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Is This the Mark of the Beast?
Approximately three years ago, my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to read the entire book of Revelation. Why? Because I had heard many people (mostly Christians) say they were afraid to read this great book of prophecy. How could anyone be afraid to read Revelation? According to the Scripture, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy, 1:7, KJV). After reading this Scripture, I really had the courage to read Revelation. Once I read it, I wasn’t scared out of my skin. I actually felt enlightened. There was a particular set of Scriptures that still left me curious. It was the prophecy about the “mark of the beast.” Revelation 13:16-18, states,
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If any one has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
For those of you, who have never read Revelation, let me give you a little background information leading up to these two verses. Revelation is the final prophecy which leads to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Before Jesus returns many events of destruction will take place. This destruction is led by Satan of course, and this destruction leads to Armageddon. Armageddon is the final battle between good and evil. Leading up to Armageddon, three major events occur:
1. Satan is casted out of heaven (which already has occurred)
2. Satan gives power to a beast that deceives the entire Earth
3. A second beast (who worships the first beast ) continues to deceive mankind
In the Scriptures, “He” refers to the second beast that deceives mankind. The issue I had with the verses was how in the world would mankind be dumb enough to get this mark, when they know they will be sentenced to damnation and be under the control of the beast? Mankind has to be smarter than this, right? I still wasn’t concerned with the mark, because Armageddon would never take place in my lifetime anyway, right? Three years ago, I never thought I would lose my white-collar career due to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Six months ago, I never thought I would see the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden either. Now, I know what my late grandmother meant when she used to say, “Never say never baby.”
About a month ago, I was watching CNN, and an interesting story was reported. The story was about a new medical breakthrough that involved an “electronic tattoo.” When they first aired the preview, I didn’t think anything of it. But when they finally aired the story, I was absolutely shocked by what I was seeing and hearing. When I raised my head up to look at what I was hearing, there was a picture of a man with a rectangular device on his forehead. A cold chill went throughout my body, because I instantly thought about the mark of the beast being on the hand or forehead of a person. As I sat there breathless and motionless, I continued to listen. The biotech company, MC 10, has developed an electronic, “tattoo-like” device that will replace traditional monitoring systems for heart patients. The device was compared to having electronic skin on your body and could monitor functions in the body such as brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and many other functions. According to MC 10’s Co-Founder, John Rogers, “It’s a sports monitoring device related to health.” This device was developed with the support of Reebok and will be available to be used in hospitals by early 2012. CNN also reported that although Rogers stated the device was developed for health reasons, “The specific purpose of it is top-secret.”
Not only does this device have the ability to monitor functions of the body, but it can also detect body signals and use the signals to control machines. As an example, people with a muscular disease, such as Muscular Dystrophy, can use the device to control a computer or wheelchair. After I heard some of the great things this device could do, I felt a little relieved. That feeling only lasted for about five seconds when I continued to watch and listen. Bio-ethicist, Arthur Caplan, made a valid point. Caplan stated:
Remember, what somebody can put on you voluntarily, to say let’s monitor your heartbeat…or some chemicals in your body, they can put on you by force. In other words, your boss, or the military, or some organization could say ‘you have to wear this. We want to know if you’re taking your pills; we want to know if you get stressed out…’
For now, the device is a temporary mechanism that falls off the skin after two weeks of wearing it. Remember, the mark of the beast is permanent, and people get the mark knowingly. So, I don’t believe this particular device is the mark of the beast, but is it a precursor? After watching the story on CNN, I decided to go on the network’s website and get more information. The first thing I noticed was the contributors for the online article. I was familiar with one of the contributors, John Rogers, since he was part of the story aired on CNN. The other contributor, Ben Schlatka, was unfamiliar to me. Even though I wasn’t familiar with this gentleman, the relationship between these two had me scratching my head. In an Editor’s Note, CNN’s website stated:
Ben Schlatka is VP of Business Development and cofounder and Professor John Rogers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, is co-founder of MC 10, a company that makes bendable electronics. This post is part of the Global Innovations Showcase created by the New America Foundation and the Global Public Square.
Of course, Schlatka and Rogers are very adamant about the positive impact the device will have on the health industry. They are the founders of the company who created it.
In conclusion, this device could be the type of innovation and technology that could save thousands of lives. As I stated earlier, I don’t believe the “electronic tattoo” is the mark of the beast, but it does make me want to be more aware of any device that is placed on my body and what information it’s monitoring. The main point of this article is to make individuals more vigilant and mindful of everyone and everything. Don’t be such a skeptic about faith and prophecy that you end up losing your soul. Revelation also speaks of the beast performing wonders and miracles in front of mankind, which leads them to damnation. In the 21st Century, wonders and miracles could easily be replaced with the words innovation and technology. If you still have doubt about the possibility of the mark of the beast and Armageddon taking place in your lifetime, I leave you with the following Scriptures from Matthew 24:3-8:
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, [I am the Christ], and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.’
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Edgar Alan Cole, M.B.A.
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CNN. (2011). Electronic skin can monitor your heart. Retrieved October 15, 2011, from http://www.thechart.blogs.cnn.com.
CNN. (2012). Bendable electronics will revolutionize healthcare. Retrieved October 15, 2011, from http://www.globalpublic square.blogs.cnn.com