For over a decade now, I have written about the steady, ongoing march towards a totally cashless society, which many Christians view as a stepping stone towards the final, Biblically-prophesied Mark of the Beast global, computerized, identification and credit system. Many of my readers will be familiar with the following verses that are found in the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, which briefly describe this demonic system:
"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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Revelation 13:16-18, KJV
As you may know, currently, the prevailing belief is that when it finally arrives, the Mark of the Beast system may implement either a computer microchip -- or biochip, such as the FDA-approved, RFID microchip known as VeriChip that was formerly being promoted by Applied Digital Solutions in Florida -- just under the skin of each recipient, or it may implement an invisible RFID laser tattoo, such as the one that is currently being promoted by Somark Innovations. You can learn more about these various technologies by reading the following articles, all of which can be found listed on our Endtime Prophecy Net home page:
666 - Mondex And The Mark Of The Beast
666 - More Proof Of The Coming System
666 - Precursors To The 666 And The Mark Of The Beast
666 - The Patience Of The Saints
666 - Verichip, Somark And Microsoft Unmasked!
At this point in time, it is well-established that the future of the world economy -- and consumer purchases -- lies with the Internet. When I think back to the early days during the late 1990's when I set up our very first web page, I am amazed by the advances which have been made in Internet technologies since that time. But, at the same time, it also annoys and frustrates me the way that Big Business interests have taken over so much of the digital terrain. Yet, if I am honest with myself, even as a Bible-believing Christian, I cannot deny that the ease of making online purchases is something which I find attractive.
Many of you reading this no doubt fully understand exactly what I am talking about. Between Amazon.com, Apple's iTunes store, and so many other online businesses, purchasing online items can very easily become a money-draining addiction. Never mind that companies such as PayPal make it even easier for us to spend our hard-earned cash.
Well, now it seems that Square -- a new start-up that is based in California -- has intentions of totally upending the established order, by offering services which make it possible for mobile device users -- such as cellphone and tablet users -- to turn their devices into credit card terminals. Similar to the way that PayPal currently operates, using the Square system, a consumer will be able to make payments at participating businesses simply by providing their name; and in certain cases, their PIN number, for the sake of security.
In other words, Square's vision is to do away with cash, wallets, paper receipts, POS systems at your local business, and even intermediaries such as PayPal. Each consumer will be able to make a payment directly to a particular participating merchant, just by providing their name to an online store, or to a cashier at a store. No fumbling with a wallet, credit card or debit card. No writing out a check. No waiting for a printed receipt. No problems with a cashier who accidentally punched the wrong UPC or amount into the cash register. No point-of-sale whatsoever. Just give them your name, wait a few seconds, and you are done. Fast and simple.
Before you are too quick to shout "Hurray!", please notice carefully that the verses from the Book of Revelation clearly state that there will be three ways of making payments. One must possess one of the three following:
1. the mark of the Beast
2. the name of the Beast
3. the number of his name
So how much longer will it be before we actually reach that point? If you ask me, given the current rate of technological development, I don't think that we have too much longer to find out. It will be upon us before we know it.
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PS: Interesting . . . three hours after posting the above commentary, I just discovered an article in the May 25th edition of the New York Times entitled "Google Expected to Introduce a Wireless Payment System". It concerns how Google has just announced that it is taking very similar steps to offer a wireless payment system via mobile devices. Google has teamed up with MasterCard and Citibank, along with retailers such as Macy's, American Eagle Outfitters and Subway.
It is clear then that the competition has begun, and the race is on for dominance in the market.