Friday October 22 | By Dr. David Jeremiah
| Friday, October 22|
Chipping Away at the Future
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads.
Maybe you’re using a smartwatch to monitor your vital signs. Good for you! We need to stay as healthy as possible. But what if a tiny chip the size of a speck of dust could be injected under your skin to do just that and more? Engineers at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have created an injectable chip that can be inserted under your skin to monitor your temperature, blood pressure, glucose, and other health stats.
Revelation 13:11-18 (NIV) 11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
Technology isn’t evil and today’s innovations may lengthen our life, but what happens when an oppressive government seizes that technology to control its people? During the days of the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will use every means to control the commerce and conduct of its citizens.
We shouldn’t be anxious about anything, but we should keep our eyes open to everything that may point toward the hastening of the return of Christ.
Citizens of the Antichrist’s empire will be distinguished by the mark of the Beast. Citizens of Christ’s kingdom are also identified by a mark: God marks believers as His very own by sending His Holy Spirit to live in them.
Read through the Bible:
Luke 3 –4
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