We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes.
It’s more than a curiosity; it’s extremely practical. The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).
After discussing the last days, the apostle Peter said, “what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (Second Peter 3:11-12).
There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world. We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem to be unfolding just as you’d expect.
The single most well-known End Times prophecy has to do with what the Bible describes as “the Mark of the Beast.”
The Beast is one of many titles for the future world leader more familiar to us as the Antichrist. He’s also called the Man of Sin, the Son Of Perdition, the Lawless One, and the Willful King.
At the mid-point of the future seven-year Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will demand his citizens worship him:
If they agree, it’s business as usual for them, and they are described as taking his “mark.”
If they refuse, they will not be able to buy or sell, or participate in the economy in any way.
Since the “mark” involves buying and selling, and is said to be on the hand or forehead, students of Bible prophecy have for many decades thought it would involve placing a microchip under the skin.
Maybe; maybe not. But it is undeniable that microchipping people is a trend.
The latest article I read was titled, UK firms ready to microchip thousands of employees.
Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Daily Telegraph it was ‘in talks’ with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices.
Apparently, one client has ‘hundreds of thousands of employees’ and probably believes that injecting chips into their workers is easier than issuing them with a security pass.
“These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with,” Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax, told the paper.
Österlund said bigger companies, like those with over 200,000 employees, could offer this as something optional to make their employees’ lives easier and save the company money.
“If you have a 15% uptake that is still a huge number of people that won’t require a physical ID pass,” he said.
Read the Bible and this is the kind of Last Days news you’d expect.
As believers, we mostly are to expect that Jesus could return at any moment.
Jesus promised He’d return to rapture His church – which entails the resurrection of the dead in Christ of the Church Age, then the translation from earth to Heaven of all living believers.
It is presented in the Bible as an imminent (any-moment) event.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, get ready, stay ready, and keep looking up. Ready or not, Jesus is coming!