For those of you Millennials who might struggle with this term, simply replace the word ‘mark’ with the word ‘app’, and you’ll get it right away.
The Bible clearly teaches us that the Church is removed from this earth in an event commonly referred to as the Pretribulation Rapture, and those left behind will face the global ‘strong delusion’ of Antichrist and his 7-year rule of this world. One of the key elements of that short-lived kingdom will be a Mark that all people, Jew and Gentile alike, will be forced to receive. Dissenters to this order will be instantly beheaded as we read about in Revelation 14 and 20.
“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 name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)
This ‘Mark of the Beast’ is received spiritually as a sign that you have pledged allegiance to Antichrist, and it is received functionally and practically as a means by which you can do two things. For it is a ‘mark’ that will allow you conduct financial transactions in both the buying and selling of goods and services. For those of you Millennials who might struggle with this term, simply replace the word ‘mark’ with the word ‘app’, and you’ll get it right away.
So what does the Mark of the Beast have to do with Amazon Go? Plenty.
First let’s take a look at today’s headline news from Bloomberg and see what the world’s largest retailer Amazon has been up to.
FROM BLOOMBERG: Amazon.com Inc. is considering a plan to open as many as 3,000 new Amazon Go cashierless stores in the next few years, according to people familiar with matter, an aggressive and costly expansion that would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, and mom-and-pop pizzerias and taco trucks. Shoppers use a smartphone app to enter the store. Once they scan their phones at a turnstile, they can grab what they want from a range of salads, sandwiches, drinks and snacks — and then walk out without stopping at a cash register. Sensors and computer-vision technology detect what shoppers take and bills them automatically, eliminating checkout lines. READ MORE
FROM AMAZON: Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required. We created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With our Just Walk Out Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout. When you arrive, use the app to enter the store, then feel free to put your phone away—you don’t need it to shop. Then just browse and shop like you would at any other store. Once you’re done shopping, you’re on your way. No lines, no checkout. READ MORE
By now it should be clear how these new stores will operate. A shopper scans their device containing the Amazon Go app (mark), is allowed to enter the store and begin shopping. Since every item for sale has already been implanted with its own identify mark, there is no need for a cashier. There is no need to do self-checkout because it is automatically added to your account the moment you pick it up. When you have what you want you’re done. Simply walk out the store and ‘go’, hence the name.
This is exactly how life under Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast will function.
The time of Jacob’s trouble starts and Antichrist, dazzling people with his ‘signs and wonders’, convinces people to receive his mark, the Mark of the Beast, and it will control all buying and selling. Want to enter a store to shop? Scan your Mark which will be not on your mobile device but implanted in the back of your right hand or in your forehead. That Mark (app) is your admission ticket to being able to buy anything you can afford or sell anything you like, but without it you will be shot out of the entire system of commerce.
Are you starting to see it all come together? It is assembling itself right before our very eyes, this global system that will be based on a Mark in order to participate in it. I wonder if Amazon will partner with the folks over at Three Square Market and use their new human-implantable microchip to complete the process.
“Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:26 (KJV)
Alexa, please thank Jeff Bezos for this excellent object lesson on life in the time of Jacob’s trouble and the Mark of the Beast. As the world’s richest person, it must be nice to be able to live your live in any way you chose to do so. It is our prayer that you will one day receive the true riches that God has to offer us.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for making it possible for any and all people on this earth to be able to completely avoid this coming time of great tribulation by putting their faith and trust in You as Saviour.