And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. (Revelation 13:16 NASV)
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John speaks of a significant end-times event that he describes as the Mark of the Beast. We are not exactly sure what it will be, but as John was having his vision, he simply noticed an unusual mark on people’s hands or forehead.
According to Revelation failure to have either of these two marks will result in a person not being able to buy or sell.
and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:17 NASV)
Martijn Wismeijer owns Mr. Bitcoin, a Dutch company that installs Bitcoin machines around Europe. Bitcoin is a digital currency used to buy and sell goods from participating businesses and people.
An article in The Telegraph reports that earlier this month, Wismeijer took his interest in digital money to the next level by inserting a NFC chip (near field communication chip) under the skin of his right hand.
It is similar to a chip used in cell phones and other devices such as the key chains noted in the above image to store data for Bitcoin purchases. However, since these devices are vulnerable to theft, Wismeijer was testing having a similar chip embedded in his hand.
The microscopic chip (2m by 12mm) was inserted using a syringe. The chip can be read by nearby NFC readers and as well select cell phones.
In addition to storing financial data for Bitcoin purchases, Wismeijer’s chip could also activate a nearby alarm clock.
However there are a couple of limitations. First inserting the chip is a painful process and the pain continues for about a day. The insertion point is vulnerable to infection and even rejection by the body if not properly cared for. The redness and swelling associated with the initial implant of such chips may be the mark the Apostle John saw.
Secondly, at this stage the glass chip can only store 888 bytes of information. There are plans to expand the chip’s capability so it can do other activities such as unlocking digitally-controlled doors by a simple touch, but this will require a larger chip and increased pain.
Though the chip is not the Mark of the Beast, it may be a forerunner for its development. It is how it is used that is wrong, not the device itself.
Most end-times specialists look at these two marks — the one on the forehead and hand — as being the same, just different locations. However, it is possible these are two separate, and from outward appearances, unrelated marks, but they will have one common goal — to restrict and persecute Christians.
Commenting on the chip, Wismeijer made one telling remark. He said when he discussed the chip implant with older people, they did not understand the need for it. However, he did not get the same response from younger people who seemed more accepting of such a device. If people start embedding such devices, it is thought it would make the idea more “socially acceptable.”