RFID chipCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identificationThe RFID chip (radio-frequency identification) is a small magnetic chip used for information and tracking.  It has been used previously to track automobiles through assembly lines, to track pharmaceutical drugs through the warehouse, or to identify livestock or pets.  An Italian company recently announced RFID tags will be imbedded into new fire arms.  A few years ago, the FDA approved the use of RFID chips implanted in humans.

RFID tags can be placed on clothing or other personal items.  They are small and easy to conceal or hide.  Tags are so small they can be thrown on someone's clothing without the person even knowing.   In one previous study researchers glued RFID transponders to ants while studying their behavior.   The smallest is made by Hitachi, and can store 38 digit numbers using 128 ROM.  The technology is used in banking, smartphones, and many other every day things.  It is also used at some night clubs, and has been invented as a bar coded, inked, tattoo like stamp. 

 RFID tags are used in passports and green cards.  Many states have already placed the tags in driver's licenses.  Mexico surgically implanted chips into staff at the attorney general's office, which allow staff access into secured buildings.  Canada is headed toward becoming a cashless society and has just released a new currency called the mintchip, a digital currency.  Some companies have tried to force the chip on their employees.  A few states have passed regulations against companies requiring staff to be chipped.  One alternative that was offered is an ID card with an RFID chip embedded in it.

RFID chip(95228)Credit: http://www.trulia.com/blog/leanderrealty/2011/12/nazi_id_tattoos_rfid_connection_amazingly_yesMy question is, why does the government need to know exactly what we purchase, where we are, and what we are doing all of the time?  Why should Americans living in a so called 'free' country need to be tracked?  Why would I want all of my financial and medical information stored in my body so that any hacker or anyone with access to a reader can view all of my personal information?  How safe is that?  The companies claim that it is secure, but even today we see numerous hacks and identify thefts on 'secure' servers.  Then there is the argument that its good for people with Alzheimer's disease, or for children in case they are missing.  Really?  Don't we pay nursing homes, daycares, or individuals to do this?   Then there is the issue of do they really know what the long term effects are on the body? 

There have been many rumors over the past few years concerning the health care reform bill.  A lot of people believe that in the bill, Americans will be required to be implanted with the chip.  Snopes says that this is not true, and that the tags were only meant to track the proficiency of things such as pacemakers.   Others are still not convinced, and believe the implementation of the chip is the mark of the beast discussed in Revelation.  Revelation 13:16-18 states that 'And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom.  Let he that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.'  

Whether the chip is part of the health care reform or not, we can see that as technology advances it is something that is most likely coming soon.  It will be sold to us as a safety and security measure, as the government likes to scare us into thinking everything is a threat and everything done is for our own good to protect us.  Our rights are slowly being stripped away, in the name of safety.  It does sound like the description of the mark in Revelation, and I for one, will not be getting it.  Personally, I have three dogs and I wouldn't even have them chipped.  As a parent, I wouldn't even begin to consider having my children chipped.  I believe it's my job as a parent to know where my kids are, not the governments.  If you are a believer then you should know that the Bible tells us that even the very elect can be deceived.  A large part of the end times prophecy repeatedly tells us do NOT be deceived.  I hope that I am wrong, because if it becomes mandated and attached to government assistance,  or if it's a matter of being able to feed your family, I'm afraid Americans will be lining up to get the chip.  While the implant may not be the mark of the beast, it highly resembles its description and could be a means for getting it into place for the future.