Friday, February 10, 2012

Mark of the Beast?

His Grace has never been one for equating technological advances like scanning barcodes and ID micro-chips with the Mark of the Beast. But he knows a great many who do. There's something about the ubiquity of ID numbers and the inexorable advance towards a cashless society which coheres with the premillennial-tribulationsist belief in the emergence of an oppressive economic system by which believers may eventually be identified and persecuted.

And yet there's something decidedly unnerving about the Skinput project, developed by Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University. This technology shifts away from keypads, smartphones and touchscreens to give you 'all the features of a touch-screen on your skin (arms, legs)'. Yes, your body becomes the ultimate display screen, with commands typed directly onto human tissue - by oneself or others.

It is simply a matter of physiological and ergonomic logic that the back of the hand and the forehead might become the common platforms for such interfacing...


Blogger Belsay Bugle said...

In medieval times, anyone convicted for the first time of a felony or misdeneanour had F or M branded on the palm of his hand and let go.

If he was caught a second time it was a simple matter to open his palm and woe betide him if the brand was found.

10 February 2012 at 09:31  
Blogger OneWayPublishing said...

I thought Anglicans contemporary with His Grace were amillenial...

10 February 2012 at 10:11  
Blogger Dave said...

Ergonomic logic? Have you ever tried typing on your forehead?

10 February 2012 at 10:26  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

Rev 13:18 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.

Sorry, I'm none the wiser.

10 February 2012 at 10:29  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace;
An interesting but useless piece of technology. I was once interested in the end times but now I just 'occupy till He comes'.

10 February 2012 at 12:15  
Blogger Oswin said...

My forehead already reads ''insufficient funds'' - it's why I wear a cap!

10 February 2012 at 13:01  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. Rather reminiscent of the Sinclair C5. Much development time and investment wasted…

10 February 2012 at 19:05  
Blogger Shacklefree said...

When we consider the way democracy is being short changed to disenfranchise Christians in their own country, we should perhaps consider listen to the Biblical warnings given by our Lord and St. Paul about the End Times. We have the great apostasy upon us, the media indoctrinate rather than inform, we have men preferring lies to the truth and we have also the prophecy of Daniel coming true. Daniel says:

9.24 'Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city, for putting an end to transgression, for placing the seal on sin, for expiating crime, for introducing everlasting uprightness for setting the seal on vision and on prophecy, for anointing the holy of holies.
25 Know this, then, and understand: From the time there went out this message: "Return and rebuild Jerusalem" to the coming of an Anointed Prince, seven weeks and sixty-two weeks, with squares and ramparts restored and rebuilt, but in a time of trouble.
26 And after the sixty-two weeks an Anointed One put to death without his . . . city and sanctuary ruined by a prince who is to come. The end of that prince will be catastrophe and, until the end, there will be war and all the devastation decreed.
27 He will strike a firm alliance with many people for the space of a week; and for the space of one half-week he will put a stop to sacrifice and oblation
12.4 'But you, Daniel, must keep these words secret and keep the book sealed until the time of the End.

Daniel specifically says that this is a prophecy not for his times but for the End Times and we had the message going out from the UN in 1947 about the return of the Jews to Israel. However before the second coming of Our Lord there will be the time of the anti-Christ and the disciples of satan in the Islamic world are already ferociously persecuting Christians while secularists and humanists are doing what they can to eradicate Christianity from our nation. This is what we would expect in the End Times.

With regard to Daniels comment about alliances, George Soros was instrumental in almost breaking the bank of England. He made millions by currency speculation and he financed Obama the great abortionist.
Obama has recently promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil, in order to give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama’s largesse towards Brazil, came shortly after his political financial backer, George Soros, invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras).
Looks like a lucrative alliance to me.

10 February 2012 at 20:00  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...


You're catching the protestant obsession with end time prediction.

If Daniel's words were to be kept secret until the end times started then they've being going on for quite some time!

"But you, Daniel, must keep these words secret and keep the book sealed until the time of the End."

11 February 2012 at 00:09  
Blogger len said...

Very important to be aware of our times.Do not bury your heads in the sands as do some birds!.(leaves a very important part of your anatomy exposed!.)

"And he [the Antichrist] shall make all, both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen, to have a character in their right hand, or on their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." [Apocalypse 13: 16-17]

We are approaching a cashless Society.

"Our primary competition is cash, and our job is to erode cash as a form of making direct payment." -----Edmund Jenson, President and Acting Director of Visa International.

We already carry micro chips around in our pockets it would be a small move (in the name of security) to place them under our skin.

11 February 2012 at 08:48  
Blogger Shacklefree said...

I think it is sensible to be hesitant about prophecying the End
Times and Our Lord said that no one knows the hour. However he also said to read the signs of the times and we have the signs with us just now so Len has got a point about not burying our heads. Remember Jesus also said it will be like in the time of Noah with everybody carrying on as if everything will carry on as before. The news about micro-chips in our hands or foreheads ties exactly with the prediction in Revelation. We have also had the Woman adorned with the Sun (Revelation 12) at Fatima in 1917 after which Revelation talks about a great dragon. The Fatima children spoke about Russia spreading her errors throughout the world and Communism nowadays is very much associated with the Chinese dragon. In addition the beast from the Sea has been interpreted as referring to Islam and the ferocity coming out of Islam today is surely the spirit of satan roaming abroad. Yes we cannot be absolutely sure but so much fits and in particular we should consider what Daniel meant when he said the anti-christ will put an end to sacrifice and oblation. The Jewish sacrifice ended with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans and the only sacrifice we have today is the Catholic mass. Can we see a time when the Catholic mass will be abolished? Well if the Third Secret of Fatima is right, it talks about the pope and numerous bishops being killed. That would leave a vacuum at the Vatican which could possibly be filled by the freemason traitors that currently occupy some of the high places in the Vatican at the present time. The picture has a good deal of consistency with what Daniel and Our Lord spoke about.

11 February 2012 at 18:02  

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