Revelation 13:16-18 (NIV)
16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
The Beast Inside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I happened to have seen an advertisement on the television during a program I had been watching and it was in regard to a new model of mobile phone by manufacturer ‘Samsung‘. Like most adverts use of subtleties, suggestions and general assumptions were used to convey the idea that we, the public, wanted what was advertised. Throughout the advert a song was being played, the words of which suggested we did, ‘Give them what they want’……Well maybe I am the odd one out here but that suggestion is a subtle way of attempting us to believe that we want the latest product because everyone else wants one and I am not taking the bait. In fact I don’t like the kind of technology that one day threatens to run our lives. If you don’t believe that then just look around and see how many people are joined at the hip to their ‘smart’ phones. No-one takes any notice of their surroundings anymore, their eyes are glued to their little (or big) screens and their ears are being pumped whatever sounds they are tuned into. This is only the beginning, technology is only in its infancy despite what has been achieved so far. You can be sure more is to come. In relation to the Bible verses above one day technology will dispense with the need to carry cash, cards (even those with RFID chips) or smart phones to make purchases. The technology will be inside us! Those who allow it that is. However, as the verses state, nothing will be purchasable without it! We will be under the control of others………….Okay it might not happen during our own lifetime but there again the technology is already here and in some countries people really do have RFID chips implanted. Imagine what the world would be and will be like when everyone has implanted technology………
Read the Book of Revelation. It is the last book in The Bible for a reason……
I have never really been one who goes with the flow so to speak, never one who does things just because everyone else seems to be doing it. I hate change just for the sake of it or especially change that results in a backward step that doesn’t benefit anyone. I am a rebel at heart to the things I feel don’t justify my interest. I am a self-confessed cynic too I suppose and will voice my opinion in regard to something I feel is stupid or is pushing me into a corner unless I submit. Over the last few years in particular I have grown to hate what goes on in the world, mostly because of my Christian faith but partly also in the everyday things directly affecting my life. I can see where it is all heading and I don’t like it. However there is little I can do about it so I have to endure and try to influence wherever and whenever I can. The greatest influence on my attitude to life on this planet is The Bible, a collection of 66 books by 40 different authors all inspired by God yet although most of them had no contact with the others or had read anything they had written, the writings are all connected to the same theme. About one-third of the writings are prophetic and some of those prophecies talk about the present day and the days to come. What I am trying to point out is the fact that many of the things we are now in the process of undertaking have been foretold. I see it all around me and am helpless to do anything about it. The world is like a large machine gathering speed and relentlessly heading to its destiny whether we like it or not. Those who are wise will understand.
Nationwide Building Society ATM, Donegall Square South, Belfast, Northern Ireland, December 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I went for a walk into town on Saturday morning as I had a large amount of cash lying around the house which needed depositing in the bank, actually a building society account. My local branches have closed over the last few years and the excuse was to streamline the business but what they really meant was they were cutting back on expenses and staff so that more profit could be made. Gradually banking like taxation has been pushed into our laps and we do all the work ourselves. That has its merits and its shortcomings. Suddenly we could get cash out of a machine and didn’t have to visit a branch of the bank which was a good idea but then there came machines which could take our deposits too. I trust neither of them but am forced to use them as there are fewer staff to do it. Eventually there will be no alternative but that is only the beginning, there are plans afoot to do away with cash altogether and have only cards. It won’t end there. The next step will be an electronic chip embedded under the skin which will do away with any need with physical representation of our credit. We will then be slaves to the system. (Mark of the beast and all that). Enjoy the freedom whilst it lasts. So there I was at the bank with cash in hand refusing to use one of the machines and standing in wait for a teller to be free. I approached her desk and offered the cash for deposit only to be told that they don’t accept deposits now except through the machines! This time however she took the money but insisted I use the machine in future. I will have no alternative. Just a simple example of the way things are proving to be heading in the direction prophesied over a couple of thousand years by the prophets of The Bible.
It Doesn’t Matter (Wyclef Jean song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m crazy so people tell me but what do they know? I actually like work! Why is that? It is all about being occupied, about not wanting the boredom that comes from having nothing to do. Now I suppose I could travel here and there and spend my time filling my life with meaningless pastimes.The problem with that is I get no pleasure in wasting time that can be spent working. The things that held my interest in years gone by have done just that, gone by. My outlook on life has changed quite a lot, especially within the last couple of years. Much of that is due to my religious beliefs for I now see just how pointless are the many things people see as being important in their lives. What does it really matter if we surround ourselves with material things or not? Does it matter if we spend all of our time travelling about or staying at home, dining out or eating in? The answer is absolutely nothing! ‘ 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.’ (Ecclesiastes 8) So it all depends upon what we like to do for no matter what that might be it makes no difference. We all end up in the grave, that is our flesh of course. This being the case I fill my time working in one way or another, though naturally not all of the time. I have been eager to get into the gardens, especially the rear garden where more has to be maintained in order to do some pruning and clearing away of yet more leaves. Yes, although the leaves have ceased falling I haven’t been able to get into the garden to clear them away but they are in places where they are unlikely to move any further. I also want to dig out a few plants and one or two small trees that are over-populating one section of the border they are in. The main reason for not having done any of this work has been the terrible weather over the last week or more, high winds and rain, lots of both. As I write this on Sunday evening the weather has finally changed for the better and I may be able to do some of the work in the week ahead. E hasn’t as yet finished applying gloss paint to all the woodwork in the kitchen and therefore I haven’t been able to do any touching-up of the emulsion on the walls. That will take minutes rather than hours though and the kitchen will be finished. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow, maybe not but it doesn’t matter does it?