Each week we like to present what we call a Prophecy Update. We do it because the Bible is about 30% prophecy, and there are approximately 500 end times prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled. Since we know that they will be fulfilled, to the letter, we can expect trends in our world, and news items, to anticipate their fulfillment.
We’re not saying the things we present are the fulfillment; only that they are what you’d expect based on reading the Bible from a literal, futurist perspective.
The majority of our updates suggest that the trend towards personal identification utilizing biometrics was predicted in the Bible. Towards the end of the first century, the apostle John was shown the future. He saw the people of the world conducting all their daily business by some sort of “mark” on their hand or forehead.
Today we are definitely trending rapidly in that direction. A recent article was titled, Two UK banks add Face ID authentication option to mobile banking apps.
Nationwide and Bank of Scotland have updated their mobile apps to support Face ID, the facial authentication feature integrated in Apple’s new iPhone X, according to a report by MacRumors.
The banks are the first mobile banking apps in the UK to provide support for Apple’s new facial recognition technology.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently wrote in a note to investors that he believes that Apple will continue using the 3D face recognition technology instead of Touch ID fingerprint authentication on all future iPhones and iPads.
Here’s another article, this one titled, Automotive industry increasingly adopting biometric technologies.
A new report by Venture Beat points to the increasing use of biometric technologies in connected cars to increase security through driver identification and authentication, as well as provide a more convenient experience.
In fact, a recent report found that the biometric vehicle access systems global market will increase from its current $442.7 million to reach $854.8 million by 2021.
At last month’s CES show, several firms demonstrated integrated biometrics technology for vehicle authentication including: Continental’s fingerprint and facial recognition technology for vehicle personalization and authentication; Delta ID and Gentex’s iris-based in-car biometrics system that authenticates the driver and delivers customized security and convenience features, and; Chrysler’s new Portal concept minivan with biometric technology.
The auto insurance industry is also increasingly adopting biometric driver authentication by charging premium rates specific to the driver of the vehicle, based on their individual history and characteristics. This method is expected to benefit safe drivers who currently pay premium rates based on a system that takes all drivers under a profile into account.
For example, the use of an iris-enabled rearview mirror that continuously identifies and authenticates each driver, can enable insurance firms to apply the appropriate insurance rates, ensuring that a teenage driver has a different rate than older drivers with more experience, even though they share the same car.
Technology, by itself, is not the dreaded “mark of the beast.” It is the take-over of technology, and the demand you swear allegiance to the antichrist, that constitutes the ‘mark.’
Biometric tech advances are what you’d expect from reading the Bible… And it’s what you find.
We are not looking for any particular sign, or prophecy to be fulfilled. Jesus promised He’d return to rapture His church – which entails the resurrection of the dead in Christ of the Church Age, then the translation from earth to Heaven of all living believers.
It is presented in the Bible as an imminent event.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, get ready, stay ready, and keep looking up. Ready or not, Jesus is coming!