|Vol. V Number 37||December 2, 2001|
This week I received a advertisement for a Visa® Card that offered a smart card with a computer chip embedded in the card. A little 3" x 3" paper printed with the same message on both sides that looked like:
This advertisement looks harmless and seems to show a concern for you the consumer. But when you look at what the Bible says about the last days and the tools that the antichrist will use to enslave the world you can see that this is the forerunner of the mark of the beast.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 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:
17 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.
18 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.
I've been telling you for a long time about the dangers of some of these chips and what information that they will contain. I did a google search on the Internet for "chip-capable terminals" with the following results:
A company that provides Internet and computer security primarily for financial institutions. On their site they have a White Paper about smart cards for payment systems using computer chips embedded into the credit/debit card in lieu of the current magnetic strip.
Press release October 24, 2000 about the implementation of chip-card terminals in Europe.
Specifications for the chip-cards and terminals.
Reading these documents enable you to realize that the financial institutions of the world are creating embedded chips that will eventually be inserted in you, thus preventing loss. These chips will maintain a database or several databases that will contain:
With all of this data the ones who have the access to the database will know everything about you. In the UK, these chip-cards are now mandated by the government. With the total implementation of these cards there will be no need for any cash transactions, for the card will have fiduciary money on it to use as cash. In other words the card will be presented as payment and the balance on the card will be deducted without having to access a online database like the present system with MAC cards now do. Also there are several mechanisms for verifying that the holder of the card is who he says he is. Also, if these cards become mandated by the government, it could be that you will have no choice but to have the card because you will not be able to buy or sell without the card. This is just below the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13.
What concerns me is that the method that is being used to promote these cards will cause many Christians to fall into Satan's trap into accepting the mark. Many will accept the mark without even realizing that they have condemned themselves to the lake of fire. Where are the Christians who still believe that there is going to be a catching away of the church one of these days? Where are the believers who realize that the coming of the Lord is at hand? Where is the believer that will not be tempted to accept these cards in the name of security? All of these are Satan's tricks used to make you fall into his trap. Now is the time for the Christian to be strong in the Lord and not be deceived by the Devil and his Angles.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
3014 E Street Philadelphia, PA 19134 Church Office Phone: (215) 634-3637 Published by: Rev. LeRoy D. Cressy (215) 535-4037
Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . 12 NOON
Sunday Evening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 PM
Wednesday Evening . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 PM
Copyright © 2001 LeRoy D. Cressy
Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this transcript as long as the copyright and this permission notice appear.