onto the topic, and to instil hope and courage by reinforcing the fact that:

 

The Specific Scriptures (Rev 13:16-18)

{16} He [the second beast] caused everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads; {17} so that no one could buy or sell unless they had the mark, or the name of the beast or the number of his name. {18} Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is a man's number. His number is 666.

 

The Technology & it's Usage

Over the last two or three decades there have been amazing advances in technology. However, one of these in particular, appears certain to become that infamous "mark of the beast". In this arcicle we shall look at what it is, how it is being used and how well it fits with Scripture.

It's special purpose computer chip, similar in size and appearance to a small pebble or grain of rice, that can be implanted under the skin using a specially made syringe. The original purpose was said to be to restore mobility to people with severed nerves, then it was discovered that it could modify behaviour (which opened a whole new area of research and development), but finally, it was realised that it had far more important uses for both government and commercial reasons.

These more important uses begin with a simple version of the technology that is already being used world wide to keep track of pets and other animals.

For example: The trovan system offered by InfoPet has been endorsed by the ASPCA and has been selected as the global standard for zoos and aquariums by the Captive Breeding Specialist Group of the IUCN. Hundreds of zoos worldwide, as well as government agencies in at least 21 countries are using the trovan system for animal identification purposes.

It's most important drawcards for the authorities are positive identification and control...

...And because it has the ability to uniquely identify over 34 billion recipients and locate any one of them via satellite to within a few feet of their location, it's understandable why testing and development for use in humans is also well advanced in numerous countries.

It has been reported that many of these tests have been with military personnel and prisoners, etc, but tests are increasing dramatically. For example, several years ago Sweden tested the chip in 6,000 men, and the U.S. in 17,000 babies (neither found any ill effects).

There are two ideal locations for the insertion of the chip in the human body...

The chip contains a small lithium battery with a charging circuit that is activated by the changing temperature of the skin. Therefore, it must be placed in a position where temperature changes occur most rapidly.

Reportedly, "Over one and a half million dollars was spent finding out that the two places in the body that the temperature changes the most rapidly are in the forehead (primary position), right below the hairline, and the back of the hand (alternative position)."

 

Commercial Implications

The more advanced versions of the chip contain the same information and ability as the SmartCard. That is, it can store large amounts of personal information - such as your photo, and all about your identity, criminal record and your purchasing history. It also has the ability to be used in the same way as any credit, debit or EFTPOS card, but with the added ability that it can be "filled up" with a cash value that can be used whenever you do shopping... (Won't that bring a new meaning to "self worth" and "personal net value"!!)

The purpose of the SmartCard (which uses a chip instead of a magnetic strip) is to replace all other cards with the chip technology - so expect to see widespread use of Visa and Mastercards having SmartCard technology very soon. It is also intended to prepare the way for the "chip in the hand".

That a very definite plan is in place to make acceptance of the chip natural, logical and beneficial to the general public is quite evident. This is one beast that would like to appear as a harmless (even desirable) lamb - in order to obtain the greatest possible acceptance.

At first it's use will be voluntary, driven by commercial forces - just like credit cards - and a great proportion of the population will receive them very willingly - with the following benefits being pushed:

The pressure to use it will slowly build...

As it's use becomes more widespread and accepted, expect to see the alternatives gradually disappear until the chip eventually becomes the only accepted way to buy or sell or do any kind of business. There will probably be a few years before the chip becomes commonplace, especially while the SmartCard runs its course; but then expect the following to occur:

Laws are already in place, and others are on the way, in preparation for the chip.

Eventually, it will become law for everyone to have the chip. (Especially because of the Christians who refuse to accept it.) In fact, the President of the United States is already empowered to enforce the use of the chip in that country. (Section 100 of the Emigration and Control Act of 1996.) There are also bills before the U.S. congress right now that will allow them to inject a microchip in your baby at the time of birth for identification purposes.

 

So How Does All This Relate To Scripture?

As with most of the New Testament, the book of Revelation was written in Greek, so it is important to note that any interpretation will need to consider the Greek version of the text in order to get the clearest possible understanding.

Let's have another look at the verses mentioned at the beginning of this article (Rev 13:16-18), and then we shall pick out some of the key words (in red) and have a closer look at their meaning.

{16} He [the second beast] caused everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads; {17} so that no one could buy or sell unless they had the mark, or the name of the beast or the number of his name. {18} Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is a man's number. His number is 666.

 

English Word

Greek Word

Further Interpretation

mark charagma
(khar'-ag-mah)
A scratch or etching, ie. a stamp (as a badge of servitude). It comes from charasso (which means to sharpen to a point.)
name onoma
(on'-om-ah)
A "name" (literally or figuratively) [authority, character] - eg. Having the authority of someone's name.
count psephizo
(psay-fid'-zo)
To use pebbles in enumeration, ie. (in general) to compute or count.
man's anthropos
(anth'-ro-pos)
Man-faced, ie. a human being - particularly a certain individual.
666 chi xi stigma
(khee xee stig'-ma)
This can be interpreted as either a number (666) or as text:
"chi" means father (ie. possessor) of God;
"xi" means to consent, rest content, will, be willing.
"stigma" is from stizo (to "stick", ie. prick); a mark incised or punched (for recognition of ownership).

 

Let's have another look at the same verses but this time with the extended interpretation included:

{16} He [the second beast] caused everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive an etching of servitude (made with a sharp point) in their right hand, or in their foreheads; {17} so that no one could buy or sell unless they had the etching of servitude, or the authority of the beast, or the number of his authority. {18} Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the pebbles as the number of the beast, for it is an individual's [identification] number. His number is incised with a pricking action - willingly - by one claiming to possess the Godhead.

 

Points to Ponder

 

Conclusion

Considering how closely the microchip fits the description in Scripture there would seem little reason to doubt that it represents the mark described by St John; and therefore, that we are indeed very close to the time of the Antichrist and the tribulation.

It is important to note however, that according to Scripture, the time of tribulation is limited to 7 years - and is followed immediately by Jesus' glorious and triumphant return.

As a final word about the identity microchip - DON'T RECEIVE IT. Many Christians will give up their faith over the issue of whether or not to receive it, because resisting it will be very hard - even to survive - but the God-breathed, unchangeable Word of God has this to say about it...

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, {10} The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: {11} And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (Rev 14:9-11)

Praise God that he has given us forewarning and the chance to prepare - for while God will certainly look after his own, without doubt, the time of the tribulation - which is only a few short years away - will be much easier for those who prepare than for those who don't.

 

 

Your friend in Christ,
Michael O'Brien

 

PS: How to prepare for the tribulation (spiritually and physically) will be the subject of future articles.

 


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