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Are Microchips the mark of the beast?

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

The prophecies in the last book of the Bible point to a time when no one will be able to "buy or sell, unless he has the sign, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:17) It follows from this that there will be a system of control of all commercial transactions in the last days, controlled by a power represented by the "beast", the mystical animal of the apocalypse.

Therefore, the emergence of chip cards, the internet and other systems that facilitate the control of all transactions are seen as signs of the end of time. The use of the "chip", an electronic device implantable in the hand or in the forehead, which contains the person's data and replaces documents such as ID is a matter of discussion, especially among Christians. Information circulates that the best places to implant this device are the right hand and the forehead - the same places where the Bible says the mark of the beast will be implanted. Hence many concluded that the chip would be the dreaded brand. It is noteworthy that not everyone believes so.

An in-depth study of the book of Revelation shows that the chapter dealing with the chip is essentially symbolic. Thus, the "mark" symbolizes not a physical device, but a spiritual condition in which men will find themselves after choosing to take part in a false religion system. The seal, or sign of God, is a day of rest (Ezekiel 20:12,20; Exodus 31:15-17). It is, therefore, a spiritual mark. The beast and its mark makes opposition to God. Hence it is understood that the mark of the beast must be a day of rest different from that established by God.

In spite of this, the “chip” is seen by everyone as an important device in complementing a system capable of controlling all people. Once implemented, the situation of each person could be “read” by machines similar to current credit card readers. A pass in front of the forehead would allow the police officer to know the suspect's criminal record. Likewise, the supermarket could directly debit the purchase price from the customer's bank account. And what about those who didn't have the chip? They would not be able to buy or sell. News on the internet read that President Obama would have signed the law that establishes the chip as mandatory as of 2013. I share the wish that the prophecies will soon be fulfilled, but I discovered that the news is, in fact, a false alarm . The rumor arose based on the text of law number HR3200, proposed in the United States for the chamber on July 14, 2009. The original text of the law proposed the establishment of a data record of products implanted in the body to maintain the patient's life*. They can be pacemakers for the heart, prostheses and others. The text does not imply that it is an implantable chip which is not even mentioned as such. But regardless, the law has not passed Congress. Before, it was replaced by law HR3962, which passed in Congress, but did not become law.

A similar law, HR3590, passed the US Senate. In 2010, the chamber abandoned its proposed law in favor of the law proposed by the Senate, which became the law named: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The full text of this law can be accessed through the link listed below. The word "implantable" is not even in the law. In other words, to summarize the story, the chip has not yet become law, nor has it been approved by Obama.

The rumor reached Brazil because some Americans took the expression "implantable" and made a series of misinterpretations from it. They considered that the approval of the law HR3590, on March 21, 2012, was a confirmation of the text of the old bill number HR3200. Then, they spread the rumor that, when signing this law, Obama had approved the chip (see link 2). The information was translated into Portuguese and spread over the Brazilian internet (see link 3). But this is just a false alarm. I believe that, concerning the future, the Lord wants us to be guided more by the prophecies of the prophets of the Bible, than by the sensationalist news: "And we have, very firmly, the word of the prophets, to which you do well to be attentive, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the dawn star appears in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19). We can speak of the future safely using biblical prophecies. We know from the Bible that we live in the last days, because several of its prophecies are being fulfilled. I quote one of them: “However, you know this: that in the last few days hard times will come. Because there will be men who love themselves, miserly, presumptuous, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to fathers and mothers, ungrateful, profane, without natural affection, irreconcilable, slanderers, incontinent, cruel, without love for the good, traitors, obstinate, proud , more friends of delight than friends of God, Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its effectiveness. ” (2 Timothy 2:1-5) We live in these days. Therefore, it is not known when, the mark of the beast will be forced on all who do not make Jesus Christ their only hope in this life. Until the time comes, we are advised: "You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life in them, and they are the ones who testify of Me." (John 5:39)     

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