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The Inevitable Takeover: Digital Identity and Total Control Is Coming

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union has reached a final agreement on the establishment of “European Digital Identity Wallets,” the first central and fully digital identification system for all Europeans.  “Under the new law, the EU will offer its citizens so-called ‘digital wallets’–on a voluntary basis, at first–which will contain digital versions of their ID cards, driving licenses, diplomas, medical records, and bank account information,” the European Conservative reported.

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These documents will be recognized as means to access online services throughout Europe, and citizens will be able to prove their identity or share electronic documents from their wallets “with a click of a button,” the legislators hope. 

“This marks an important step towards the Digital Decade 2030 targets on the digitalization of public services,” the EU Commission said.  “All EU citizens will be offered the possibility to have an EU Digital Identity Wallet to access public and private online services in full security and protection of personal data all over Europe.”

Europe’s digital decade: 2030 targets | European Commission (europa.eu)

The agreement follows on the heels of the G20 summit in September where the leading global economies agreed to build the necessary infrastructure to implement digital currencies and IDs. The agreement came just a few weeks after Christine Lagarde, the head of the European Central Bank, announced that the European Union was moving forward with the development of its new central bank digital currency (CBDC)–the digital Euro.

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Conservative EU lawmakers and cybersecurity experts have opposed these developments, warning that large-scale abuse is inevitable in an all-encompassing digital identity system.

Dutch MEP Rob Roos sounded the alarm on X, Wednesday: 

“BREAKING: Very bad news. The European Parliament and Member States just reached an agreement on introducing the Digital Identity”. 

MEP Rob Roos

Roos noted that following the agreement, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton said: “‘Now that we have a Digital Identity Wallet, we have to put something in it…’, suggesting a connection between CBDC and eID.”

Ahead of the European Parliament’s decision, over 500 privacy and cybersecurity experts from 39 countries signed a joint letter warning that the legislation “fails to properly respect the right to privacy of citizens and secure online communications.” Roos lamented that most EU lawmakers “ignored all the privacy experts and security specialists. They’re pushing it all through.”

Privacy Fears as EU Moves Forward With Digital ID ━ The European Conservative

In the USA, the Biden White House released a “Comprehensive Framework for Responsible Development of Digital Assets” in September of last year. Catherine Austin Fitts, financial expert and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the H.W. Bush administration, has long been a vocal opponent of CBDC systems. In a recent interview, she warned that a 100 percent digital system would be controlled centrally and that a person’s money could potentially be limited to a particular geographical area. Such a totalitarian system, she argued, could also allow the State to limit people on what they are allowed to buy. 

“Let’s say I want to mandate a vaccine. Your financial transaction ability can be turned off,” Fitts said.  “Your access to your financial assets can be denied or stopped if you don’t do what you’re told.”

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Edward Dowd, the founder Phinance Technologies and author of Cause Unknown, has also long warned that any CBDC system will be a system of totalitarian control tied to a Chinese-style “social credit score.” In some countries, digital identification has already been implemented for government services and online banking. However, expanding the use of digital IDs to cover all online activities would be a significant step towards global ID for everyone.  No ID, no access would change the nature of identification and verification systems worldwide.

While it might seem to make sense on some levels, the threat to personal freedoms and potential for abuse by Government is vast. In the same way that digital currency provides authorities the ability to track and record every online financial transaction you make, digital ID will provide the same for every click you make online. Do we really want the government to have real time access to our web browsing?

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The ability of governments to control what we see and don’t see online would make Facebook censorship over ‘community standards’ pale in comparison. That which is branded ‘hate’ or ‘misinformation” would be blocked and as conservatives have learned – it is often traditional Biblical values that are branded as such.  

Revamped Online Safety Bill still a serious threat – The Christian Institute

The United Nations has made no secret of its plans to have a global digital identity as part of its Sustainable Development Goals set forth in Agenda 2030. Some of the more controversial technologies already being talked about for maintaining such a digital ID system are chip implants that can be inserted into someone in chip form. You would then scan that chip id over an internet enabled device to gain access. It has been suggested such chips could not only be used as a form of biometric identification but also incorporate a digital wallet (digital currency) and health records (vaccination records). 

Students of Bible prophecy have long warned that our society was slowly marching towards acceptance of technology that is described in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 13 describes a time in which a ‘mark’ in the right hand or forehead would be used as both a symbol of identification with the Antichrist and a means to conduct commerce. 

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

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Without that mark no one can buy or sell. Agenda 2030 is still six years away but at the rate technology and society is changing, we may see such changes faster than anyone thought.  

Now is the time to get educated about what the Book of Revelation says about the end times.  Learn more about how the Antichrist plans to “Mark The Masses” – with the newest book from Pastor Thomas HughesMarking The Masses – Your Entire World Is About To Change.”  For details on this see Light for the Last Days October 2023 edition.   

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Church of England’s split deepens

The Church of England’s split over its policy on same sex unions deepened with its decision on 16 November 2023 to approve a proposal to encourage its bishops to continue their work in creating and implementing liturgical prayers of blessing for same-sex unions. The Synod additionally voted to approve an amendment that will allow clergy to go ahead and conduct standalone services of blessing on a trial basis.

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In response to this the Most Rev Dr Laurent Mbanda, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican church of Rwanda, Chairman GAFCON Primates Council, sent out the following open letter:

‘This means that, beginning next month, Anglican clergy in Church of England churches will be able to do what the prophet Balaam could not and would not do by going against the Word of God and blessing that which God has condemned (Numbers 24:12-14).   

Holy Scripture is clear and unequivocal in its affirmation that the only proper context for sexual intimacy is the relationship of a man and woman who have been joined together in marriage. All forms of sexual intimacy outside of this context are condemned as immorality and are behaviours from which the people of God are regularly called to repent. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, the apostle Paul tells us “not to be deceived” on the seriousness of such immorality and warns us that those who fail to repent of it will not inherit the kingdom of God. And one of the behaviours he specifically names is that of homosexual activity. Elsewhere the New Testament specifically warns against false teachers who promote sexual immorality within the church (2 Peter 2:1-3, Jude 3-4, Rev. 2:19-24) and instructs us not to listen to or heed their words. 

This week, the Church of England has made it clear that they disagree with Holy Scripture. They have decided that they can bless that from which the Bible calls us to repent. What is more, although these motions were passed by very narrow votes among the clergy and laity, the bishops gave their support and approval by a very clear majority. This is a tragedy for Anglicans, for not only has the Church of England done what its own Thirty-Nine Articles forbid by approving ceremonies that are “contrary to God’s Word written” (Articles XX, XXXIV), but a majority of its bishops have broken the vows which they swore at their consecration, to  “banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine contrary to God’s Word” (BCP Ordinal). 
  
We lament the actions of the Church of England’s synod this week and we commit ourselves to pray and support those within its fold who continue to uphold the authority of God’s Word and to defend the faith “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Nearly fifty percent of the clergy and lay delegates at the Synod voted against these motions and we have no doubt that they, along with many other Anglicans throughout England, are currently experiencing grief and pain over these developments. We grieve with them, and we recommit ourselves to supporting the ministry of biblically faithful Anglicans throughout England, especially through the faithful ministry and mission of the Anglican Network in Europe.   

Jesus Christ has promised us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against his church (Matt 16:18). Today we remember that promise and, even as we grieve, we rejoice that Christ is both the head of the church and the Lord of history and that his Word and his Kingdom will prevail.

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Jesus as a recruiting sergeant for Russia’s war effort

Elena Gold, writing on the Quora website, featured this image of a ‘Jesus ikon’ behind soldiers with Kalashnikovs, in between the letters Z and V – symbols of Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation in Ukraine”.  She writes

The halo around Jesus is supposed to symbolize the letter O, which is also used in propaganda posters: “ZOV” as the 3-letter abbreviation. The word “zov” in Russian (Russian: зов) means “call from away”, someone is calling you to join the war. Highly powerful!  “God is with us!” yell Russian propagandists and military priests.

This is just the latest attempt to use Russian Orthodox Christianity as a justification and a recruiting sergeant for Putin’s war on Ukraine. Putin has previously said he is trying to save Russia from the West’s ‘woke’ values, in particular the promotion of homosexuality, which he described as an attempt to ‘destroy our traditional values and force on us their false values which lead to degradation and degeneration and are contrary to human nature.’  Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov spoke of the need to protect Christian values from “same-sex values that are being imposed . . . coarsely and openly.”   

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Ironically, after 70 years of Communist atheism warring against the church, Putin has tried to promote Russia as carrying the torch of Christian civilisation after the West’s plunge into ungodly materialism, secularism, and individualism. He is encouraged in this by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who supports the anti-LGBT stand, and the war in Ukraine, which he says is being fought for ‘God and mother Russia.’ He said in a sermon on 25th September 2022 that those soldiers dying in the war are a

“sacrifice in the course of carrying out your military duty.  This cleanses away all sins.” 

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This gave me the opportunity to post this response on the website, which is able to reach Russians and Ukrainians. 

Trying to recruit a fake Jesus into the war in Ukraine is the ultimate insult to God and to genuine Christians. Putin, Patriarch Kirill and their allies should read the Bible (Matthew 24, 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 13 and 17). The real Jesus Christ prophesied wars like this one would increase in the last days of this age and that the world would be dominated by antichrist dictatorships and false religious systems like the ones that exist in Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Tony Pearce

Read about it in English, Russian or Ukrainian on Light for the Last Days website. 

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Anti Christian hate crimes rise in Europe

Religiously motivated hate crimes against Christians in Europe jumped by 44 percent in just one year, reveals a sobering report by a prominent Christian persecution monitoring group. The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDAC Europe) released its Annual Report 2022/23, which documents a sharp rise in violent incidents and social hostility against Christians, as well as in vandalism and arson attacks on churches.

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The report also underscores legal developments in several European countries that infringe upon the religious freedom of Christians, including “hate speech” legislation, under which some Christians have been prosecuted for voicing mainstream Christian beliefs in public. It also notes the elimination of conscience clauses and legislation needed to guarantee parents’ right to educate their children in conformity with their beliefs.

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There has also been an increasing trend in hate crimes perpetrated by radicalized members of ideological, political, or religious groups that follow an anti-Christian narrative, the report finds.

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Worrisome violations of Christians’ right to freedom of speech have included the establishment of “buffer zones” around abortion clinics, which have led to the criminalization of Christians for praying silently on the street.  The rights of Christian parents in the education of their children have also suffered through vaguely formulated and overreaching legislation that would criminalize parents for expressing dissenting opinions regarding gender-related discussions or for discouraging their children from undergoing “hormone therapies” for gender dysphoria.

One of the main sources of anti-Christian aggression are radicalized members of extreme political groups, with a majority of cases coming from far-left political groups, such as Antifa, radical feminists, or LGBTIQ groups, the report finds.

At the same time, OIDAC has also documented anti-Christian attacks by radical individuals from far-right groups, satanist groups, and radical Islamist groups.

Information from Breitbart News

Islam’s assault on the West

In a recent video exposé, Italian news group Fuori dal Coro unveils the growing influence of Islam in Italy through an extensive investigative video. The report focuses on Tablighi Jamaat, a contentious Muslim missionary movement recognized as the world’s largest religious proselytizing group.

Operating globally, the group raises concerns due to its ties to terrorism, promotion of universal imposition of strict Islamic rules, and its ambition to replace Western laws and principles with Sharia.

The investigation emphasizes the urgent need to address and monitor such ideologies to safeguard the safety and security of the Italian and European populations.

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The group’s ultimate goal, like Islam itself, is a “planned conquest of the world” in the spirit of jihad. The video kicks off with chilling declarations foretelling a grim future: “There will be a massacre of millions of people,” setting an alarming tone that permeates the entire investigation.

Simultaneously, there is an expressed desire to conquer Rome, echoing a prophecy from Prophet Muhammad. The movement wants to impose the laws of the Qur’an on the entire West.

At the same time the opposition to Israel following the Gaza war has proved an opportunity for the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in the west. TikTok re-published Bin Laden’s infamous “Letter to America,” in which he explained why he attacked the United States on 9/11. The letter was full of violent hatred for Israel and the Jews, with justification of terrorism against Israel and the west and a condemnation of American society. It concludes with a description of Bin Laden’s vision of a world governed by Islamic law. 

The letter was taken down as a promotion of terrorism, but not before it had received over a million views in one day and approval from over 100,000 mainly young Americans. One young person responding to the letter wrote that she would

“… never look at life the same, I will never look at this country the same. Please read it and if you have read it, let me know if you are also going through an existential crisis in this very moment, because in the last 20 minutes, the entire viewpoint on the entire life I have believed and I have lived has changed.”

Young American reacts to Bin-Laden’s letter on TikTok

Meanwhile Muslim influencers are busy on the Internet targeting young people with messages encouraging them to reject the New Testament version of Jesus in favour of the Islamic one. 

According to RAIR foundation ‘Do not be deceived when Muslims claim to “Believe in Jesus.” Muslim influencers, including the controversial YouTuber Sohail (WAYOFLIFESQ) with an extensive following of nearly 1.5 million, frequently employ deceptive tactics when engaging with Christians. Their goal is to create an illusion that the Jesus portrayed in the Quran is the same as the Jesus in the Bible, albeit not the same person, while simultaneously asserting that the Quran provides a more authentic portrayal of Jesus.

However, beneath this surface similarity lies a calculated divergence. The Quranic Jesus doesn’t speak the same words, nor does he engage in similar actions — his role primarily revolves around refuting Christian beliefs and affirming Muhammad’s claims about himself. While the Jesus of the Qur’an shares a name, beneath this surface similarity lies a calculated divergence from the biblical figure. In the Islamic narrative, Jesus becomes a mere pawn, strategically deployed to refute Christian beliefs and bolster Muhammad’s self-aggrandizing claims. Islam does not respect the Jesus of the Bible, the Christian faith, or its followers; it is hostile to all three.

The Quran, while reluctantly acknowledging the virgin birth, specifically denies Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, brazenly disregarding well-established historical facts. This altered narrative insists that Jesus was taken to heaven and is prophesied to return in the future, not as a saviour, but to “destroy the cross” and eradicate all religions except Islam (Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir, Vol. 3, pp. 31-32). This isn’t a subtle disagreement; it’s a direct assault on the cornerstone of Christianity.’

They write ‘The Islamic Takeover of America is going well… “Moses was not a Jew. Moses was a Muslim. Jesus was not a Jew. He was a Muslim. Abraham couldn’t have been Jewish. He definitely couldn’t have been Christian. So he was a…. Muslim!! Islam is the final revelation. They have the Old Testament. They have the New Testament. BUT the Quran is the Final Testament!  Allahu Akbar.’

Allahu Akbar actually means Allah is greater. Greater than the God of the Bible. 

In the final conflict this will be revealed as a strong delusion when the Lord Jesus returns in power and glory to put down all antichrist forces and set up His true Messianic kingdom from Jerusalem. But in the meantime many people are going to be deceived by the Antichrist.

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1 John 2.18-28

Tony Pearce

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