And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and pro, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number this name. Here is wisdom: The one who has understanding must calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666 (Revelation 13:16-18).
Preachers of prophecy have been declaring for years that we are moving toward a cashless society. This prediction has come true. Yesterday morning (March 15, 2019) I was listening to Clark Howard on the radio. He reported that the concession area at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta—the most popular sports venue in the US—will no longer accept cash. He also stated that 1/3 of all transactions in the US involve cash, whereas 2/3 or cashless. Most of us have “smart cards.” Many transactions are done with “Apple Pay” or “Google Pay.” I have an electronic wallet on my phone which I use to make purchases.
The Mark of the Beast will be on the forehead or on the right hand. The technology to inject an electronic chip under the skin is available. I used to think that inserting such a chip under the skin of a person’s forehead was the dumbest thing in the world! I imagined walking up to the checkout lane at Publix, the clerk saying, “That will be $46,” and I’d put my forehead down on the scanner. I’d think, “I’m not putting my face down on a scanner… no way!”
But that will not how it will work. Recently I returned from a mission trip to India. When I passed through customs in the US I stepped up to the booth and handed the agent my passport. He instructed me to look into a 6 by 6 inch monitor mounted by the window. He asked the nature of my trip to India. Then he handed me my passport and I was home! The entire process took less than a minute.
What did that monitor do? Obviously it is some sort of facial recognition. Customs agents will no longer hold up your passport and then look to see if you match the picture—which is a stretch! But facial recognition is probably only part of the identification process. Suppose the camera also scans the retina of your eye—which is more precise than a finger print. The computer does it all. One day soon the entire process will be automated… and common… and credit card theft will be a thing of the past.
The cashless society is here.