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4/21/14 at 06:58 AM 3 Comments

Resurrection and the Age of Biometric Surveillance

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Just reflect on the new possibilities. You want to pay for some groceries and a new technology scans your face instead of your credit card … bringing up information associated with your identity. These technologies will not just serve to criminalize a part of the population, but will defeat any desire for anonymity or freedoms and remotely control access to services based on predetermined profiles.

Should we trust a central electronic policing that can stop an individual’s ability to procure a can of coke at the till … or disallow the entry of an individual into a bus if systems percieve a civil threat? These technologies are quite close in maturing to pilot rollouts and it is still unclear how legislation should regulate an ability to pick you out from anywhere in the globe and the power it confers on those who will manage these capabilities.

The 21st century marked the advent of formal declaration that we can no more pretend to be nations ruled by the authority of the word of God and this theme propelled a new regime of rights to be freed from what was called religious dogmas. It seems, before the mid-century, society will celebrate a new Biometric Surveillance ability to impose a perfection as defined by a government we trust more than the Creator. Will the guardian angels of the 21st century be dispatched through electronic detection machinery capable of a 24 by 7 monitoring, control and restriction of all movements … stopping for example an escaped convict from purchasing a cup of coffee … but with scope for other potential abuses?

Rev 13:17  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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

When John received a revelation of an era when commerce will be controlled through the recognition of some sort of mark, it was unclear if this will be a chip or some sort of tattoo. The integration of identity, banking and commercial systems was unimaginable only decades ago yet John foretold these things. John actually foresaw options which will be available to control commerce … having the mark, having the name of the beast or the number 666… or perhaps these are all the same in the coming era of electronic persecution. John urges us to be wise and have understanding of things that are to come. Ignoring these developments and not preparing our hearts for Christ’s second coming is not prudence.

John 20:7, “And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself” (KJV)

It has been often preached that folding the napkin at the table pictures a Jewish custom that means the person folding the napkin has finished on the table and also intends to return. Christ Himself said He would return …and He arose, and as He ascended promised to come back yet again.

As we celebrate the resurrection, what should come to fore is that Jesus lives and has finished a glorious work of salvation, and that He will still return again for the saints who died with Him and who no longer live for themselves but through Him … living sacrifices.

As you enjoy the holidays do ask yourself “am I prepared for the soon coming sequence of events that have long been foretold? “

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