In Sweden, people are abandoning the use of paper money for an increasing number of everyday transactions.
In fact, the amount of hard cash in circulation has decreased by 40 percent in the last 7 years. Sweden is beginning to look at doing away with physical money in favor of a completely digital currency which may include a microchip under the skin.
The train conductor can then simply read the chip with a smartphone to confirm the passenger has paid for their journey. Another 3,000 have been chipped so that they can have easy access to secure areas of buildings.
Worldwide it is estimated that 20,000 people already have them, using the small devices to swipe in and out of the office, and even pay for food.
Wisconsin company, Three Square Market received lots of press earlier this year when it announced it would provide optional chipping of it’s employees. “It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.
The tiny chip, which uses RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification, can be implanted between the thumb and forefinger “within seconds,” according to a statement from Three Square Market.
A NBC News report last year asserted the microchipping of children will happen “sooner rather than later” due to parental safety concerns and that Americans will eventually accept the process as something just as normal as the barcode.
“It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when,” electronics expert Stuart Lipoff told the network.
But the technology raises security and privacy issues, as the data generated could be used to track people without their consent.
It also offers a spiritual dilemma for those who believe that these implants could be the forerunner to the Bible’s “mark of the beast.” The passage in the Bible that talks about the mark of the beast is found in Revelation 13:17:
“And the second beast required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark — the name of the beast or the number of its name. Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is six hundred sixty-six”.
Christians have long debated about the meaning of the “mark of the beast” however our generation appears to be the first that now has the technology to fulfill this prophecy.