Revelations come to life, or convenience for the future?
Revelation 13:16-18
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.

Revelation 14:9-11
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

Link: FDA approves computer chip for humans
Angie, Thursday, 10-14-04 9:22 AM
A couple o' thoughts.
I agree, this is kinda scary stuff.
But I've a couple of thoughts on the matter.
(1) People have been looking for the "mark of the beast" for large parts of the last century. For instance, when Social Security first came into being, it was suspected of being "the mark." One could also make the case for credit cards (pretty hard to buy or sell w/o them nowdays!)
Of course, the fact we haven't (apparently) seen it yet doesn't mean we won't see it in the future; even a future in our own lifetimes.
(2) I don't *think* it'll sneak by us. I don't think it will masquerade as a mere labor saving device. Or, even if it does, I think there will be other clues like - oh, a really evil world leader who makes it clear that receiving the mark (or microchip) is a sign of loyalty to him.
What I'm saying is that while Satan is the father of lies and trickery of all kinds, God is quite the opposite. He doesn't want to trick us into getting "the mark," and I think that He'll help His true childen recognize the true danger when it comes.

Not that I'm rushing out to get a medical tracking chip, though.... :}
Annette, Thursday, 10-14-04 4:51 PM
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