Frighteningly, people are becoming more accustomed to the idea of having microchips implanted in their body. Last year we brought you the story of the Swedish technology firm Epicenter, where roughly 150 employees agreed to have a microchip inserted in their hands to allow them to perform a variety of tasks such as opening doors automatically, use electronic devices such as printers more efficiently, and conducting monetary transactions at the company cafeteria. At the time Epicenter co-founder Patrick Mesterton bragged of this technological aspect saying “You can do airline fares with it, you can also go to your local gym, so it basically replaces a lot of things you have other communication devices for, whether it be credit cards, or keys, or things like that.” However, a survey of the news recently reveals that the technology is now more accepted than ever! For example, a transportation company in Sweden; SJ Railways, has adopted technology that reads microchips instead of having printed tickets for passengers! The passengers voluntarily have microchips embedded in their hands and is use it as an alternative to printed rail passes. As the conductor moves through the train to check tickets, passengers simply hold out their hand for the conductor to scan and check ticket information thereby validating their spot on the train. SJ Railways claims it is the first travel company in the world to offer this service.
America May Be Next
The technology is catching on here in America as well. Over 50 employees at a Wisconsin technology company plan to have a microchip implanted in their hand. As recently reported by CNBC and other major news outlets, the Wisconsin tech company; Three Square Market is offering its employees microchip implants that can be used to scan into the building and purchase food at work. Whether or not to get a chip is entirely up to the employees to decide and apparently over 50 have already signed up for this! Three Square Market, a company that provides technology for break-room or micro markets, has over 50 employees who plan to have a tiny chip – about the size of a grain of rice – which uses RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification, implanted between the thumb and forefinger according to a statement from the company. According to a press release from the company, the microchip can be implanted “within seconds.” The company, which is based in River Falls, Wisc., envisions the rice-sized microchip allowing employees to easily pay for items, access the building and their computers all with a scan of their hand. Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby stated, “It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it.” The company is partnering with Swedish company BioHax International, which has already “chipped” many of their employees.
Relevant Scripture Passages
This has an obvious connection to Bible prophecy and the fulfillment of certain end times events. The Book of Revelation clearly predicts a time after the antichrist has risen to power when everyone will be required “to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead” (Revelation 13:16). This “mark” will be of significance economically as no one will be able to buy or sell any products or services unless they have this mark (Cf. Revelation 13:17). Since the microchip implanted by the tech-company in Sweden is already being linked to its employee’s credit cards one can begin to see the potential fulfillment of prophecy taking shape. Imagine a time in the future – during the first half of the Tribulation for example – when the antichrist could arrange for a manipulation of the currency market such that a significant portion of the world’s economy collapsed! If such an event were to transpire, the antichrist could easily convince the world’s population to have microchips implanted in their hands — linked to a “stable” new world currency — so that they could “buy and sell” the food and other essentials needed for basic survival (Cf. Revelation 13:17). While we believe that this will not be fulfilled until after the rapture of the church, we must commit to serious prayer over this situation.