We know from Revelation 13:16-17, that the Antichrist and his "partner-in-crime", the False Prophet, will institute a financial system in which every human on earth will be required to take the "Mark of the Beast". This "mark" will be placed on the right hand or the forehead, and will be required in order to buy or sell anything. This mark will also indicate that the person receiving the mark has "officially" decided to worship the Antichrist.
The seven-year Tribulation will ultimately force people on earth to make a decision. Will they decide to worship Jesus Christ, or will they worship the Antichrist? Every human on earth will be forced to make this epic decision. Ultimately, thats what the Tribulation boils down to - a single decision which will determine the ultimate fate of every human on earth at that time. Deciding to receive the Mark of the Beast serves as a visible indicator of the fact that that individual has decided to follow the Antichrist, and effectively - reject Jesus.
The bible issues a strong condemnation for those who have decided to follow the Antichrist:
"If anyone worships the beast (aka Antichrist) and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath." (Revelation 14:9)
We have been following the developments of the company VeriChip, who developed and produces the implantable RFID - which is currently being inserted into animals and humans. Currently, the selling points for use of this microchip focus on safety (tracking children/pets), health (having someone's medical information available via this insertable microchip), and in some cases "just for fun", as in some countries such as Spain, exclusive night-clubs are inserting this chip into its members.
This week we discover that Microsolf has partnered with VeriChip article here for the purpose of using VeriChip's implantable device for accessing medical information.
Microsoft. Thats a powerful organization with a lot of money and influence. I believe this is a significant development. With Microsoft on board, there is no telling how fast the VeriChip technology will expand - and the potential uses for this technology are limitless. That includes use in financial transactions. Because of rising concerns of "identity theft", and other means of tapping into individual's bank accounts - there is an ongoing call for "technology" to somehow develop something which can prevent these kinds of financial thefts.
The VeriChip has been proposed as a means to prevent the above problems from occuring. If each person had the "chip" inserted, and the capability to manage all financial transactions - then current technology such as credit cards, check-books, debit cards. etc., would all become artifacts of the past.
When has Microsoft done anything thats NOT on an epic scale? Microsoft believes in implementation of their technological advances on a world-wide basis. They don't so anything "small". By their partnering with VeriChip, we should expect to see several things occur - all in line with bible prophecy; a) watch for further developments regarding additional uses of the VeriChip (with an eye on financial uses), b) more promotion of and increased "visibility" of the VeriChip, with the usual marketing efforts that we've come to expect from Microsoft, and c) more widescale implementation of the VeriChip - also increasing public acceptability of such use.
Taking the VeriChip today is not the same as taking the "Mark of the Beast". That won't happpen until the Tribulation. However, we're seeing the stage being set for the Tribulation. This is a big development. I fully expect to see Microsoft dramatically expand the uses and implemention of this technology.
Whatever they do with this technology, one thing is certian. We'll be watching and reporting on the developments.
Another day, another sign comes into focus.
Business as usual for a prophecy watcher.