Its the sign of the times. The technology for Big Brother to track everywhere we go is here. Of course, that’s not news to you. You already know about GPS (Global Positioning System). You know that cell phones are being embedded with GPS; OnStar by General Motors uses a GPS. You also are aware of “spy satellites” that can take images of your sidewalk from space. We’ve seen how close those pictures can get by watching the news during the Iraq War. So what’s new? Nothing really. However, are you aware the technology is here to track everything you own? You might be shocked at what you don’t know.

You are probably familiar with something called EZ Pass or Fastrak, maybe even Speedpass. These are all “payment systems” that use technology called RFID tags. They allow you to bypass the traditional cash register and have your bank account automatically charged. RFID stands for Radio Frequency IDentification. These tags are also used in the hard plastic anti-theft tags attached to merchandise in stores. They are tiny transponders that emit a radio signal. The Tags contain digital memory chips which are able to store any kind of data requested such as price, size, date purchased, store purchased from etc. The tags are made in all shapes and sizes. They can be made as small as to fit in a strand of fiber!

As with most innovative technology, there are practical purposes for these RFID Tags. One such application Wal-Mart is paving the way for: Tracking Inventory. With merchandise tagged, and stores equipped with scanners, Wal-Mart can instantly know where all of it’s inventory is, or where it is not, but should be. We can expect RFID’s to replace the UPC Barcode system in the near future.

A prototype application even has the tags programmed to send a signal when an expiration date has arrived; for example, a gallon of milk gone bad. This could save you from quite a few gagging moments. EPIC continues to explain about some of the other proposed uses:

The proposed uses of RFID tags pose exponentially greater risks to personal privacy. Many technology experts predict the development of a seamless network of millions of RFID receivers strategically placed around the globe in airports, seaports, highways, distribution centers, warehouses, retail stores, and consumers’ homes, all of which are constantly reading, processing, and evaluating consumers behaviors and purchases. In addition to undermining a consumer’s ability to enjoy a lifestyle in relative anonymity, critics of the technology counter that the information gathered by RFID readers could be obtained by the government for surveillance or monitoring the activities of citizens, or even misused by hackers and criminals. Even more, the ever-expanding use of RFID chips would leave no aspect of life safe from the prying eyes of retail and corporate giants. Chips integrated into commonplace products such as floor tiles, shelf paper, cabinets, appliance, exercise equipment, and grocery and packaged products would allow even our most intimate activities to be monitored.

Isn’t this what the Bible warns us about? Do these RFID Tags resemble what we already know about the Number of the Beast? Wal-Mart has placed a demand on its suppliers to use RFID’s by January 2005. How soon before every supplier of goods and services is required to use RFID’s? When you consider what the possible applications of RFID’s are, and you take a look at what Homeland Security (The Patriot Act) is doing to our civil liberties, it isn’t hard to connect the dots. RFID’s are paving the way for our right to privacy to be revoked, in the name of National Security. It is not our security that we are at risk of losing, it is our Freedom. In the Book of Revelation it explains:

Rev 13:16 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:

Rev 13:17 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.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him 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.

This reveals that our Freedom will be taken away, in the name of “Peace”, “Security”.

I came across many interesting websites while researching this topic. There’s some disturbing information available to those who seek it. It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily lives just trying to get by, to put food on our tables and enjoy the moments we have with family and friends. Meanwhile, there are larger forces at work to undermine our very existence. It’s easy to cast off the unfolding events as coincidence, or as exaggerated paranoia by those seeking wisdom. But if you do the research (both Biblical and Non-biblical), and keep an open mind and heart, you will realize that the prophesies are coming true. Is it “Life Depicts Art” or “Art Depicts Life”? Either way, George Orwell had some insite whe he wrote “1984“. And you cannot reasonably deny the wisdom that the Bible reveals unto us when seeking truth with an honest heart and mind.

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