Monday, December 11, 2006



The Road to the Mark?

I don't know how many people have caught the new credit card commercial out there. The name of the actual card is not important, but what the commercial symbolizes is.

In the commercial, it shows a plethora of people at a very busy restaurant. The music is that old piece used by old cartoons to illustrate mechanized movement - the name of the piece escapes me, but anyone who has watched old Looney Tunes cartoons would recognize it immediately. The cooks are flipping flapjacks like clockwork, the diners are picking up their plates and paying with plastic. Then, some unfortunate dolt (that's the impression left by the commercial) has the unmitigated gall to pay with cash, bringing the whole place grinding to an immediate halt. Several people crash together, strowing the contents of their plates all over. The cashier gives the man a very dirty look and hands him his change. The idea is, keep progress going by ditching cash and paying with your credit card. Don't get in the way of progress.

Now, the push for a cashless society is nothing new. In my high school days 30 years ago, they were talking about it in consumer economics. Prophecy students have noted the increasing trends and linking it together with this notorious verse in Revelation . . .

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. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six (Revelation 13:16-8).

In the view of the Seventh Sola, I don't think for one moment that the merchants behind the credit card commercial have any clue about what is biblically prophesied. However, the enemy of our souls does. As history moves toward its denouement, it is certain that economic conditions will change to the point that the clamor to get rid of cash will grow deafening. This is part of the process of setting the stage. They are already bio-chipping people and animals. It's only a matter of time before some sort of technology is developed to make society cashless at last. It's convenient. It's secure. It's theft/fraud proof. It will save money in the long run. Lots of selling points. Nothing evil is intended.

That's how it will start. But good intentions are often taken over by evil people. That's how it will end.

1 comment:

Randy said...

Joel,
In totality I agree with what you said. Funny in a way, but my economics teacher said the same thing about a cashless society when I was in high school many ages ago.

One note though. Even if cash, coins and other currency aren't totally abandoned, I think (I have no absolute proof, just an opinion)that people won't even be able to use the currency during the Tribulation "without" the mark! However, I think your thoughts about it all being "cashless" is more apropoe. The US Mint though is making an all out effort to get people to buy their coins.

The denouement is in place, I believe, just as you do. It's only a matter of time. I'm sure glad that I'm on the winning side.

Thanks for a great post.