Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/28/2014 (9 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We're already marked and tracked, and most people hardly realize it.

Doomsayers like to predict that we will all be forced to wear the "Mark of the Beast" someday in order to do business, but the fact is that we already carry it with us wherever we go, a mark we have willingly accepted for ourselves. Worse yet, how others are already using this technology is nothing short of chilling.

Tracking chips like this one are the size of a grain of rice and may be implanted to replace functions served by cell phones.

Tracking chips like this one are the size of a grain of rice and may be implanted to replace functions served by cell phones.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/28/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Mark of the Beast, RFID, phone, chip, prophesy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the book of Revelations, the Mark of the Beast is a tattoo or some other scar or identifier that permits people to transact business. Without the mark, a person would theoretically starve, unable to transact.

Over the past several decades we have developed ways to track ourselves. From social security to driver's licenses, to checks and credit cards, and now radio-emitting devices, we are tracked everywhere we go. Modern-tracking is mostly accomplished through our cell phones which have become our constant companions in life.

We need to get the Word out there. Help now!


We spend hours each day interacting with our cellphones. Our phones track everything we do. Cellphones come with built-in GPS ability, barometers, cameras and microphones, and these systems operate in the background, even if you do not activate them yourself. They're always on, always running. Even shutting your phone off leaves these systems running, at least until the battery finally drains, which can take days in a powered-off phone.

And every time you power up these devices, the first thing they do is "phone home" reporting your location and identity.

Our social networks are obsessed with gathering every scrap of data about our personal lives. Our relationships, our moods, and everyday doings are tracked. Consumers are beginning to notice that merely driving or walking to another location changes the ads they see for places that are nearby.

Posts a status update about dogs on Facebook and before long you'll begin to see ads related to dogs. Walk onto a car lot and start seeing ads for cars. No input required.

These applications often take advantage of our vanity and narcissism to compel us to "share" intimate details of our lives, often without thinking about it. We have already become anesthetized to the rapid loss of privacy and our personal information. Even our private activities have become public.

Our personal data is valuable. Advertisers don't like to waste money displaying ads in front of people who are least likely to buy their products. However, they will pay a premium price to reach you if you have demonstrated interest in a particular product.

Around this simple economic reality, software developers have designed clever ways to divest you of your personal information, often keeping you unaware of the intrusion. As a result of this development, statisticians pouring over reams of data have started to recognize patterns.

As it turns out, humans are creatures of habit and the aggregate profiles of our behavior can actually be used to predict our future activities. Law enforcement has recently been introduced to this eerie capability which incidentally has already been developed by the NSA and CIA to predict terrorist movements and activities.

Private software developers have also been working on this for the past few years as well. Being able to predict what you will do next is a gold mine for advertisers and could prove to be a valuable tool for law enforcement, which could find ways to intervene and stop a crime -before you even think to commit one.

If this sounds like something from the Hollywood thriller "Minority Report" then you get the idea. In the near future, our privacy will be sacrificed to sell us everything, and to predict our subsequent behaviors.

Finally, to round-out the mark of the beast, our phones and mobile devices are becoming payment centers as well. The digital wallet has already arrived. It is already possible to buy and sell everything with just a swipe of our phone. Cash and cards are becoming obsolete.

The final step is to make the technology wearable or even to find ways to implant it into our bodies. An RFID chip or a barcode tattoo are all that's needed to complete the marking process.

All of this will be remarkably convenient. You will be able to walk into a grocery store and grab the items you need and walk out without stopping at a register. You will be able to transfer money with a nod or a handshake or some other gesture. You'll be able to share information with the nod of a head, snap a picture with the wink of an eye, and life will be wonderful. You will no longer see advertisements for things that don't interest you. It will truly be a brave new world, and astonishingly it's just a few years away.

The problem, aside from the privacy concerns and other obvious and significant philosophical questions, is that such times were prophesied to coincide with the end times. Not long before the second coming, the Mark of the Beast would be borne by all who wanted to trade.

Our mistake is to assume that The Mark of the Beast is an artifact of the future. It has already arrived. Therefore since it is a sign, we would do well to prepare ourselves for the final hour could come at any time.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Technology

At 11.2 billion years old, oldest planetary system discovered by astronomers Watch

Image of The prehistoric star is considered cool and small when compared to our Sun. The figure only has about 75 percent of Earth's mass

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The oldest planetary system yet discovered consists of a prehistoric star that has five planets orbiting around it. Labeled Kepler 444, scientists say the system is estimated to be around 11.2 billion years of age. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


Super thin, inexpensive solar panels may become Godsend to India and Africa Watch

Image of A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Britain's Exeter University. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) ... continue reading


This San Francisco based company's one invention will REVOLUTIONIZE the developing world! Watch

Image of Much of the developing world relies on cheap, inefficient and dangerous scooters, as a main form of transportation.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cars are ubiquitous in the Western world, especially in the United States. However, many developing parts of the world lack the infrastructure to support automobile usage on a large scale, and poorer families lack the financial means to purchase a car or gasoline ... continue reading


'Big Brother' is watching you on your iPhone Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on some dubious, privacy robbing practices of the United States government, now thinks that Apple's iPhone has "special software." This gadget, he says, lets authorities remotely gather information ... continue reading


Doomsday is approaching! The symbolic Doomsday Clock moves closer to the fatal end Watch

Image of This is the closest the world has been to Doomsday since 1953.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Doomsday is the closest it's been since 1953, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' "Doomsday Clock." The clock now stands at three minutes to midnight. Midnight represents the end of the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Doomsday Clock, created ... continue reading


Search giant, Google, has daring plans to infiltrate the competitive wireless cellphone service market Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The wireless phone game may soon be changing up. Currently there are four major names competing for customers, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. However, Google reportedly has plans to enter the business of cellular service. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It was ... continue reading


High-tech drug smuggling: Drone found bearing meth near San Ysidro Port of Entry Watch

Image of Plastic webbing and strips of black tape was used to secure the drug packages to the drone, police said. The aircraft itself had six propellers and a lithium battery.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Drug smuggling has entered the high-tech age. A drone carrying methamphetamine, a stimulant that goes under the street names of "crank" and "Tina," crashed in Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The unmanned ... continue reading


California-based rocket company gets big bucks influx from Google, Fidelity Watch

Image of SpaceX leader Elon Musk says that the revenue generated by the venture could go toward building a city on Mars. This, he says, would further his long-held goal of turning humanity into a

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

California-based rocket company SpaceX has received a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity. The sudden influx of cash now brings the company's worth to more than $10 billion. SpaceX intends to construct a globe-spanning satellite constellation. LOS ... continue reading


Is it world domination? No, it's just Netflix Watch

Image of Netflix, the Internet streaming giant, has posted higher than expected growth and revenue for 2014.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Online streaming giant Netflix has finished 2014 with 57.4 million subscribers, up more than four million from their third quarter figures; making this their largest growth of subscribers all year. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Additionally, the company's ... continue reading


Hacker's delight! BAD passwords make it airtight! Watch

Image of Unimaginative, kneejerk and obvious passwords used to encrypt personal data means potential hackers just need to enter a few keystrokes, and voila! Your entire life is there for the taking!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the recent attack on Sony Pictures by purported agents from North Korea prove, the more things change - the more they remain the same. Unimaginative, kneejerk and obvious passwords used to encrypt personal data means potential hackers just need to enter a ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 10:19-25
19 We have then, brothers, complete confidence ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm Of David] To Yahweh belong the earth and all ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:21-25
21 He also said to them, 'Is a lamp brought in to be ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 29th, 2015 Image

Sts. Sarbelius & Barbea
January 29: Two martyrs, brother and sister, who were put to death at Edessa ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter