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Signs of the Times – 666 and a Cashless society

Cashless news – on the way to the 666.

According to the book of Revelation a new way of buying and selling is coming on the world.   At the midpoint of the Great Tribulation period the coming Antichrist will cause some kind of mark to be put on people which will relate to a number assigned to them by which they will be able to buy or sell without using cash.  

‘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, 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.  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.’  Revelation 13.

In the past the idea that people could pay for goods with a number or a mark seemed to be impossible.  Now there are developments taking place all the time which point us in this direction.  Here are a few recent ones.

Company chips its employees.  The shape of things to come?  September 2017.

Three Square Market, a company in Wisconsin USA has embedded microchips in its employees in order to ditch company badges and corporate logons. The company, which sells corporate cafeteria kiosks designed to replace vending machines, would like the kiosks to handle cashless transactions.  This would go beyond paying with your Smartphone. Instead, chipped customers would simply wave their hands in lieu of Apple Pay and other mobile-payment systems. The benefits don’t stop there. In the future, consumers could zip through airport scanners without passport or drivers licence; open doors; start cars; and operate home automation systems. All of it, if the technology pans out, with the simple wave of a hand.

This has raised a great debate on the Internet with Christians claiming this is a pointer to the soon to be fulfilled prophecy in Revelation 13 of the mark of the beast without which you cannot buy or sell.  People have asked ‘Is this what real life is going to be like soon at work? Will I be chipped?’ Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, says ‘It will happen to everybody,’ says ‘But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.’

Progress is moving in this direction.  Pets for years have been embedded with chips to store their name and owner contact.  Indeed, Three Square Market isn’t the first company to embed chips in employees. In 2001, Applied Digital Solutions installed the ‘VeriChip’ to access medical records but the company eventually changed hands and stopped selling the chip in 2010.  In Sweden, BioHax says nearly 3,000 customers have had its chip embedded to do many things, including ride the national rail system without having to show the conductor a ticket.  In the U.S., Dangerous Things, a Seattle-based firm, says it has sold ‘tens of thousands’ of chips to consumers via its website. The chip and installation cost about $200.

After years of being a subculture, ‘the time is now’ for chips to be more commonly used, says Amal Graafstra, founder of Dangerous Things. ‘We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos do now.’  In other words, they’ll be more visible, but not mainstream yet.  ‘It becomes part of you the way a cell phone does,’ Graafstra says. ‘You can never forget it, and you can’t lose it. And you have the capability to communicate with machines in a way you couldn’t before.’

Three Square Market said the chips are voluntary, but Chesley says that if a company announces a plan to be chipped, the expectation is that you will get chipped — or risk losing out on advancement, raises and being a team player.

However it seems that ‘chips’ may soon be outdated as technology advances.  New biometric tracking methods are being rolled out by the day for policing, travel, banking, medical applications, and beyond.  A company called Chaotic Moon is seeking ‘total integration’ with their Tech Tats which they envisioned could be used to replace wallets, as well as to monitor your vital signs:

‘We carry wallets around and they are so vulnerable. With the tech tattoo you can carry all your information on your skin and when you want your credit card information or your ID, you can pull that up automatically through the system.  Rather than going to the doctor once a year for your physical, this tech tattoo can be something you put on your body once a year and it monitors everything that they would do in a physical and it sends that to your doctor, and if there’s an issue they can call you.’

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed an ultra-thin tattoo can be applied to the skin with water, is almost transparent, and yet could surpass the functions of today’s bulkier wearable devices.  This device can be integrated into the emerging world of the Internet of Things, Smart Cities and more:  

‘Graphene electronic tattoos are most promising for potential applications in mobile health care, assisted technologies, and human machine interfaces,’ Kabiri Ameri said. ‘In the area of human machine interfaces, electrophysiological signals recorded from the brain and muscles can be classified and assigned for specific action in a machine.   This area of research can have applications for the internet of things, smart houses and cities, human computer interaction, smart wheelchairs, speech assistance technology, monitoring of distracted driving, and human-robot control.   Recently we have demonstrated the application of graphene tattoos for sensing human signals to wirelessly control flying objects. That demonstration will be reported in the near future.’

Given the level of privacy that many people already have sacrificed for the conveniences of technology, we can only imagine how it will accelerate when even a microchip implant becomes a bulky relic.  A useful way to control the human race, as prophesied in Revelation 13!

Global debt bomb ready to explode.  August 2017.

According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of $152 trillion.   If you take $152 trillion dollars and divide it by the seven billion people living on the planet, you get $21,714, which would be the share of that debt for every man, woman and child in the world if it was divided up equally.  So if you have a family of four, your family’s share of the global debt load would be $86,856.

Very few families could write a cheque for that amount today, and those in the west also must remember that we live in some of the wealthiest areas on the globe.    Considering the fact that more than 3 billion people around the world live on two dollars a day or less, the truth is that about half the planet would not be capable of contributing toward the repayment of our $152 trillion debt at all.    So they should be excluded from these calculations entirely, and that would mean that your family’s share of the debt would ultimately be far, far higher.

Of course global debt repayment will never actually be apportioned by family.  The reason why I am sharing this example is to show you that it is literally impossible for all of this debt to ever be repaid.  We are living during the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world, and our financial engineers have got to keep figuring out ways to keep it growing much faster than global GDP, because if it ever stops growing it will burst and destroy the entire global financial system.

Bill Gross, one of the most highly respected financial minds on the entire planet, recently observed that ‘our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerine on a bumpy road’.  And he is precisely correct.  Everything might seem fine for a while, but one day we are going to hit the wrong bump at the wrong time and the whole thing is going to go KA-BOOM.  The financial crisis of 2008 represented an opportunity to learn from our mistakes, but instead we just papered over our errors and cranked up the global debt creation machine to levels never seen before.

At the end of June the annual report of the Bank for International Settlements (often known as the ‘central bank for central bankers’) warned of looming debt crises in the Far East and another recession on its way ‘with a vengeance’. This is terrifying language, since the Bank was among the few that predicted the 2008 crash. The Washington based Institute of International Finance has released figures showing the scale of the global debt crisis, which has accumulated to a mind – boggling £168 trillion, much more than it was on the eve of the 2008 crash. Regardless of the risk now being much bigger, the world continues to indulge in a dizzying debt splurge.

In Britain national debt has more than doubled, despite the ‘wicked Tory cuts.’ Now the government has now announced the end of austerity, recognising it is a vote loser and promising to increase public spending. Labour promises to spend a huge amount more money (which the country does not have) to fulfil its election promises, adding greatly to the national debt. At present public sector borrowing now stands at £51.7 billion. That means we are spending £51.7 billion a year, which we do not have, overspending by about £1 billion a week. The overall debt now stands at almost £1.9 trillion, which is 86% of GDP, more than double what is was before the 2008 crash and is growing at £5170 per second. If a major bank collapsed there would not be enough resources to rescue it and its creditors.

In the US, the state of Illinois and the island of Puerto Rico are bankrupt. Illinois has $14.5 billion in overdue bills, $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations and no budget. Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse blog, writes: ‘The recklessness of the ‘too big to fail’ banks almost doomed them the last time around, but apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have 222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives which is approximately 12 times the equivalent of the GDP of the USA. As long as stock prices continue to rise and the U.S. economy stays fairly stable, these extremely risky financial weapons of mass destruction will probably not take down our entire financial system. But if (or when) another major crisis happens, the devastation that these financial instruments will cause will be absolutely unprecedented.’

It looks inevitable that sooner or later the world economic system will face a crash, which will make the 2008 financial crisis look like a tea party. Another factor preparing the way for the coming Antichrist.

Cashless moves.  June 2017.

Amazon Go is ready to open its first cashless retail store in Seattle.  Amazon has come up with a new idea that just might change the way retail businesses operate.  Amazon Go is set to be a retail experience for customers with no checkout lines. Using a complex combination of lasers, sensors, cameras, scanners, apps, and tags to ensure that the right person is charged for the items purchased, but there will be no checkout lines or cash registers.

Shoppers click on the new Amazon Go app as they enter the store, and hold their smartphone to a scanner similar to an airport security line.   Every time the customer picks up an item, it is automatically added to their virtual cart. (If the shopper puts the item back on the shelf, the item is automatically removed from the cart.) Once the customer leaves the store, their purchase is billed to their Amazon.com account.

For some, the idea of shopping without lines to checkout is a golden one, but others are sounding the alarm with concerns over privacy and rightfully so.   Not only can they use this technology to gather data on the purchases you make, but also on the items you pick up and then return, allowing them to target their marketing efforts accordingly. 

Some believe this to be entirely too invasive and are beginning to invite conversations about privacy that may be too late, at this point, to make a difference.  Millennials have grown up in the information age where they live out loud on social media and have little regard for privacy. This makes them ripe targets for the kind of store Amazon is creating.   Once we take that step forward in retail technology, other stores will seek to do the same – effectively ending privacy in all retail environments for the sake of convenience.  Amazon is planning to move into the UK supermarket business.

Meanwhile Swedish commuters are now using microchips to pay for their journey.  SJ Rail, a Swedish rail operator, claims that up to 100 of its customers are embedding microchip implants into their hands to pay for their journey.  The small implants use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments.  When activated by a reader a few centimetres away, a small amount of data flows between the two devices via electromagnetic waves.  

Speaking to the Sun Online, Stephen Ray, press officer at SJ, said that the idea was put forward by a technology start-up in Stockholm called Epicenter, where many of the staff are already implanted with microchips.  While the scheme is currently only available in Sweden, the country’s travel system uses the same Near Field Communication (NFC) as contactless bank cards, and London’s oyster cards, suggesting it could be used further afield one day.

A Wisconsin company, Three Square Market, wants to implant a rice-sized microchip into its employees, ABC News reported.  “It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.

So, according to Westby, microchipping employees is “the next thing that is inevitably going to happen.”  Three Square Market designs software for break rooms that are commonly seen in office places. In other words, the markets where you get your food and check out yourself.  “We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product,” Westby said.  Over a dozen of Three Square Market employees are getting the microchip implant paid for by the company.  The tiny chip, which uses RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification, can be implanted between the thumb and forefinger “within seconds,” according to a statement from Three Square Market.

Meanwhile the Guardian (30/6/17) reported that ex Downing Street policy chief Daniel Korski put forward a proposal to ditch paper money in the UK by the end of the decade. His aim of no cash by 2020 was to be achieved by alternatives based on mobile phones. He said other countries including Norway, Denmark and China were leading the way on electronic payments.

More signs of the 666 economic system on its way.  Revelation 13.16-8.

Access denied – the vulnerability of the Internet.  May 2017.

Since its beginning in the 1990s the World Wide Web has developed into the massive global institution of the Information Age, the Internet and all the electronic communications that go with it.  This has become vital to the functioning of almost every aspect of human activity in the developed world.  Finance, transportation, food supply, media and communications, health services, government, police services, almost anything you can think of, depends on computers linked to one another via the Internet.  

The massive increase in information is accumulating all the time and leads many to see in all this the fulfilment of the prophecy in the Bible: ‘But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.’  Daniel 12.4.  One of the features of our age is the increase in travel (many shall run to and fro) and information (knowledge shall increase).  Today you can travel around the world in 24 hours and speak or write to someone instantaneously in any country you wish to.  All of this has made the world a much more inter-connected place and all of it depends on the technology functioning 24/7.  

But is this wondrous house of ours a house built on the sand, vulnerable to attacks from malicious people, or malfunctioning of the system?  The attack on May 12th using the ‘ransomware’ virus spread chaos around the world locking out computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and scores of other companies, factories and government agencies worldwide.  Over 150 countries and over 100,000 organisations were affected by the attack.  The tools used to carry out the hack – dubbed a superweapon – are thought to be a surveillance tool developed by the US’s National Security Agency to spy on terrorists and enemy states.  Experts described this as ‘only just beginning’ as hackers use ‘malware atomic bomb’ to turn hijacked machines into infectious ‘zombies’.  

This is another reminder of how vulnerable the Internet is.  It follows massive waves of cyberattacks that took down some of the biggest websites in the US on the Internet in October 2016.  It is known that Russia, China and North Korea have been working very hard to develop extremely advanced cyberwarfare capabilities in recent years.  This raised fears of a hostile power causing a crash in the Internet that would ruin the economy.  

Russia denied responsibility for the May 2017 attack and was itself a victim also. While government computers were crashing, banks, cellphone operators and railroads in Russia were fending off attacks designed to freeze their systems in demand for ransoms to unlock the data.  ‘Humanity is dealing here with cyberterrorism,’ Frants Klintsevich, a top official on the Russian Senate’s defence committee, told Russia’s state-run Tass news agency. ‘It’s an alarming signal, and not just a signal but a direct threat to the normal functioning of society, and important life-support systems.’  

Cyber attacks on one country can come from another country on the other side of the world, over whom the affected country have little or no control. As this is a world wide problem for the World Wide Web, it really needs a world wide solution.  Like a world wide authority to govern the Internet.  

The United States created the Internet and has played a critical role in supervising the core internet functions that allow websites to interface with the internet and with each other through an organization called ICANN The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  However on September 30th 2016 President Obama signed an agreement to end direct US government oversight control of administering the Internet and commit this permanently to ICANN.

ICANN has described itself as ‘just a technical coordination organisation’ that runs the global infrastructure of the Internet.  However at the time of the handover of control by the US, many expressed the fear that it would end up in the power of another agency, organisation or foreign power, Russia, China or the UN who could then use their influence to suppress free speech, and gain authority to impose their worldviews on a global scale. This could then lead to the suppression of Christian web sites.

Given the threat to the Internet from cyber terrorism it may be considered that it would be a good thing if such a global power, such as the UN, did take it over and impose some kind of government over it.  One way to do this would be to set up a system whereby you need some kind of biometric ID in order to access the Internet.  This could be a biometric patch or a microchip attached to a person’s hand.  By this means any communication can be traced back to the person responsible.  Anyone who misbehaves in the eyes of the global authority running the Internet would be easily traceable and could then be cut off from using the net.  Denial of access would also mean you could no longer use electronic means of buying or selling.  Access denied.  666.  

Tony Pearce

Tony Pearce

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