You might be asking what I mean by the "Beast System". No matter how one views the world, we cannot deny that technology is making rapid progress towards instituting a computerized and cashless society. Our privacy is being sacrificed to countless methods of "data collection" devices, as we are numbered and categorized according to our tastes, desires, and consumer habits. "It's all for the sake of customer convenience", we are told.
However, from the perspective of my Biblical worldview, we are simply being herded towards a pervasive system of control that will rule the world. It's described in the Bible as "the Mark of the Beast", in which no one will be able to buy or sell without this "mark". Secularists will say that this is all nonsense. Mankind is just evolving; we are discovering new and more efficient ways to live our lives, and technology is the means to achieving maximum productivity with a minimum amount of wasted time and effort.
But it might interest you to know that Barclays, one of the oldest International financial institutions in the world, is storming the "wearables market" and introducing numerous "contactless" methods of payment. For instance, last Christmas, in the United Kingdom, they introduced gloves that allowed customers to pay for their purchases by touching their gloves to contactless card readers. The concept went like this: The Barclaycard contactless chip, which is linked to a debit or credit card account, was embedded in the gloves and could be used to pay for goods up to the value of £20 -- a little over $30 in American currency.
Barclays revealed that the contactless gloves were just as popular as Smart Rings and Payment Bands. The following commentary was taken from a website called Intelligent Environments, and I think you will be amazed at just how far the current generation has come in their embracement of the new technology: (Quote) "This is something absolutely magic! With a movement of your finger you can manipulate things and devices, simplifying your everyday life ... I want to have the option to go out without carrying my purse or my wallet, I want to make my life easier, I want to be able to go everywhere without additional weights, all I need is my phone and my ring: my ring is my wallet, my money, my shortcut, my support, my fashion item. Today I want my “magic” ring. Today I want the future ... This will be the item that can make your childhood dreams come true. Using your “magic wand” you can become the wizard you always dreamt of being, so what are you waiting for? Wear the power!"
I can't help but be alarmed at some of the terminology of global conglomerates like Barclays, who use language like ... "by allowing customers to use Payment bands for other activities, a range of opportunities, such as loyalty, branding and recognition, would open up for suppliers... This data can then be used by venues to target customers more effectively with ads. and promote correct loyalty schemes, as well as improve customer service.... There is a strong possibility that in the future they could be used to access bank accounts and, why not, to make payments! The contactless technology is currently having such a great success that I would not be surprised if it is adopted on these new wearable advices."
Computer Weekly reports that "the new generation of banking customers would rather use biometric security devices than PINs and passwords for authentication, according to Visa Europe." It seems that to "Generation Z" it just feels like passwords are an unnecessary burden. To them, Biometric authentication using fingerprint recognition or retinal scans offers an ideal solution, combining unique security and ease of use. What's more, more than half of 16 to 24-year-olds think passwords will no longer be needed or used by the end of 2020, and will be replaced by authentication methods such as facial recognition or fingerprint and retina scanners.
But what is even scarier is the fact that our youth, are being sucked in to the ease and convenience promised by the new technology.
But there are even more outlandish methods waiting in the wings. Are you ready for Finger Vein Authentication Technology, also known as VeinID? Or what about Voice biometrics? If can be imagined, they will develop it!
So, here's my concern with all this technological advancement: currently the contactless chip is embedded in gloves -- or rings, or payment bands, or your iPhone. How long until it is suggested that it will make life easier for consumers, suppliers, and banks -- if it is embedded in you?!? What is the possibility that in the near future it becomes the mandatory method of payment? And my biggest fear is that it will be just fine with the Youth! This latest generation has known nothing else but the convenience of technology -- it will be a natural development for them. And what's worse is that they don't know the 1900 year-old prophecy in the last book of the Bible. They do not know that the Bible says, "he [the Beast] provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."
Now, we can argue who or what "the Beast" is and the significance of his number (666) -- but that's a topic for another day. Today -- right now! -- we need to take note that there is a prophecy that all men will be required to accept "a mark" to buy or sell. Ultimately, folks, that means in order to eat, to work, to bank ... to survive ... you will need to comply with "the system".
So, does it look as though technology is taking us to that moment in prophetic time? I think so. And I am deeply concerned that my fellow human beings are being seduced by the temptations of more convenience, ease of use, and cutting-edge technology. Maybe you don't believe in the Bible or the prophecy, but can you deny that it is getting more difficult to act outside the system? Think about it. And then take a moment to consider this thought: what if the there is a possibility that the prophecy is true? Do you want to take that chance? Today's Scripture tells you the grave consequences of complying with the system of the Beast. All would do well to view technology with new eyes and a new understanding.
Revelation 14:9-11 “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”