KEY TEXT: Revelation 13:11-18 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 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, 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. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
KEY THOT: The first beast came out of the sea and we know he is the Anti-Christ who will make war against the saints. This second beast came out of the earth and he will make the earth's inhabitants worship the first beast: "It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast" (v.12). He will deceive the world through great signs: "by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth" (v.14). This second beast is described as having "horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon" (v.11). In other words, he appears like a lamb (a religious leader) but the power that activates him is the dragon--just like the first beast. And in Revelation 19:20 he is identified as the false prophet: "And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image." And so this completes the unholy anti-Christ Trinity: the dragon (Satan) at the apex as the unholy "Father," the first beast (Anti-Christ) as the false "Christ" and second beast (False Prophet) as the unholy Spirit, forming the base of this unholy "Trinity."
Again, there is much speculation about who or what the second beast represents. Whomever it may be, this False Prophet has the Satan-derived power to perform signs and wonders and also the political authority derived from the first beast to set up a world religious system and then to force all inhabitants of the world to worship the first beast. That the second beast is described as a "lamb" would suggest this false prophet likely to be identified with the Church. But the weapon of their global subjugation of the earth's inhabitants is economic: "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, 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...and his number is 666." (vv.16-17).
The idea of an electronic implant in the hand as a form of personal identification for all kinds of transactions and access to databases is already a reality. It is now being commercially produced as a microchip implant the size of a rice grain known as Verichip marketed by Digital Angel Corporation (https://newatlas.com/go/3339/). Each microchip has a unique 16-digit ID which will link the person to his own user database of medical, financial and other personal records. It can be implanted in the hand and can be scanned for any kind of transaction.
Accordingly, the second beast will force everyone to have this chip implanted for buying and selling. The rise of BitCoin as the new "currency" for global transactions may be part of this puzzle towards the formation of a cashless economic system activated by RFID chips. In fact, it is reported that the founder of General Bytes, the manufacturer of Bitcoin ATMs, has already implanted RFID chips in both of his hands to store his Bitcoin private keys and business card: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/mr-bitcoin-nfc-implant.
So, the technology is already in place for a global financial system where all transactions by every inhabitant on earth will be controlled through these implanted chips. And it is far more convenient than the credit cards or mobile phones we now rely on for our transactions. And the number "666" may be the number associated with this global economic system headed by the second beast. Is 666 a computer code? Or a code for a name or country? We don't know for sure, but it's wise for us to keep our ears and eyes open to the news.
The important lesson here for us believers is the warning not to receive this microchip implant on our hand or forehead because it will mean we will become totally subjugated to the AntiChrist through this technology. As it now stands, most of us are already connected to the global financial and transportation system through our credit cards, Transitlink cards and bank accounts. But the control is now limited to our own government. But soon, this control will be global when all governments agree to link their financial systems and controls under one world order. The use of microchips will be the easiest way to set up a global system whereby a world ruler will be able to track every inhabitant on earth to control his or her access to all financial and economic activities.
May the Lord grant us wisdom in the coming days to make the right decisions.
Abba-Father, help us stay alert and faithful to Your word. Amen.