THE RAPTURE – HOW CLOSE ARE WE?

PROPHECY UPDATE 2003

PART 2

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            As we have seen in our previous study, the rapture of the church is imminent and it will occur prior to the start of the seven year tribulation period. The thing is, how close are we to the rapture of the church?  Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  In His incarnation Jesus didn’t know the day of the rapture of the church, but now in glory I believe He does.  But I don’t believe we will know the day but we truly will know the seasons that this event will take place, the things that are leading up to the tribulation period which means of course that the rapture is even closer.

            As Jesus approached the city of Jerusalem in Luke chapter 19, coming down the Mount of Olives, He began to weep and He said “. . . ‘If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.’  Luke 19:42-44.  Folks, we need to know what time it is on God’s prophetic time clock – He held the nation of Israel accountable for not knowing and He will hold us accountable too!  Let’s face it, the Lord’s return is our blessed hope, we need to be watching and waiting!

            Years ago a U. S. Army officer told of the contrast in his pupils during two different eras of teaching at the artillery training school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (Home of the Field Artillery).  In 1958-60 the attitude was so lax that the instructors had a problem getting the men to stay awake to hear the lectures. During the 1965-67 classes, however, the men, hearing the same basic lectures, were alert and took copious notes.  What made the difference in the class of 65?  They knew that in less than six weeks they would be facing the enemy in Vietnam.

            Folks, as Christians, because we are at peace with God through Jesus Christ, we are at war with the Devil, this world and sin.  And as you read through the Bible you can clearly see that things are only going to get worse before they get better, before the Lord returns to set up His kingdom here on the earth and rule and reign for 1,000 years from the throne of David!  Listen to how Paul admonished Timothy and I believe he is admonishing us especially in the days we are living in.  In II Timothy 2:3-10 we are told, You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.  And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.  The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.  Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.  Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.  Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

            As we study world events and how they relate to the Bible, I hope they stir your heart, cause you to get serious about your faith as we enter the New Year!  We are going to be focusing on three areas this evening: THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, THE ONE WORLD RELIGION, and THE CASHLESS SOCIETY!  And as we conclude, you will see that the time is short, the rapture of the church can happen at any moment which will then lead to the 7 year tribulation period and at the 3½ year mark the Great Tribulation will begin and as that ends, the kingdom age will be birthed where Jesus will come, with us His bride, and judge those who have made it through the tribulation period.  Those who have come to know Him will enter into the kingdom age, and those that did not will be cast into Hell until the 1,000 year reign of Christ is over. At the end of that reign all the living and the dead outside of Christ will be sent to the Lake of Fire during the Great White Throne Judgment and then God will create a new heavens and a new earth where we will be with Him for eternity!  So with that said, let’s see where we are at on God’s prophetic time clock!

 

1.  THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT

            In Daniel chapter 2, the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, has a dream of a multi-metallic image and he has no idea what it means.  So he asks his wise men not only what the dream meant, but what it was about to see if they were being honest and not giving him just a bunch of malarkey!  But none of them could answer the king even with the threat of death before them.

            Also in Babylon was a young man named Daniel, one of the many captives from Israel who could tell the king the answer to his question for God gave to Daniel what the dream was all about, what it meant.  The multi-metallic image represented Gentile world kingdoms and the head of Gold represented the Babylonian kingdom, but that kingdom would not last forever, it would be defeated by the chest and arms of silver or the Medo-Persian kingdom.  This kingdom would be defeated by the belly and thighs of bronze or the Grecian kingdom as Alexander the Great came sweeping across the land and when he died at a young age the kingdom was not given to his children, but divided up into 4 kingdoms and given to his four generals, just as Daniel tells us!  But this kingdom would also be defeated by the legs of iron or the Roman kingdom.

            Now the Roman kingdom was never really defeated, it kind of splintered into different directions, which is interesting for the last world kingdom before Jesus returns to set up His kingdom is the feet and 10 toes of iron and clay or the revived Roman kingdom.  I believe what we are seeing today is the Roman kingdom standing on its feet and preparing to walk and I believe it encompasses more than just the European Community, but the world!

            Way back in 1968 the Club of Rome had its beginnings with leaders from ten different countries gathering together for solutions to the world’s problems and their claim was that they had the answers for peace and prosperity for the world. Then, on September 17, 1973 the Club of Rome released this report: Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.  This document divides the world into ten political/economic regions that they call “kingdoms.”  This seems to follow the free trade agreements that are being made.  In fact, on July 18, 1993 Henry Kissinger, a CFR member and Trilateralist said the following in the Los Angeles Times concerning NAFTA: “What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system . . . a first step toward a new world order.”  Thus, these ten toes of the multi-metallic image of Daniel chapter 2 are the ten political/economic regions that will represent a one world government!

            I know that some feel this is just a crazy idea that crazy Christians have come up with and if you feel that way, haven’t you been listening or reading the news?  We may and do believe that this is going to happen, that there is going to be a one world government but it is because leaders from around the world, influential people from around the world are working to bring this to pass, just as the Bible tells us!

            Listen to what this non-Christian Web site, The World Government Institute has to say:

            This Institute is presented as a Web Based Educational and Informational Site dedicated to the concept of One World Government based upon Human Rights and Peace for all of Humanity. . . . Each time you return we hope to have more information and better materials for you, courses taught by world experts, links to significant works on human rights, materials to provide you with access to world citizenship, and access to reference materials and symbols related to the World Citizenship concept.

            “The World Government Institute is dedicated to the furthering of world peace, world government, the establishment of human rights, the practical and peaceful propagation of world law, and the right of the individual to be a citizen of the world.”

            It is out of this revived Roman kingdom that a world leader will come, I believe on the heels of a nuclear holocaust as Russia and her Muslim allies come down upon Israel to destroy her and God defeats this invading army, according to Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39.  And out of all this chaos, uncertainty, in steps a man with the answers to the world’s problems and in Revelation 6:2, besides many other places we read of him, And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.  This is the Antichrist who comes on the scene and is elevated to power not by force but it is given to him. But once he is in power, at the end of 3½ years of the 7 year tribulation period, his true colors are seen as there are wars, famine, pestilence, it is Hell on earth!

            The best way to show you how far we have come is to just read to you some of the statements that world leaders and leaders of this country have made over the years, and you will see that this is not a new idea!  And as we conclude this section, I think you will clearly see we are quickly moving towards a one world government!

            In 1913, prior to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act President Wilson’s The New Freedom was published in which he revealed:

            “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately.  Some of the biggest men in the U. S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something.  They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

            On May 4, 1993, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) president Leslie Gelb said on The Charlie Rose Show that:

            “. . .you [Charlie Rose] had me on [before] to talk about the New World Order!  I talk about it all the time.  It’s one world now. The Council [CFR] can find, nurture, and begin to put people in the kinds of jobs this country needs. And that’s going to be one of the major enterprises of the Council under me.”

            Back in 1913 The Federal Reserve (neither federal nor a reserve) is created.  It was planned at a secret meeting in 1910 on Jekyll Island, Georgia by a group of bankers and politicians, including Col. House.  This transferred the power to create money from the American government to a private group of bankers.  It is probably the largest generator of debt in the world.

            In 1933 The first Humanist Manifesto is published.  Co-author John Dewey, the noted philosopher and educator, calls for a synthesizing of all religions and “a socialized and cooperative economic order.”  Co-signer C. F. Potter said in 1930:

            “Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism.  What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”

            In 1948 Walden II was published by behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner and he proposes “a perfect society or a new and more perfect order” in which children are reared by the State, rather than by their parents and are trained from birth to demonstrate only desirable behavior and characteristics.  Skinner’s ideas would be widely implemented by educators in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s as Values Clarification and Outcome Based Education.

            In July of 1948 Britain’s Sir Harold Butler, in the CFR’s Foreign Affairs, sees “a New World Order” taking shape:

            “How far can the life of nations, which for centuries have thought of themselves as distinct and unique, be merged with the life of other nations? How far are they prepared to sacrifice a part of their sovereignty without which there can be no effective economic or political union? . . . Out of the prevailing confusion a new world is taking shape . . . which may point the way toward the new order. . . That will be the beginning of a real United Nations, no longer crippled by a split personality, but held together by a common faith.”

            On September 9, 1960 President Eisenhower signs Senate Joint Resolution 170, promoting the concept of a federal Atlantic Union.  Pollster and Atlantic Union committee treasure, Elmo Roper, later delivers an address titled, The Goal Is Government of All the World, in which he states:

            “For it becomes clear that the first step toward World Government cannot be completed until we have advanced on the four fronts: the economic, the military, the political and the social.”

            How close are we to this becoming a reality?  Listen to this report from June 16, 2003 and titled World’s 1st International Court Swears in 1st Top Prosecutor and the report is from Weekend News Today:

            “The chief prosecutor of the world’s 1st permanent international criminal court was sworn in Monday with human rights groups urging him to become a ‘champion of justice.’  Argentinian lawyer Luis Moreno-Ocampo will lead prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) . . . The court, whose 18 judges were inaugurated in March, was set up with the backing of 90 countries to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes around the world . . . some of the laws are more vague and can cover more than meets the eye, such as ‘tolerance’ issues.  Remember, in some countries just to speak out/teach against what the religious know as ‘sin’, is considered ‘hate crimes’ in other countries.”

            Has the United States bought into this kangaroo court?  Listen to this story from Hal Lindsey titled Constitution Vs. The World Court:

            “The United States must temporarily stay the execution of three Mexican citizens on death row in Texas and Oklahoma, the World Court ruled last week. In a unanimous decision, the 15 – judge panel said that the delay was needed while the U. N. did a full investigation.  In dispute is whether the Mexican men – and 48 other Mexicans on death row in U. S. prisons – were given their right to legal help from the Mexican government.  The World Court is officially known as the International Court of Justice.  It is the         U. N.’s court for resolving disputes between nations. . . Sandra Babcock . . . warned, ‘These types of orders are binding on the Untied States.  By ignoring the decision, the United States would send the impression that it “didn’t care about the rule of law.”’  Nowhere does the Constitution envision the surrender of authority to foreign governments for matters such as war making, movement of armed forces, conduct of diplomacy or setting foreign policy.”

            And it only is getting worse.  From Weekend News Today back on December 1, 2003 a story titled Global Summit May Place Internet under Global Control:

            “The WSIS, sponsored by the International Telecommunications Union, the UN key agency on telecommunications, will bring together more than 50 heads of state, along with an expected 5,000 to 6,000 government, business and non-profit representatives from across the globe to discuss in part the ‘telecommunications gap between emerging economies and the developed world.’ . . . a recommendation to place the governance of the Internet under the ITU or another body created by U. N. member nations. . . ‘Standardization is one of the essential building blocks of the Information Society.’”   

            Do you really want the United Nations telling you what can be placed on the Internet?  I don’t think so!  Think about it, our Web page, with all those free Bible studies, would be outlawed by them!  Back on July 20, 1992, Time magazine publishes The Birth of the Global Nation by Strobe Talbott, who is a Rhodes Scholar, a former roommate of Bill Clinton at Oxford University, CFR Director, and Trilateralist, and he says:

            “All countries are basically social arrangements . . . No matter how permanent or even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary. . . Perhaps national sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all . . . But it has taken the events in our own wondrous and terrible century to clinch the case for world government.”

            I am not sure if they remember this from school, but we are a sovereign nation, but I guess that doesn’t matter to them as we saw back in 1975 when Congress, 32 Senators and 92 Representatives signed A Declaration of interdependence, written by historian Henry Steele Commager.  The Declaration states that:

            “we must join with others to bring forth a new world order. . . Narrow notions of national sovereignty must not be permitted to curtail that obligation.”

            One of the people who refused to sign that document was Congresswoman Marjorie Holt who said:

            “It calls for the surrender of our national sovereignty to international organizations.  It declares that our economy should be regulated by international authorities. It proposes that we enter a ‘new world order’ that would redistribute the wealth created by the American people.”

            Back on December 7, 1988, in an address to the U. N., Mikhail Gorbachev calls for mutual consensus:

            “World progress is only possible through a search for universal human consensus as we move forward to a new world order.”

            On September 11, 1990 President Bush calls the Gulf War an opportunity for the New World Order and in an address to Congress titled Toward a New World Order, Mr. Bush said:

            “The crisis in the Persian Gulf offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times. . . a new world order can emerge in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony. . . Today the new world is struggling to be born.”

            But again, the problem is our constitution; it does not leave room for us to ignore our sovereignty!  Author James McGregor Burns published The Power to Lead in 1984 and he admits:

            “The framers of the U. S. constitution have simply been too shrewd for us. They have outwitted us.  They designed separate intuitions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to ‘turn the Founders upside down’ – we must directly confront the constitutional structure they erected.”

            And in April of 1974 the Former U. S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Trilateralist and CFR member Richard Gardner’s article The Hard Road to World Order is published in the CFR’s Foreign Affairs and he stated:

            “the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. . . but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”

            From the Prophetic Intelligence Report of March 17, 2001 in a paper titled Global Government Near? We are told:

            The Bible declares there will be a global government. That government may be forced upon the world soon. ‘The real intelligentsia’ behind the governments of the world have been called ‘Insiders’ or the ‘Elite.’  They are members of powerful organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Bilderbergers (BB), Club of Rome (COR), and the Trilateral Commission (TC).  The insiders have determined that since former President George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev popularized the term New World Order it’s become ‘too revealing’ so they changed the code word to “GLOBAL’.  The terms ‘Global economy,’ ‘Global village,’ ‘Global neighborhood,’ and ‘Global needs’ have that warm and fuzzy perspective and is more palatable to the masses. Whatever term they use the objective is the same, a One World Government.”

            Some may not want this, they might not like it but the reality is, it is going to happen and it is just tough if you don’t like it.  That may seem harsh but it is not because I have said it but listen to what James Warburg said back on February 17, 1950, a member of CFR, and before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he said these words, “We shall have a world government whether or not you like it – by conquest or consent.”

            Not only that, but the Bible declares that there will be a one world government, it is going to happen.  Now as I close this section, I don’t think world government is bad, you see, one day Jesus Christ will set up a one world government where He will rule and reign for 1,000 years and righteousness will cover the land.  But when man is in control, what is in his heart will overflow into his actions and there will be Hell on earth as this man-made one world government is established, just wait and see!

 

2.  ONE WORLD RELIGION

            As you look at the world today the push is for tolerance, acceptance of people that do anything as long as they don’t hurt anyone!  And this has moved into the church where homosexuality is not a sin but a choice!  Abortion is not a murder, it too is a choice!  Pre-marital sex is not wrong as long as it is between consenting adults, in fact God created sex so it can’t be wrong!  And the list goes on of unbiblical ideas regarding sin and how God wants us to live.

            We are told in the Bible that in the last days the religions of the world will unite together, they will become a one world religion.  The thing I am finding interesting, which the Bible speaks of, is the one world government is getting involved with the religions of the world and it will be this government that dictates what we can and can’t say from the pulpit in the future!

            As you look at the Christian faith over the years, it has weakened, it has become so watered down in so many churches and so many denominations that this will be an easy step for them, look at how many of these people and churches already support the World Council of Churches which is an ungodly organization that supports terrorist groups! And as we have seen, many just believe that all roads lead to God; there are just many paths to get there!

            The interesting thing to me is the United Nations wants to be involved in establishing an inter-religious council and as this report states: “It would be an institutional part of the United Nations, with status like that of the U. N.’s Economic and Social Council or the Trusteeship.”  (NewsMax.comWires, July 14, 2003, U. N. Wants to Spread It’s Tentacles to Churches).

            In a report titled Ushering in the One-World Religion we are told:

            “. . . Late last year in Geneva, hundreds of spiritual and religious leaders met at the United Nations for a peace summit. . . Although there was much talk about peace and how women can harness their ‘feminine energies’ to bring peace to a hurting planet, there was no mention of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  Nor could we find any evangelical Christians either speaking at or attending this world religious summit.  Rev. Brown Campbell said, ‘That’s not a purposeful intent. This is a meeting, of course, of people of all religions. And I think what we’ve all tried to do is to call on the common deity that everyone will say. . . I mean everyone here would say there is a god, this is not a group of Atheists, this is a group of people of faith, and for everyone there is a god-person by whatever name.’ . . .

            . . . Rev. Brown Campbell said, “For me, that is true, I mean for me the way to God the way to peace is through Jesus Christ, that’s what I teach my grandchildren, and I believe that very, very strongly. But I also believe that for others, there is a way that for them is true and precious, and I don’t deny them that reality and I respect that.’”

            That is a very scary statement to me, that all roads lead to God, because they don’t Jesus said it is only through Him!  Also, there is an agenda as you will see in this report from WorldNetDaily.com dated August 8, 2003 and the story is: U. N. group in ‘showdown with religion’.

            “Buoyed by growing political acceptance of homosexuals worldwide, a United Nations group promoting ‘gay’ and lesbian rights met in New York to sharpen a multi-pronged strategy that includes a ‘showdown with religion.’. . . Mark Malloch Brown, administrator of the U. N. Development Program, sent a statement to the organizers, stating, ‘Discrimination based on sexual orientation not only violates basic human rights but also hinders development by immobilizing human capital, stifling expression and limiting freedom of choice.’ . . . The panel discussed ways to ensure the success of a resolution introduced at this year’s U. N. Human Rights Commission to expand the world body’s definition of discrimination to include ‘sexual orientation.’”

            Here is one that is just interesting and I don’t know if it will come to pass, if it is true, but Grant Jeffrey, in his book Foreshocks of Antichrist, on page 108 says the following:

            “on several occasions the present pope has indicated that he believes he is the last pope who will follow the teachings of Christ and truly believe in Jesus Christ as the Lord God almighty.”  Apparently, the pope believes in a series of ancient prophecies given by a “Saint Malachi” about 850 years ago which purport to foretell the future of the Roman Catholic Church “from Pope Celestine II (who ruled in AD 1143) until the last pope who would rule during the final destruction of the Catholic Church, almost a thousand years later, during the Battle of Armageddon.”  Jeffrey continues, “According to Saint Malachi’s prediction, there would be only 111 popes . . . following Pope Celestine who died in 1146.” Curiously, this present pope is pope number 110.  The prophecy further claims that the next and final pope would be the first to dare to assume the name and title of Peter and would rule from Rome during the Tribulation.  In a final observation, Jeffrey says that Pope John Paul II apparently “believes that he is following an agenda based on these extra biblical predictions and that he will lead the world during the political, religious, and military crises that will lead to the appearance of the Antichrist.”

            Again, I don’t know if that will happen that way, but it is interesting because the pope believes this.  Now as much as the world wants to unite into a one world religion, it is a fallacy to believe that all worship the same god, you see, Jesus said in John 14:6, “. . . ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  And Peter said in Acts 4:11-12, This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

            He is the only way, only Jesus saves, all roads don’t lead to God, only Jesus does!  Sorry, but that is the truth and why believe a lie that will only dam you to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire?  You see, the ecumenical movement is a fraud, the thing is, what we are seeing is what Jude spoke of as he admonishes us to contend for the faith.  He says, Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.  These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.  Jude 3-4, 17-19.   The falling away has begun, we are moving towards a one world religion!

 

3.  THE CASHLESS SOCIETY

            As we continue looking at world events and Bible prophecy, the cashless society is one that truly sticks out.  Over 1900 years ago the apostle John wrote in Revelation 13:16-17, He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Today we see that prediction coming to pass as science and technology and leaders from around the world are ready to place this into reality, a cashless society moving to the mark of the beast!

            Now these ID chips are not evil, but in the hands of evil men one day they can be deadly as they track what you buy, where you go, what you are doing! Also, this technology seems to be moving very quickly since terrorism is on the rise throughout the world.  There is so much information that I am only going to be able to touch the surface but in doing so, you will see how close we are from where John was over 1900 years ago when he penned those words in Revelation.

            From WorldNetDaily.com, November 21, 2003, Bio-Chip Implant arrives for cashless transactions:

            “At a global security conference held today in Paris, an American company announced a new syringe-injectable microchip implant for humans, designed to be used as a fraud-proof payment method for cash and credit-card transactions. . . Identity fraud costs the banking and financial industry some $48 billion a year, and consumers $5 billion, according to 2002 Federal Trade Commission estimates.  In his speech today at the ID World 2003 conference in Paris, France, Scott R. Silverman, CEO of Applied Digital Solutions, called the chip a ‘loss-proof solution’ and said that the chip’s ‘unique under-the skin format’ could be used for a variety of identification applications in the security and financial worlds.’”

            From CNET News.com, May 22, 2003, Radio ID chips may track banknotes:

            “Radio tags the size of a grain of sand could be embedded in the euro note if a reported deal between the European Central Bank (ECB) and Japanese electronics maker Hitachi is signed. . . The ECB is deeply concerned about counterfeiting and money-laundering and is said to be looking at a radio-tag technology. . . ‘RFID (radio frequency identification) tags also have the ability of recording information such as details of the transactions the paper note has been involved in.  It would, therefore, also prevent money-laundering, make it possible to track illegal transactions and even prevent kidnappers demanding unmarked bills,’ Chopra said.  RIFD tags are microchips half the size of a grain of sand. They listen for a radio query and respond by transmitting their unique ID code.  Most RFID tags have no batteries: they use the power from the initial radio signal to transmit their response. . .

. . . The minuscule chip has been selected for use in admission tickets for Japan’s international expo, which will be held in the country’s Aichi Prefecture in 2005.”

            This is a press release from Applied Digital Solutions, Inc., November 21, 2003, Applied Digital Solutions’ CEO Announces “VeriPay” Secure, Subdermal Solution for Payment and Credit Transactions at ID World 2003 in Paris:

            “. . . About the size of a grain of rice, VeriChip ™ is the world’s first subdermal, radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip that can be sued in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and other applications. . . After discussing various potential formats for RFID payment systems, including cards, earrings or pens, the USA Today articles stated: ‘Still, experts note that one big hurdle remains for RFID systems: security. Lose your RFID-enabled card or earring, and someone else could easily use it to run up charges – especially if no signature is required.’  In that same article, an executive with a major credit card company said this about his company’s RFID payment technology: ‘Ultimately, it could be embedded in anything – someday, maybe even under the skin.’”

            Here is another interesting story: Veri-Tracking Through Implantable Microchips:

            “. . . Mexico’s National Foundation of Investigations of Robbed and Missing Children estimated that 133,000 children in Mexico have been kidnapped over the past five years. Earlier this month, Mexico launched a Veri-Kid program in order to protect children from adduction.   Through the program, children will be implanted with a VeriChip, which gives off a 125-kilohertz radio frequency signal.  Scanners can read the transmitted ID number and use it to identify the child through a database.  When a child disappears, scanners can be put up in various places in the area so that the child can be identified when he/she goes by.  Solusat, Mexico’s distributor of VeriChip, would eventually like to have walk-through scanners placed in many of the public places kidnapped children could be taken, like bus stations or shopping malls.  The VeriChip would also allow people to identify young or unconscious children.”

                                    From Raiders News Update, August 27, 2003, Test Marketing the Mark of the Beast!:

            “A prototype of an implantable biometric chip capable of marking an individual’s precise location and of monitoring him or her for life is gaining support. . . Most recently millions of Today Show viewers watched an American family get ‘chipped’ with ADS’s VeriChipTM live from a doctor’s office in Boca Raton. . . According to information released last year the implantable transceiver ‘sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) technology. The transceiver’s power supply and actuation system are unlike anything ever created. When implanted within a body, the device is powered electromechanically through the movement of muscles, and it can be activated either by the ‘wearer’ or by the monitoring facility. . .

. . .  Makers of implantable microchips claim the procedure will be voluntary at first. But a report written by Elaine M. Ramish for the Franklin Pierce Law Center says: ‘A [mandatory] national identification system via microchip implants could be achieved in two stages: Upon introduction as a voluntary system, the microchip implantation will appear to be palatable.  After there is a familiarity with the procedure and a knowledge of its benefits, implantation would be mandatory.’  George Gets, the communications director for the Libertarian Party agrees, saying: ‘After all, the government has never forced anyone to have a driver license, [but] try getting along without one, when everyone from your local banker to the car rental man to the hotel operator to the grocery store requires one in order for you to take advantage of their services, that amounts to a de facto mandate. If the government can force you to surrender your fingerprints to get a drivers license, why can’t it force you to get a computer chip implant?’”

            And lastly, from WorldNetDaily.com, from May 14, 2003, GPS implant makes debut:

            “Applied Digital Solutions, a technology development company, yesterday said it has created and successfully field-tested a prototype of a GPS implant for humans.  The dimensions of the initial ‘personal location device,’ or PLD, prototype are said to be 2.5 inches in diameter by 0.5 inches in depth, roughly the size of a pacemaker.  Once inserted into a human, the device can be tracked by Global Positioning Satellite technology and the information relayed wirelessly to the Internet, where an individual’s location, movements and vital signs can be stored in a database for future reference. . . ‘We should be able to reduce the size of the device dramatically before the end of this year.’  As the process of miniaturization proceeds in the coming months, the company said it expects to be able to shrink the size of the device to at least one-half and perhaps to as little as one-tenth the current size.”

            There is no doubt that we are moving towards a cashless society and moving very quickly!  We will be living in a world that will be able to track and monitor every citizen – talk about Big Brother watching!  The technology for a cashless society is here – it is only a matter of time before it is implemented and then ultimately it will lead to the mark of the beast!

            There is so much more we can talk about, but if you truly want to know what time it is on God’s prophetic time clock, just look at Israel, back in the land since 1948, and continue to watch the events that are happening in the world – it is getting close!  But don’t panic, don’t fear, keep your eyes upward and keep doing the work that God has called you to do.  It is as John Wesley did:

            A lady once asked John Wesley that suppose he were to know that he would die at 12:00 midnight tomorrow, how would he spend the intervening time.  His reply: “Why madam, just as I intend to spend it now.  I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to rend Martin’s house, who expects to entertain me, talk and pray with the family as usual, retire to my room at 10 o’clock, commend myself to my heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in Glory.”

                                                - Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, 1500

 

            May we have that same focus, on the Lord, doing His work, knowing the time it is and as John said in the book of Revelation, Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  May the Lord bless you in this coming year and use you for His glory!