A microchip story is going around that has been latched onto by prophecy speculators as proof that we are living in the last days. They are basing their argument on a faulty reading of Revelation 13. In 1974, the first bar code, officially known as the Universal Product Code (UPC), was used at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio on June 26, 1974. Bar codes are now ubiquitous.
Books and articles have been written on how the UPC emblem is a precursor to the mark of the beast because three sixes are said to be embedded in every bar-code image. The claim is that the three longer vertical double bars (Left, Center, Right) are sixes. Actually, they are start-and-stop bars for the electronic reading of the numbers.
It’s good to keep in mind that the number of the beast is 600, 60, and 6, not 6-6-6. Why would a government need either a bar code or a microchip to mark people with the number 666? Let me state the obvious, you don’t need the Bible to tell you that the government tattooing, branding, or microchipping people is bad. As I explain below, Revelation 13 and the mark of the beast are not about modern-day technology, bar codes, or microchips. Following the embellished technological interpretation obscures the passage’s theological meaning.
Three Square Market of River Falls, Wisconsin, is asking employees to have a tiny microchip injected under the skin between their thumb and index finger that will allow them to “open doors, log in to computers and pay for snacks, among other things.” “More than half of Three Square Market’s 85 employees in River Falls have agreed to go the implant route… Workers who would rather not have their employer plant a tiny computer in their bodies will instead be issued a wristband or ring containing the technology.” (Journal Sentinel)
Is this what Revelation 13 is describing? No. Even so, it’s a dumb idea to take part in the program. A person could be drugged and have the chip dug out of his/her hand or, if the thief is in a hurry, just chop off the hand and dig it out later. It also gets people used to the idea of being tracked. One day, the government could offer the same voluntary “soft offer” with similar assurances that it’s not a tracking device and it will never be used against them personally. Where have we heard that before?
Many of you may not remember the original Social Security cards. Social Security cards used to include the following: “For Social Security and Tax Purposes — Not for Identification.”
Governments lie. You never hear a government official say, “We’re here to hurt you.” No, it’s always, “We’re here to help you.” The hurt comes later.
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the power of the ring is not something to be desired and possessed even by supposed good people. The goal is to destroy it. When Boromir fails to avoid the ring’s power, he dies. Even Gandalf and the elves shun the power of the ring. Tolkien is doubtful that any person is able to resist the temptation of absolute power promised by the ring, even if that power is used for good.