Although I can lay no claim to being a prophet in this matter, it’s been clear to me since the 1980’s precisely how the prophecy found in Revelation 13:16-17 will be fulfilled. So to start, let’s look at exactly what that prophecy actually says;
“He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, … ”
The “He” referred to at the start of the verse is the 2nd Beast, often also referred to as the False Prophet. Well, it says that this False Prophet will require that everyone must have a mark on their right hand or forehead, and without that mark, you will be unable to buy or sell anything at all. How do I see this prophecy being implemented today? Through what’s known as biometric identification. Common methods in use today utilize fingerprint scanning, such as on your mobile phone. But there are problems with fingerprints, not the least being that they can be copied and reproduced by people intent on stealing what is rightfully your property.
So, those involved in biometrics have also been looking at more secure methods of identification, not so easily stolen and copied. One of these is called palm-vein scanning. It works by placing your hand on an infrared reading device and digitally recording the actual pattern of the veins in your palm (hand). Here’s a video that shows how the process is accomplished in a health care setting;
This method of biometric identification has already been introduced into about 7.5% of US hospitals and healthcare centers. It’s actually been in use at the Carolinas Healthcare System since 2007.
Let me assure you that there is nothing wrong in having your hand scanned in this manner. Why? Because there’s no mark involved. We will clearly know when the infamous mark is introduced because it will be mandatory, and both the False Prophet and the Antichrist himself will be known and on the scene. Personally, I see absolutely no reason not to go ahead and participate in this system when it arrives at your local hospital or health care center. Palm-vein scanning is taking off in a big way in medical settings and I’d be surprised if you aren’t confronted by one by 2020 at the latest.
In addition to hospitals, this method of biometric identification is beginning to show its face in commercial areas, such as in your local coffee shop. Here’s an example of a new start up company in Chicago called Keyo; http://www.builtinchicago.org/company/keyo
And there are many more companies pushing this technology forward. To give you an idea of how they picture the world of the future, here’s another brief video;
Facial identification is also prospering and advancing rapidly as another successful form of identification. In fact, I see the world we live in quickly moving forward to making both of these biometrics ubiquitous.
In the title of this piece, I called this progress towards universal biometric identification a step towards the Last Days. The Bible has a fearsome warning to anyone who accepts the mark that will ultimately be forced upon us once these systems are fully installed and accepted;
“Anyone… who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they … have accepted the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11