In the Fall of 2011, the University of Maine will implement a pilot program in its dining center that conducts transactions for meals via a palm scan machine connected to a student’s meal account. Instead or presenting a Student ID charge card, each student in the dining program will have their palm print entered into a database so that it can be linked to an individual dining charge account.
“Instead of swiping your MaineCard, the program is going to identify you by the palm of your hand,” said Benny Veenhof, director of technology management at UMaine. “It takes a snapshot of the veins and creates a black pattern that it then converts into an encrypted algorithm.”
So once again technology is getting closer to what could provide the prophesied Mark of the Beast:
Revelation 13: 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: 17And 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.
The amazing aspect of this prophecy is that it was written in the first century AD, a time when the barter of goods was just as common as coin currency. Any item of value at the time could be used to purchase another. So to write about a system where nothing in the entire planet could be purchased or sold without a certain Mark would have been inconceivable at that time. Only with today’s technology could the amount of money someone has in an account be tracked and adjusted no matter where the account holder was (via internet and wireless technology). Until the past decade, the idea of a palm scan being used to control your financial transactions was still the stuff of “futuristic” sci-fi movies.
The other interesting aspect of the Mark is that it is not forced. People will actually want it. And sure enough, the students at University of Maine are welcoming the new technology:
“This is a pilot program, as we are testing its effectiveness out for the next month,” said Kathy Kittridge, director of operations for Black Bear Dining … “The majority of the people I talked to saw how quick it was and thought it was kind of cool,” she said. “If you forget your MaineCard, you will always have your hand.”
So while this may or not be eventually connected to that end-times economic system, it is another sign that the end times are indeed approaching.