You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time.

In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.

Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning nasty 1-star reviews of the company, Three Square Market, on Google, Glassdoor and social media.

On the flip side, seemingly everyone else wants to know: Is this what real life is going to be like soon at work? Will I be chipped?

“It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.” Read CNBC article

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Rev. 13:15-18

Bible-believing Christians have been saying this all along that one day soon, the Beast would require everyone to receive his mark in order to purchase food or anything else for that matter, but now even the secular news is saying this will “eventually” happen. I am thankful that the technological visionaries give so much credit to religious opposition and the negative stigma that being chipped has in our society, but will the resistance be able to keep the chip at bay for another 50 years?

My first thought was how the world system seemingly gains new grounds against what were once widely-held Judaeo-Christian values everyday, and then I thought that they are exactly right, about the resistance anyway. 1 Thessalonians 2:2-3 tells us that the day of the Lord “shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” The question is will the “our gathering together unto him” (2 Thes. 2:1) be the removal of the resistance that the world is looking for, or will the “falling away” of the the Church get such that the Antichrist is permitted to come on the scene? This is certainly a topic of much debate, but he more I ponder it, it could be a mixture of both.

If you view “the day of the Lord” as the entire week, or seven year period known as the Tribulation, then verses 6-7 of the same chapter would indicate that the restraining agent currently working in the earth would have to be removed before the Antichrist could even show himself: “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” “Let” is an old English word for restrict. This would mean that something is currently preventing the Antichrist for carrying out his sinister plot on a deceived mankind. But what could this powerful force be and where would it go? The first verse of this chapter, as we have said, reveals that “we,” or the body of believers, would be “gathered together unto him.” That could be none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. And that answers both questions, Jesus removes the Church in what is known as the Rapture. There are those that interpret the restraining force as the Holy Spirit, but this would present a huge problem for those left behind in the Tribulation, for there would be no one saved without the power of the Holy Spirit on planet earth.

While the above view is comfort beyond anything the world has to offer, it still, for me, does not fully explain “the falling away,” or apostasy, that must proceed the Antichrist’s arrival. This is a bigger subject than I have the time to answer, and I am not sure I can answer totally. But I heard one teacher offer something that really shed some light on this transition. By transition I mean that I don’t think that the Church will be raptured and then everyone left behind will instantly fall away at that point. His answer dealt with who is the Harlot also mentioned in Revelation. The False Prophet and the Harlot would represent a religious movement that the Beast rode on, for a while at least. What made up this movement that became so blind that it rejected Jesus and became the ecumenical melting pot known as the one world religion of the Antichrist? Sad to say, it is not just the Roman Catholic church, as many theologians currently claim. According to this teacher’s more in depth answer, it would be the backslidden Protestants and Catholics that didn’t embrace the teachings of Jesus and blended together will all the other religions of the world to embrace the Antichrist and his lies. As 2 Thessalonians goes on to say, God will send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie … who believed not the truth … (2 Thes. 2:11-12).” My friend, this movement is not waiting till the true Church is taken away; no, it is already happening before our eyes!