Microchips in the Hand Conduct Commerce: An Invitation to Totalitarianism?

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The New American: Noelle Chesley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, told the Chicago Tribune that the implanting of microchips under the skin in a person’s hand, in order to conduct commercial transactions, is the wave of the future. “We are going to be combining technology in our bodies,” Chesley said.

Chesley was responding to the microchip implant technology unveiled this month by the Wisconsin technology company Three Square Market, also known as 32M. The company threw a “chip party” at its River Falls headquarters, in which 41 of its 85 employees volunteered to have a microchip implanted in their hands. The chips will allow them to open doors and even buy snacks in the company’s breakroom, simply by waving their hands in front of a computer scan, using the implanted chip located between the thumb and the forefinger.

This is the first appearance in the United States of such technology, which has already been launched in Europe. more …

Opinion: I continually meet Christians who are shocked when I tell them about this two week old news of embedded microchips. But Finally, a non-Biblical news site has acknowledged it:

“This concern is based on a passage in Revelation (chapter 13, verses 16-17), which reads, “He [the “False Prophet,” working for the Beast, or Antichrist] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one has the mark.” 

Over the past 8 years, we Americans have learned to accept that our government, through the NSA, was spying on us. We learned that our smartphones could track our location, and even our TV sets and kitchen appliances were built to keep an eye on us:

“If you own a ‘smart TV’ from South Korean tech giant Samsung, every word you say can be captured by the device and beamed over the internet to Samsung and to any other companies with whom it chooses to share your data.” (Source)

And it has been a long time since we heard anything about the massive NSA Data Center in Utah which, thanks to the 2015 Freedom of Information Act, lost the ability for the NSA to directly hold information about the phone calls of millions of U.S. citizens. While the change is significant, the NSA can still collect and store your communication from the internet and social media.

Jesus had harsh words for the teachers of the law for ignoring the signs of the times: “And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O you hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky; but can you not discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:3