Welcome to the future where the events foretold by God’s prophets are being fulfilled before our ours through the invention of technologies that seem to fulfill some of the prophecies. The latest of such technologies that is arousing controversy is the Radio frequency identification microchip which is implanted into the skin to act as identity.
There is no solid biblical proof that the microchip could be the Mark of the Beast which was prophesied and was to be fulfilled during the end times. However, this might also be just one of the claims of the professed “prophets” to create confusion in the minds of God’s children. And many professed Christians are convinced that the chip that is implanted into one’s skin is the prophesied mark. Websites, articles, and books offer different philosophies concerning the concept which further contribute to the confusion. But what we should not forget is that God explicitly clarifies in His word what this mark is.
When the Beast rises to power, the world will eventually be divided into two groups: those who will follow and worship the Beast and those who will obey the Creator. The choice to accept or reject the Beast and his ways will be a great test to God’s people as all will face it. God’s wrath will be poured on those who will choose the Beast. The $ 8.89 billion-dollar technology was established about ten years ago and is already in operation today: in trade, cars, phones and swipe cards though it is yet to obtain steam as a sustainable option to be implanted into the human body.
On the contrary, some organizations have begun to allow their employees to receive the microchip in their skin as a substitute for the traditional swipe card in order to gain access to facilities i.e. food purchases from a cafe and printers. Even Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) tattoos are now being done for those who are interested in monitoring their hydration levels, temperature and UV exposure not forgetting hospitals which have started to adopt it to treat patients.
Wisconsin technology company is the first company in the U.S.A to offer its employees microchip implants which can be inserted between the thumb and forefinger within seconds. The company provides technology for micro-markets for office break rooms and has over fifty employees who are willing to receive the microchip. The RFID chip is intended to help the employees in making purchases while at work, for gaining access to the premises, accessing copy machines, logging into office computers, unlocking mobile phones, storing information, it is also used as a payment method at other RFID terminals and for sharing business cards. However, the decision to get the microchip entirely lies in the hands of the employee.
The company’s CEO Todd Westby said in a statement that, “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.” The concept is a controversial one, tackling issues at the intersection of ethics and technology by essentially converting our bodies into bar codes. And while the company’s proposal of microchipping its employees may sound like some episode from a horror movie, the company is already linking up with a Swedish company, Biohax International, which has already many employees with the implanted microchip. However, the company is being questioned concerning privacy and security of the technology i.e. whether the technology can be used in intrusive ways to hack private information or even to trace employee’s whereabouts.
The company in defense has said that “The chip is encrypted hence not trackable and only contains information you choose to associate with it, and does possess GPS capabilities.” Also, some people might prefer the microchip in the form of a smartphone component or jewelry, and for that reason, the company is offering two more alternatives for those who are not comfortable with the chip being implanted in the bodies: the same technology, placed in a ring or wristband.
In conclusion, as far as the technology seems a great deal regarding convenience and flexibility, we should not overlook its drawbacks as far as privacy is concerned particularly with recent anxieties over privacy intrusions and improper handling of sensitive data. Obviously, if someone can retrieve and read it, then there is always someone who can hack it.
Which side are you?
Will you choose God?
Is the technology the prophesied mark of the Beast?