And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he 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. (Revelation 13:16, 17)
Following the coming "rapture" of the church, there will be a horrible seven year period of time on the earth when God will pour out His wrath on those left behind who rejected His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. During this seven years of tribulation, the infamous Antichrist will systematically identify, track, and control every person on earth; Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Revelation 13:18)
The rapid development of super fast computers, satellite communication networks, the internet, and facial-recognition technology now makes the Antichrist's world-wide tracking and dominance very plausible. Previous generations had to have much greater faith than us to believe such things could ever be possible.
Here are some excerpts from a recent article regarding our increasing lack of privacy; "If you are online, you better assume that you already have no privacy and act accordingly. Every mouse click and keystroke is tracked, logged and potentially analyzed and eventually used by Web site product managers, marketers, hackers and others... Wi-Fi signals track movements, from where you're driving or walking down to your heartbeat... Most of us already carry around an always-on tracking device-- a smart phone. Your phone is loaded up with sensors and GPS data, and will soon collect lots of health data, too."
In the wrong hands, such personal identification and tracking will lead to political, social and economic manipulation, and eventually total control of all commerce. Cash transactions will be a thing of the past and every electronic financial transaction will be instantaneous, monitored and approved (or disapproved); And he provides that no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark.
You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:8) Come quickly Lord Jesus... Maranatha!