On Tuesday, WBAY reported that Three Square Market, a company that gained international attention since the announcement of a voluntary program to offer microchips implants to employees, held what was called a “chip party” to implant the devices.
According to WBAY:
The microchip program is voluntary. If willing, employees allow the company to implant a Radio-Frequency Identification chip between the thumb and forefinger.
The RFID chip will open doors, log in to computers, and make purchases from vending machines. The technology is similar to mobile pay services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet.
Three Square Market assures employees that they will not be able to track them because the chip does not have GPS. Data on the microchip is encrypted.
The company says the chip is FDA approved. It is removed “similar to a splinter.”
Tim Elliot, a reporter for WISN, also received an implant:
— Tim Elliott (@WISN_Tim) August 1, 2017
A closer look at the microchip! Lots of national & international media here to see employees get chipped. They're calling it a "chip party"! pic.twitter.com/jmLdF9owET
— Tim Elliott (@WISN_Tim) August 1, 2017
For some, the microchip was reminiscent of the biblical “Mark of the Beast” mentioned in Revelation:
— Erin (@Erin5549) August 2, 2017
MARK OF THE BEAST 👹. Get out your unused Bible and read it IMMEDIATELY. Revelation….. and cut that thing out tonite with a steak knife.
— Lara (@Lara5124) August 2, 2017
A post at the UK Premier notes:
Mal Fletcher ,a futurist and head of charity Next Wave International, told Premier the move raises two concerns for him, the first being security.
He said: “Any computerised device can in theory be hacked. So we need to ask ourselves whether we want our bodies to be hackable and trackable devices.
“We already got concerns with privacy with our heavy engagement with the internet, especially with the growth of things like ID theft and the use of data to sell us products.”
Fletcher went on to say his second concern has to do with end-time prophesy:
He said: “I don’t want to be, as a Christian, placed in a position where I am moving incrementally closer to a time when I can be treated as the antichrist is supposed to treat people in the end times.”
However, Fletcher encouraged people not to jump to a conclusion that the actions of the company is the mark of the beast explained in the Book of Revelation, which describes a mark on the forehead and hand as a seal of the followers of the antichrist.
Fletcher said: “Yes you could say putting things under the skin could be a clearer indication that we’re closer to the return of Christ than we’ve ever been. But then people were saying in Martin Luther’s time that the Pope was the antichrist and they were reading into things that were happening in their time in the same way that people are now.”
According to Fletcher, technology, in and of itself, is amoral and it depends on how it’s used:
He told Premier Christians should not be afraid about possible signs indicating the mark of the beast because the Book of Revelation is to inform what will happen and give Christians comfort.
He said: “The book is about Christ, it’s a revelation about who he is. The material is about the end of times and what happens on earth.
“The key to it all is that Christ is still Lord and he’s trying to tell us ‘don’t worry about what’s happening, don’t panic, I’m still king, I’m still Lord. Whatever you face I’m still there and here I am telling you about it before it happens’.
A post at Christian Truther further notes:
What makes the current RFID chip not the actual Mark of the Beast? It can be taken out. However, RFID microchips are a direct resemblance of what is mentioned in Revelation 13:17; “that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.”
Being that, in our current world, no one is forced to obtain a microchip to make purchases or sell products, currently the rice grain technology is not the actual Mark of the Beast mentioned in scripture, again, however, it is a direct resemblance of what is rapidly coming down the road.
“Culture and society first have to accept the technology that replaces the debit card, which could be a version of the microchip and then after such takes place the mark of the beast could come about,” the post adds, further stating that the technology we are seeing now is just the beginning.
In 2007, Nate Brown said, NBC said that everyone could have such a chip implanted by the end of 2017.
“It’s 2017, and not everyone, in fact almost no one, has an implantable chip,” Brown said. “Which goes to show that the replacement technology does, in fact, take time to come about. However, with technology that timeline is exponential, meaning that with every single development of technology the time between ‘upgrades’ gets smaller and smaller until of course the end goal is accomplished. For example, the RFID chip has come about, just not under your skin. Instead, it’s on your debit card.”
After an explanation of the chip now seen on many debit and credit cards, Brown adds:
The EMV is a ‘version’ of the RFID microchip, suggesting that after the successful adoption of the EMV chip, implantable technology could begin. No longer would purchasers need to carry a card instead they could just implant the card or circuitry, under their skin and carry it with them at all times. Inevitably banks, grocers, malls, and virtually all places of businesses could require such technology to complete purchases. Thus the environment for the Mark of the Beast could come about as Scripture correctly states.
The bottom line, he said, is this: “Either way, be safe, don’t implant the RFID chip.”
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