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Q. Are the tumors resulting from current microchip implants the same tumors caused by the "mark" in Revelation 16 like you mentioned in another article? Do you think the End Times could occur before 2028? (J.M., Mt. Vernon, WA)
Good questions. Let's look at the passage from the Bible:
…"and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast"…"and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores…" (Rev. 16:2, 11, NASB).
I think we've all wondered about the viability of the implantable microchip that would contain our medical histories. It seems to make sense for those suffering with Alzheimer's or for stroke victims to possess such a device. No longer would our loved ones wander out there alone - lost or confused. They could be easily tracked by the GPS system should they become lost or injured.
It also makes sense for those who have been rendered unconscious by an accident, or for heart-attack victims. Their medical histories would be instantly accessible if they had microchips containing pertinent medical information about their diseases and medications.
In fact, already many of our pets and livestock have had microchips inserted under the skin for identification purposes when they have become lost or injured. It has worked pretty well. So this is not a brand new concept.
FDA Approved Verichip in 2004 - Now Called VeriMed, 2012
The most well known microchip is the "VeriChip" implant. It is a glass encapsulated RFID tag which is injected into the flesh to number and identify individuals. Recently, Microsoft bought the rights to this technology and is coming out with the VeriMed chip to be used for medical purposes.
At any rate, the chip has been marketed as a security device for sensitive government work, a vital link to medical records, and could serve as a payment device connected with a credit card in our futures. In 2004 it was approved by the FDA and called one of the top "innovative technologies" of 2005.
Just imagine, for example, how quickly we could find our kidnapped soldiers in remote Afghanistan or Iraq with such a device. It could lead us straight to terrorist cells! Remarkable…
But, for Christian believers the microchip looks suspiciously like the "mark" pushed on humanity under the ruthless control of the antichrist - a world dictator who will make Hitler look like a choir boy.
During the tribulation under his control, all world citizens will have to take a mark in their right hand or on their forehead in order to conduct business, buy foods, or engage in any sort of commerce. For us, implantable microchips appear as a horror show of coming attractions!
Revelation 13:16-17 says it like this:
"And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name" (NASB).
Is this the "Mark?"
Are the VeriChip and its look-alikes the mark mentioned in Revelation?
At first I didn't think so. The VeriChip looked like a forerunner of what could later become the infamous tribulation mark. However, news quietly came forth earlier this month that makes me look a little closer at the VeriChip implant.
Veterinary Studies - Malignant Tumors
It turns out that since the mid 1990s a string of veterinary and toxicology studies have suggested that these implants had induced malignant tumors in some lab mice. The most recent studies from France found tumors in approximately 4% of the 1,260 mice which had been microchipped. The tests were performed to test substances for chemical and pharmaceutical companies. But, the compounds were ruled out as a factor - it was the chip itself which seemed to cause tumors.
At this point, whistleblower Dr. Katherine Albrecht, an advocate for privacy and an RFID expert, questioned the FDA standards used to approve this procedure. (See references in our sources). The story of malignant tumors caused by implantable chips has flown quietly beneath the radar screen which, in turn, has angered many consumer advocates.
Bible Predicts Tumors&Sores from the "Mark"
What fascinates me, however, is not the usual story of government malfeasance. What astonishes me is that the Bible predicted these nasty sores from the tribulation "mark" - possibly the VeriChip or its rivals, and very few Christians are talking about it!
In Revelation 13 we find that the evil world antichrist has forced his world citizens to take the "mark" if they wish to eat or work. No one does anything without this form of I.D. Then by chapter 16 the "bowl judgments" are unleashed upon men. Here is what it says about the first bowl judgment:
"So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark"… (NASB).
By verse 11 the blasted heat wave (global warming?) has angered people, "and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores…"
Cancerous Sores Still There in Trib Period
What surprises me is that the malignant sores that we are seeing today due to these microchip implants - still exist at the time of the dreaded tribulation period. In other words, if the tribulation period were far into the future surely our scientists would have solved the problems of tumors and cancers caused by these microchips. But, read Revelation 16:2 and 16:11 for yourself! Astonishing!
Watch Out - It Could be Here
In thinking about this it occurred to me that in the Matthew 24 "Olivet Discourse" Jesus told his disciples that the sign of his return and the dreaded end times would occur within just one generation from the time of the restoration of Israel as a nation (Matt. 24:32-34).
Luke 21:29-32 also mentions the "fig tree" - a symbol of Israel - and Yeshua's words, "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place."
At the very latest Jesus noted that "Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" in Luke 21:24. Then Luke repeats that "this generation will not pass away until all things take place" (v. 32).
Before the Year 2028?
Now consider this: Israel was restored as a nation in 1948, and Jerusalem was recaptured in 1967.
According to Psalm 90:10 a lifespan is 70-80 years - so we need to calculate one lifespan or generation, or, 70-80 years beyond 1948, or at the latest - 80 years from 1967. While we are unable to set the exact date or hour of the tribulation holocaust or the return of Yeshua, we are expected to understand the general times and signs of His return. That much is clear.
Knowing this, could the VeriChip sores and tumors, and Israel's restoration as a nation in 1948, suggest to us that our beloved Yeshua might return soon? Is it possible that the tribulation period is right around the corner? Are the tumors resulting from VeriChip implants the same tumors noted during the Tribulation period in the book of Revelation? If so, is it possible we are looking for the End Times tribulation-holocaust to hit between now and about 2028? Or, at the latest, 2047?
Please…"make the most of your time because the days are evil" (Eph. 5:16).
…"when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28).
"Beam me up, Scotty - please get me outta here!" (1 Thess. 4:17)
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Kouri, Jim. 2007. Govt. approved microchip implants suspected of being deadly. 11 Sept. Available from: www.newswithviews.com.
Jeffrey, Grant. Ancient evidence that the fig tree is a symbol of Israel. Available from: www.grantjeffrey.com/article/ancient_manuscript.htm.
Gillette, Brit. Jesus and the fig tree. Available from: www.raptureready.com.
Ryrie Study Bible, NASB. 1996. Chicago: Moody.
- Jeremiah 24:1-10
- Romans 11:15-24
- Luke 13:6-9
- Matthew 24:32-35
- Luke 21:24,32
Postscript: The author of this question, Jeffrey Mays, passed away in 2010. He was Valorie Emilio's brother and is fondly remembered and missed. In all, Jeff asked more than 40 great questions of Remnant Report and is the reason for the founding of this website.
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