“And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:16, 17)
The other day I heard of a man who ran—on the lam. Where? Where does a person run to? There’s no hiding place. Wasn’t that the point of showing us Osama bin Laden in a cave? Cameras everywhere. From outer space. And they are so good they see through canvas tents—in the middle of nowhere—at least on JAG (CBS-TV).
Forty years ago spy satellites could read the date on a penny dropped on a sidewalk in New York City. At the time, the USA did not want people to know their surveillance was that good. If so then, imagine now. That was the real purpose of the Space Age: not to put a man on the moon, but to position spyware.
You may imagine that people can still run. Such myth is perpetuated by the rash of illegals supposedly crossing the southern border into this country. If illegals or drugs are getting through, they are doing so only because the USA wants them to get through. We do not live in an agrarian or industrial world: we live in a technological age—Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave.
You probably have not studied demographics where professionals build computerized images of the aging and waning of a population. Turkey and Saudi Arabia, for example, are young countries: one-fourth or more of their population is under thirty years of age; the old order is passing. Young people are clamoring for Western culture. Japan, an homogeneous country, is old and refuses to repopulate its country with non-Japanese; without an influx of new blood, it will die.
To maintain its standard of living and pay its bills, the USA needs more people, and it has no qualm about where they come from. The powers-that-be want the domestic population of America to reach 400 million and to brown: so whites will become a minority. To function socially, they need legal and illegal immigrants—of course, after illegals get jobs here and stay awhile, they are given amnesty and become de facto legal. And the only way that illegals can stay and work is that employers know who they are and look the other way. All part of their plan.
The point is that you cannot go anywhere unless a country lets you.
To get into another country legally, you need passport, visa, and ID. To stay illegally and get a job, you still need some form of ID, to be able to speak the language, and to look similar enough to the natives that you don’t stand out in a crowd. If you are rich enough, you can get someone to help you—there is still the human factor in all this—but if you are poor, running is not what it used to be.
If you think you can hide out in the wilds or in homeless shelters, and live off the land or off soup kitchens, think again. The government now has drones watching the outback and mandates all shelters to take ID and keep records. You cannot even mooch off social welfare or turn in aluminum cans and remain anonymous.
Most of us have an address, mailbox, ID, drivers license, car registration, car payment, mortgage or lease, rent or house payment, utility bills, real estate taxes, annual or quarterly income tax, stocks, bonds, CDs, savings, dividends, insurance (house, car, health, life), college transcripts, checking account, credit cards, passports …. We are known—there is no anonymity. And we are grounded—we cannot make a move without deconstructing our “paper” selves.
A few years back a light-headed fellow in Waco, Texas, had the bright idea that he could hide out. He bragged that there were vast empty spaces in Texas where a person could get lost forever and never be found. Then he started getting guns via the US Postal Service, Fed-Ex, UPS, or whatever—he had an address and a mailbox. If you have an address, someone knows where you are—they even know how old you are and who you are related to. If you don’t have an address, they are going to come looking for you.
Did you hear that Fed-Ex and UPS are planning to merge? They’ll call themselves Fed-Up. ~Ed Baer
All my life I have known of eschatology, the Rapture, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist, and the mark of the beast—it’s coming. Communists ridicule us Christians for equating some of the new tech with the mark of the beast. That is fallacious snobbery. The mark of the beast is real.
“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:3, 4).
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12). Those who denigrate the idea will be the very persons deceived.
Theoretically, the mark of the beast was possible even in a less-sophisticated age than the one in which we live now. Hitler tattooed the Jews with a number. If he had gained world dominion and ordered every living person tattooed, he could have accomplished as much as Scripture says (Revelation 13)—with a tattoo. It could have been done.
Old-time preachers, living long before Hitler, never questioned the possibility of someone being able to wield world power or world control: for that reason they expected Jesus to come then just as much as we do now. However, even with Hitler’s scheme, there still would have been the human factor: someone looking the other way. Someone thinking for himself, perhaps accepting bribes, perhaps lifting someone out of the sea, hiding him out, or giving him a lift. There was no way, even requiring “papers” and tattoo, that a leader could have had total control.
This is where today is different. Someone can control everything.
There are cameras everywhere. If you think you can live underground and walk into a grocery store or convenience store, like Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, and use cash only, think again. How do they get those images of hoods robbing stores? Cameras. How do those live traffic images show up at noon and dinnertime on the local news? Cameras. Some highways tell motorists they are being photographed; others do not. If a USA satellite could read the date on a Lincoln-head penny in 1969, imagine now.
There are two-way cameras (youcams) in your TV set, computer, and cellphone. Why do you think the government mandated digital over analog? You can imagine it was for uniformity, like getting rid of LPs when they brought out CDs. Makes sense. But there are pixels with digital, and one of those pixels is looking at you—or could.
There are ID requirements everywhere. In some countries, passports are infected with RFID. For reasons I don’t understand missionaries are now being made to get a passport in the country of their residency, without surrendering their citizenship. In some countries, persons are being given RFID via injection or surgery. Others have provided fingerprints, hand scans, retina scans, full body imaging, biometrics, DNA …. Soon, if not already, governments everywhere will have more than enough info to know exactly who everyone is, with or without the individual’s express permission. Some persons who know about the mark of the beast and call themselves Christians are not bothered about RFID or biometrics. “As long as it doesn’t require worship, I have no problem with it.” Why not? It’s an invasion of privacy. Today it may be only circumstantial. Tomorrow it may be dictatorial.
In India, a new biometric system, Unique ID or Aadhaar, is already in place. It is a 12-digit number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The number alone is proof of identity and address. Without papers or RFID. The number, which is good for driving, banking, and government services, is unique to an individual, costs nothing, and remains valid for life. Interestingly, in India, a Hindu country, it is a random number, devoid of any classification based on caste, creed, religion, or geography. Soon every country, including the USA, will have the same system.
There are growing computer requirements everywhere. Each computer has an IP address, and persons cannot log onto the internet without revealing where they are or what instrument they are using. Libraries require personal ID because the government says they need to know exactly who was looking up what during a given time period. Sure. If you are in some place like Philadelphia, which has imbedded hot spots in its streetlamps, you can use your wireless free; still the computer itself has an IP address. If you are at home, you have a service provider, and assuming your log-in has not been hijacked, they know it is you or someone in your house or someone using your cellphone. Now the government is fussing about thieves who sit outside your window or outside Starbucks or Panera Bread and piggyback your computer. They are complaining that only the computer is ID’d, not the user, and they are making laws—in the middle of the night while you and I are sleeping—that will require ID of the user. How are they going to accomplish that? RFID. Biometrics. Electronic epidermal tattoo.
There are growing credit card dangers—I suspect they create these dangers so they can provide a solution. Now they have these wavable chipped cards, which they say can be read from a distance of thirty feet. Even Bank of America is getting rid of magstriped cards and going to wavable RFID or chip-and-pin (mini-microprocessor), which they say is more internationally acceptable (some European countries, for example, no longer have the equipment to swipe magstriped cards) and more secure. Uh? If RFID is more secure, why is it more easily picked up? RFID is nothing but radio waves. If Bank of America is in big trouble financially, perhaps it is because of their big plans to replace old magstriped card readers with new ones—restructure their infrastructure—and if Warren Buffett wants to help them out, perhaps it is because he has an interest in the outcome.
Dynamics Inc has recently come out with an innovation solution to credit card fraud. The new card, on display January 2012 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and under trial by CitiBank, is powered by a tiny battery and, like some key fobs, generates a different security code every time it is used. The number in the magstrip also changes, so it can’t be cloned and thieves can’t skim a card with a portable card reader. The card also requires a PIN.
Further, the government plans to track prepaid credit cards—doesn’t want anyone or any transaction to be anonymous. Only a matter of time before they make cash illegal in America—already impractical in some countries that allow chipped cards but no coin.
Recently a female motorist, on religious grounds, refused to have her biometric photo made for an enhanced drivers license; she said it was the mark of the beast. The state refused to re-up her drivers license, so now she is walking around without photo ID. The end result? She cannot get a job, travel, buy, sell, access health care, bank, rent a hotel room, or obtain a post office box because she does not have government-issued ID; and, of course, she cannot leave the country or board a plane. That is de facto the mark of the beast.
It is later than you think. We are right on the verge of the seven-year Tribulation and the mark of the beast. Maybe you think not necessarily, that all this tech could be in place decades before the Antichrist shows up. Think again. We are close, very close, to RFID, biometrics, or epidermal tattoo being mandated. We are running out of time.
“Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by” (Isaiah 26:20).
Copyright © 2012 Alexandra Lee