The revelations last week from Wikileaks that the CIA has the capability to watch ordinary citizens and engage in surveillance through cellphones and televisions has provoked a justifiable alarming response. The government claims they only do this if you are in contact with a suspicious foreign source (potential terrorist). But the ever-present threat of misuse of government spying certainly poses real questions about where we stand as far as our constitutional rights as citizens are concerned.
All of this is but a prelude to what the Bible prophecies in the book of Revelation regarding the reign of the future Anti-Christ. According to Rev. 13, this coming one-world dictator has the ability to track all the citizens of the world by means of some kind of computerized I.D. chip called the "mark of the beast": or 666. The whole purpose of this "mark" (a GPS chip placed under the skin on the back of the hand) is so the government can keep tabs on what all the citizens of the world are doing.
Some might argue that the "mark of the beast" is only a coercive economic system, for we read: "that no man might buy or sell, save he has the mark of the beast". Well, certainly the one world government under Anti-Christ will monitor and control all economic activity (your "chip" will be just like an imbedded credit card). But there are also "religious" implications to it. All who refuse to cooperate with the government surveillance program will be put to death!
What we are seeing in our world right now is the foreshadowing of things to come, and the CIA spying on its citizens is only the beginning. Thankfully, those of us who know Christ as Savior will not be around during the Tribulation period and have to suffer the persecution of the Anti-Christ. Only by knowing the true Christ can one be spared the horrors of the Tribulation and the brutality of the "false Christ". Do YOU know Jesus as your personal Savior? And furthermore, if you do, are you sharing the gospel with others so they are spared these coming judgments?