Do you consider the introduction of biometric passports containing the beast number of 666 in the chip is a milestone in the path of the fulfillment of Revelation? If not, what specific events would be ominous? If so, what attitude should be adopted to this process?
What are biometric passports?
Here’s the explanation that Cristian Presura, a researcher at Philips who worked on such systems, gave:
The new biometric passports introduced from January 1, 2009, imply integrating into the computerized file of the document, a computer chip containing the titular’s photography, but electronically. It is a colored photography with the size of 35mm/45mm. Another identification measure is to incorporate the electronic chip, in addition to the facial image, of the fingerprints from each hand.
Asked what connection is between these passports and the number 666, he said:
Normally, such information from the chip is not related to number 666. Of course, this combination of figures can appear randomly on one of the millions of the chips, as it may occur randomly on any computer where memory is stored in different parts of its.
The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Romania has decided unanimously in favor of biometric passports, and Constantin Stoica, the speaker for the Patriarchate decided to be one of the first personthat will have such a passport.
Number 666 will be applied during the Antichrist period
The Book of Revelation describes more detailed and thoroughly the last 70 prophetic weeks described by the prophet Daniel in his book. Then the Antichrist and the false prophet will work. In chapter 13 of the book of Revelation the Antichrist is called the first Beast and the false prophet is called the second Beast. During 3 and a half years when they two will activate on earth their 666 number will be applied, as it is written:
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:14-17)(NASB)
Yet, biometric passports are a step towards the fulfillment of Revelation
As you saw in the passage quoted above, this number 666 will be applied somehow (possibly in the form of a microchip) on the forehead or right hand so that people can not buy or sell without having this mark. So, because of the presence of this number on the right hand or forehead it will be impossible for man to hide somewhere and it will greatly restrict his freedom. Those who will have the mark 666 will be forced to worship the Antichrist.
Now, what is the relationship between this and the biometric passports? These passports are to store more and more precise information about the man, so as each person would be easily identified. It is true that it sounds good in a way, that it will protect us from criminals, contraband, etc. But essentially, it puts much greater control over the citizen of the country into the hands of the government. On the other hand, without realizing which way it goes, because of current threats, global terrorism, etc. governments are forced to implement these security measures. And when the Antichrist comes, all these governments of all countries will come to be subject to him, and so the Antichrist will take control of all people.
Another reasons why I think the biometric passport is a step towards the fulfillment of Revelation, is that people get used to these chips, with this control that is continuously increasing and when the great tribulation will come, when the Antichrist will come, they will accept more easily and without any doubts to have on the right hand or forehead the mark of the beast, which is decoded as 666.
666 is not a threat to real Christians
Before the coming of the great tribulation, it will take place one of the biggest events in human history – Rapture of the Church. Paul’s First Epistle to Thessalonians writes more details about it. Then, true Christians, who have concluded a covenant with Jesus Christ, who were born again, who had the Holy Spirit and lived in obedience to God being led by the Holy Spirit, those Christians will be raptured into heaven. Here’s how the event is described in the Bible:
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)(NASB)
Proceeding from this, it becomes quite clear that there is no danger to a true Christian to have biometric passport. And for all others who are afraid or indifferent to the presence of this biometric chip on the new passport, I urge them to seek to know God, to study the Scriptures, to believe in Jesus Christ and repent to receive forgiveness and eternal inheritance with all the saints. Thus, they will have share of the Rapture of the Church and not of the great tribulation.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru