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“He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and
bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And
that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of
the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a
man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.” — Revelation
I have always wondered about this passage in the biblical book of
Revelation. How would people ever be made to accept such a “mark of the
beast” or to accept the implantation of some sinister computer chip in
their bodies? It sounded like science fiction.
If and when such a terrifying future scenario would begin to unfold,
I figured — when the “antichrist” and his operatives would try to
mandate the mass acceptance of this “mark” — there would be massive
rebellion. Everyone would just say, “Hey, dude, didn’t you ever hear of
a little thing called the Bible? The Book of Revelation? So get out of
my face, ’cause I’m not interested in obtaining eternal damnation. Have
a nice day.”
Ah, that was then. Little did I know the day would come when
traditional Christianity would be under such severe assault, its basic
precepts so maligned, its adherents so demonized that the nightmarish
scenario predicted in Revelation could not only come about, but be
welcomed with open arms.
Little did I know that the once super-secret Echelon
surveillance network would be capable of monitoring any e-mail and phone
conversation anywhere on earth, and that soon people’s location will be
trackable through their cellular phones.
And now, here comes the Digital Angel® — the new, dime-sized implantable transceiver
whose manufacturer, the NASDAQ-traded Applied Digital Solutions, intends its global use for the tracking and
monitoring of humans. Emitting a homing beacon that can be tracked by
global positioning system satellites, it is being marketed as the
ultimate, tamper-proof means of personal identification. When implanted
in your body, the device is powered electromechanically through the
movement of muscles, and it can be activated either by the “wearer” or
by a monitoring facility.
“A few years ago there may have been resistance, but not anymore,”
Dr. Peter Zhou, chief scientist for development of the implant and
president of ADS subsidiary DigitalAngel.net
Inc. told WorldNetDaily.com. “People are
getting used to having implants. New century, new trend.”
In a spine-tingling comment on mankind’s future, Zhou added, “We will
be a hybrid of electronic intelligence and our own soul.”
Now I am not claiming “Digital Angel®” is the tool of the
antichrist. But I am saying emphatically that, if it is, the
world is just about ready for it.
- A few years ago, could you have predicted that in the year
2000 a major Republican presidential candidate would call two of the
best-known evangelical Christian ministers in the country —
Robertson and Jerry Falwell — “agents of intolerance”?
- Back in the days when Pat Buchanan was spokesman for Ronald
Reagan, would you have believed that just a few years later, today’s
White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, would publicly equate Christians evangelizing people of other faiths with perpetuating
“ancient religious hatred”?
- Could you have guessed churches around the country would be
denied the right to conduct weddings and funerals
because they might be “disturbing the peace”?
- Would you ever have thought that “new research” would show, in
the biblical story of David and Goliath, that it wasn’t David’s faith in
God that won the day. It was the fact, as Vladimir Berginer, professor
of neurology at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University argues, that Goliath was
actually suffering from a disease of the pituitary gland called
acromegaly, which caused a tumor to swell against Goliath’s optic nerve.
Poor Goliath, it turns out, was vision-impaired.
If the unproven and fraud-ridden theory of evolution can be used
so effectively to undermine the first book of the Bible; and if a
university professor can claim without evidence of any sort that Goliath
couldn’t see — and the international media report this as news; then
the dark, foreboding and allegorical last book of the Bible should be
child’s play to discredit.
- And whereas a generation ago Judeo-Christianity was the
dominant culture in America, and the homosexual world a seamy
subculture, could you have guessed that today the homosexual activists’
political agenda would have become accepted and supported in almost
every sector of society,
while Christianity would be openly and freely demonized?
But the blame for all this does not rest on homosexuals or those
hostile to Christianity.
Just as America has the noble tradition of liberty, but not nearly
the substance it once had, so do many nominal Christians of today have
the appearance and words of faith, but deep down are no different than
the “heathen” they wish to evangelize. If you disagree, tell me how,
with something like 80 million evangelical Christians in the United
States, an immoral, lying sociopath like Bill Clinton could have been
elected president — twice.
The Clinton presidency — by all accounts the most corrupt in
American history — is proof positive that millions of “Christians” are
capable of looking evil straight in the eye and thinking it is good.
And good evil. After all, it was the religious people of the day,
those who thought they were “approved of God,” that hated Jesus and
wanted him crucified, not the pagan Romans.
If Christians can accept a Clinton presidency, the horrific results
of which America will be dealing with for a generation, they certainly
can accept a little chip designed to make life better, can’t they?
Many Christians have become so shallow, so worldly, so
self-satisfied, and so corrupt that they have long ago lost the original
innocence and brightness they had as children.
They embrace the practice of abortion, viewing it as a necessary
health procedure, a fundamental right, an equalizing factor between
women and men, even an advancement in their quality of life. They don’t
see that it perfectly parallels the satanic ritual of sacrificing an
innocent child on the altar of selfishness and lust. They’ve lost their
spiritual discernment, and all they have left is the outward appearance
of being religious.
Their belief system, instead of upgrading their lives, justifies
their sin. They see themselves as having a sort of spiritual “diplomatic
immunity.” They are saved, after all, and therefore can do what they
want with impunity, with no fear of spiritual law enforcement
They are saved, so to hell with everybody and everything else.
They’re waiting for the rapture, and enjoying God’s piecemeal judgment
of the world. They have almost completely lost the ability to recognize
evil as evil, and to oppose it — not with anger, but with love and
strength, as Jesus did. Without real virtue, all that’s left is
hypocrisy, and Christianity in America today is full of it.
The truth is, Christians have been powerless to stop the spread of
evil throughout America, even within their own churches. I always
thought good was supposed to be more powerful than evil. Maybe there’s
not too much good in today’s Christians — not enough, anyway.
Yes, the truth is, if and when the terrible time foretold in
Revelation comes, most of us probably won’t even notice this
manifestation of ultimate evil. After all, we’ve had a lot of practice.