Randall Balmer, the chair of the religion department at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, told USA Today that the Book of Revelation presents a real challenge for those like evangelical Christians who take the Bible seriously and often try to interpret it literally: “A lot of evangelicals certainly take the Book of Revelation seriously. They try to understand it,” “This is a source of real fascination for a lot of people, but it’s also kind of a parlor game.” According to the Daily Mail, Dr. Noelle Chesley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said she thinks implanting microchips into employees – and all people – is the wave of the future. Many of those at the edge of developing those technologies “believe we are going to be combining technology in our bodies,” Dr. Chesley said.
Following the mass coverage of a Wisconsin company that held a “Microchipping party” to implant RFID chips in the hands of its employees, the mainstream media has begun to push an agenda to allay public fears over microchips. Three Square Market made headlines when it decided to embed microchips into the hands of its employees. The implanted chips are similar to the ones in smartphones and credit cards and give workers keyless entry into the building and allow them to access vending machines and office equipment.
The microchips will also help the company keep a log of employees timekeeping, including the length of their bathroom breaks, and help senior staff locate other workers in the building using their last known location taken from door unlocking logs. The Wisconsin-based firm that makes cafeteria kiosks to replace vending machines, brought in a tattoo artist to embed microchips into its 40 employees in front of the world’s press.
The Three Square Market story has caused a huge controversy as many people see it as inevitably paving the way for other companies to follow suit. People’s fears are rightly justified as the recent coverage of implanted RFID has garnered interest in other firms who are keen to ride the microchipping wave. If these chips become popular in the workplace, they may soon become compulsory. Many fears related to microchips stem from the symbolism in religious texts referring to “the mark of the beast”.
The apocalyptic “mark of the beast” prophecy is a signal of “the end times” in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation. USA Today was quick to blast such fears as ridiculous, and suggest that people who believed that microchipping could represent the end of the human race were either ill-informed or ignorant. The MSM publication even went as far as to suggest that microchips would have the reverse effect and would actually protect people from being “duped by Antichrist”.
Speaking to USA Today, Chris Vlachos, a New Testament professor at Wheaton College in Chicago said; “I think that this is more of a fulfillment of end times novels and movies than the Book of Revelation itself,” “The majority of people are getting their notions on this issue from movies and novels rather than the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic genre material in the Old and New Testament,” “Taking the mark goes hand in hand with the conscience decision of publicly pledging ones allegiance or loyalty to the beast and worshiping his image,” “I call it like an apocalyptic inoculation, the more Christ-like, the less we’ll be duped by Antichrist.” The news outlet then goes on to suggest that “those who take seriously the prophecy” of a New World Order are to blame for slowing down the advancement of globalism, technology, and a one-world government. They continue to push how safe and convenient microchips are saying: “The chips, which are not equipped with GPS tracking abilities, replace access cards and the need to log on to corporate computers. “The company sees them as a way to increase convenience and would like to see payments go cashless.”