The Apostle John writes in Revelation 13:16, 17, "He (the anti-Christ) also forced (you will have no choice) everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless she had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name."
The mark of the beast.
If I have time this coming Sunday morning, I am going to mention this in my teaching.
Will the mark of the beast be a tattoo? An arm band or head band of some sorts?
NBC news recently came out with a report that this is and will be reality in our lives by the year 2017 - that modern technology has caught up with Biblical prophecy and we can begin to understand what the mark could potentially look like.
An implantable chip in a person's hand. The chip would interact with your body in the doctor's office. Scan it, and it could tell your blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, or any other vital piece of information of medical history.
It would be used (as Revelation tells us) to buy or sell things. Go to the store and scan your hand to pay for groceries (already in some Jewel Osco's in Chicago - finger prints are being used to buy groceries). It would be connected to your bank account and the amount deducted. No cash. No credit cards.
Here's what I know: we are living in the end times.
However, ultimately, friends, no know: when the complete fruition of these events come to pass, we as a church will be raptured to be with Jesus Christ.
That's how close the rapture is.
So relax, and keep serving God.
Just a thought for a Tuesday.