Today’s Chicago Tribune has an excellent article in their business section discussing the concerns of RFID chips in humans. They highlight two companies who make them–CityWatcher.com and VeriChip. CityWatcher.com is a government contractor that sells surveillance equipment to municipalities. Last year, they implanted two of their employees with RFIDs, which are microchips that are toothpick-thin and as long as two grains of rice.
This past May, as stated in the Tribune, a center in West Palm Beach, FL that takes care of Alzheimer’s patients released their plans to the public announcing they wanted to implant 200 patients and their caregivers with the chip. The report set off a protest in the streets that included everyone from children to the elderly. The markets, on the other hand, embraced the news and VeriChip’s stock went up 27% as a result of the report.
Of course, corporate officers from both companies are downplaying the privacy concerns that have been raised about using RFIDs in humans by stating that using the implants are no different than retinal or fingerprint scans and are useful for making sure that certain people do not have access to certain top secret information. But how can you compare a natural part of the body with a man-made tracking device placed in or on someone? Nevertheless, brainstorming is now occurring about using the microchips in migrant workers, soldiers, and inmates.
Perhaps it’s not enough that we can be tracked by GPS chips in our cell phones (if they’re turned on) and in our motor vehicles or that our larger municipalities are placing cameras on our streets to watch our every move. If I’m ever incapacitated at a hospital, will I be secretly chipped when I’m unconscious? Maybe if the government for whatever reason they see fit decides that I’m a “person of interest”, will they have someone follow me while I’m taking the subway or bus that will innocently brush up against me to secretly implant me with the prod or poke of a needle disguised as a pen?
Some states are in the process of forming laws to outlaw this tagging of humans, thank God. The men in these companies may claim that RFIDs are harmless and will only be used in very restricted situations, but isn’t that what the government said initially about our Social Security numbers? They were only supposed to be used for labor/employment purposes, then before you know it, they were being used for everything else from opening bank accounts to applying for financial aid to college. Their use was only curbed after criminals started stealing other people’s identities. When RFIDs were first introduced, it was claimed they would only be used to track animals. Then the makers expanded their use to tracking commercial merchandise. And now they want to expand their use even further. Where does it end?
With technological advances such as these mixed with the gullibility and greed of humans and increasing anti-God/anti-Christianity sentiments around the world, the coming of the Antichrist and his mark is a believable and foreseeable occurrence. But in spite of it all, I am determined that my trust will remain in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And he [the beast/Antichrist] 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 13:16-18
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–