Microchips and the Mark of the Beast

Three Square Market, a software design company in Wisconsin, gained national notoriety this week when it became the first company to offer to microchip all its employees. According to this article, the purpose of the chip is to allow “workers to open doors that require identification, login to their computers, and even pay for snacks out of the company’s vending machine.”

Christians and non-Christians alike have gone crazy all over the web denouncing this as the arrival of the end times. I have seen several polls asking, “Would you do this?” with some pretty heated responses. Many are calling this the “mark of the beast” and claiming that anyone who accepts it is selling his or her soul to the devil.

So, here are two questions:
1) Is this the mark of the beast?
2) Is this preparing the world for the end times?

Answers: No and Yes

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People in America are scared

“People in America are scared.”

This line has been filling my Facebook feed for four days now, usually to explain or excuse the senseless violence and criminal activity that has overtaken many cities across our nation. Some people are threatening the lives of others because of their skin color or religion, while others are destroying other people’s homes, businesses, vehicles, etc.

People in America are scared. And they should be, but not for the reasons we have been given. There are legitimate reasons that many Americans should be scared, and here are a few:

1. People should be scared that tens of millions of people are manipulated by the talking heads on TV and the internet, believing anything and everything that they hear without discernment.

2. People should be scared that the current generation of children in school are being taught that they have no definite purpose in this life, that what matters is only what they think and believe.

3. People should be scared that we have at least two generations of Americans who no longer believe in or accept any kind of absolute truth or error outside of their own making.

4. People should be scared that millions of Americans believe that they are not responsible for the consequences of their actions and that blame and violence are acceptable responses to situations they don’t like or agree with.

5. People should be scared that there are high-ranking officials in every part and party of our government who hold to a bold and blatant philosophy supporting:

  • the systematic execution of the most innocent of our citizens with no trial, no jury, and no defense, whose only crime was being conceived
  • the planned extinction of future generations by elevating the preferred family unit to consist of same-sex unions rather than opposite-sex unions
  • the complete rejection of God in favor of the worship of nature, as enshrined in the environment and animal kingdom
  • the dismantling of the system that our founders put into place in our Constitution (admitted to be a “fundamental transformation of our nation”), without following the processes the founders designed to allow for such changes
  • the open immigration of millions of people into our country who neither respect nor intend to follow our laws or who outright hate and wish to kill our citizens if we don’t accept their preferred form of government
  • the indoctrination of the children, who are allowed to live, by the very government system that they are fundamentally transforming

People in America should be scared, not because of any given presidential candidate or party, but because of what is being done to them, while they sit in the corner and cry, or kneel, or riot, or cheer, or yell — all without realizing they are unwittingly pawns on someone else’s chess board.

Indeed, even Jesus said there is something to fear: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

But the same Jesus also said that we don’t have to be afraid. People are not only scared, they’re tired and weighed down by a system that is beating them up emotionally, mentally, physically, and even spiritually.

But there is a way we can not be scared. There is actually hope, and it’s not in parties and politics. Are you tired of all of this? Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Only Jesus gets rid of fear, and he has laid out the only path to make any person or nation truly great. If you’re interested in a legitimately life-changing platform, check out this free booklet (PDF). You’ll never be the same.

“It is an abomination”

Recently, because of the debate about homosexuality in our culture, the word “abomination” has resurfaced. In the context of this topic, we find the word in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13, as God’s description of homosexual activity.

“You must not have sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman; it is a detestable act.” Leviticus 18:22

“If a man has sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman, the two of them have committed an abomination. They must be put to death; their blood guilt is on themselves.” Leviticus 20:13

The Hebrew word is the same for both of those bolded words above – to`evah (תּוֹעֵבָה) – and it means “something abominable, detestable, offensive.”

However, while Leviticus is the first time this word is used to describe something God hates, it’s certainly not the last. So what does God consider an abomination? Here’s the entire list (each one uses the same Hebrew word, regardless of how various English Bibles translate it):

coveting silver and gold from idols…Deuteronomy 7:25

idols, idolatry…Deuteronomy 7:26; 27:15; 32:16; 2 Kings 21:11; Jeremiah 16:18; 32:35; 44:3-4; Ezekiel 5:11; 6:9; 7:20; 14:6; 16:36; and all of Ezekiel 8

false worship of God…Deuteronomy 12:31

blemished sacrifices…Deuteronomy 17:1

worshiping the sun, moon, stars, and other gods…Deuteronomy 17:4

witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, magic…Deuteronomy 18:12

child sacrifice…Deuteronomy 18:12; 2 Kings 16:3; 2 Chronicles 28:3

crossdressing…Deuteronomy 22:5

prostitution…Deuteronomy 23:18; 1 Kings 14:24; Ezekiel 16:43

improper divorce and remarriage…Deuteronomy 24:4

cheating others in business…Deuteronomy 25:16; Proverbs 11:1; 20:10, 23

living in rebellion against God’s law, wicked plans…Proverbs 2:32; 6:18; 15:9, 26; Jeremiah 7:9-10

perverted hearts…Proverbs 11:20

lies, lying…Proverbs 6:17-18; 12:22

religious acts, outward religion…Proverbs 15:8; 21:27; Isaiah 1:13

arrogance…Proverbs 6:17; 16:5

acquitting the guilty, condemning the innocent…Proverbs 17:15

shedding innocent blood…Proverbs 6:17

the prayers of those who ignore God…Proverbs 28:9

adultery…Ezekiel 22:11

creating disunity…Proverbs 6:19

It is important to remember that, while “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1), Christianity does not give us the license to do whatever we want. Because God’s standard against sin has never changed, and he is working to grow us to become like himself, we must learn to despise the actions that he despises, while at the same time pointing the people who do them back to Jesus.

Which of these surprised you the most to be on “the list”?