We have learned today that the Vatican has decided to use an ID card that has a micro-chip device embedded inside the card that is capable of being used as a tracking device. This card will be given to clergy and employees. A source inside the Vatican acknowledged that they have been thinking about this for years, but declined to give any details of the discussions. The common name for such devices is RFID or Radio Frequency Identification devices.
The issuance of these devices will probably take place on or about Jan. 1, 2013. The Vatican sees the need for the tracking cards because of the conviction of a person for stealing the pontiff’s private documents and leaking them to an Italian journalist in an “embarrassing security breach that rocked the Vatican earlier this year,” according toThe Telegraph.
There are many fundamental Christians who look at this issue as one of the ways the anti-Christ may enter into the world arena, according to Scripture. Much is said in Scripture about the number 666 and where the number must be placed in order that it would be the mark of the beast (Revelation 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.)
Of course, the ID/Tracking Card that the Vatican plans to implement does not (necessarily) mean that this device is actually the “mark of the beast”, and certainly is not the number 666, but is does signify that the Vatican has taken a new track in the way of thinking for the Catholic Church. In other words, they are willing to take a chance on new devices that are questionable when it comes to the warnings of biblical prophecy.
In the U.S. recently, a San Antonio School District raised the ire of parents and students alike when the school district said that students must wear a tracking card on a lanyard around their neck that will track the student’s moves around campus. Students who would not wear the devices suffered punishment by the district.
The farther we go into the electronic age, the more of this kind of thing we will see. We have not yet heard of one U.S. church that plans to, or is actually is using similar devices.
© 2012 by Jake Jones