|VeriChip changes brand name to Xmark|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:09|
I'd just like to say thank you for your prayers and for the help on the site. And thank you for your emails, I will respond to all as soon as possible. I went to the doctors this morning and they found that both my ears are blocked with wax, and this may be what is causing the dizziness. They've given me drops to take, and I will go back next week to have them syringed again. Hey, at least I can't complain of itching ears! (2nd Timothy 4:3).
My friend Nicole sent me an email today about the VeriChip corporation. As many of you know, this corporation has come under attack from conservative Christians who believe their product may be a precursor to the Mark of the Beast as described in the book of Revelation.
The VeriChip consists of a small RFID chip, radio antenna and capacitor encased in a glass capsule, which is inserted by a syringe into the upper forearm of an individual. The VeriChip can be used for everything from asset tracking, security and identification purposes and financial transactions. One such place that use the chip for this purpose is the Baja Beach Club in Spain, which has its VIP members chipped, enabling them to pay for their bills without the need for carrying cash of cheques. The VeriChip corporation has recently come under fire for a new programme in which elderly Alzheimer patients are being implanted. Some have slammed the targeting of the young and elderly, who are unable to make a conscious decision as to whether they want to have these chips embedded on their bodies. The head of VeriChip has also offered to implant illegal immigrants to the United States, and is also in discussions with the government to replace military dog tags with the chip.
Many Christians believe the targeting of these vulnerable groups will eventually lead to a time when many groups of people will be chipped for one reason or another, and the general public will inevitably face financial and political pressure to do the same, whether it's admitted or not. I'm not sure the Bible describes a situation in which the Mark is enforced, rather Revelation says the False Prophet "causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark". I think the case will be made by the governments for the adoption of the Mark, and that those who don't receive it will face extreme financial hardship for they will not be able to buy or sell without it (Revelation 13:16-18).
Quote: "Welcome to Xmark, the new corporate identity for our healthcare security products. Our new name emphasizes our focus on healthcare security. You may have known us under the eXI or VeriChip brand, but we are now bringing all our products under the Xmark name.
The Greek translation of the word "mark" mentioned in Revelation 13 is "charagma", and it's literal interpretation means an "incision" or a "cutting". This is how Strong's concordance renders it...
This reveals to us how the Mark of the Beast will be applied, though an incision or injection into the flesh. And this is exactly how RFID chips are implanted, through a cutting in the skin. As you can also see, the first letter of the word "charagma" is also the letter X or "Chi" in the Greek. So it seems the new name "Xmark" is quite intriguing, for its Greek translation identifies it closely with the book of Revelation.
The Bible also makes it clear, those who haven't received Christ as Saviour will receive the Antichrist during the tribulation period (Revelation 17:8). And the Bible states that those who receive the mark will seal their eternal destruction in the lake of fire. Turn to Christ for salvation today.