Dr. John F. Walvoord, when asked why he loved Bible prophecy so much, answered the question by saying, “I love Bible prophecy because I love the Bible. So much of the Bible is prophecy, if you love the Bible you have to love Bible prophecy.”
The Bible is about 25-30% prophecy. Of those, approximately five hundred end times Bible prophecies remain to be fulfilled.
You’d therefore expect there to be news, and trends, that anticipate their fulfillment. And that’s why each week we present what we call a Prophecy Update.
Almost everyone, believer and nonbeliever, has some understanding of what the Bible calls “the Mark of the Beast.” In the future Great Tribulation predicted by the Bible, a cashless system of commerce will be implemented in which you identify yourself, and conduct your business, using your hand or forehead. Mid-way through the Tribulation, the world leader we call the antichrist will use that system to demand everyone swear allegiance to him. Those who do not comply will be cut-off from all buying and selling.
The Mark of the Beast is the antichrist’s demand for allegiance – not the technology he controls. We therefore do not fear technology – at least not from a spiritual standpoint.
With all that in mind, you’d expect the world to be moving towards a cashless commerce utilizing personal identifiers… And that is exactly what is happening.
An article out of the UK was titled, British supermarket offers ‘finger vein’ payment in worldwide first.
A UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips.
Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves.
The firm behind the technology, Sthaler, has said it is in “serious talks” with other major UK supermarkets to adopt hi-tech finger vein scanners at pay points across thousands of stores.
It works by using infrared to scan people’s finger veins and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make payments in just three seconds.
Finger print payments are already used widely at cash points in Poland, Turkey and Japan.
Vein scanners are also used as a way of accessing high-security UK police buildings and authorizing internal trading at least one major British investment bank.
The apostle John predicted this over 2000 years ago. Whether it is finger veins, or facial recognition, or something yet to come, you see how the prophecies of the Bible are coming true.
Christians will not be on the earth during any portion of the Great Tribulation. Jesus promised to resurrect the dead in Christ, then rapture living believers, prior to the Tribulation.
Are you ready for the rapture?
If not, get ready, stay ready, and keep looking up. Ready or not, Jesus is coming!