This is a story I have been following for several years - under the category of "the mark of the beast":
"Galileo contracts give boost to delayed project"
The Galileo Project is the name of the EU's satellite "navigation system", and it is the European version of the United States' well-known GPS system. This project has been on and off for several years now, but it is now a full "go". The first satellite in this system was launched several years ago (2006 ?), and now all 30 satellites are planned to be launched before 2014.
Quotes from this article reveal the nature of this satellite system:
"With a combined value of over €1 billion, the contracts to build and launch the first wave of satellites will enable the roll-out of Galileo's services from 2014, said EU transport commissioner Antonio Tajani in Brussels."
"We can now focus on the actual roll-out and demonstrate to European citizens that Europe's own satellite navigation system is firmly underway."
"Galileo is the EU's answer to the US Global Positioning System (GPS), widely deployed in a broad range of navigational devices such as those used by drivers to find street direction."
"The EU has been keen to stress Galileo's role in complementing rather than competing with existing satellite navigation systems."
"We want Galileo to be an international system," said Mr Tajani, stressing its compatibility with the US's GPS and the ongoing discussions with other countries including Russia and China."
In summary, the Galileo project is the brainchild of the EU. This project represents the development of a complete monitoring system which originally was feared to compete with the United States' GPS, but it now appears that the two systems will be "compatible".
In other words, the technology to implement the mark of the beast (under the assumption that the implantable chip will be used during the Tribulation to track, monitor and "allow" all financial transactions to take place). IF this is the case, then the satellites launched for this project would be a necessary component in order to fully implement the mark of the beast.
"Digital Angel chip now FDA approved for medical use".
According to the EU website, we can see the following quotes (Link Here):
"Galileo is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. While providing autonomous navigation and positioning services, Galileo will at the same time be interoperable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems. The fully deployed Galileo system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure."
Previous articles on this topic have revealed much information on this system and the implantable microchip as developed as Digital Angel/VeriChip. This small chip, the size of a grain of rice, can be inserted under the skin in the hand or forehead (the preferred locations according to Digital Angel) and it can contain all health and financial information for individuals.
Will this system definitely end up being the infamous mark of the beast? Obviously no one knows this answer, one way or the other. Some of my colleagues have suggested that during the Tribulation, resulting from the massive destruction, such technology will be rendered useless. Some folks passionately believe that this technology fits perfectly with what we know about the mark of the beast, as described in Revelation 13:16-18.
Regardless, this is definitely worth watching. I believe there is a very reasonable chance that this does indeed represent the future "mark", as it would represent a method of monitoring individuals for security (airport security comes to mind), and to significantly thwart crime (all financial transactions could be handled via this implantable chip, as it could easily contain someone's financial information) and "identity theft". It may represent the next step (after credit cards, debit cards etc.) in creating a "cashless society".
If you are doing the math - and this project is slated for completion in 2014, keep in mind that the mark of the beast will be implemented at the mid-point of the Tribulation, at the time of the antichrist's announcing himself as God from the Temple. Taking "The Mark" will not only be the only way to complete ANY financial transaction (any buying and selling transaction) but it will also serve as the indicator that the individual has now (and permanently) pledged his/her allegiance to the antichrist.
We shall see - but this is a highly significant development coming from the revived Roman Empire. If indeed, Digital Angel's technology is ultimately the fulfillment of Revelation 13:16-18, and a representation of the "mark of the beast", then this satellite system will be the last remaining step in its implementation.