According to an Associated Press report, Epicenter, a digital hub in Stockholm that houses more than 300 start-ups and innovation labs for larger companies, has made the implanted microchip available to its workers and to member organizations.
Epicenter and a handful of other companies offer to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.
This procedure is not new: Such chips are used as virtual collar plates for pets, and companies use them to track deliveries. But it was never used to tag employees on a broad scale.
Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and chief executive of Epicenter, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It’s very early to try to depict where this is going,” “We’re just doing this because it’s interesting. We want to play around with technology.” And he added, “The biggest benefit I think is convenience…It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”
Will the microchip be the mark of the beast in the soon future?
The Bible tell us that everyone in the world will at the end of time have either the mark of God or the mark of the beast. And those that will have the mark of the beast “on the forehead or on the hand…will drink of the wine of God’s fury” (Revelation 14:9,10).
Some Christians associate the mark of the beast with a microchip or a tattoo. Others believe the mark will take the form of a national ID card without which no one can buy or sell. But according to the Bible, a chip or a tattoo is not the mark of the beast. In fact, the Lord forbade His children to wear tattoos and other marks on their bodies (Leviticus 19:28). While the microchip is not the mark of the beast, it may be used by the “beast” to control the people of the earth so that only those the follow the beast will be able to buy or sell.
The Bible teaches that the mark of the beast is simply a spiritual symbol which means that someone has made a choice to turn from God and His law and follow the beast (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).