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The Beast of Revelation 13: Antichrist

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The Beast is more commonly known as the “antichrist.” While the Bible talks about antichrists’ in the plural as a spiritual rejection of Yeshua and the Father, there is a man who will be the summation of the spirit of antichrist, or in place of Christ Himself. He will glorify himself as God, declaring it so in the rebuilt Jewish temple. That person is described in scripture as the beast out of the sea.

He will head the Fourth Kingdom. I believe the first beast described in Revelation 13 is actually an image of the antichrist kingdom. It is represented by several heads that represent the kingdoms of men historically. Since the completed beast from the sea is ultimately controlled by one man, the beast from the sea and his kingdom are essentially one in the same. Just as our head controls our body, so too will the head control the final kingdom before Christ returns in glory to put down all kingdoms and bring His own eternal kingdom.

There are actually two beasts that come, but they are not the same beast. The characters in these end-time prophecies are:

  • The antichrist (the political beast from the sea in Revelation 13:1-10)
  • The false prophet (the spiritual beast from the earth in Revelation 13:11-18)

| Life to the Image of the Beast | Mark of the Beast |

Overview of the antichrist

  • Revelation 17:8: – Ascends out of bottomless pit into perdition, Apollyon
  • Revelation 13:2: – “...the dragon [Lucifer] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
  • Daniel 7:25 | Revelation 13:3-5: – Reign lasts 3.5 years/42 months/1260 days starting at the abomination of desolation (3½ years – the last half of the 70th week of Daniel)
  • Daniel 7:25 | Revelation 12:17: – He’s given the opportunity and power to make war with, and overcome the saints. He’s also given power over the whole world.
  • Daniel 7:3-8: – Four beasts, backwards track through time from:
    • Antichrist’s kingdom (Future: Daniel 7:7-8 – ???)
    • Like a leopard (Historical: Daniel 7:6 – Greece)
    • Feet as a bear (Historical: Daniel 7:5 – Persia)
    • Mouth as a lion (Historical: Daniel 7:4 – Babylon)
  • Revelation 13:3-4: – 7th head wounded to death and healed, becoming the 8th, and the world then wonders after the beast.
  • Revelation 17:9: – 7 Heads = 7 mountains the woman sits on.
  • Revelation 17:10-11: – 7 kings (Leaders of the 7 historical kingdoms [7 mountains] over which the woman [Mystery Babylon] controlled)
    • 5 fallen (Past “antichrist’s” controlling kingdoms)
    • 1 is (Current wave of rebellion and apostasy? Falling away? One-world religion?)
    • 1 is not yet come (when he comes, continues short while. He then receives his head wound and comes back. (Revelation 13:3 Hence, “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition”)
  • Revelation 17:12-14: – 10 Horns = 10 kings without kingdoms for one hour with the first beast, the antichrist.
    • They give their power to the beast.
    • They hate the woman riding the beast (Revelation 17:16-17)
    • 10 Crowns upon the 10 horns = Authority and ruler ship of the 10 horns which they give to the beast. (What Christians do with their crowns before Christ. Revelation 4:10-11)
    • 10 clay toes of Daniel 2:41-44?
  • Daniel 7:20, Revelation 13:5: – will be an intellectual capable of speaking great words
  • Daniel 7:20, Daniel 8:23: – will look more stout (or great) than his fellows
  • Daniel 8:24, Revelation 13:7: – will be a military genius
  • Daniel 9:27: – will be a tactful diplomat capable of gathering many people to unite in action alongside him
  • Daniel 8:25, Daniel 9:27: – will, ironically, be seen as a peacemaker initially
  • Daniel 8:25, 2 Thessalonians 2:4: – will be exceedingly arrogant and self-worshipping, whether it seems so initially or not
  • Revelation 13:7, Zechariah 13:8-9, Revelation 12:17: – will despise both Jews and Christians, which will not, in all likelihood, be apparent initially

The coming up out of the waters reminded me of these passages in Revelation 17, where the beast [antichrist] is mentioned again. We also see the addition of another member, the woman who rides the beast.

Use of the Term “Antichrist”

There is a belief that there is not a single man who is called the “antichrist” by some believers. Rather, that the term is associated with a spiritual alignment apart from God’s Truth through Christ that is not literally fulfilled in a future man but is spiritual and continual in nature. My view is in agreement with this while also recognizing that there is a future man called the man of sin, son of perdition and other such terms in Bible prophecy who I also term as the future “antichrist.”

1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Truly the majority of these passages use the term antichrist as a spiritual alignment anyone can take that denies that Yeshua is the Christ come in the flesh or denies He is the Son of the Father in heaven. However we are also told in the first example that, “ye have heard that antichrist shall come...” in context to the last time and knowing it is at hand. This is contrasted with the many antichrists already meaning that while the spiritual aspect of this seen in the last three examples is true and doesn’t speak of a future instance that stands apart, there is also an antichrist that shall come.

This is the future “man of sin,” or “son of perdition” spoken of in scripture that will be touched on below. He will deny Yeshua is the Christ and furthermore set himself up as an idol to be worshipped declaring himself to be God. He will be the cause of great tribulation and the instrument of the dragon’s wrath on Israel and all of God’s people on the earth.

Whether comfortable using the term antichrist to describe him or not, this page is focused on this future man and by using the term antichrist to describe him I am referring to this future literal figure that will be further described in scripture on this page who will be the ultimate fulfillment of denial of the Father and Son, replacing himself as God and demanding worship from the whole world or death.

The Antichrist: the Head of the Beast from the Sea

Revelation 13:1-10
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. [7 heads = 7 mountains | 10 horns = 10 kings without kingdom] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon [Lucifer] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: [Revelation 12:17] and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This passage is clear that there is a literal man in the future who will be given power and authority by the dragon, Lucifer, for 42 months and rule over the earth that will be worshipping him.

Another primary scripture showing a future man who will be the fulfillment of this antichrist to come is found in the letter to the church of Thessalonica. This is a second letter expounding on some ideas presented in Paul’s previous letter to them regarding the coming day of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The membership going through persecution was afraid that the salvation promised from the wrath to come had passed and so they had been left behind. This idea is covered more in the harpazo Bible study, more specifically the timing according to scripture of the pre-wrath harpazo of the bride. For this topic the focus is on the identity of a future person and what he will do.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

This passage lays out many aspects of this antichrist to come. He is called the “man of sin,” “son of perdition,” and “that wicked.” All of these point to what he is going to do and his concealing until that time by the restrainer. He will exalt himself above all that is called God or worshipped, sitting in the temple of God saying that he is God. This also speaks to the rebuilding of the temple spoken of in Revelation 11:1-2 as well.

This blasphemy is spoken of elsewhere in scripture pointing to this time also called the abomination of desolation. This is where an idol is placed in the Holy of Holies. The man of sin sets himself up as an idol to be worshipped and this is the main thrust of his 42 month reign of forcing people to worship him, the war on the saints.

Daniel 7:24,25
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

This “time and times and the dividing of time” is 3½ years, or 42 months, referred to in Revelation 13:5. And in addition to this beast from the sea, there will be a man called the false prophet who acts as an enforcer of the antichrist’s policies and enforces worship of both the beast and the dragon who gives them both their power.

Revelation 13:11-18
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

All of this speaks to a literal time in the future where two literal men will work in conjunction with the dragon that gives them their power to overcome the saints on the earth and kill all those who refuse to worship them and force them to take a mark of loyalty to the beast, the mark of the beast.

Where is he coming from?

I once held the belief that the antichrist comes from the revived Roman Empire, and while that’s still not out of the question, there is also a view that the man of sin will have Jewish origins and there is a lot of compelling scripture that points to this view.

There are also views of a Grecian connection and some believe an Islamic antichrist will rise on the scene.

Life to the Image of the Beast

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

 Revelation 13:12-15
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Revelation 13:15
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

There is an interesting aspect that Chris White brought up in that according to Old Testament prophecies, the Messiah will rule from the temple in Jerusalem. However the Antichrist, not wanting to be stuck in the temple all the time, uses this image of the beast in the temple to point to the fulfillment of these prophecies while not confining him there.

Mark of the Beast

Revelation 13:16-18
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
“The age of Nations must end... The Government of nations has decided to order their separate sovereignties into one government to which they surrender their arms.” | United Nation’s World Constitution

“Christ is the same force as Lucifer but moving in seemingly the opposite direction. Lucifer moves in to create the light within through the pressure of experience. Christ moves to release that light, that wisdom, that love into creation... Lucifer, like Christ, stands at the door of man’s consciousness and knocks. If man says, ‘Go away because I do not like what you represent. I am afraid of you,’ Lucifer will play tricks on that fellow. If man says, ‘Come in, and I will give to you the treat of my love and understanding and I will uplift you in the light and presences of the Christ, my outflow,’ then Lucifer becomes something else again. He becomes the being who carries that great treat, the ultimate treat, the light of wisdom. [Lucifer] is the light giver. … He stands no longer as the tester or the tempter but as the great initiator, the one who hands the soul over to the Christ and from the Christ on into even greater realms. … Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a New Age, which is the age of man’s wholeness, each of us in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness. … At some point each of us faces the presence of Lucifer. We either fear it when we come to grips with what we term ancient evil or the spirit of darkness, or we move throughit and realize that we are each of us light and dark. … When we do accept it, we can emerge into the radiance of our inner light, the light that can never be extinguished. … Lucifer comes to give to us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it then he is free and we are free. That is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation in the New Age. … In the New Age consciousness there is not good and evil.” | David Spangler, Lorian Association, Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn Publications p. 40, 44-45, Interconnections

I believe that you can't accidentally take the mark of the beast, it will be a choice made out of fear of death, inability to survive outside the system or even deceived devotion to one that is perceived to be God. However God makes it clear that accepting the mark is rejecting Him and He will honor that by rejecting those who take it.

Revelation 14:9-12
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and 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 ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

An Opposite of God’s High Priest?

Aaron was the first high priest of Israel and it was in the wilderness when God told them all the various instruments and practices that would be part of their worship and communion with God at His sanctuary.

Exodus 28:36-38
And thou shalt make a plate [of] pure gold, and grave upon it, [like] the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

Perhaps the number of the beast’s name that his followers will take on their hands or foreheads is related to this idea of the high priest for God bearing the iniquity of the holy things, but twisted into Satan’s corruption. In the case of the Exodus account it is קֹדֶשׁ לַֽיהוָֽה, which adds up to 460 in Hebrew gematria. I have no idea what that means if anything, or if it’s really related or not, just wanted to add this here.

Technology and Restrictions on Buying and Selling

The mark of the beast is a sign of allegiance to the man of sin and his new world order. I believe this will be a choice, not something that will be done against one’s will, and a strong influence in people making that choice will be the ability to buy and sell. So how would it be possible to restrict the ability to buy and sell?

I think we’ve already seen the issues of credit card fraud and banking security lead to a desire for a more secure system. Moreover physical currency is inherently more free than electronic currency...and more expensive to maintain.

In recent years we’ve also seen how a combination of electronic money and falling on the wrong side of social acceptance can eliminate businesses as happened with Parler or even in China how social scoring can give or take away the ability to participate in the marketplace.

EU Set to Move ‘Internet of Things’ Closer to Reality Old-Thinker News (October 31, 2008)

SEPA goes live European Central Bank (January 28, 2008) Speech by Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB Launch event organised by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the European Payments Council

The countdown is over! Today, 28 January 2008, SEPA goes live! I am pleased to welcome you all to the launch of SEPA. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the European Commission for hosting today’s event and for its cooperation over the last few years, the fruit of which can been seen today as SEPA comes to life. Those who have made SEPA a reality, the banks and the service providers are here tonight and I would like to congratulate them all. Let me also mention the work of the Council and the European Parliament that has contributed to making SEPA a reality. Nine years ago we introduced the single currency. Today, we launch SEPA – another important step in European integration. But let me assure you: today is only just the beginning! SEPA is all about integration, harmonisation and modernisation. It is a natural consequence of the single currency and a major step in the creation of the Single Market. That is why the ECB has supported the project closely over the past six years. Today’s launch is the first visible result. A single currency – with a single set of payment instruments – in a single euro payments area. With SEPA, this becomes a reality. And we, as euro area citizens, will be able to make euro payments as cheaply, as easily and as safely as we do national payments. All euro payments will be “domestic”; finally, there will be no difference between sending a payment from Rome to Dublin or from Brussels to Antwerp. We can now make payments not only with euro notes and coins, but harmonised electronic payments by European credit transfer, direct debit and payment card as well. An important milestone has been reached today with the launch of “SEPA Credit Transfer”. We are now able to send euro payments quickly, and in the same way, to any beneficiary in Europe. This will be followed by “SEPA Direct Debit” before the end of 2009. As a result, we will be able to make direct debit payments across Europe, as if no borders existed. With the “SEPA Cards Framework”, extensive changes await the European cards market. The ECB expects a new European card scheme to emerge, harmonising card payments across Europe. That said, efficient national card schemes should not vanish, leaving the cards market entirely to international card schemes. Let’s work together and use the experience of the national schemes to devise a new European card scheme. Together, these three payment instruments make up SEPA, our key to a door behind which many opportunities lie. Once the door is open we will still have a mountain to climb. But if we are willing to take up the challenge and use SEPA with innovative thinking, we can reap the full benefit. Let me stress: we do not envision opening the door only to sit back and admire the great many opportunities on the other side. Let’s climb the mountain, discover the opportunities and progress onwards and upwards. Let’s complement the SEPA instruments with innovative services, such as online and mobile payment initiation, e-invoicing and e-reconciliation. By combining these services with SEPA instruments, we eliminate paper and the payment process becomes fully electronic. End-users will spend less time on payments – and, as we all know, time means money. BBut how will you benefit from SEPA?

Corporates – make fast European transactions, simplify your payment handling and consolidate your liquidity management. SEPA’s harmonised services can optimise your payment process. So, request these services from your banks and service providers.

Public administrations – you will experience the same benefits as corporates. But that’s not all. SEPA can help drive e-Government and e-procurement, thereby promoting efficient public services. By adopting SEPA at an early stage, you will extend its benefits to society at large.

Consumers – one bank account and one set of payment instruments is all you need. As with euro notes and coins, there will finally be no difference between payments across Europe – all euro payments will be ”domestic”.

AAnd banks – you have developed and will form the basis of SEPA. And SEPA can help you expand your business, as integration and harmonisation will encourage competition. It is now up to you to use the opportunities SEPA brings.

The launch of SEPA today is a major step in creating the Single Market and represents a significant contribution to the Lisbon agenda and a more competitive Europe. It has not been easy to arrive at where we are today – SEPA has been a formidable challenge, but formidable challenges make us stronger. It is not time to sit back in admiration; it is time to use SEPA.
So, let’s rise to the challenge; let’s use SEPA, our key; and let’s discover the great many opportunities that lie on the other side of that door.

French Bulldog is Catalyst for Investigation of Microchip-Cancer Connection (September 8, 2007)
Could a microchip implant like the VeriChip cause cancer? A French Bulldog named Léon was the catalyst for new questions about the safety of RFID implants. OOne year ago, Léon’s owner contacted me with startling news. She believed that her dog’s cancerous tumor and his untimely death might have been caused by a microchip implant. This was not just idle talk by a grieving dog owner grasping at straws to figure out why she had been robbed of her constant companion. This was a gutsy lady who refused to allow the vet to simply cremate the evidence. This lady prefers to be known only by her first name of “Jeanne,” so the Associated Press couldn’t credit her properly as the original source for some of the explosive information in its article “Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors,” but I have the leeway in this forum to share the behind-the-scenes story. Jeanne spent a small fortune trying to cure her ailing French bulldog, Léon, after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. When medical interventions failed and Léon passed away, she decided to hunt for the reason the fatal tumor in his body was attached to the glass-encapsulated microchip that had been injected into his neck for identification purposes. Jeanne located a team of researchers in Italy who agreed to test tissue samples from a biopsy of Léon’s tumor to determine if the microchip was implicated in his aggressive cancer. They documented their findings in a 2006 paper entitled, “Fibrosarcoma with Typical Features of Postinjection Sarcoma at Site of Microchip Implant in a Dog: Histologic and Immunohistochemical Study.” The full text is available online here. Since Léon’s suspicious cancer was not enough evidence to prove microchip implants were a threat, Jeanne decided to search for other proof of a link. She unearthed scholarly animal studies documenting a possible chip-cancer link and posted several of these at the website that she formed as a tribute to Léon: Jeanne informed us of this research and even faxed us copies of these studies as they were difficult to obtain. Fortunately, my Spychips co-author Dr. Katherine Albrecht had access to the Harvard library and was able to take Jeanne’s work further, analyzing additional studies that seemed to support a cancer-microchip link in animals. Sometime later, AP Reporter Todd Lewan entered the picture, eager for an exclusive. He used his press credentials to gain further information, tie up the story with a perfect, documented bow, and broadcast it to media outlets around the world. He and Katherine tirelessly pursued the truth that you can now find published in the explosive AP story. I promised Jeanne that Katherine and I would share the whole story, and that Léon would be remembered for his contribution. Here’s to you, Jeanne and Léon! I’m so sorry it took tragedy for this information to be brought to light. I applaud your tenacity, bravery, and amazing research skills.

Could this be what pushes for the ink RFID tattoo instead of the grain-of-rice-sized Verichip? The Bible talks about the mark of the beast without which you cannot buy or sell. It will happen and the technology to force people to buy and sell only by getting the RFID mark that carries a unique ID number is already here. The system is being implemented now, prepared for future use. Imagine a world with no more paper currency. The stores don’t take it, they just have RFID readers. There is no longer exchange rates or different currencies. Due to financial collapse and world catastrophes, the world will be united under a man declaring himself to be God. Anyone who refuses cannot buy or sell and will be rejected from society and eventually will be forced to participate or will be killed. Sound crazy? That is nothing compared to what else will be going down during this time. We need to develop a personal relationship with Yeshua because He is our blessed hope.

Revelation 16:2
AAnd the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

National ID? How about a global ID? Info World (August 10, 2007)
A little-known federation quietly lays the infrastructure for a universal identity system that could eventually be implemented nationally or internationally.. The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) -- a little-known group of non-profits, government contractors, commercial entities, and government agencies -- has just unveiled a first-of-its-kind global infrastructure to support distributed, integrated identity management and cross-credentialing across organizations. The implementation combines several existing security technologies along with a set of trusted models, policies, and operating rules to insure the accurate identity of personnel accessing physical sites or logical systems. Already in a pilot mode at a handful of government agencies and defense contractors, the FiXs identity management initiative does not have a hard date for broad deployment, although the impediments do not appear to be technical. “The cultural gap with the public in general is still too wide,” said Dr. Mike Mestrovich, President of FiXs. “I think there would have to be a public consensus to move us in that direction and I don’t see that happening until at least 2009 or beyond.” Founded in 2004 and based in Fairfax, Va., FiXs counts among its members the Department of Defense (DoD), Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, EDS, and several others. Modeled after secure electronic payment systems and initially implemented by the DoD’s Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), the FiXs initiative meets the objectives set forth in the October 2006 Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). “Until now, cross-bordering policies between government and industry had not been established,” said Mary Dixon, director at the DMDC. The FiXs implementation does not assign roles, grant or deny access, or otherwise act as a gatekeeper. Rather, the mission of FiXs is simply to authenticate the identity of participants within its member organizations. Once verified by FiXs, individual site managers and systems administrators assign or designate access controls based on the role of the individual and the policies of a given organization. FiXs’ capabilities allow it to cross between both public and private sector organizations using a federated trust model. The implementation is available worldwide in local or remote settings via both wireless and wired environments. Access is available in real time. An individual’s specific identity data remains within their vetted source organization. “By its very nature, the federated solution aids in privacy because there is no central database and individual data can be stored in only one [vetted] place,” Dr. Mestrovich said. Yet the distributed design and cross-organizational model found in the FiXs implementation does offer the possibility of a future national or international identity management system that might cross borders and organizational boundaries. “The federated approach can actually take the place of a mandated National ID system,” Dr. Mestrovich stated.

Thank you Vera for this article! This shows the subtle move to build the infrastructure necessary to carry out the mark of the beast. According to the Bible, without this mark a person will be unable to buy or sell. But the Bible tells us the end, not always how it gets to that point. I believe this is a good example of how the infrastructure could be there without anyone really realizing it in the population until the time came to implement it. Then say goodbye to paper currency because nobody will accept it anymore. And without this mark, you can’t walk into a store and get anything unless it’s running out with alarms blaring. Vera adds,

“...this worldwide trend is not the private work of a few secret societies- it is openly being pushed by 1000s of engineers and business people and government bureaucrats, all over the world, that want to either make money or save money. No secrecy involved- this FiXs membership open to any business or group interested in making money on identity solutions, or driving forward their desire to identify terrorists or give security clearances (DoD and GSA) - this is being driven by companies and groups that want to make money, not conspiracies. This ought to be raising waaaaay more eyebrows than RealID.”

Alzheimer’s Care Center to Carry Out VeriChip Pilot RFID Journal (May 25, 2007)
This summer, Alzheimer’s Community Care (ACC), a West Palm Beach, Fla., provider of support to Alzheimer’s patients and their caretakers, will implant RFID chips in about 200 volunteers who are clients of the organization. The two-year project, says Mary M. Barnes, president and CEO of ACC, will employ VeriChip Corp.’s VeriMed system to help identify patients who arrive at an emergency room in an unresponsive state. ACC provides support to about 2,000 patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. That includes a daycare center for some patients, as well as visiting registered nurses, caregiver education programs and support groups. One safety concern, Barnes says, involves the lack of information available to medical personnel when patients unable to speak for themselves are admitted to a hospital during an emergency, unaccompanied by caregivers. In such circumstances, the patients may receive inappropriate treatment because doctors are unaware of any existing medical conditions. “I really am concerned about the situation with Alzheimer’s patients dealing with losing the ability to remember,” Barnes says. “This [loss of memory] is so isolating that the effect on the patient and the caregiver is very dramatic. In an acute situation, such as emergency medical services, it can be even worse. There comes a point in a person’s illness when you have to look at every safety measure available.” Alzheimer’s Community Care considered a multitude of resources to reduce this risk, says Barnes, including MedicAlert wristbands. Such wristbands, however, can be removed or damaged, rendering them useless. Therefore, 10 months ago, Barnes began speaking with Scott Silverman, now chairman and CEO of VeriChip, about an RFID solution. Alzheimer’s Community Care has formed a review board to generate the proper paperwork for the participants, as well as other basic protocols, before beginning the project. Once the board finishes its work and the project is launched, hospitals that have VeriChip-trained staff and have implemented the procedures will be able to access the medical histories of the 200 participating patients. When an unresponsive patient enters the hospital, the staff can use an RFID interrogator to scan that person’s arm. If the patient has had a VeriMed chip embedded, the reader will indicate its ID number. That number can then be inputted manually, or directed wirelessly to the VeriMed Web-based database. If the hospital is an approved care provider, it can immediately access the patient’s identification and health records. more...

Thanks to Kimberly for the referral! In today’s security-conscious world, imagine instead of hospital information, a system where money was now obsolete and payment was automatic and mindless. Nobody takes cash anymore because there’s no longer a system in place to handle it. That time is coming and already possible. With RFID taking off for so many applications that makes life easier, the system is probably already close to being in place. But this prepares the world to accept what is coming more readily. Ultimately I believe that the “mark” will be made as a pledge of allegiance to the antichrist as well as buying into his system. I think many people won’t have a problem with that when the time comes.