Eva’s got an interesting article on her xanga today about using implanted microchips as an alternative to cards for things like ATMs, credit, & debit.

I agree that it does really pave the way for Revelation-type scenarios.  Cash is quickly becoming a less desirable way to do business.  I generally prefer to do transactions with a debit card rather than cash.  All my monthly bills are paid through automatic withdrawal except one.  As convenient as this is, obviously it does open the door for the government to take control of our ability to conduct business – if they choose to.  For example, once cash is gone, you will HAVE to have a bank/credit account in order to buy anything.  If the governement chose to put restrictions on who could get such an account, they could actually prevent people from being able to buy anything.

Revelation 13:16-17

“He (the antichrist) also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.”

Scary, huh?  Would it be so hard to imagine that in the future the only way to buy anything was to have a microchip implanted in your hand or forehead?  Not so far-fetched.  And if, for example, the goverment decided to deny chips to some group of people (either based on race or religion or political affiliation – whatever) they could actually prevent those people from being able to legally buy anything – making them a class of criminals & outlaws.  Scary thought, isn’t it?

But all moral & prophetic issues aside…. from a practical standpoint, the type of chip described in this article is ridiculous.  They need to take a cue from animal science…. 

Both my cats are chipped, but they don’t broadcast any signal.  They have to be scanned in order to get the information.  It’s a method that helps identify pets if they are lost and are brought to a humane society or vet’s office.  Meat producers are also using scannable chips in order to track an animal from birth through slaughter, so if the animal is determined to have a disease or something, they can figure out where it’s been and what other animals its been in contact with. 

They should also have some way to deactivate it without having to remove it.  The way my cats’ chips work, is they are registered with a company that keeps my information.  When scanned, the chip gives the scanner the information of the company and the animal’s ID number.  Then the vet or whoever then can get my phone number and I guess some of the animal’s vital information (like medical conditions or whatever).  I’m not sure if they do this by phone or by internet.  If I move, or need to change any information, I just email the company & they change the info in their records.  If I sell the animal, the new owner registers w/ the company.  If the animal dies, the account is deactivated.  So surely with human beings there should be some way to deactivate the chip without having to do surgery to remove it. 

Last but not least, the proceedure for implanting the chip in an animal isn’t nearly as invasive as what they described in this article.  The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and it’s injected with a fat needle under the skin between the animal’s shoulder blades.  They usually do this while the animal is sedated for neutering/spaying.  But I’m pretty sure they can do it while they’re awake, without any anesthetic needed.  For a human being (who can be told to be still) I would imagine a little novecaine would be the most needed just so that fat needle doesn’t hurt.

Other applications for microchip implants would be for medical information (kind of like those bracelets).  If people had a chip that contained info like allergies, medical conditions (diabetes, epilepsy, etc), then EMS workers could scan them and instantly have that information, as well as the phone number of the person’s doctor & next of kin.  I’d totally go in for something like that.  If all it was was medical and basic ID information.  And I’d have my kids chipped too.  But only if there was a way to deactivate it if I chose to.  Cuz ultimately, I need to be the one in control of my personal information.