"Steps Toward the Mark of the Beast"

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Chapter 7

Why the Consumer Will Accept the Cashless/RFID System

As we go about our daily routines, most people are unaware that the transition to a new economic system is not only underway, but nearing its completion. While great changes in our monetary system took place in the last century, the changes came gradually, and for that reason they have been accepted by nearly everyone. Also, few people are aware of the technological advances that have been made in the area of inventory control which is creating a system that will control the distribution and sale of every item that is produced.

These gradual changes in the way we do business have brought us to the point where almost everyone feels comfortable using cashless means to buy and sell. Credit and debit cards are used by most people, and many people now use electronic fund transfers in their financial dealings whenever possible. Direct deposit of funds and automatic bank drafts offer a convenient and more secure alternative to checks. Cash is used in fewer and fewer transactions. Indeed, we are much closer to the closed cashless /RFID system than most people realize.

To successfully persuade the world to take the last few steps into the closed cashless economy, even more people must be convinced that the new cashless / RFID system is better than our present system of commerce.

Indeed, there are many benefits to such a system, and these will be continually pointed out to the public. The use of cash and checks is gradually being phased out as more and more people begin to see the electronic alternative as a convenient way to do business. Like water, people tend to seek the path of least resistance. The convenience factor will make acceptance of the cashless system seem almost irresistible. The plan is to continue winning the hearts and minds of the people so that when the time comes to make the next step toward the mark of the beast, they will gladly exchange their coins and paper currency in favor of the more modern, convenient and secure cashless monetary system.

 

Convenience

Any idea or invention that makes life easier is certain to be a success. One of the strongest selling points that can be made for any product or idea is that it is more convenient than existing products or methods. The average person has yet to fully consider the convenience that will be afforded them by the new cashless/ RFID economic system. Those who are planning its implementation have carefully considered this point and will use it as a selling point to persuade many to accept the new monetary system. People have already experienced some degree of greater convenience in their financial dealings as they begin to use automatic deposit, automatic debiting for the payment of bills, and credit and debit cards to make purchases. As we move towards the day when we will live in a completely cashless society, more and more people are going to embrace this system of commerce because of its convenience.

We are going to look at some of the ways that this new way of doing business is going to be much more secure and convenient than our present system of commerce. Most of these things we already know, but we need to bring them to remembrance so we can better understand what is happening. Once we have considered these points, it will not be difficult to understand why most people will gladly embrace the cashless / RFID monetary system.

 

Identification, Licenses and Other Documentation

Almost everyday, and sometimes several times a day, we find it necessary to present some form of identification just to get along in today's society. Proving who we are in today’s world can be a complicated, and sometimes annoying, task. Depending on what we are attempting to do, we might have to produce any one of several forms of identification or licenses. Writing checks, driving, traveling, seeking employment, obtaining medical treatment, dealing with government agencies, etc., all require some form of identification. Keeping up with and having to use multiple forms of identification can be very inconvenient.

 

Your Government Assigned Number

Over the past few generations, the American people have accepted the practice of being assigned a number as a means of personal identification. A social security number is now issued at birth to every person born in the United States. While the Social Security number that is issued to us by the government is not the mark of the beast, it is a step toward the mark of the beast in that it has been used to acclimate us to the idea of using a number for identification. The social security number is required identification for employment and for many of our financial dealings, as well as all of our dealings with the government.

Those of us who are older remember being promised that the social security number we were issued would never be used as a form of identification. In fact, the social security card that I was issued has the following words printed on the front of it; "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX PURPOSES -- NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION". Of course, this promise was broken when the rule was changed, and the social security card became the form of identification required not only for dealing with the government but also in much of the private sector as well.

For identification purposes the name that we were given by our parents has been replaced by numbers that have been assigned to us by the government and businesses.

When we are born, we are issued a birth certificate. If we want to get married, we must get a license from the state. To drive, we must have a license. To hunt or fish, we must have a valid license. To operate an aircraft, a person needs a license from the Federal government. If we travel abroad, we must apply for a passport from the Federal government. Those who serve in or who are retired from the military must have an ID card. In most states that allow it, a person must have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Insurance companies give us cards that we use to gain access to healthcare. We are given another insurance card to prove that we have automobile insurance. It seems that in this "Land of the free" we need an ID or a license to do almost anything. Almost everyone has several kinds of identification to take care of the necessary business of life, which can not only be confusing, but also very inconvenient.

There are quite a few problems with having so many kinds of identification, licenses, or documents. Just keeping up with all the required forms of ID can be troublesome. Quite a bit of space is taken up in a wallet or purse by the IDs and documents that must be carried by a person. Other forms of identification or licenses that are only needed from time to time must be kept in a secure place to prevent loss or theft and so they can be retrieved for use when needed.

In addition to the inconvenience of carrying many licenses and forms of identification, there are also the problems of possible loss or theft of these physical documents. Thefts, unauthorized use, and the forgery of our ID and other documents are possible when these documents are in the form of paper or plastic. It is sometimes very difficult to replace licenses and identity documents quickly. To replace lost licenses or documents one must travel to the office of the issuing agency or attempt to deal with the agency through the mail. Forms must be filled out, identification presented, and fees paid before the documents can be replaced. Meanwhile, the person who has lost their ID or other document must try to conduct their business without the documents, which can be difficult, if not impossible.

We also have many other important documents that we do not carry with us, but must be kept in such a way that they are secure, and can be easily accessed when needed.

 

One Chip Access to All ID and Documents

The answer to the problems of having to carry, protect, and keep up with various forms of identification and other important documents is to convert them into an electronic form, store them in a computer's memory, and then provide a secure, convenient way to instantly access the documents from any remote location. A single smart card can be conveniently carried and would allow instant access to any of the stored forms of identification, licenses, or other documents.

Such a system would make identification easier, faster and more secure. It would also provide instant access to other important documents that are not normally carried on one's person (for example, birth certificate, marriage license, deeds, medical records, and so on).

The inconvenience of carrying multiple forms of ID and licenses and the possibility of loss or theft of important documents will be greatly reduced by a smart card ID system, though not completely eliminated. Theft or loss can still be a problem with the smart card ID. Just like the individual documents a person may carry for identification, smart card can be lost or stolen. The person whose financial/smart card ID is lost or stolen will not be able to buy or sell until their card is replaced. Though their documentation will still be on file in the database, they will not be able to access it without their smart card. It is easier, though, to replace a lost or stolen smart card than to replace lost or stolen paper documents. Replacement of a lost or stolen smart card could be done online by using identity verifiers such as a password, a pin number, or even biometric identifiers, to ensure that the person applying for the replacement card is the proper person.

While the smart card offers improved security, and is more convenient than paper documentation, it is still not perfect since it can be lost or stolen like the documents it replaces. There is, however, a solution to this shortcoming of the financial/RFID smart card technology.

 

A "Better Way"

Over the last few years technology has been developed that allows RFID computer chips to be implanted under the skin, making it unnecessary to carry a smart card. Like the smart card, the implantable chip will solve security problems and eliminate the inconveniences associated with carrying multiple forms of identification, various licenses, and other kinds of documentation.

Since the RFID chip that provides identification for a person and access to their financial accounts would be implanted beneath their skin, the problems of loss and theft are completely eliminated. A person will no longer be inconvenienced by leaving their smart card at home, since the chip will literally be part of him or her.

As with the smart card, a person with a chip implanted in his or her body would no longer have to carry any ID, license, or any other documentation. A person's identity will be established instantaneously, with almost absolute certainty, when the implanted chip is scanned.

Shopping will simply be a matter of placing the items to be purchased in a shopping cart and walking out of the store. Payment for the goods will be made when the customer passes through the scanner at the store's exit.

Licenses and other documentation will be instantly available. If a person's driver’s license or automobile registration must be checked by law enforcement, a simple scan of the chip will provide the officer with the desired information. The same can be done to check a person's legal status. Does a person have any outstanding warrants? Is this person in our country legally? Other information can be can be accessed as well. What is a person's medical history or condition? Where has this person been? What purchases have they made? An almost infinite amount of information can be retrieved about an individual once this system is in place.

All these things will be done utilizing the same technology and computer systems that are being put in place to operate the closed monetary/RFID system.

Big Brother's super computers will create a file for every person. Information stored in a person’s file will include name, date of birth, address, and physical description. A person's unique biometric identifiers will also be stored in their computer file. Among these could be the person's finger prints, digital photographs of the face, iris scans and even a person’s DNA profile. All income, the sources of that income, purchases, activities, and who knows what else, will be also stored in a person’s file. The information that is stored in a person’s file will be instantly accessed whenever a person's implantable chip is scanned, and scanners will be everywhere.

Several years ago, some state governments began collecting biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints and digital photos, of driver’s license applicants and those who applied for state issued ID cards. This program, which was financed by the federal government, was supposedly an effort to use modern technology to fight crime and eliminate driver’s license fraud.

Biometric identifiers, along with other information, are used by law enforcement and other government agencies to establish a person’s identity to the point of absolute certainty. The information that is, and will be, stored about individuals goes far beyond that which is needed for identification purposes.

 

Personal Security and Convenience

There are also other ways in which the implanted RFID chip will provide security and convenience.

If a person has an RFID chip implanted in their body they will be able to replace old fashioned key operated locks with locking devices that are operated by the unique code of their RFID chip. This would mean that they no longer will have to carry keys or key cards, which can be lost or stolen. Door locks, safes, automobile doors, and ignition switches are just a few of the security devices that can be operated by an implanted RFID chip.

Burglars would find that it would be almost impossible to steal from someone’s home if the home was protected by an RFID security system. The home would be constantly scanned by an on--site scanner. Once everyone is required to have an implanted RFID chip, a security system of this kind would detect any unauthorized person entering the home, and would identify them as well.

Personal convenience will be enhanced too since electrical devices could be made to operate when an RFID is detected. This would allow for devices such as lighting, heating and air conditioning, garage doors, or almost any other electrical device to be operated without a person having to manually push a button or flip a switch.

 

Financial Convenience and Security

By scanning an RFID chip that has been implanted in a person, access is gained to all of the information that previously had to be carried on one's person, or retrieved manually, whether from a file cabinet or a computer. All financial accounts and other stored information will be accessed with a single scan.

Buying and selling will be much easier in the cashless society since transactions will be completed with a single scan of a person's implanted chip. As has already been mentioned, shopping will be more convenient as the scanning of items that are purchased will also be accomplished with a single scan. No more fumbling with a billfold or checkbook. No swiping a credit or debit card through a card reader. We will soon move beyond the smart card to a financial instrument that cannot be lost, stolen, or even left at home.

Consumers will also feel as though there is greater security by having a record of every purchase and financial transaction.

 

More Convenient Healthcare

Patients will no longer be required to show an ID to medical personnel, since the biometric identifiers that are accessed by the implanted chip are unique to the individual and therefore provide positive identification.

There will be no need for people need to carry any insurance cards, including those used to access healthcare. By scanning a patient's implanted chip, any physician or other medical professional can retrieve a person’s medical records in a matter of seconds. A patient won't have to endure answering repetitious, and sometimes embarrassing, questions when seeking medical assistance. All necessary information will be downloaded from the person's medical file, which will be stored in the government's computers. The attending physician will know the complete medical history of the patient and all the medications or treatments that are being administered by any other physician.

The patient who has a chronic medical condition can lay aside their necklace or bracelet that informs medical personnel of their health problem because it will no longer be needed. Medical, insurance, and identification information will be instantly available to ambulance, emergency room, and other medical personnel by scanning the patient’s implanted computer chip.

 

The Avant-Garde

 

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity:  (Revelation 13 : 9--10)

 

In recent years we have seen how some people pull out all the stops to follow the latest technological trend or to be among the first to acquire the latest electronic gadget. There are those whose goal in life is to be “the first on the block”. Appealing to peoples' vanity, the new closed cashless economic system is hailed as a wonderful technological advance that should be welcomed by all forward thinking people. This creates the idea in the minds of some that if they move quickly to accept this modern way of doing business, they are smarter or in some way better than the average person.

Some who want to be the vanguard in implementing these technological advances have already taken the plunge into the new economic order by receiving the chip implant. These who are the first to embrace this new economic system are portrayed as being on the cutting edge of technology. These are leading the way, and others will follow. No one wants to be thought of as being "behind the times". As time goes on many will follow the Pied Piper’s tunes of "Everyone else is doing it", "After all, if it's new it must be better", "You don't want to be left behind", and last, but not least, "Well, you certainly don't want to be old-fashioned". Just as when we were children, peer pressure can influence some people to do things that they would not do otherwise.

For over seventy years parents have asked their children, "If everyone jumped off the Empire State Building, would you?" Well, when it comes to embracing the closed cashless / RFID economic system and enjoying its many benefits, at the expense of liberty, privacy, and yes, even their very soul, many will answer "yes."

 

Few Will Speak Out Against the System

Any threats to liberty that might be pointed out will be minimized, and we will be told that there is no need for concern. We will be assured that not only is there no threat to our privacy, but our privacy and security will actually be enhanced by this new system. While Big Brother brings us into complete economic slavery, we will be told that we are moving into a new age of economic freedom. Don't worry, be happy. After all, the smartest minds of our generation have considered all the possibilities, and any perceived problems are slight and certainly outweighed by the many benefits of this new cashless / RFID system.

If anyone expresses concern and begins to warn others of the dangers of the closed economic system, they will be called a kook, a conspiracy theorist, or a religious fanatic. As time goes on, those who refuse to stop speaking out against it will not only be looked upon as eccentric, but as troublemakers and enemies of the state. Every possible means will be employed to discredit or silence those who oppose the transition to the new system of commerce. To oppose the system is to oppose those who will gain greater wealth and power, which they will use to enslave the people of the earth. To speak out against this system is a very dangerous thing to do.

 

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