The below verse seized my curiosity way back in January 1991, urging me along with a couple of friends at the time, to consider the reality of the bible resulting in my complete change of beliefs from atheist to a Christian believer.
“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may BUY or SELL except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17).
I wrote an article about this for an Australian secular publication in 2014 which has since been shared and quoted by other writers on this topic around the internet: https://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/the-emerging-mark-of-the-beast-system-sleepwalking-into-the-surveillance-society
Could never have imagined back then seeing the push toward a cashless society that we are seeing today, ingeniously facilitated by an invisible virus (COVID-19 pandemic). We only have to look at recent developments since the outbreak spread globally to see where this is headed:
Immunity passports, vaccination certificates, COVID-19 pass, digital identification, biometric identification, digital health passports, government controls
Increase use and uptake of biometrics, facial recognition, big data, contactless payments, contact tracing apps, digital currencies, traceable and tracking technologies
Other curious developments such as:
Pandemic exercise in October, 2019 known as Event 201 https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/
The World Economic Forum’s call for ‘the great reset initiative’ https://www.weforum.org/great-reset/
Microsoft’s WO/2020/060606 patent Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020060606
Not to downplay the apparent seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic but it is definitely serving a much bigger alternative purpose - the final result being a world remodeled into a mass surveillance state unlike anything we've seen before.