Beginning this issue, Taddle Creek will be distributed nationally by the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association. The association requires that all magazines under its control carry a universal product code somewhere on their cover, apparently for the convenience of the many fine newsstands employing electronic sales machines. Not wanting to besmirch its very stylish covers, the magazine has opted to place this unsightly bar code on the back cover of its newsstand copies, in sticker form.
The following story speaks to the magazine’s reluctance toward adopting similar technology—albeit for very different reasons.
Step right up and get your microchip implant! No hassles, just a little stick in the back of your hand or your forehead. Good for anything that ails you! No more need for cash, cheques, or credit cards—the microchip does it all. Through electronic transferal of money, one hand sweep over the grocery store or other business’s scanner device linked to the Central Accounts Database and voila—funds are automatically deducted from your personal account! And crime will certainly be curbed substantially because how can thieves steal or use your microchip imbedded in your forehead or hand? No more need for bulky keys or combination locks. Your microchip puts out a frequency of your own personal digital identification number. Serving as an access code, it will unlock your car, your house, your office, and whatever else you wish to lock up! How convenient!
One hundred and one uses for your personal implanted microchip! So why not take the chip and join our “New World Order society”? Because we love you....Don’t be a rebel or dissident to this grand plan to bring about global, national, social, and individual harmony and well-being. Because we love you....Be a good little citizen in our “brave new world.” Because we love you....And, if you refuse to take the mark, then you would be showing that you are unproductive and a rebel to our new society and we won’t like that. Because we love you....
We know you’ve been influenced and brainwashed by those extreme fundamental religious bigots and you can’t help it. So, before we chop your head off, we will give you a few chances to change your mind. We will send you to a reprogramming centre for some brain-wave massages and see if that might convince you that our way is the best way. Because we love you....
Now, you might think this is funny, far-fetched, and Hollywood science-fiction type stuff. But, folks, I wouldn’t laugh or scorn too soon. The following information hasn’t come out of some science-fiction movie or magazine. It is true and happening here and now!
Never in the history of the world has knowledge and technology so skyrocketed to unlimited heights. The technological advances and computer age of recent years have certainly paved the way for the “mark of the beast” and the one-world system prophesied in Revelation. Through satellite and computers and the “New Information Highway,” we are linking every man, woman, boy, and girl to a national network and database. The acceleration of these technologies and communications are swiftly taking us into George Orwell’s 1984 “Big Brother government” scenario. Mr. Orwell was right...only, he was off a few years.
There is a microchip now in the hands of the government that has the potential of becoming the mark of the beast, where you cannot buy or sell without it. Carl Sanders was a top electronics engineer and inventor for the U.S. government who worked with the F.B.I., C.I.A., I.R.S., and other government agencies designing spy technologies and surveillance equipment. He holds several patents and has been presented with the President’s and Governor’s awards for merit and design excellence.
Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).
Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted. Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand is not just the most convenient place, but is also the only viable place for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimetres in length, .75 millimetres in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.
Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:15–17. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.”
In light of these definitions, implantable microchips could very well be the physical mark spoken of in the Book of Revelation.
Some of you are most likely reading this and saying to yourself, “Boy, I’m sure glad that I’ll be caught up into the Rapture before all these things take place.” Now, I don’t want to get in the pre-tribulation–post-tribulation debate, but I will ask you to consider a question: What if the popular pre-tribulation theology is wrong and you find yourself smack dab in the middle of Revelation’s nightmare? Will you still serve God? Let me ask you it in this way: If the choice is laid before you to hop on the New World Order bandwagon (receiving the blessings and economic/financial freedoms associated with taking the mark) or to reject Big Brother’s provisions and live an uncertain life of poverty and persecution, which would your heart choose? You may say, “Oh, that’s easy. I’d choose Jesus and reject the mark of the beast!” Would you? Are you living for Him now? You see, if you’re not living for Jesus now in a time of peace and prosperity, how do you think you’re going to make it when they give you the choice to take the mark or get your head chopped off?
Folks, it will come down to a choice of the mark or martyrdom! Look: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4).
Yes, we are seeing so many technological and political advances recently that it is quite possible that we are closer to the end than we think! Be prepared and pray! Don’t be deceived. Stay close to Jesus. Be a diligent seeker and believer of God’s word! Be faithful in your walk with God! Live in holiness, humility, and the fear of the Lord. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind! Say no to microchips, but say yes to the Master! Say no to sin, but yes to Jesus! Think about it!