As we continue on looking at world events and how they relate to Biblical prophecy, we are going to finish up looking at THE MARK OF THE BEAST, and ISRAEL. So make yourselves comfortable as we see Biblical prophecy unfold before our eyes.
4. THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Think about this for a minute. Just some 100 years ago the thought of a cashless society was unthinkable, it was impossible! And yet, the apostle John said some 1900 years ago, 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. Revelation 13:16-17. And now today we are seeing science and technology catching up to what John spoke about, we are quickly moving toward a cashless society and ultimately the mark of the beast that will be needed during the tribulation if you want to buy or sell anything!
One of the problems today is counterfeit money, stolen identification, stolen credit cards, and it costs consumers and businesses billions of dollars a year! The solution, at least partly, is given in U. S. News & World Report, October 8, 2001 where we read in the article entitled Counterfeit Freedom, ...Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, has helped us with a proposal that we adopt a national identification card, with digitized photograph and thumbprint, and tied to a central database, for which Oracle would provide the software for free...First, we must insist on biometric authentication, using unique physical characteristics like a fingerprint. This would eliminate identity theft, which increased 16-fold in the mid-1990's, expanding to an estimated 700,000 instances to date...Second, we must maintain a single database of identities.
But it does not end there, remember, we are moving towards a global community. From Reuters News Agency, Thursday, November 9, 2001, we are told, A Nobel-prize winning economist [Robert Mundell, a Columbia University economics professor], on Wednesday sketched out a rough blueprint for an effective single world currency encompassing the U.S. dollar, Europes single currency and Japans Yen, saying there was no major obstacle to its management...Throughout monetary history the superpower always rejects international monetary reform, Mr. Mundell said in his colorful presentation. The United States is the country that has been opposed to a world currency in the 20th century. The euro area has created for the first time a change in the power configuration and it is now time to, and useful, and in the United States interests, to move toward (global monetary reform) and provide some leadership, he said.
Ontario Primer Mike Harris announced in May that he would like every citizen in the Canadian province electronically fingerprinted to consolidate health cards, drivers licenses, and other government identification. Remember the old TV show from the 1970's, The Prisoner. It was a British show that featured secret agent Patrick McGoohan, who was called Number 6." His famous line, the only one I can remember, was I am not a number. I am a man! Well, we are moving towards that reality, where we are just a number, look at how your social security number identifies who you are right now. The problem is that your SSN can be bought on the Internet for $39.95 and used within minutes to get credit cards in your name. What can we do?
Robert Bamone, President of Diebolt Inc., an automate teller machine manufacturer said that you will be able to do anything that you do today without cash or credit that can be stolen, simply through skin implants or invisible tattoos. And these things are happening right now, people working on chip implants, not just to prevent lost kids, but to make shopping more convenient, and-so-on. Peter Cochrane, the head of research and development at British Telecom said, In actual fact, Id vote for a chip under the skin. I could actually have a passive transponder put under my skin right now, it would cost less than a dollar. It would be there for life, and I could have absolute freedom of action.
And he is not alone in such thinking. Ronald Kane, vice president of Cubic Corp., the leading manufacturer of smart card systems, is quite blunt about his goals for the future: If we had our way, wed implant a chip behind everyones ear in the maternity ward.
How close are we to actually implementing this technology in humans? Listen to this report from WorldNetDaily from Thursday, June 14, 2001. This is from the article Digital Angel set to fly tomorrow, implant technology to be beta tested on humans. We talked about this before, but Digital Angel is a tracking device that is implanted under the skin, and listen how far they have come:
Applied Digital Solutions will begin beta testing on humans an implant technology capable of allowing users to emit a homing beacon, have vital bodily functions monitored and confirm identity when making e-commerce transactions...While the manufacturers of the technology bill it is a potential lifesaver, others fear the advent of the device threatens personal privacy - and even raise the ugly specter of the Bibles mark of the beast....the miniature digital transceiver it has named Digital Angel. The company plans to market the device for a number of uses, including as a tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-business security....Digital Angel sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by global positioning satellite technology. When implanted within a body, the device is powered electro mechanically through the movement of muscles and can be activated either by the wearer or by a monitoring facility...The devices patent describes it as a rescue beacon for kidnapped children and missing persons. According to Zhou, the implant will save money by reducing resources used in rescue operations for athletes, including mountain climbers and skiers. Law enforcement may employ the implant to keep track of criminals under house arrest, as well as reduce emergency response time by immediately locating individuals in distress. The device also has the ability to monitor the users heart rate, blood pressure and other vital functions...American soldiers may be required to wear the implant so their whereabouts and health conditions can be accessed at all times...
...In an increasingly cashless society where identity verification is essential for financial transactions, some Christians view Digital Angels ID and e-commerce applications as a form of the biblical mark of the beast....A few years ago there may have been resistance, but not anymore...People are getting used to having implants. New century, new trend....Fifty years from now this will be very, very popular. Fifty years ago the thought of a cell phone, where you could walk around talking on the phone, was unimaginable. Now they are everywhere...
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Friday, December 21, 2001, in the article Surgeon implants readable computer chips under skin we are told:
A New Jersey surgeon has embedded under his skin tiny computer chips that can automatically transmit personal information to a scanner, a technology that his employer hopes will someday be widely used as a way to identify people.
One bioethicist called the procedure the stuff of science fiction. The chip, developed by Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach, Fla., is similar to that implanted in more than a million dogs, cats and other pets in recent years to track and identify them.
The new chip, slightly smaller than a Tic Tac mint, has a miniature antenna that emits signals containing about two paragraphs worth of data when scanned by a hand-held reader...Applied Digital officials said they hope to sell the device to patients with pacemakers, artificial hips and other implanted devices. The idea is that the chip will provide prompt and accurate medical information in an emergency, they said.
The signal can contain a name, telephone number and other information. Or it can send out a code that, when linked to a database, can call up records. The scanner can read it through clothes from up to four feet away, company officials said.
Applied Digital executives said its new product also could serve as a tamper-proof form of identification. Corrections authorities have expressed interest in using the chips to better identify prisoners and parolees, officials said.
Airlines, nuclear power plants and other sensitive facilities may want to use the chips for employees, they said. Some parents may consider embedding chips in young children or elderly relatives who may be unable to say their names, addresses or telephone numbers.
It depends on the spirit of the marketplace and the demand, said Keith Bolton, the companys vice president and chief technology officer, adding that use of the chip should be voluntary unless the law allows otherwise. Were ready to begin.
And our government is eagerly trying to get Americans to buy into this technology. For example, Bill Clinton first proposed a national medical identification card in 1993 as part of his ill-fated plan to provide universal health insurance...Dr. Christopher Chute, the head of medical information resource at the Mayo Foundation, who participated on a panel advising The Department of Health and Human Services said, We have the technology to do such a thing. What we dont have is the social infrastructure to support it. A.G. Breitenstein, director of the Health Law Institute, an advocacy group based in Boston, said: That information will be irrevocably integrated into a cradle-to-grave medical record to which insurers, employers, government and law enforcement will have access is, to me, exactly what privacy is not. People are not going to feel comfortable going to the doctor, because now you are going to have a permanent record that will follow you around for the rest of your life that says you had syphilis, or depression, or an abortion or whatever else. Talk about Big Brother is watching!
And folks, this tracking system is already being used. Listen to this report from The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper from 08/11/01.
Three Clinton Township police officers have been suspended from the force and charged with falsifying records about their whereabouts while on duty, authorities said yesterday. Stephen Rubin, the Hunterdon County prosecutor, would not say where Patrolmen Robert Kovacs, Paul Brown and Sgt. Michael Exley were when they were supposed to be on assignment, but he said data from Global Positioning System equipment contradicted their reports...Investigators started surveying all patrol officers by placing Global Positioning System equipment in their vehicles. Officials said data from the GPS survey contradicted what officers wrote in their activity log...
Lastly, in this section, listen to this proposal by Dr. Henry Alderman of the European Common Confederacy, not from last year, but some 26 years ago, back in 1975. Listen carefully to what he said back then and where we are at today, especially with the threat of terrorism around every corner, we need some kind of identification that cant be falsified. This is from the San Jose Mercury, Friday, August 8, 1975, and the report says:
The massive plan involves a digital number system for every human being on earth. A computer would assign each citizen of the world a number that would be invisibly laser tattooed on the forehead or the back of the hand. It would provide a walking credit card system. The number would show up on infra-red scanners and be placed at all check-out counters and places of business. By using this three, six digital unit the entire world can be assigned a working number. An international mark that would do away with all currency or coin instead of credit notes exchanged through a world fixing system. Nobody could buy or sell without this digital marking system on them. One man can have at his finger tips the number of any man on earth. When one of the market leaders was asked what would happen if anyone objected to this system and refused to co-operate, he replied rather pointedly, We would have to use force to make him conform to the requirements.
That was 26 years ago, and now look at how far we have come in just that short period of time, the technology that has been developed and the systems that are in operation already. Listen to this report on Universal Registration Proposal:
After the Sept. 11 attacks, several House and Senate lawmakers again began to consider instituting a national identification card, or adding a biometric identifier such as a fingerprint to all Social Security cards. Larry Ellison, the found and CEO of Oracle Corporation quickly proposed a national ID card to help fight terrorism. Ellison, in a Wall Street journal op-ed piece, contended that a national database combined with biometrics, thumb prints, hand prints, iris scans or other new technology could detect false identities. Ellison has also indicated that his company could develop the software necessary to do this, but the Bush administration has stated that it will not support a national ID system to combat terrorism.
However, this last week Pascal Smet, the head of Belgiums independent asylum review board, brought the discussion to a new level when he proposed a universal identification system at a United Nations meeting Thursday. Under the terms of his proposal, every person in the world would be fingerprinted and registered as a means of immigration control. Smet said that the European Union had already been considering a registration of all its citizens, using biometric identifiers such as retinal scans or fingerprints.
Its a basic rule of management that if you want to manage something, you measure it, he said. Its the same with human beings and migration...But instead of measuring it, you have to register them.
We are moving towards a cashless society and a society, a world that will be able to track and monitor every citizen. Beware, Big Brother is watching! And please understand that the technology is not evil, but it is the people that use them that can turn it around and use it for evil purposes.
If you want to know what time it is on Gods prophetic time-clock, look at Israel! You see, prior to 1948, the Jews were not in the land of Israel as a nation. There have always been Jews in Israel, but they were not a nation for some 2,000 years! But then, on may 14, 1948, that which seemed an impossibility, became a reality, the nation of Israel was reborn! Ezekiel chapter 37 had come to pass just as God had said!
And ever since the day they became a nation, the Arab nations have been trying to destroy them, wipe them out, remove them from the land. Upon Israels declaration of statehood, they were immediately attacked by seven Arab armies, out manned 30 to 1, in its War of Independence. And over the last 50 plus years, this nation has had to defend itself again and again against 100 million enemies sworn to drive them into the sea! And it is not only the Arabs that are against the Jews, but the world. Listen carefully to what I have to say.
The United Nations has had hundreds of violations against Israel for their actions against the Palestinians, and how many violations do you think the Palestinians have had against them, with all the suicide bombings, and-so-on? Zero! That is right, not one. And listen carefully to how this ideology of hatred towards Israel is growing.
During the third UN Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa this year, Israel came into the cross hairs of a global gang up. Listen to what took place:
At one of the prepcom planning sessions in Geneva, Switzerland, a month prior to the September UN Conference, NGO [non-governmental organizations] representatives approved a preliminary declaration for consideration that Israel is an apartheid, racist, and fascist state; an ironic concept considering that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where its citizens - both Jewish and Arab - can freely elect their leaders.
The fact that Israel was singled out demonstrates how ideologically and politically motivated hate wars are: consider the fact that dictatorial, genocidal, slavery-tolerating countries such as the Sudan, China, and Zimbabwe were also in attendance at the conference but caught no fire.
The proposed anti-Israel document called for a plan of action to dismantle the racist, apartheid state of Israel, and implement the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, including a protection force for Palestinians and the dismantling of Jewish Israeli colonies (meaning the West Bank). It also called on the UN to reiterate Resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism and invoked a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state, as was done in the case of South Africa...sanctions, embargoes, the full cessation of all diplomatic, economic, social, and military ties between all states and Israel.
During the conference itself, anti-Semitic booklets appeared everywhere - including the classic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which is even banned in South Africa. One leaflet featured a picture of Hitler with the caption, If I had won, there would be no Israel, and no Palestinian bloodshed.
In the book of Zechariah we are told, Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. Zechariah 12:2-3. When this was written the Jews had returned home from their captivity in Babylon, they were not a powerful nation, they were a threat to no one. And yet today, look at how this nation is a heavy stone, trouble, for the nations of the world that want to destroy her and her people. You see, as Ezekiel chapter 37 speaks of the re-birth of the nation of Israel, which occurred in 1948, chapters 38 and 39 speak of a war against this nation, with Russia and the Muslim nations sweeping down upon her, and yet, God destroys this army, and Israel is victorious.
As we see Yasser Arafat calling for the stopping of suicide bombings by his people, along with the terrorist group, Hamas, understand this is not a real promise. Listen to this report from the December 17, 2001 issue of U.S. News & World Report:
In response, Arafat seems once again to be faking it. Right after the Jerusalem and Haifa bombings, Palestinian Authority security forces arrested 110 Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, with much fanfare. Israelis, however, said these were just the usual small fry, and a PA security official, speaking anonymously, confirmed the view. None of them are real terrorists, he said, but we need to round up a lot of bearded men as part of the show. In speaking of Yasser Arafat, the report says, He winks at terror, and on the occasions he doesnt, no one takes him seriously. We have a gentlemens agreement that allows us to operate freely, says a Hamas official who met recently with Arafat. But the man from Hamas complains, One day Arafat lets us know its OK to attack Israeli targets; the next day he tells us its embarrassing him with the United States and Europe. We wish he would make up his mind. Do you really think they want peace, or the destruction of Israel? I think it is very obvious!
From the Middle East Newsline of December 9, 2001, listen to what Egypt is saying about a coming war with Israel. Egypt has warned the United States that the Israeli military offensive against the Palestinian Authority could spread into a confrontation with the Arab world...Egyptian diplomats and government-aligned analysts said President Hosni Mubarak has told Washington it will not tolerate the Israeli destruction of the regime of PA Chairman Yasser Arafat...At the same time, Egypts defense chief said the nation is prepared for war. The recent developments require the Egyptian armed forces to preserve a high level of preparedness and readiness to confront any challenge and threat, Egyptian Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi said...
From Iran, a report out of Reuters states, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini said on Friday the only way to resolve the Middle East crisis is by eradicating Israel, and called on the participants in the upcoming Arab summit to help Palestinians create their own state. The only way to end the crisis in the Middle East is to dry up its roots. What is at the roots of this crisis? It is the Zionist regime that has been imposed on the region.
WorldTribune.com says from its August 13, 2001 issue: Russian defense officials and strategists project that an Arab-Israeli war could erupt in the Middle East over the next three to six months. The widely-held scenario described a war that would engulf Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, according to Middle East Newsline. The officials and strategists said Egypt could be swept into such a conflict...
Listen to this report form the Sunday Telegraph (UK) from January 28, 2001: Saddam Hussein has two fully operational nuclear bombs and is working to construct others, an Iraqi defector has told The Telegraph. There are at least two nuclear bombs which are ready for use. Before the UN inspectors came, there were 47 factories involved in the project. Now there are 64. Things are being set up for a war in the Middle East, it is only a matter of time!
Listen how close we have come. According to the DEBKAfile, back in January and February of this year, ...six divisions of Iraqi troops were massed near the Syrian border and U.S. intelligence officials had additionally picked up Iraqi preparations for launching long-range surface-to-surface missiles, the intelligence news agency reported...DEBKAfile said Israeli officials were planning a pre-emptive strike against the amassed Iraqi troops and missile launch sites, using conventional munitions and with the help of small neutron bombs. That is how close we are to a World War in the Middle East with nuclear weapons, just as the Scriptures tell us.
You doubt that the Scriptures speak of nuclear weapons, listen carefully to what Zechariah tells us, And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12. That sounds like a neutron bomb, low intensity and high radiation yields, destroying life but leaving the buildings standing!
Way back in the mid-nineteenth century, Rabbi Chaim Valoshinerere said this, which we are seeing come to pass before us today. He said, When you see the Russian army begin to move southward and enter Turkey, put on your Sabbath garments and get ready to welcome the Messiah. There is an excitement in Israel today about the coming of their Messiah, at least with the Orthodox Jews. There is even a sign by the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall that says in Hebrew, Get ready, Messiah is coming! Tragically, they are looking for the Antichrist and not Jesus Christ. Jesus even warned them of this mistake when He said in John 5:43, I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. It is this war in the Middle East that I believe will usher in the Antichrist to his reign of power, for he will come on the scene as a man of peace, solving the worlds problems, but it is a false peace!
We are seeing plans for the rebuilding of the temple, as Revelation chapter 11 tells us, Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for fortytwo months. Revelation 11:1-2. You can also read of Jesus speaking of this rebuilt temple in Matthew chapter 24 and Daniel speaks of it in Daniel chapter 9. So it will be rebuilt, the problem now is the Arabs wont allow them, or should I say the Muslims, who believe the Temple is their holy site, in fact, they deny the temple ever existed! The Jews have all of the temple implements they need to start the temple sacrifices, they are sending the priests to school to learn the tasks of the priests, they even have the drawings for this third temple, it is just a matter of timing before it is built, Gods timing!
I have given you a lot of information, a lot of things to think about, but what are you going to do with it? So what if all these things are true? I like the way that Chuck Missler puts it. He said: We are, indeed, being plunged into a period of time about which the bible says more than any other period in human history - including the time that Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea! What an exciting time to be declaring the fabulous discoveries in Gods Word!
May we not lose sight of those truths. As bad as things may get, as dark as they may seem, we know the end of the story, God has told us, and He wins! That is the message we can give to people, the hope in Jesus that is there for them to receive, the forgiveness of sin, for He paid for our sins on the cross of Calvary and for all those who receive it, they are as white as snow, they have received the righteousness of Christ into their lives. For all that dont their righteousness is as filthy rags and they will not be accepted by God in that condition. But dont pass up the opportunity you have before you of sharing your faith. It would have been great to be around when the church began, but you know what, we are living in the last days, we are possibly the generation to close out church history, and I cant think of another time I would like to be living in. The opportunities are there for our taking, if we would only step out in faith.
Remember what Paul said in Romans chapter 13, And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:11-14.
As we prepare for 2002, may we awaken from our spiritual sleep and walk as God desires us to walk. I look forward to the coming year and seeing what the Lord is going to do, not only in me, but through me, how He will use me, and I hope you are excited to see what He is going to do in you and through you this coming year. I want to leave you with this story as we close this evening. Think about how this relates to what we have talked about this evening.
During the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy often closed his speeches with the story of Colonel Davenport, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives: On May 19th, 1780 the sky of Hartford darkened ominously, and some of the representatives, glancing out the windows, feared the end was at hand. Quelling a clamor for immediate adjournment, Davenport rose and said, The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. Therefore, I wish no candles be brought. Rather than fearing what is to come, we are to be faithful till Christ returns. Instead of fearing the dark, were to be lights as we watch and wait.
- Harry Heintz