Mark of The Beast

Mark of the Beast

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Current Events
World Economy
Numbering Systems
On The Lighter Side
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Image of the Beast
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Current Events

The actual "Mark" is Antichrist's NAME or NUMBER, not ours.
It is "worn" as a symbol of worship on the right hand or on the forehead. However, national or international ID numbers are also significant because at the time the Mark is instituted, Antichrist will control all buying and selling, which obviously requires personal identification for all people.

See Articles since August, 2001

A tiny new chip from Hitachi could have massive implications for security - and also for your privacy
July 5, 2001 - A tiny new chip has been developed by Hitachi that contains 128 bits of ROM memory and a RFID (Radio frequency Identification) transponder. It is only 0.4 millimeters on a side. The chip, called Mew, can transmit information over a distance of about 30cm. It can be imbedded in a paper product to insure its authenticity, and, as in the case of money, to track its location and its history.
Source: ZDNet

'Digital Angel' not pursuing implants
June 16, 2001 - Plans to create under-the-skin monitoring device discontinued
The celebrated monitoring chip will be tested for a 90 day period, starting July 1, but none of the early tests involve actually implanting the devices under the skin. All early models will be in external devices, such as watches and pagers.
Critics of the monitoring technology fear the development of Digital Angel® as an implant for humans, claiming the device could be a fulfillment of biblical prophecy regarding the "mark of the beast." Others believe the device could lead to the erosion of personal liberty, particularly if government chooses to adopt the technology for various uses, such as the monitoring of military personnel and civilian identification.
The general public will have access to the devices by October.
Source: WorldNetDaily - by Julie Foster

<>Applied Digital Solutions' Digital Angel Named One of Four ``Cool Products'' in Fortune Magazine's Cool List 2001
June 12, 2001 - Press Release
Digital Angel(TM) represents the first-ever combination of advanced biosensor technology and Web-enabled wireless telecommunications linked to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). By utilizing advanced biosensor capabilities, Digital Angel will be able to monitor key body functions - such as temperature and pulse - and transmit that data, along with accurate location information, to a ground station or monitoring facility. Digital Angel will be able to tap into an addressable North American marketplace estimated to exceed $70 billion. Applied Digital Solutions is exploring a wide range of potential applications for Digital Angel, including: monitoring the location and medical condition of at-risk patients; locating lost or missing individuals; locating missing or stolen household pets; managing livestock and other farm-related animals; pinpointing the location of valuable stolen property; managing the commodity supply chain; preventing the unauthorized use of firearms; and providing a tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-commerce security. For more information or to reserve Digital Angel service, visit . About Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. Applied Digital Solutions is an information technology and solutions company operating on the I3 Services Platform - Intelligent Integrated Information Services. Through our core business units (Applications, Services and Advanced Wireless), Applied Digital Solutions offers - products and services for the collection, organization, analysis, warehousing and dissemination of information for a wide variety of end users including commercial operations, government agencies and consumers. For more information, visit the company's website at
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer online)

Cashless Purchases at McDonalds
May 27, 2001 - In an Associated Press Article entitled "McDonalds Tries Electronic Payment, " writer Melanie Carrol says that 26 MacDonalds locations in and around Boise Idaho are experimenting with electronic payment by use of a little wand with a transponder, similar to the Speed Pass which many customers now use to purchase gasoline.
Inside the FreedomPay wand, a microchip contains a customer identification number read by the sensor. The information is electronically transmitted to a computer server where the customer's account is charged.
Using a credit or debit card, participants can ``load'' their FreedomPay account via the Internet or over the phone.
Burger King and others have also been testing the idea, and in So. Calif., those who have a FasTrak transponder for use of automatic pay on toll roads may also use their devices to pay for fast food at a variety of locations.
Source:AP News (Story no longer online)

Fingerprint May Soon Be Needed to Buy Groceries
Mar. 31, 2001 - Four Kroeger stores in the Houston area have been using a point-of-sale fingerprint scanning device for just over a year to validate customer identification. Customer acceptance is a problem, as is the cost of the equipment, but they believe all stores will eventually use such a system. The equipment is provided by Biometric Access Corp.
Source: NewsMax - David M. Bresnahan

All That Data, All That Secrecy
Mar. 14, 2001 - Big Brother knows all about you, but what do you know about Big Brother? It includes data giants like Acxiom and Abacus. These companies track the purchasing habits of at least 90 percent of America's 100 million households. The Federal Trade Commission is trying to figure out what information they have and who has the privilege of using the secret information.
Source: Wired News

Beyond the Bar Code
Mar. 2000 - The next step in product control is to place tiny chips in the labels of bottles, boxes and cans. Having these devices will enable the tracking of product from manufacturing to recycling, and will help solve the mystery of stolen merchandise.
At the heart of this scenario is a little device called a "radio frequency identification tag"—a silicon chip that boots up and transmits a signal when exposed to the energy field of a nearby reader. The ultimate goal is to put a radio tag on virtually every manufactured item, each tracked by a network of millions of readers in factories, trucks, warehouses and homes, transforming huge supply chains into intelligent, self-managing entities.
This won't happen overnight, because the cost of the chips must come down to the one cent range before it will be considered practical.
Source: Technology Review (Story no longer online)

Digital Angel Named Best in Show, Client Services ...
Feb. 23, 2001 - Press Release:
... At Internet World Wireless Show 2001 Out of Field of 170 International Exhibitors
Judges fascinated by the potential of this device, particularly for the care of patients suffering from Alzheimer's or mental illness
PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 2001-- Digital Angel Delivery System, including 24/7 physician-staffed call-center of Medical Advisory Systems, captivates audiences
Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSX - news) today announced that its Digital Angel Corporation subsidiary had been named Best in Show, Client Services, at the Internet World Wireless Show 2001.
Awards were presented Thursday, February 22, as part of the four-day event running from February 20-23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The winners were judged by a panel of writers and editors from Internet World magazine and, who spent two days on the floor carefully exploring products and services from over 170 exhibiting companies. The judges placed priority on a product's ability to work with existing standards and the degree to which it contributes to the development of future Internet products and services. ...
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer online)
See previous stories about Digital Angel.

Fingerprint Scans Replace Lunch Money in Pennsylvania
Jan. 22, 2001 - Children's fingerprints are being used to purchase school lunches at some schools in the Tussey Mountain School District in western Pennsylvania. Some observers are very enthusiastic about the program since it "makes stealable lunch money, lose-able swipe cards and the stigma of being known as the free-lunch kid things of the past."
It works on a debit account system — parents put money in, and students order food. When the account runs low, a letter goes out to the parents. Parents can also restrict students’ shopping “a la carte” — buying extra food not on the day’s set menu.
Others are concerned about privacy. Wide-spread adoption of such a program would mean that all children, and eventually all people will have their fingerprints on file.
Source:ABC News
Ed. Note: This illustrates the reasons people will accept a permanent form of identification. It also illustrates that fingerprints alone, or other biometric scan, such as Iris scan, could be sufficient, since the controlling computer system could then call up the relevant information about the person. If an implanted device is also used, it could be simple or complex, providing a cross-check in case the scanner fails. (Story no longer online)

Digital Angel unveiled
Human-tracking subdermal implant technology makes debut
Nov. 1, 2000 - Applied Digital Solutions has unveiled its highly-anticipated wafer-thin device which may either be implanted under the skin (in the future) or carried close to the human body (in a watch, or cell phone) for the purpose of monitoring important body functions like temperature and pulse -- and transmit that data wirelessly, along with the accurate location of the person. Present applications are obvious for people with medical problems, and keeping track of pets is another possible use. In the future the device will provide ID for electronic transactions, such as credit card and internet purchases.
Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
See the following story also

Digital Angel: The New Eye In The Sky
Oct. 16, 2000 - New device will be demonstrated soon. See previous stories about Digital Angel.
Source: Fox (Story no longer online)

Germans can hire satellite tag to mind the children
Aug. 22, 2000 - A small device attached to a child is commercially available in Germany to help parents keep track of their children.
Parents will be able to tell almost exactly where a child is, and will be alerted by a telephone call if the youngster strays beyond the limits of predefined areas fed into a computer.
The telephone call comes within 15 seconds after the child has crossed the boundary. These boundaries can be reprogrammed as necessary.
Source: Electronic Telegraph (Story no longer online)

Human Implant Tracking Device Excites MDs, Worries Privacy Groups
Aug. 15, 2000 - Advanced reaction to the planned introduction of the "Digital Angel" (See previous story), ranges from excitement about the medical monitoring possibilities to fear of the unwanted loss of privacy.
Relaying a steady stream of data on the location and health of its host to ground stations using the Global Positioning System (GPS), the dime-sized chip is intended to be worn externally, such as on a wristwatch or implanted under the skin.

"Digital Angel™ Breakthrough Technology Goes Live!"
July 31, 2000 - Applied Digital Solutions will unveil an operational prototype of its revolutionary Digital Angel technology … Chairman sees multi-billion dollar market potential via licensing and services integrated with Web-enabled wireless devices.
The prototype … to be unveiled at an invitation-only, New York City event this October … represents a major communications technology breakthrough -- the first-ever operational combination of bio-sensor technology and Web-enabled wireless telecommunications linked to GPS location-tracking systems.
Source: Applied Digital Solutions (Story no longer online)

Microchip advances pave way for anywhere, anyhow links
July 12, 2000 - "Technology Forecast," a report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, indicates that computing devices will continue to shrink, soon heralding the end of the personal computer era and ushering in the age of "pervasive computing" - invisible computers in almost everything.
Transistors are shrinking so much that every 18 to 24 months, the number that can be squeezed on to a semiconductor doubles. This pattern has held true since the early 1960s - so long, in fact, that the smallest features on semiconductors are now measured in atoms instead of microns.
Source: South China Morning Post

Animal implants to start Aug. 1
July 12, 2000 - All six Los Angeles animal shelters will start implanting all animals under their control with electronic ID devices.
Source: Daily News Los Angeles (Story no longer online)

Mission Impossible Film Promotes Digital Angel Technology
June 9, 2000 - By Thomas Horn
Excellent article about the new Digital Angel implantable microchip and other recent technologies leading to the Mark of the Beast.
Source: Worth News/ from Raiders News Update

Big Brother gets under your skin
Mar. 20, 2000 - Commentary by Julie Foster about how people will be willing to accept a trackable identification like the "Digital Angel®" from Applied Digital Solutions.
Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)

Russia: Tax ID Numbers Stir Fears of Antichrist
Mar. 11, 2000 - The Russian government is planning to give every citizen a tax identification number. There is also consideration of introducing social security cards with bar codes. In recent years many writers have suggested that bar codes contain Antichrist's number - 666. This has caused alarm by some Christians in Russia.
This week, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church broke new ground with a rare public policy statement addressing their fears and aimed at calming the waters.
The document, titled "To Respect the Feelings of Believers and Maintain Christian Sober-mindedness,"calls on the government to reconsider its plans for tax numbers, while urging church members not to read too much into the numbers.
Source: The Moscow Times (Story no longer online)

Electronic Tagging: A Virtual Prison?
Jan 7, 2000 -
Source: BBC E-cyclopedia

Personal Tracking and Recovery System Patented
Special Report- Digital Angel™ E-Business Security, Emergency Location and Medical Monitoring
Dec. 15, 1999 - On May 13, 1997, United States Patent Number 5,629,678 was granted for a "personal tracking and recovery system," consisting of a miniature digital transceiver -- implantable in humans -- with a built-in, electromechanical power supply and actuation system. These features enable the device to remain implanted and functional for years without maintenance. This transceiver sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology. Source: Applied Digital Solutions (Story no longer online)

Packer sets up big brother data store
Nov. 30, 1999 - Acxiom, a U.S. company, claims that they operate the world's largest database, with personal details on 95 per cent of all US households ( 330 million people). The company is in the process of setting up a similar service in Australia which will be operational by Christmas.
Acxiom's clients are able to access a vast information reserve on a person in seconds.
For example, if a customer called an insurance company, the company's computer system would recognise the incoming telephone number, query InfoBase, and provide a full profile on the customer before the call was answered.
Source: The Australian

Cash and the 'Carry Tax' .
Oct. 28, 1999 - Marvin Goodfriend, a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has proposed that the government use new magnetic strips on currency to track money, and discourage hoarding of cash by taxing each bill according to how long it has been since it has last been through a bank! In other words, "The longer you hold currency without depositing it in a bank account, the less that cash will be worth."
Source: Wired News - Article by Declan McCullagh

Why you should get a chip implant
Sept. 28, 1999 - By Paul Somerson, PC Computing
Many people already have electronic devices implanted in their bodies: from pacemakers to tracer-type chips supposedly placed in some executives in case they are kidnapped. RF transponders are regularly placed in pets now for easy identification, and British professor Kevin Warwick had one implanted in his forearm last year to demonstrate the advantages.
The writer of this article imagines the reasons people will accept this implanted technology. Here are just some of them:
How’d you like to avoid waiting in lines for the rest of your life? Breeze through everywhere like you owned the place. Watch lights snap on, doors open automatically, money pop out of ATMs as you approach. Never have to show an ID, buy a ticket, carry keys, remember a password. You’d leave stores loaded with packages and waltz right past the cashiers. You wouldn’t have to carry a wallet. Ever. Family and friends could find you instantly in any crowd.
Source: MSNBC / ZD Net

Method for verifying human identity during electronic sale transactions
Sept 22, 1999 - U.S. Patent # 5,878,155, dated Mar 2, 1999, was granted to Thomas W. Heeter for the technology of a tattoo of a bar code or other design on an individual which would identify him and facilitate electronic debits and other transactions. Source: JVIM News (Story no longer online)

Your License or Your Life
July 22, 1999 - The House Immigration subcommittee is debating a bill for a modified driver's License which will include one's Social Security number and a microchip. The proposed license is being called a "national ID card" by opponents of the bill. Opponents range from the ultra liberal groups like the ACLU, to very conservative groups such as the Eagle Forum.
Source: Wired News

Motorola announces BiStatix 125KHz RFID tag
March 2, 1999
Motorola's Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Division (WSSD) today announced its BiStatix(tm) smart label technology, a powerful new solution that allows the creation of cost-effective "smart labels." Utilizing BiStatix technology, radio frequency identification (RFID) antennas now can be printed on materials including paper with conductive non-metallic ink. These smart labels contain information that can be both read and modified through a wireless interface, making the BiStatix technology an ideal solution for the tracking and efficient routing of potentially billions of objects, including airline baggage, packages and parcels.

The Three Marketeers
Feb. 8, 1999 - Time Magazine
This article chronicles the quick action by three key men during the Russian financial collapse last year. Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve System, cut interest rates to stimulate our economy and keep people from fearing the worst, while Robert Rubin and Larry Summers representing the US Treasury and the International Monetary Fund, practiced monetary diplomacy to keep us from suffering a financial meltdown.
Our question about this is: If a hand-full of people have such power over the economy, what would happen if they decided to assist the future dictator of world commerce? (Story no longer online)

Is human chip implant wave of the future?
Jan. 14, 1999 - Last August, Professor Kevin Warwick, director of cybernetics at the University of Reading in the U.K., had a small glass-encapsulated device implanted in his left arm. It contained a coil and several microchips which were able to identify him to a variety of computers in the school building. As he would walk into a room it would greet him, tell him if he had Email, and other tasks. He had it removed after nine days.

National ID card challenged
Jan. 12, 1999 - Representative Ron Paul from Texas has introduced the Freedom and Privacy Restoration Act of 1999 into the House of Representatives. This bill seeks to avert plans by the federal government to issue national ID cards or numbers to all americans by Oct. 1, 2000. If passed, it will repeal provisions of the 1996 Immigration Act which call for federal standards for state driver's licenses, and sections of the Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 which mandate a uniform health identifier.
"The Freedom and Privacy Restoration Act halts the greatest threat to liberty today: the growth of the surveillance state," said Paul. "Unless Congress stops authorizing the federal bureaucracy to stamp and number the American people, federal officials will soon have the power to arbitrarily prevent citizens from opening a bank account, getting a job, traveling, or even seeking medical treatment unless their 'papers are in order.'"
Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
Ron Paul's introduction of the bill

Microchip Implants To Foil VIP Kidnaps
Oct. 6, 1998 - A new microchip, originally developed by Israeli researchers for intelligence use, is being implanted into the bodies of Italian dignitaries who fear being kidnapped. The device was developed by Gen-Etics, and is called "Sky-Eyes." It is an addaptation of the Global Positioning System which is already employed to track stolen cars. (Story no longer online)

"Fight The Fingerprint" Web Site
Sept. 1998 - Interesting site dedicated to opposition of government identification cards and supporting devices (Story no longer online)

Another Contender for A National I.D. Number
July 15, 1998 - This CBN report is entitled "A National ID Card: Is Big Brother on the Way?" Reporter Melissa Charbonneau describes the movement toward using your Social Security number on your Driver's License. The article says:
Congress passed the 1996 Immigration Reform Act. Under that provision, U.S. citizens will soon be required to submit their social security numbers when applying for a driver's license. That number, the statute recommends, could be "read visually or by electronic means."
That's the start, some say, of a national identity card.
See the next article also. (Story no longer online)

Health Care I.D. Number
July 13, 1998 - The Department of Health and Human Services has a plan to create a "unique health identifier for individuals." This number was mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
The report on this development in the "Federal Computer Week" publication states:
But opponents of the identifier see something potentially sinister in trying to link patient records through a single identification code. Critics believe the identifier could supplant the Social Security number as a means of tracking all types of data on citizens. (Story no longer online)

Bill Gates Watch
The richest man in the world is also the most powerful person in the world of computers. His recent actions should be a wake-up call to Christians who are expecting a coming economic dictatorship.

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Numbering Systems

Some of the many possibilities for the number 666. None of them should be assumed to be the actual solution. They are just examples that have been suggested from various sources.

ROMAN NUMERALS (First six numerals) - Symbolic of the Roman Empire
D (500) + C (100) + L (50) + X (10) + V (5) + I (1)
Note: doesn't include number for 1000 (M).

Six may be the number of man. He was created on the 6th day. In Scripture, seven is the number of perfection or completeness. God rested on the seventh day. Man falls short of the glory of God. 6 times 6=36. The sum of all numbers up to 36=666.

Has 6-6-6 in code Three long lines dividing the two segments

From Soon Coming World Events by John T. Sharrit, president of Christian Missionary Society based in Phoenix, Arizona, 1980
The Apostle John, the writer of Revelation, spoke Aramaic as his native language. Both Aramaic, along with Greek and Roman languages, used alphabetic characters to represent numbers. Sharrit shows that Nero Caesar's name in Aramaic is NRON KSR. Numeric values for these letters are:
N 50
R 200
O 6
N 50
K 100
S 60
R 200
Total 666
Thanks to Roy Gillette via BIBLE_PROPHECY-L list, March 6, 1997.

U = 126
S = 114

O = 90
F = 36

A = 6
M = 78
E = 30
R = 108
I = 54
C = 18
A = 6

Roman Numerals
I = 1
V = 5
X = 10

P(70) R(90) I(9) N(50) C(3) E(5) C(3) H(8) A(1) R(90) L(30) E(5) S(100) O(60) F(6) W(0) A(1) L(30) E(5) S(100)
Adapted from Jim Searcy's Chart below:

On The Lighter Side

It's a serious subject, but take a break for some humor.

Why is 666 on the Eifel Tower?
Mar. 6, 1998 - This one's just for fun. Wired On-Line reported that the number was displayed on the tower, and that it spooked some Parisians until they realized it was just the countdown to the beginning of the year 2000. [Technically, the new Millennium begins one year later- 2001.]

Mark Of The Beast (Humor)
666 number of the beast
668 neighbor of the beast
DCLXVI roman numeral of the beast
666.000 number of the high-precision beast
1010011 binary number of the beast
$665.95 retail price of the beast
$656.66 Wal-Mart price of the beast
Phillips 666 gasoline of the beast
Route 666 way of the beast
666 F oven temperature for cooking roast beast
666K retirement plan of the beast
666 mg recommended daily requirement of beast
6.66% 6 year CD rate at First Beast Bank ($666 min. deposit)
Lotus6.66 spreadsheet of the beast
Word66.6 word processor of the beast
666i BMW of the beast
666.HG.6666 URL of the beast
IAM 666 license plate of the beast
WD-666 spray lubricant of the beast
66.6 MHz FM radio station of the beast
666 KHz AM radio station of the beast
(unknown source)
From Internet For Christians Newsletter 1/8/97

Is Barney The Antichrist?
"Cute Purple Dinosaur" adds up to 666!

Is Bill Gates the Antichrist?
This one isn't meant to be serious either, but it's floating around all over the Internet, especially in the Email lists. (An example - Urban Legends
The real name of "the" Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III. 
Nowadays he is known as Bill Gates (III), where "III" means the 
order of third (3rd.)

By converting the letters of his current name to the ASCII-values 
and adding his (III), you get the following:

B       66
I       73
L       76
L       76
G       71
A       65
T       84
E       69
S       83
+        3
       666 !!

Some might ask, "How did Bill Gates get so powerful?" Coincidence? 
Or just the beginning of mankind's ultimate and total enslavement???

YOU decide!

Before you decide, consider the following:

M  S  -  D  O  S     6  .  2  1
77+83+45+68+79+83+32+54+46+50+49 = 666

W  I  N  D  O  W  S  9  5
87+73+78+68+79+87+83+57+53+1 = 666

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Excerpts from The Prophecy Puzzle

In the actual software package, many key words would appear as colored hyperlinks to other articles. These links are not shown here.

This is definitely the age of the computer. Computers do all kind of wonderful things, but, because of the way they work, everything they do must be converted to numbers. Every letter on this screen, every colored pixel, every tone produced by the computer (including your favorite music CD) is saved and processed as a number.

Now that modern technology has reached the stage where it is truly feasible for Antichrist to exert economic dictatorship it is increasingly important for everyone to have a distinctive number. Most of us have several numbers already: our Social Security number, drivers' license number, phone, FAX and pager numbers, credit card numbers, and so on. See Modern Technologies.

What does Antichrist's personal number, 666 mean? Please notice that the Scripture says plainly that it is "the number of his name." This is significant because the issue in this future story is that of worship. People must vow their devotion to this worst of all the false Christs by allowing either his name, or else the number of his name to be placed on them in a prominent place as a symbol of their allegiance.

There are many possible ways of converting a name to a number. Here are some of them:

There are also various techniques for coding this number. These include:

We have been warned that we can not know who Antichrist is until he is revealed, after the Restrainer (The Holy Spirit) is no longer holding back sin (2 Thessalonians 2:1-11). But those who are alive during that time might recognize him partly by this number. It will be wise and proper for those living during that time to "calculate" his number (verse 18).

It should also be noted that, even though it is logical for us to have our own numbers, and that, for security reasons, these numbers might even be tattooed on or implanted in us, the number that will be displayed on the hand or forehead will not be our number, but Antichrist's. Those who are more bold in their devotion to him will not have his number, but his actual name!

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