I got caught up in a video about NFC technology because it made me think about Revelation 13:16-17, which says, “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 forehead, 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.” I couldn’t look away.
It’s a long video, and to save you watching it to the end, (spoiler alert) it is selling a year subscription to a monthly newsletter for only $39.00. However, along the way, it looks a lot like a fulfillment of this prophecy. I am pretty sure he never read the Book of Revelation. I don’t think a person could read it and then see this technology and not put the two together. Especially someone as smart as he is.
I didn’t verify anything this video says, but I have noticed a lot of new devices that take credit cards everywhere. I have heard of Apple Pay. How long before this chip becomes so essential that it is implanted under the skin to make sure we don’t lose it, or leave it in the car? I love technology and its advances, but this is really making me think.
On a side note, not so long ago, I was wondering if the tattoo craze was a way of getting people, even Christians, to be more open to taking “marks” on their skin. It was just a passing thought, but people are going to have to go somewhere to get their chip implanted, why not their usual tattoo place? Or their vet. I just realized veterinarians have already been implanting chips for awhile. So many things that seem unrelated could, in fact, be pieces of the puzzle.
In Revelation 14:9 and following, it becomes quite clear that we should not take this mark. The consequences are severe. I don’t know if owning an iPhone 6 with an NFC chip in it would be considered taking the mark. It says “on” the hand, not “in” the hand. Though the Apple Watch and Google Glasses are pretty close to “on” the hand and “on” the forehead, but they can also be taken “off.” It doesn’t appear that you can change your mind about the mark, so it is probably something more permanent.
If the doctor in the video is right and businesses will be mandated to have the equipment to read NFC chips by October 2015, this will be something we face in our lifetimes.
At what point do we opt out? I was in high school when “A Thief in the Night” and its sequel came out. Their terrifying interpretation of Revelation 13 and 14 was simple enough. When you refuse the mark on your hand or forehead, they hunt you down and chop off your head. (Video here. The scene starts at 1 hour, 10 minutes, if you want to skip to it.) It was scary and futuristic and I preferred not to think about it.
Now it looks like it won’t be frightening or forced on us at all. It will just get more and more inconvenient to buy or sell without an NFC chip. If Revelation 13:17 is right, it will become impossible. The decision won’t come in a dramatic moment when our name is called and we are asked if we will take the mark or die. It will just be the next new technology. Not so different from the one before it. Like the switch to digital TV. One day analog was gone and we didn’t notice.
Revelation 13:18 says, “This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” I have no idea how to calculate the number, but I have a feeling that will come with time. The idea of people voluntarily getting the mark was unthinkable in the 70’s, and now it isn’t at all hard to imagine.
Let’s pay attention to this.