FDA Approves "Mark of the Beast"?

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The FDA's approval of Applied Digital Solutions' Veri-Chip for medical records paves the way for alternative uses described by the CEO as "authentication for electronic commerce" via identification. Originally developed for the cattle industry, could this technology be the Biblical "Mark of the Beast"?

Two thousand years ago, an old forgotten prophet was exiled to the isle of Patmos for professing Jesus Christ. While there, he experienced an epiphany of the Lord, who said His future return would come during a time when men buy and sell with a mark in their right hand or forehead (Revelation 13:16-17).

Ironically, the recent announcement of the FDA's approval of the Veri-Chip, a microchip implant storing medical records produced by Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) helps pave the way for the chip's alternative uses.

According to CEO Richard Sullivan, who announced as early as October of 2000, "the company wants to see the chip used for identification and authentication for electronic commerce."

This twenty-first century technology was originally developed for the pet and cattle industry. In 2005, Wal-mart plans to test market a similar technology in Texas called the EPC or Electronic Product Code. This microchip replaces the bar code on all products for the purpose of expediting consumer traffic without long checkout lines. Consumers will ultimately exit the store through a portal reader that will automatically deduct their bank account for the purchased products. Strangely, the portal reader was developed for tracking cattle as well.

Henry Vandergriff, a graduate of Virginia Tech in Marketing and Author of Mystery Babylon: The Coming Microchip Economy and The Last Golden Calf: The Microchip Identity (Lamb Publishing), laughs, "God wasn't kidding when He said men would buy and sell with the 'mark of the beast.'"

When asked about the ramifications of this technology, Henry grows concerned. "If the old forgotten prophet was right about this mark, how does one interpret the rest of his writings?" He specially mentions two verses.

"For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived" (Revelation 18:23).

"He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever ... they have no rest day or night, who ...receives the mark" (Revelation 14:10-11).

When asked for an explanation, Henry reminds others on talk shows that Jesus said, "Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8:35-36).

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