There are plenty of creepy innovative uses of technology these days, but few of them can surpass what Swedish start-up hub Epicenter is doing to its own employees. They offer their workers the option of receiving a microchip implant which functions as a swipe card, “to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.” Again, that’s just creepy, and the really sick part is nobody involved thinks it’s a big deal. Supposedly, the chips are biologically safe, and they’re certainly convenient, but that’s about all they have going for them.
After all, as microbiologist Ben Libberton pointed out, hackers could definitely steal all kinds of very sensitive information from these chips. He explained “Conceptually, you could get data about your health, you could get data about your whereabouts, how often you’re working, how long you’re working, if you’re taking toilet breaks and things like that.” Setting aside the hackers, what about Epicenter itself? I mean, what happens to this information they collect on their employees? Who has access to this information and how will they use it? Can they sell the information to other corporations or the government?
For example, Venezuela probably wishes they had such technology. A little while back, the Venezuelan government put a biometric fingerprinting system in place at supermarkets throughout the country, which meant that Venezuelans had to use their fingerprints to buy anything.
Of course, this is all a precursor to a key component of the Antichrist’s economic system during the end times. The False Prophet, the Antichrist’s miracle-working sidekick, will cause “all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17). In other words, the technology already exists for this sort of thing to happen, whether it’s an implanted chip or some kind of barcode.
Incidentally, when some of His followers asked what the sign of His coming would be, Jesus first warned them not to be deceived (Matthew 24:3-5). From there, He mentioned some things to look for, such as “famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). In John’s vision of Jesus being revealed to the world, also known as the Revelation, he saw a scroll with seven seals on it (Revelation 5:1). The third seal of this scroll depicted economic depression. John saw a black horse and a rider with a set of scales in his hand (Revelation 6:5). Next, he heard a voice saying “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not harm the oil and the wine” (Revelation 6:6). Clearly, the black horse with scales represented economic distress, and rationing in particular.
With wars, earthquakes and epidemics happening all around the world in the end times, there will be significant food shortages (Matthew 24:6-7). During this time, the Antichrist will be busy conquering land and taking plunder (Daniel 11:24, 28). He will steal from the rich and distribute plunder and goods, including food, to his followers (Daniel 11:24). In time, he will control the world’s economy. When that happens, everyone will be required to have his mark on their right hand or forehead to buy and sell (Revelation 13:16-17). It will no longer be optional, but for anyone who takes this mark, there will literally be Hell to pay (Revelation 14:9-12).