Maybe it is just a coincidence that Apple’s first computer, the Apple I was priced at $666. And maybe it was just a coincidence that their logo was an apple with a bite taken out of it. Knowing what we do about the company’s founders, it was probably just a little touch of mischief, based on the ideas already circulating in the ‘60’s that computers would someday make it possible for the Antichrist to become an economic dictator of the world.
Now, nearly 40 years later, Apple has done it again with the introduction of Apple Pay on its new iPhone 6. Offering a leap forward in convenience and security, an iPhone user can pay for purchases with the touch of a button, and be protected against identity theft by placing his or her fingerprint on the screen of the phone. Applications on other smart phones can make similar transactions, but without quite the simplicity, and security.
I have never thought that Apple Computer was evil. It changed the world with revolutionary new technologies, and technology is never intrinsically good or bad. It always has the potential to be either a blessing or a curse, depending on its use. In fact I admired Apple, and was even involved in creating some of its early software.
In recent years I have spoken often on the subject, “Technology and the Mark of the Beast.” It has been fascinating to watch our wildest projections become reality so that computers are unbelievably powerful, and, thanks to the Internet, amazingly connected to each other. Our smartphones are proof of this.
Forty years ago we could barely dream how this prophecy would be fulfilled:
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. – Revelation 13:16-18
These days it doesn’t require much imagination to believe that a future world dictator could control the ability of any individual to buy or sell.