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September 26, 2007

The Spychip Threat?

I saw a few news reports this past week on Radio Frequency Identification chips/tags, or RFID. The RFID chips are implanted in animals to track wayward pets, and now are being implanted in Alzheimer's patients to keep their medical records and track them in case they get lost.

The technology, which has been around since the early '70s, is also being studied and experimented with for practical and commercial applications both on the commercial supply chain and consumer product level. Examples are Walmart's and Target's mandate to use RFID tags on all shipments from their major suppliers. All of them are intending to improve, among other things, the tracking of goods, and reduce labor costs associated with scanning bar codes, theft, and errors in sales, shipping and inventory.

But aside from the health and commercial benefits of RFID, privacy advocates are worried that the use of RFID on consumer products is a major violation of privacy and that its use on humans strips away one’s dignity. Katherine Albrecht, known as the Erin Brockovich of RFID, founder of consumer advocacy group Caspian and author of The Spychip Threat: Why Christians Should Resist RFID and Electronic Surveillance, states that RFID tags are dangerous and may be the “mark of the Beast.” Skeptics say that many new technologies, such as the printing press, bar-codes, and several others, have also created fears about the apocalypse and everything turned out fine after all.

What do you think of this technology?

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Jason Joyner

When it comes to technology like this, I remember what the leader of my YWAM School of Biblical Studies said. He worked with YWAM in Uganda, and he said that a mark of the beast is intended to be a global phenomenon. However, things like this RFID may not be very applicable to villagers still bartering for goods. Too often we are Westro-centric (is that a word?) when viewing issues like the end times.

RFID could be a problem; it could be benign. I just keep the above advice in mind while considering things.

Matt

Revelation 13:11-18

If you actually read the passage in revelations I'd have to say that unless RFID chips are forced on us by someone who can call down fire from heaven, and forces everyone to worship an idol that can speak, they are probably not the mark of the beast...

I could be wrong of course. Maybe ask the RFID people if it's okay to have it implanted in your left hand instead of your right? ;)

Lowell

The Mark Eh? There are going to be real-good-reasons not to worry about the mark, and real-good-reasons to "need" it just so life is easy. After all, we don't want to be inconvenienced. Just watch the latest WISA/WasterCard commercials where Money and Checks are so frowned upon by soceity.

Getting us ready to remove the currency.

You even get your "data" on a swipe-strip on the back of your Drivers License now....

UPC code Tats worked for Hitler. They were not Tech-Challenged for the Death Camps.

Speaking of Tech-Challenged,
$100.00 Lap-tops are all the CEO-rage to push now to those 3rd-Whurld Country's.

Vaya Con DIOS

Jane Langston

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. And 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. Revelation 13:16-17

The fact that the RFID is injected with a hypodermic needle and is almost impossible to remove and will be mandated worldwide for the purpose of buying and selling identifies it as "the mark of the beast." The Book of Revelation emphatically spells out that anyone who takes a mark in the right hand or the forehead is forever damned. This specific detail is provided as a warning and admonition for believers of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to not receive the mark.

For me personally, I will not gamble with my eternal soul; therefore, I will refuse any chip of any kind on any part of my body! The Bible is abundantly clear on this issue.

In humble service to Jesus Christ,

Jane Langston

Dan Knight

Matt says: "I'd have to say that unless RFID chips are forced on us by someone who can call down fire from heaven, and forces everyone to worship an idol that can speak, they are probably not the mark of the beast..."

Well, the big B.O. has power to call down on Iraq incendiary bombs and has amazing persona on CNN (ie: an idol made of glass and plastics that can speak).

Remember the age in which Revelation was written v. the age it was attempting to describe.

Jason Taylor

Actually that is the Antichrist's mark and I find it hard to believe that anyone could take it without knowing.
In anycase, I think the point is that The Mark represents that one is a servant to the antichrist. Just as a fouled-anchor tattoo represents that one is a member of the Corps. I don't think that the point is about marks in themselves, otherwise one could be damned simply by having such a thing inserted by compulsion.

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