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Aug 15, 2011

Satan Has a New Way To Get Under People's Skin

The "mark-of-the-Beast" alarm bells were triggered last week by reports of a new electronic patch. I received dozens of emails about a news release from the journal Science. Matt Drudge had one of the boldest headlines: "Mark of the Beast? Electronic tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses."

The patch was developed by a team of researchers from the United States, China, and Singapore. It adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo, and although the device is slightly thinner than a human hair, it can transmit all types of data. It would be extremely valuable in the medical field, replacing sensors that are very costly and cumbersome.

"It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois. "Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user." (http://theweek.com/article/index/218290/band-aid-or-computer)

The patch is almost invisible and does not even need to be glued to the skin. It so thin, the Van der Waals force keeps it in place. If you took high school physics, you would remember this force as being the natural attraction between molecules.

The "epidermal electronic system" has a flexible electrical circuit composed of snake-like conducting channels that can bend and stretch without affecting performance. The circuits have included sensors, light-emitting diodes, transistors, radio frequency capacitors, wireless antennae, and conductive coils.

The device is so compact that it only requires a small amount of energy to fuel itself for operation. It can be powered by miniature solar collectors or by picking up transmitted electromagnetic radiation.

There are many positive uses for a patch of this type. It could monitor patients with sleep apnea and babies who need neonatal care, or it could help skin heal from wounds and burns. It could also be very effective in monitoring brain activity, an area in which current technology has many shortcomings because of its bulkiness.

Students of prophecy are naturally cautious of any new product that applies electronics to the human body. The Bible warns that when the Antichrist comes to power, he will utilize an identifying mark to control the global financial system. Unless you have the mark, you can't buy or sell anything. Because anyone who receives the "666" mark is automatically damned, anyone on earth during the time of the mark will have to suffer martyrdom or extreme hardship to maintain his or her faith.

ďAnd the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name" (Revelation 14:11).

One of the greatest dangers regarding the mark of the Beast is complacency. As we become familiar with technology, we lose sight of its impact on our lives. I remember in the 1990s, there was a big commotion over the radio frequency identification tags developed by the Digital Angel Corporation. Several people toured the country claiming the chips would be used to "mark" everyone.

Anyone who invested in Digital Angel's stock to profit from their IDs would have lost most of their money. The company's stock has been in a continuous nosedive. Its share currently trades at 23 cents, down from a reverse split high of over $1,015.

The Digital Angel chip failed to catch on in human use because it required a huge needle to inject it under the skin. the puncture hole was so large, the FDA categorized the process as minor surgery. I could see people getting poked in the right hand to show their loyalty to the Beast, but the option of having the chip injected into the forehead seemed impractical.

Now that the powers that be have a prototype that is thinner than a human hair, it is possible to have an implant that is pain free. The only thing needed now is the right political scenario for the mark system to be put into action. Luckily, we Christians will be gone before the "666 system" is rolled out.

"Through cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart, and by peace he shall destroy many. He shall even rise against the Prince of Princes; but he shall be broken without human means" (Daniel 8:23-25).

"And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one can buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name" (Revelation 13:16-17).

-- Todd

Post-Rapture Rumblings

Middle Eastern madness has always boiled and bubbled to the surface throughout history. Such has been the case in recent times with rioting fomented, almost certainly, it is thought, by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The rioting has brought down the likes of Egyptian President-Dictator Hosni Mubarak and threatens the Syrian tyrant Basher Al-Assadís brutal regime. The Mideast cauldron is synopsized from the following report:

The Arab Spring‎, literally the Arabic Rebellions or the Arab Revolutions, is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world. Since 18 December 2010 there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya; civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen; major protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, as well as on the borders of Israel, and minor protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Western Sahara. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring)

Most leaders of the nations mentioned have either resigned or have promised not to seek reelection when their terms are up. It is a region that pulses with rumors of war, as the much-hated Israel sits at the center of the tumult. The rioting is like a spreading disease across the skin of the land where manís final war will conclude. But it is not a rash that can be kept localized. Europe has been experiencing hot spots that are jumping the Atlantic to pop up even in the United States.

Anger over governmental economic chicanery and/or mismanagement, as well as perceived racial biases, is the driving force behind each and every instance of the rioting that keeps breaking out. Lawlessness is intensifying in the UK.

David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer vacation as police arrested 525 people following the worst rioting in Britain since the 1980s. London saw a third night of violence and unrest spread to other cities.

The prime minister, speaking outside his Downing Street office in London after a meeting with ministers and security chiefs, said the House of Commons will hold a one-day emergency session on Aug. 11. Police leave has been cancelled and Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said the London force is preparing for "mass disorder again tonight."

"Iím determined, the government is determined, that justice will be done,Ē Cameron said. "This is criminality pure and simple, and it has to be confronted and defeated." (Eddie Buckle and Robert Hutton, "Cameron Recalls Commons as 525 Held After Three Nights of Riots," 8/9/11, Bloomberg Businessweek; my thanks to Jonathan Stettin)

Gasoline bombs have been thrown at vehicles and businesses have been set on fire in the current outbreak of violence. It began August 6, following the shooting of a man in the northwest section of London, Tottenham, when a man of Afro-Caribbean origin was killed in a shootout with police. Tottenham has a heavy concentration of people of Afro-Caribbean origin.

Prime Minister Cameron hasnít yet called out the military to control the rioters, but word is that British armed forces could be called upon, should rioting spread and become unmanageable. The British rioting comes on the heels of upheavals over austerity cuts on social largess in nations across Europe. Greece, Portugal, and others such as Ireland have seen outbreaks of destructive rioting.

We remember the recent mobs in Wisconsin when the governor worked within the legislative process to limit government union power in order to bring sanity to state budgetary spending. Civility was not found when many of the protestersĖwho were riotous by any definition of the term--didnít get their way.

One is left only to imagine the nightmarish goings-on in the large cities like Detroit, Chicago, LA, and others in the aftermath that will follow the Rapture.

The Holy Spirit (the Restrainer) will withdraw from His office as governor on the consciences of mankind, we are told in 2 Thessalonians 2: 6-8. Then evil will be unleashed to make life hell on earth for all of those left behind to face Godís wrath and judgment.

Jesus foretold that as part of the end-of-the-age signs, nation will rise against nation (Luke 21: 10a). The word "nation" in Greek translates to ethnos or ethnic in English. Jesus was saying that racial strifeĖas well as economic, unsolvable turmoil--will be at the center of the nations in distress with perplexity (Luke 21: 25b).

Based upon things going on in the Middle East, Europe, and now the U.S., with mobs beginning to do what is right in their own eyes, it seems to me that post-Rapture rumblings can be heard on the prophetic horizon.