Revelation 13:14 – 13:18
14 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.
15 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.
16 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:
17 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.
18 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.
This piece does not aim to provide certainty of conclusion(s), but food for thought. Over time, as one observes seemingly unrelated or spontaneous developments, a pattern can become discernable. This writer is “discerning” that we may slowly be being corralled into a “Mark of the Beast” regime – not necessarily by force, as many assume – but through a form of “auto-enrollment” by means of that corralling. Many have opined that the “Mark” will manifest itself in the form of microchips implanted underneath the skin – whether voluntarily using deception, or by force – there’s even a movie about this titled Rumors of Wars. And that may well occur. But …
But consider the fusion between secular Silicon Valley technology and Progressive “political correctness.” “Deplatforming” is now a word in general usage, because now-common is what it stands for: “private” companies (so technically subject to Constitutional First Amendment “free speech” protections) not only unilaterally alter and otherwise censor web search results, they perform tech executions by removing unapproved persons and viewpoints from social media platforms.
They do this under the rubric of banning “hate speech” – as they unilaterally define it – which definitions increasing morph into a “big tent” of not just mainstream Conservative news, views and opinions, but anything resembling actual Christianity. (Distorters peddling such things as “liberation theology” or embracing the LGBTqwerty agenda pass unfettered, for at the moment they’re useful for advancing the Progressive agenda.)
Silicon Valley very much coordinates with (and funds) Progressive political figures, effectively nullifying by proxy Constitutional protections for “free speech” on behalf of the forces of Progressivism. Nobody paying attention expects this to decrease, but to increase as the suppressors become ever more empowered, and emboldened.
Such emboldening likely explains why we are now encountering the next phase of Progressive-driven (what I’ll call) corporate totalitarianism – going from (if you will) “classic” censorship to something inarguably beginning to resemble the “Mark of the Beast” – that is, so-called “debanking“ by the financial industry.
Individuals, groups and industries that do not toe the Progressive line find that they cannot obtain financing, or process payments – often without prior notice. It does not take much imagination to envision where this leads if all financial institutions eventually adopt this.
Additionally, there are powerful proponents of going to a 100% digital currency regime – such as the International Monetary Fund (from Winds of Change: The Case for New Digital Currency by Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, 2018):
Cash, of course, allows for anonymous payments. We reach for cash to protect our privacy for legitimate reasons: to avoid exposure to hacking and customer profiling, for instance …
… Would central banks jump to the rescue and offer a fully anonymous digital currency? Certainly not. Doing so would be a bonanza for criminals.
So no cash, no transactions outside of an electronic system in which, presumptively, every purchase or sale by every individual will be monitored. Now couple that prospect with the fact that financial institutions – whether on their own or by government edict – would then have unilateral power to “switch off” anyone’s (and everyone’s) ability to conduct their affairs, or even buy the necessities of life, such as food.
With consolidation of the banking industry and processing tech, plus a globalist regulatory scheme controlling the financial industry, such “switching off” could be effective globally.
Now, to bring it full circle, ponder how a “social credit score” regime – in other words, a political correctness obedience score – using artificial intelligence could automate dialing down access, and even outright “switching off.”
It’a already emerging in China. Enabled, at least in part, by an ostensibly U.S. company, Silicon Valley’s own Google (from Big Tech Snuffing Free Speech; Google’s Poisonous ‘Dragonfly’):
Yet, according to leaked documents, Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, code-named “Dragonfly,” which will aid and abet a totalitarian “Big Brother is watching you” horror state. China, according to the Economist, is planning to become “the world’s first digital totalitarian state.”
The Chinese government is in the process of introducing a “social credit” system by which to score its citizens, based on their behavior. Behavior sanctioned by the government increases the score; behavior of which the government disapproves decreases the score. Jaywalking, for example, would decrease the score.
China is reportedly installing 626 million surveillance cameras throughout the country for the purpose of feeding the social credit system with information. According to Gordon G. Chang, Chinese officials are using the social credit system for determining everything from being able to take a plane or a train, to buying property or sending your children to a private school. Officials prevented a journalist, Liu Hu, from taking a flight because he had a low score.
None of this requires voluntary adoption by individuals, whether through embrace or deception. Nor will there be a way out for them (without permission) – all will be “auto-enrolled.” Implanted chips may be optional, because they may not be critical to implementing the “Mark.” Recall the “or(s)”:
17 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
At the beginning of this piece I mentioned discerning patterns. About eighteen months ago I discussed the nearly century-old move Metropolis, describing (among other things) the dystopian model being pursued by Silicon Valley (the movie has Christian symbolism woven throughout and is, arguably, fantastically prescient). A couple of months earlier, I posted a piece with the rhetorical title Is Progressivism Satanic? (The answer is an emphatic “Yes!”)
I mention those for your consideration toward identifying some commonalities, an emerging pattern. I submit for your discernment (pun intended) that technology is “fundamentally transforming” from a tool for our use, to our master (or tool of our intended masters). And that underlying it all we can (and should) discern the possibility that this emerging global technology regime – developed, operated and solely controlled by secular globalists – could well signify an emerging “Satanic corralling” of us all into “the Mark of the Beast.
Mr. Wigand is the author of the book Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions).