In yet another example of society being groomed for total tracking of all of their commercial activity, the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team is now doing a special promotion where season ticket holders will receive replica jerseys that are tagged with RFID microchips. By holding out the small microchip embedded in the sleeve fans can get scanned and receive a 25% discount on food and concessions and a 35% discount on all merchandise bought in the arena. As the news reports state:
“This year, the Tampa Bay Lightning introduced a replica team jersey equipped with a radio frequency chip embedded in the sleeve that fans can scan at stadium stores to receive discounts on refreshments and team merchandise for all season ticket holders. The promotion has worked — it helped spur a nearly twofold increase in season ticket sales this year…. Each chip also has a unique ID, allowing the team to track who buys what, which Lott [Brad Lott, the team’s executive vice president of service and operations] says will allow the team to analyze the most effective future deals and promotions. And Lott says there are many more bonuses to come.”
The reaction of fans to this innovation has been overwhelmingly positive. And this again serves as an example that the technology to achieve the Mark of the Beast (more detail on the Mark, what it means and the Scripture behind it can be found here) as described in the Book of Revelation is now available in society:
“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: 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” — Revelation 6:16-17.
The Mark will represent the economic systems of the end times Great Tribulation. The money possessed, spent and transferred by each individual will be controlled just by a “mark” in the right hand or forehead. It will obviously require that the finances of every person be identified and stores and tracked in order to allow for proper buying and selling. Just as the microchipped jerseys are capable of doing. This is not saying that the team’s microchip or any microchip program is the actual Mark. The point is that unlike in any prior generation in human history, the technology to achieve a system where all the buying and selling of every individual on the planet would be controlled by a mark in their hands or foreheads, was not even possible until the last decade. When the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation (experts estimate at some point between 65-96 AD), such a system would have been absolutely impossible to implement. But in this age of wireless technology, this is not only feasible to some it’s inevitable:
“We’re already hoping to roll out stored value, where fans who don’t want to bring cash to the game can just pay for things using the chip. We’re hoping to roll out a new feature each year.”
The other important thing to remember from Bible prophecy is that the government of the Antichrist and this economic system will be something that people want. It is not going to be forced onto society. The False Prophet, the cohort of the Antichrist “causes” the people of the world to take the mark. The word in Greek for cause denotes “preparing” or “making ready.” And this will be part of the greatest deception in human history. As the Bible states, most of the world at large will be deceived into not only wanting the Antichrist and his global government system, but eventually believe he is God:
“…and all the world wondered after the beast. 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?” — Revelation 6 The Apostle Paul wrote with regards to the Antichrist’s aspirations says he will be one: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:4. So pervasive will be the deception that most people in the world at that time will be willing to take the ultimate pledge of allegiance to the Beast and the False Prophet: the Mark. And by doing so they will have sealed their eternal fate.
If this is troubling, remember the blessed hope that is Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation is clear that after the short time that the Antichrist will rule over the government of the world, he will be defeated forever by Jesus Christ at the Second Coming. And all of those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior will receive eternal life and be a part of the Kingdom of God on Earth once Jesus returns. But for those who may find this to be too “far out” or hard to believe, again realize that this system was described 2,000 years ago. Like much of Bible prophecy it is coming to light right before our eyes with the advances of technology. A cashless world is not far away and certainly the capabilities already exist to provide it. And as companies, sports teams and celebrities start marketing and promoting innovations like the micro-chipped jersey, indeed, the world is being made ready for this type of technology and seems to be welcoming it with open arms.