Yesterday, Brandon and I had eaten lunch at a local pizza shop. Upon leaving Brandon looked down at their newspaper racks and pointed out the Dallas Observer which featured this photo on the cover: (Note: I don’t usually read the Observer or newspapers in general. The Observer is also full of sex ads, a warning for those of you who might be interested in reading the article. I suggest looking online to avoid these ads.)
It’s clear to me that these microchips in the hand (RFID chips) are quite possibly the early stages of the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-17; 14:9-11; 19:20; 20:4). When reading Revelation we are, in a human way of thinking, reading it as things that will happen suddenly. Most might think that it will be “all of the sudden” there is a choice to be made. They misunderstand the gradual process and conditioning society is being led into by the devil.
Satan is boastful and proud, that’s for sure, but when it comes to his own plans he’s going to attempt to bring things about under the radar and unnoticed by the masses. He is attempting to condition the minds of all the people into thinking that whatever he suggests is “not that big of a deal.”
They have already started implementing microchips into credit and debit cards. They have new readers that when you have one of these cards you have to insert the card a certain way instead of sliding it. How long before all cards are this way? And after they find a way to show how easily those systems could be “hacked” and suddenly need a “better and more secure” way of payment, how long before suggesting these implants?
I’ve read many articles of people that already have these implants to use for payments, among other things, and I don’t find it that surprising. Satan’s way of working is a slow trickle. To suggest things slowly so that it seems we’re just advancing in technology and as a race to make his plans seem normal.
One of the issues I believe a lot of believers will fall into when it comes to the mark of the beast is their Bible version. We all know there are many versions of the Bible out there and there is a lot of controversy about just that.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the verses I referenced above in different versions:
Revelation 13:16-17 KJV
(16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
(17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
(Brandon’s note: There are three different versions of this mark. “…he that had the mark, OR the name of the beast, OR the number of his name.”)
Revelation 13:16-17 NIV
(16) It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,
(17) so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Revelation 13:16-17 ESV
(16) Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, (17) so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
(Side Note: ESV’s “to be marked” can imply a forcible implication rather than “to receive” which implies free will in the decision for receiving such a mark)
Revelation 14:9 KJV
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Revelation 14:9 NIV
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand,
Revelation 14:9 ESV
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Revelation 20:4 KJV
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:4 NIV
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:4 ESV
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
If you read a more “Modern” version of a Bible you will notice that the verses in Revelation from the King James Version (KJV) say the mark will be “in” their hands or forehead, not “on” as the New International Version and English Standard Version say.
What’s the difference?
When going through to rewrite the King James Bible (yes, that’s what they were trying to do), to give a more “modern” and “understandable” version they write for what makes sense during their technological time which corrupts the written prophesy God has given us of what will come to pass.
Would it make sense to anyone back in the 1600’s to have a mark IN your hand or IN your forehead? Not really, but it was left in the proper translation despite a possible lack of understanding.
So why did they feel a need to change this in the “modern versions” in the 1970’s (NIV) and in the 1990’s (ESV, which is actually a revised version of the 1971 Revised Standard Version)?
Why did they feel a need to change “in” to “on” even while technology was advancing much faster by the twentieth century?
I have seen some that claim that the hebrew word for “on” is interchangable to “in” and therefore the change was made to what made more sense at the time. Of course the GREEK words, which are what the New Testiment is written in, for “on” (επί) and “in” (ἐν) are different so that argument is void. Look up the lexicons if you like, ‘on’ is G1909, ‘in’ is G1722.
The actual truth is although some may not have understood the terms for the word “on” in the KJV, they are actually writing the modern “bibles” from completely different manuscripts. These manuscripts, which have been proven to be false by many researchers, are said to be older and “more accurate” versions of the Word of God. Usually they are found by someone who claims to “recover” them who, in the end, is seeking fame and fortune. And that is exactly what they get. Is that how God works?
Is that how His Words were written?
I didn’t know Moses was seeking fame and fortune and “happened upon” discovering God’s already written words.
I didn’t know the disciples were seeking their own selfish desires while many died trying to spread the Word of God.
It’s not how God works. That’s how cults are formed.
(Note: most stores and people do not tell you they use different manuscripts that they claim are “older” and therefore more “accurate” when rewriting Bible translations. I suggest those who haven’t look into this and see all that has been changed and removed. This is a decent source for such examples: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/esv.htm)
Well, so what? So what if modern “bibles” are changed a few things. So what if the word “in” has been changed to “on”?
The problem is that the Lord, our God, has written down HIS words to help us. To lead and guide us. To tell us beforehand what is to happen. Changing His words changes what to believe. It will lead people to believe He is wrong, which is not possible. It will lead those to misunderstand what is really going on in the world and what to watch out for.
Do you trust the Word of God? Do you trust they are HIS words? Then why are you reading a version that has changed what He has already said?
Revelation 22:18-19 KJV
(18) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Why does the Bible need to be changed? Because someone has told you it’s too difficult to read? The KJV is easier to understand than most modern bibles, I can testify to that. I’ve had the Lord speak to me through the KJV more than any other “version” I’ve ever tried to read. It completely changed the relationship I have with Christ. It’s the Word of God; it’s infallible, self-referencing, and prophetic, not watered down and confusing. It doesn’t leave others to wonder what God really thinks and feels, especially in the circumstances we are in today with society.
Mark 13:35-37 KJV
(35) Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: (36) Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
(37) And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.