Mark of the Beast and Christian Ambivalence
Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
There is a development that nobody seems to be taking seriously, but me. Normally I have this tendency to be five to ten years ahead of my time.
I'm talking about the issue of the Mark of the Beast and it has me very concerned right now.
Look around you, if you wanted to implement a system where every person on the globe would have to have a mark on their right and or their forehead, could you just say, tomorrow, “Hey everybody here's the mark of the beast, take it on your right hand or forehead?” Of course you couldn't, because there would be no way to use it. In other words, if that mark is somehow tied in with payment, then you've got to have the infrastructure in place first.
The thing that is escaping everyone, particularly the Christians out there - the Christian churches and pastors - is that right now at cash registers all across the country, RFID readers have already been installed. They're in every cab in New York City; they're in virtually every rest stop vending and soda machine; they're in every McDonalds; they're in every Starbucks; all of the gas stations; they're everywhere. This has happened quietly over the past three years and nobody has said Boo about it. Nobody's even noticed.
It's so amazing to me that quick and sudden changes shock people and freak them out, but the slow and gradual changes, people don't care about. If change is slow and gradual, people say there can't be anything wrong with that. But, I would encourage you to look around, work your way backwards. Go to the end and picture a mark of the beast where everyone has to worship and take a mark on their right hand, or their forehead. Even if you're not a Christian, please bear with me here for a minute because you can feel it coming, too.
Envision a time where everybody has either an RFID implant, some kind of cell mark, invisible tattoo or some other kind of biometric thing imbedded in their hands. Picture that time where you will not be able to do anything without that hand swipe. Whether it's starting your car, log onto your computer, write an email, run the photocopier at Kinko's, pay for your breakfast at the local cafe, get the elevator to come when you call it, get a dial tone on your cell phone, access your office, get the subway terminal to open, we can go on and on and on. Envision a time where in order to do every single one of those activities, you have to use a hand swipe and of course the key activity the Bible talks about is to "buy and sell." So, where do you buy and sell? At cash registers, right?
So, now I want you to picture, working your way backwards, every cash register is going to have a way that I can wave my hand or forehead in order to pay. Is that simple enough? Can you see that? Every cash register would have to have some device that could receive the input that is coming out of your hand.
Now, I want you to look around as we're working our way backwards and note that quietly in just three years the cash registers across the United States of America - and across the globe - have been quietly, almost invisibly, unobtrusively, without a whimper, equipped with that very type of receiving station. RFID readers are now in placed at virtually every retail establishment in the country. Guess what; the chip in your credit card is only going to need to migrate three inches to be the chip in the palm of your hand. We're there! It's amazing!
Now, where is the outcry from the Christian community?
This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherine’s website is: www.katherinealbrecht.com