The Mark of the Beast

On Sunday afternoon, I went to Marks and Spencer in Hereford for a coffee. As we queued there were signs and QR codes so that customers could register their presence with with the NHS app (which I do not have) or direct onto the store’s own website. This has become common place across the country and a requirement in order to enter stores, cafes and restaurants in order to purchase goods and services.

However, on this occasion Marks and Spencer has gone a step further. When customers reached the order point, they were being asked to prove they had registered by showing the staff the screen of their mobile phones. Everyone did this without question … I was with someone else who registered so I didn’t make a fuss in order to avoid embarrassment to them.

But where is this leading?

The media has reported today that mass testing of their citizens, for the virus, whether or not individuals are showing symptoms is to be conducted on an experimental basis before it is rolled out across the rest of the country. Regardless of the accuracy or otherwise of this test or tests (there are several), like a vehicle MOT test, it can only certify the position on that day. The following day, an individual who tested negative may catch the virus. So the testing is to be regular, perhaps every two weeks.

So, one may ask, will the likes of Marks and Spencer be asking if you have had a test, what the result was and then ask you to prove it was negative before they will serve you? How will you prove it? Perhaps an invisible tattoo, a bar code if you like, on your hand or forehead that can be read by a machine? After all, some places of worship are already reading our body temperatures by pointing a device at our foreheads.

If all this sounds far-fetched, let’s look at the prophecy in the Bible, or specifically, the Book of Revelation, Chapter 13, verses 16-17:

‘It compelled everyone – small and great alike, rich and poor, slave and citizen – to be branded on the right hand or on the forehead, and made it illegal for anyone to buy or sell anything unless he had been branded with the name of the beast or with the number of its name.’

I hear people say that such a system would never become a legal requirement, will it? Well, from November the 5th, it will be illegal for Catholics to attend Holy Mass in their parish church. Surely this is only something that happens in communist countries and evil dictatorships. Could anyone have foreseen it happening in Britain 12 months ago?

I do not claim to be a prophet, or a seer, just an individual who is awake.

‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming’ Matthew 24:42