<strong>Most people across the globe have likely researched Armageddon, or “The End Times”.</strong>
Even more so, for decades have probably heard the claims which are often labeled as “Conspiracy Theories” about RFID chips and implants being the “Mark Of The Beast”.
Popular conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones, and a variety of others, have been telling the general public that these implants were being developed for years. Often times they're simply brushed off as, well, conspiracy theories.
<i>However those theories are now a reality.</i> <strong>The technology is here</strong>, and the first American company to begin using them on their employees, voluntarily of course, Three Square Market, is set to start the implant process on August 1st.
<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Three Square Market is a software developer, based out of Hudson, Wisconsin, who primarily writes the code for high tech vending machines which are sold all around the globe.</span>
"It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it," Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.
"We'll come up, scan the item," he explained, while showing how the process will work at an actual break room market kiosk. "We'll hit pay with a credit card, and it's asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I'll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it'll pay for my product."
More than 50 of the Three Square Market employees are having the devices implanted starting next week. Each chip is about the size of a <i>single grain of rice.</i>
Along with purchasing various market kiosk items, employees will also be able to use the chip to get into the front door and log onto their computers inside the office.
Each chip costs close to $300, and the company is picking up the tab for the payment of those who volunteer. <strong>They're implanted between a person's thumb and forefinger.</strong> Westby also said that the data is both encrypted and secure.
While none of the employees will be forced to get the implant, many are concerned about the prospect of biblical prophecy.
With these recent breakthroughs in medical implant chip and RFID technologies, it also has increased interest in the “Mark of the Beast” which is spoken of in Revelation, Chapter 13.
<strong><span style="color:red;">While it is possible that the technology we are seeing today represents the beginning stages of what may eventually be used as the “Mark of the Beast” many argue that this isn't what the Bible prophecies meant.</span></strong>
Some argue that a medical implant chip is not the “Mark of the Beast”, but others feel as if this is indeed what scripture has referenced. Simply taking a look at the degeneracy and crime that plagues modern society has many Christians concerned that this is indeed the prequel to the end times.
According to the Christian Bible prophecies, the “Mark of the Beast” will be a form of identification required by the Antichrist in order to buy or sell, and it will be given only to those who worship the Antichrist.
Many good researcher of the Book of Revelation differ widely as to the exact nature of the “Mark of the Beast”. There are opposing claims besides simply the implanted chip view, with other speculations including an ID card of some sort, a microchip, a barcode that is tattooed into the skin, or even simply a mark that identifies someone as being faithful to the Antichrist's kingdom.
This last view requires the least speculation, since it does not add any more information to what the Bible gives us. In other words, any of these things are possible, but at the same time they are all speculations at this point.
The RFID (Radio Frequency ID) chip is fascinating, albeit scary as well. There are often other concerns involved with such a chip even to those of whom aren't Christians, such as the ability to be monitored or tracked via GPS, biometric data being transmitted back to an offshore data mining facility, of course the potential for hackers to access this data, among other things.
“Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.,” Chief Executive Todd Westby wrote in a blog post announcing the program, claiming that the technology would be the first of its kind used in the United States.
While the possibilities of the advancement are endless, so are indeed the risks. For many, the chip is something they'd never consider using. For others it's the future and they're more than willing to embrace it.
While Westby claims there will be no GPS embedded into the chips, his company also claims it would have a multitude of other potential uses which leaves many in doubt. “We see this as another payment and identification option that not only can be used in our markets but our other self-checkout and self-service applications that we are now deploying, which include convenience stores and fitness centers.”
<strong><i>While undoubtedly such technology may have its own advantages, for many of us the perils of accepting such an invasive technology far outweigh the benefits.</i></strong>