" 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 number 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 13:16-18
All we know is the antichrist will require an identification mark or number that identifies the person with him, to be able to buy food, clothing, etc... and to be able to sell anything, during the time of his reign.
It will be an identification mark that will be placed either on the person's right hand or forehead that will consist of either some kind of a mark, his number or the number of his name.
It is not clear who gets which kind of identification mark or number but it will obviously be readable by a computer scanner upon presentation and will confirm that the person is a member of the antichrist's organization.
I just learned recently that technology has advanced to the point that a computer designer came up with a scanner that can actually read a person's blood flow when they place their hand on the scanner and will confirm that the person whose hand is placed on the scanner is programmed into the system and has authorized access. The only problem with this presently is if the person has a skin situation that would block the scanner from being able to read the blood flow, the person would have to use the other hand.
What is interesting is that no computer "chip " is necessary. It reads the blood flow.
This technology is expensive but a major company who can afford this is now renting this new computer for handling its finances.
I asked someone who is programmed into this computer and has authorized access if they could foresee the day when people would be making purchases with this method of technology.
The answer was, "yes".
My friend, if the antichrist John prophesied of is alive today, he will have the modern technology to enforce his mark or number in a way that only people who have his identification mark or number can make purchases or sell anything...according to John's prophecy.
We may be nearing the time of the 7 year tribulation period faster than we think...which is when this system of buying and selling with an identification mark or number is supposed to happen, according to Scripture.
Which means, fortunately, the event Paul described for the born again believer in Jesus, could be closer to happening than we think.
" For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words. " 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Praise the Lord!
" Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. "