Although I can lay no claim to being a prophet in this matter, it’s been clear to me since the 1980’s precisely how the prophecy found in Revelation 13:16-17 will be fulfilled. So to start, let’s look at exactly what that prophecy actually says;
“He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, … ”
The “He” referred to at the start of the verse is the 2nd Beast, often also referred to as the False Prophet. Well, it says that this False Prophet will require that everyone must have a mark on their right hand or forehead, and without that mark, you will be unable to buy or sell anything at all. How do I see this prophecy being implemented today? Through what’s known as biometric identification. Common methods in use today utilize fingerprint scanning, such as on your mobile phone. But there are problems with fingerprints, not the least being that they can be copied and reproduced by people intent on stealing what is rightfully your property.
So, those involved in biometrics have also been looking at more secure methods of identification, not so easily stolen and copied. One of these is called palm-vein scanning. It works by placing your hand on an infrared reading device and digitally recording the actual pattern of the veins in your palm (hand). Here’s a video that shows how the process is accomplished in a health care setting;
This method of biometric identification has already been introduced into about 7.5% of US hospitals and healthcare centers. It’s actually been in use at the Carolinas Healthcare System since 2007.
Let me assure you that there is nothing wrong in having your hand scanned in this manner. Why? Because there’s no mark involved. We will clearly know when the infamous mark is introduced because it will be mandatory, and both the False Prophet and the Antichrist himself will be known and on the scene. Personally, I see absolutely no reason not to go ahead and participate in this system when it arrives at your local hospital or health care center. Palm-vein scanning is taking off in a big way in medical settings and I’d be surprised if you aren’t confronted by one by 2020 at the latest.
In addition to hospitals, this method of biometric identification is beginning to show its face in commercial areas, such as in your local coffee shop. Here’s an example of a new start up company in Chicago called Keyo; http://www.builtinchicago.org/company/keyo
And there are many more companies pushing this technology forward. To give you an idea of how they picture the world of the future, here’s another brief video;
Facial identification is also prospering and advancing rapidly as another successful form of identification. In fact, I see the world we live in quickly moving forward to making both of these biometrics ubiquitous.
In the title of this piece, I called this progress towards universal biometric identification a step towards the Last Days. The Bible has a fearsome warning to anyone who accepts the mark that will ultimately be forced upon us once these systems are fully installed and accepted;
“Anyone… who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they … have accepted the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11
My wife was born after WWII and grew attending the Roman Catholic Church every Sunday. But when it came to Vatican II, she couldn’t understand why the changes were being made. I’ve spoken to several Catholics who have expressed the same sentiments.
She tells me that the final straw was the ” no eating meat on Fridays” change. She was brought up eating fish on Fridays and when the change was made, she thought that if they could just change all these seemingly fixed principles of the religion, then nothing else about it was necessarily sacred or true. So she ate her first Friday hamburger and quit attending completely. Nobody seemed to miss her, nobody called to check on her well-being. Pastoral care seems like it was completely missing to me.
But that isn’t the end of the story! After she and I married in the mid-70’s (I was a Zen-Buddhist at the time), we attended a Marriage Encounter weekend. An amazing experience on its own, we both learned much about ourselves and how to truly communicate in a loving way. But for my wife, this was a truly special weekend – she had a vision of the Lord Jesus, in all His glory. Needless to say, it changed her forever.
She was instantly filled with a love for Him, and she thought where to go to learn more about Jesus? To the Roman Catholic Church, of course! So she fully returned to the church, attending Mass daily at some points. This lasted for about 3 years, but the longer she went to Mass, the more she felt the vision of Jesus fading from her. Even daily attendance at Mass didn’t help.
Then one day, a friend of hers suggested that she come with her to a meeting of “Jewish Christians” out on Long Island, east of NY city. Jewish Christians she asked herself? How could Jews be Christians? Well, she went nonetheless. It was a Messianic Fellowship of Jews and Gentiles who were born again. She heard the teaching of the Bible in a new and living way. And when she heard another person speaking in tongues, she knew that she had found her new church home. The sound of tongues being spoken reminded her of her experience during her vision of the Lord where she had been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
At last, someone explained to her that during her vision the Holy Spirit had entered her and taken up residence within her. She learned that she was born again, just as Jesus had spoken of in John 3. About a year later, after much intercessory prayer, I too heard the voice of God literally speaking to me as I attended a Zen Buddhist retreat, and my life has never been the same since.
It seems that the Roman Catholic Church has lost the keys to the kingdom. Peter heard them in his mind as he spoke in answer to Jesus’ question;
“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
We must all hear the living Word of God spoken to us by Him. If God has not reached down and touched you, then I’m sorry to say that you are following the broad path that leads to destruction. I am a person of no reputation, I am a sinner saved by God’s grace. He reached down and spoke to me because I was searching to find Him. You can too. Seek with all of your heart and He will answer you, just as He did my wife and myself.
Dear Friends and Readers,
I write this with quite some trepidation. I’m a glass half-full type of guy. Consequently I naturally and instinctively look and see the positive in the future. I’ve never been the type of person who dwells on the bad experiences and influences from my past. In fact, one of my all-time favourite songs is this one;
I hope that Johnny Nash oldie boosted your spirit because I’m afraid that what I have to say about the possible future of the USA is not for the squeamish or for those who have a tendency to worry about events that are; a) out of your control, and b) in the future. It might be better if you just skipped this entry and went on to read about a more pleasant topic. I mean this 100% seriously – please skip the remainder of this entry if bad news about violence upsets you!
Now, from this point onwards, I trust that I’m addressing those of us with the stronger constitutions.
I don’t consider myself as an enemy of President Obama, even though I voted for John McCain in 2008 and for Mitt Romney in 2012. Many folks have literally mocked me when I’ve stated my true feelings about why Barack Obama was elected with a strong majority on both occasions, with a 53-47% margin in 2008, and 51-47% in 2012.
President Obama is a judgement from God on the USA.
I rather fear that the USA, and I mean specifically the citizens of our country, will have to pay in blood for the calculated inaction of our President. If you have been closely following the wars in Syria and Iraq and the growth of ISIS, you will have seen some of their tactics in action. And unfortunately, when it is to their advantage, they will not hesitate to use the same terror in Houston, in Detroit, in Washington DC., and in New York. Not to leave out London, Paris, and Madrid. Any country that does not have secure control of its borders and/or substantial domestic Muslim populations, will be subject to the terrifying results of extremist Islamic theology.
ISIS’ weapon of choice when they want to soften up a future target? SVBIEDs and VBIEDs. Are you unsure what those letters stand for? I’m sorry to say that I fear that before long (6 mos, 12 mos, 15 mos?), those letters will strike the same fear in the hearts of Americans that they currently do in the minds of innocent and law-abiding civilians in Syria and Iraq. For the happily uninitiated, here’s a full translation;
VBIED – Vehicle Bomb, Improvised Explosive Device, and its brother or sister,
SVBIED – Suicide Vehicle Bomb, Improvised Explosive Device.
And here is a chilling example, no blood or gore pictured in the video, but chilling nonetheless. By the way, Green is the colour of Islam, and a prominent colour in biblical end times (the Green Horse);
When, at first, I heard the first few, forward thinkers proposing that it might be possible that we had a Sunni Muslim residing in our White House, I thought, nah! … it can’t be. But the more ridiculous our Foreign Policy becomes, the more it makes sense. What else could be the source of the following strange confluence of US foreign policy and inaction? How else to explain his quite obvious dislike of Israel? His opposition to an anti-Muslim Brotherhood military government in Egypt? His fatal support of the Arab Spring revolts that have led to the rise of Muslim terrorism in every Arab country? And, most recently, his refusal to help the democratically elected Shia government in Iraq?
Compare the US President to his opposite number in Russia, Vladimir Putin; a leader who would look perfectly at home sitting in a New York mob hangout, an old-fashioned brutal, non-democratic dictator, who is following in the steps of Stalin and Mao. Putin stood solidly by the side of Assad (a non-Sunni) – and had President Obama joined Russia in condemning the revolution, there would probably be no ISIS today. Make no mistake; Assad is utterly brutal. He would have destroyed ISIS in the only way that it is possible to end their reign of deliberate, practiced and calculated terror.
Assad would have exterminated every one of them. Sooner or later, someone will have to do just that. That is unless you think that we will be able to negotiate them out of existence? We have now joined in a coalition with the supposedly moderate Islamic states with the announced goal of “neutralizing the ISIS threat”. Let us hope and pray that we are successful in that goal.
But, very unhappily, I have to warn everyone reading this article, we too will soon experience the results of our President’s inaction in securing our southern borders and his mistaken belief that we could sit on the sidelines of the Syrian Civil War without experiencing some of the horrifying effects of war with extremist Islam.
In Jesus’ precious name,
2 – Steadily increasing Muslim investment in Britain by such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Sheikdoms.
3 – The London financial markets partial dependence on Islamic financial investments and trade. London was the first center to create a specifically Muslim type of investment bond that satisfies Islamic requirements.
5 – The large pro-Palestinian demonstrations in London by Islamic and left-wing forces.
“It’s the moral equivalence which is so devastating. When Egypt this week proposed its ceasefire in Gaza, a BBC presenter asked whether both sides would now conclude that there was no point carrying on with the war. From the start, restraint has been urged on both sides — as if more than 1,100 rocket attacks on Israel in three weeks had the same weight as trying to stop this onslaught once and for all.
Israel has been bombing Gaza solely to stop Hamas and its associates from trying to kill Israeli citizens. But for many in the West, the driving necessity is not to stop Hamas but to stop Israel.
Moral equivalence morphs instantly into moral bankruptcy. People have looked at the casualty count — around 200 Palestinians killed at the time of writing, while only a handful of Israelis have been injured or killed — and decided that this proves Israel is a monstrous aggressor.
No concern at all for the Israelis who have only a few seconds to rush to a shelter when the sirens start to wail, car drivers flinging themselves to the ground at the side of the road. No concern for the elderly or dis-abled Israelis who can’t get to a shelter, the hospital patients left helpless while the rockets slam into the ground nearby.”