While is it certainly not universal, and the technology will certainly change as it develops, the mark of the beast is with us today.
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 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. Revelation 13:18
Secularists often say that they would believe God, or His followers, if they would do miracles in front of them that could be repeated and verified. They will get their wish, only the miracles will be done by the beast, in order to deceive them.
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
The great interest of the moment seems to be in the mark of the beast. I find it strange that even though it is with us today, people still wonder what it is. The mark has two parts or purposes. One is identification. Roman soldiers had tattoos identifying them by unit (legion). Nazis wore armbands, barbers have stripped poles, boy scouts have uniforms and badges and you get the general idea. Identification is not necessarily bad. It depends on who you are identifying with. The second purpose is to identify you. There is a clamor for some form of identification which cannot be stolen or duplicated. Identity theft can be eradicated if each and every person on the planet can have a unique identifier which cannot be duplicated or stolen.
Beginning somewhere around the year 2000, certain nightclubs began issuing tattoos on the right hand or forehead that were invisible in normal light. These tattoos were necessary for admittance. While they did not all work the same way, some of them had a unique code which allowed the person checking for the tattoo to both know who you are and find out if you had enough money in your account to enter the club.
While this invisible tattoo is not going to be the worldwide mark of the beast because it is possible to duplicate someone else’s tattoo, it has all the elements of the mark of the beast.
1) You are identified as a unique individual. 2) You are identified with the club. 3) It grants access to a financial account.
The mark of the beast will exist when all financial transactions are electronic. I am not saying that electronic financial transactions in and of themselves are the mark of the beast. I am saying that the government of the beast will need all financial transactions to be electronic so that he can control people by cutting off access to their money.
The actual, physical mark is something that both identifies you to the government and uniquely marks you as individual. One possible unique identifier could be a social security number. The important part of the mark of the beast is access to your money through an electronic account. That will be how the government controls you.
There is enormous speculation as to the exact technology used. When the original Star Trek TV series was produced, computers used tape drives and had little, if any, main memory. The crew used round disks which were praised for being forward thinking. They never envisioned SD microchips and smartphones. People who wrote on clay tablets probably never envisioned pen and paper, books, typewriters, computers and light displaying monitors. So taking a guess on future technology is very risky. But here goes anyway.
1) I doubt there will ever be just one currency because it will not be necessary. With efunds, you can be paid in whatever currency you desire and the money in your account can be instantly converted to any other currency. When people buy our books from the many countries Amazon and Smashwords offer them in, currency conversions take place electronically so that we are paid n American dollars through Paypal or our bank account. The important point is control of the personal electronic accounts, not the type of currency they are held in.
2) Many people who write on this subject are convinced that tiny implanted RF chips will contain all your personal data. Perhaps RF chips might play some role in the future, I do not see RF chips as either important or something to be concerned about for several reasons. Though difficult, it is possible to remove RF chips. It is also possible to damage or alter RF chips. There is great resistance to implanting or even carrying an RF chip. But the most compelling reason for not using RF chips is that they are not necessary. The only information the individual needs to have on his person is some form of a unique identifier. All other data can be stored somewhere else, preferably on numerous mirrored sites to keep the data valid.
You will need this unique identifier in order to vote, to buy or sell, to get a job, to rent an apartment or buy an automobile, even if you are paying cash. This kind of unique identifier, or personal ID is being promoted today by Conservatives to control people who cross the border illegally and people who cheat on welfare. The very same information could be used to collect taxes without the individual even being aware that the government has access to his account.
I can easily see this as an invisible tattoo of your social security number. There will also need to be some type of mark identifying you as a member of the world government. This is where the “666″ comes in. That is the mark that will “put you in the system.”