A computer built right into your skin? Yes, it has become a reality. A team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed an electronic computer patch thinner than a hair that attaches to the skin. The device can observe vital signs of a medical patient, store and transmit data, locate individuals as well as other functions. John A. Rogers, a materials science professor and leader of the development team, reported on the new device in a paper in the journal Science.
“The skin is a particularly interesting point of integration,” Rogers says. “Skin is the largest organ. It provides our main point of nonvisual sensory interaction with the outside world, and it is a place where people have attempted to interface electrodes and electronics for decades.”
The goal of the team was to ” blur the distinction between electronics and biological tissues.” The epidermal electronics, as the patches are referred to, are powered via solar energy and from electrical current in the human body. At present the devices are being used only for medical patients in hospitals under observation or medical care. In addition to being able to monitor vital signs, such as as heart-rate, brainwaves and even the health of a fetus in the womb, the team behind the electronic tattoo stated that the device can help with voice commands, covert military operations and many other purposes.
As this site has noted in past articles, this type of technology opens the door for the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 13′s Mark of the Beast. The Bible prophesies that once the Antichrist (the false Messiah who will deceive the world before the Second Coming of the true Messiah, Jesus Christ) has taken full control of the world’s governments in the end times, an economic and religious system will be set up for all citizens of the world via a “mark” that will go into the forehead or right hand. As the Bible states, through this mark, all buying and selling of any items in the world will be controlled. Clearly with epidermal electronics, that can transmit data, this is even more possible.
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. — Revelation 13
Now this does not mean that this electronic patch is the Mark of the Beast. In fact, it cannot be, according to the Bible. Scripture is clear that the Mark is instituted by the Antichrist himself and his cohort, the False Prophet. It will be offered to all the people of the world to take as a sign of their belief in the Antichrist as God. Any refusal will be punished by death. And since the Antichrist has not even emerged on the scene, the Mark is something that will occur off in the future at a date unknown. What the invention of epidermal electronics does show is that the technology is now readily available which can fulfill this prophecy.
The Apostle John, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote the book of Revelation in the first century A.D. The Roman Empire, which John lived in, had coin currency for purchases. Additionally, any items of value could be bartered for other goods. The idea of all commerce of every citizen on the planet being controlled by a mark in one’s hand was not remotely possible at that time. The notion of a “mark” being used to track all sales and purchases to any first century-Roman citizen would be insane. Even in modern times, that type of device being described in Revelation was not technologically feasible until just a few years ago. But now with wireless and satellite technology, and computer innovations like the epidermal electronics, it is very much a reality.
For those readers who are not Christians, it is important to know that the Bible is full of prophecy — some of which has been fulfilled and others referring to events to come. And the Mark of the Beast is clearly something that could not be possibly be fulfilled at the time John wrote about it. But now it can be. Bible prophecy is coming to fruition right before our eyes. The time is now to be believe and be born again. And for those who are already saved, do not be afraid at news like this. Just know that the time is more urgent than ever to spread the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ to the world. At the rate technology is moving, we do not know how much time we have left.