“Most agree a cashless society is not only inevitable, for most of us, it’s already here.” ~CBS News
I was driving the interstate the other day when suddenly I was struck by all the numbers we process—and take for granted. Routes are numbered. Mile markers. Exits. Distance. Tractor trailers—sometimes two separate numbers on one trailer alone, plus cabs have a different number (to see numbers, click on truck image). Compliments of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Boat and planes are likewise numbered. As are tires. Tire pressure (PSI). Cars. Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN). Car tags. Model. Parts. Speed. Speedometer: in miles and kilometers. Odometer. Revolutions per minute (RPMs). Gauges. Meters. Clock. Radio. Phone numbers. Area code. Zip code. House number. Apartment number. Dimensions. Acreage. Serial number. Fuse number. Battery number. Time. Temp. Volt. Watt. Amp. Warranty number. License number. Certificate number. Title number. Restaurant number. Price. Barcode. Receipt number. Vision (20/20). Size. Date. Age. Height. Weight. Statistics. Charts. Bank number. Routing number. Account number. Check number. Credit card number. Pin number. Confirmation number. Social Security number. Password. Chapter. Verse. Page number. Decal. Location number. Global Positioning System (GPS). Latitude. Longitude. Logarithm. Altimeter. Wind speed. Velocity. Barometer. Chronometer. Channel. Points. Score. Library book number. Even the Weather Channel has a Weather ID for your local area. And it’s not the zip code.
There are only ten Arabic numerals: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. You would think after a while, we’d need to stretch them out to infinity to accommodate all the uses. Yet no matter how many times things are numbered, most numbers are no longer than 5-10 digits. The reason is that they are governed by their usage. A car tag can be relatively short because it is limited to a particular state—imagine if we had national car tags. Or international. Many cars can go 65 mph at the same time. Many books have a Chapter 1, 2, 3…. Chapter and verse are relatively small numbers because they are linked to the book’s title. Even International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) are relatively short because there aren’t as many books out there as we think.
When did the world become so numbered? Only in the last millennium. In the tenth century, before the invention of Arabic numerals, letters of the alphabet were used for numbers. Hebrew, Greek, even Roman numerals, which you already know.
What does it mean? It means we think in numbers nowadays. Numbers are no big deal. We understand what they mean. Especially in this Technological, Digital Age.
So when the Antichrist comes out with his numbering system—whatever it is—people will probably buy into it without thinking. It will probably seem natural. Functional.
One of the saddest sights I ever saw was some sweet little sheep enclosed in a pen, each wearing an ear tag. Maybe that does not bother you. It does me. What did those sheep do to be “marked” and to have their freedom taken away? What about those cattle in the stockades? Those pets pierced with RFID? Even turtles and creatures in the wild now have RFID. Why does the government need to keep tabs on animals? Why? It certainly has not stopped bear attacks, for instance. People still get mauled. So what is the purpose?
How extensive is this “marking” system? and where will it end? Even my passport is infected with RFID. It says so right on the cover. See that emblem at the bottom? My passport also has a passport number, which is different from my Social Security number and my drivers license number. Students are numbered. Soldiers are numbered. Inmates are numbered.
Government wants total hands-on control of transportation, education, energy, money, and food. Government does not want citizens hoarding food: some families have stashed a year’s worth of food in their pantry or bomb shelter. Government does not want citizens owning a milk cow, where they can separate curds and whey, and churn their own butter. Government does not want parents educating their own children: they might discipline their young or inculcate Conservative, biblical values.
Fast food employees are “clocking” in via thumbprint or handprint. Students are accessing buildings via handscans. Some employees carry badges with chips or have chips injected into their body. School uniforms are infected with chips to insure students don’t skip school. Mass transit no longer accepts cash: you must have token or credit card. Tollbooths are using EZ Pass. Everyone in business, it seems, wants to see your ID. They scan your drivers license into their system. And even if your hotel room is already paid for or it’s a reward night, desk clerks demand a credit card to swipe. Large businesses have to use E-verify to hire new employees. That means the employer has to have government approval, even if he knows the person. If the government declines a prospective employee, there is nothing the employer can do. Hopefully, the government is trying to weed out illegals or criminals, but who knows? The government has been known to put “good” people on its no-fly list. Misinformation could infect anyone’s file.
I don’t know exactly where this is all leading or how soon it will hit a person in the face, but I have a suspicion that we are all being slow-cooked like a frog in boiling water. When will we wake up to what is going on? In the future, if you do not surrender your biometric ID info, you may be locked out of the financial system.
“And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17).
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“Where this power exists of determining who may ‘buy and sell,’ there is absolute control over the wealth of the world.” ~Barnes Notes
Copyright © 2012 Alexandra Lee