REAL-ID... Speed-Pass to Slavery

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 12:22am.

Shortly after the year ends, credit card companies send out a summary of all the charges made against an account for the entire year, neatly divided into various types of charges to help customers with their income tax preparation.  Every item shows the date, the time – down to the minute – the location, and the amount of the charge.  This information was collected from the insertion, or swipe of a credit card, or the mere touching of a spot with a speed-pass key. 

This marvelous technology saves time, reduces errors, and streamlines the flow of information. Hundreds of millions of people use this information exchange system.  In fact, many people have their pay check deposited into their bank electronically, and pay their bills electronically and rarely write checks or handle cash, except for the pocket change that is necessary for small purchases.

This is the same technology that will provide the foundation for the REAL-ID system now under construction.  The card used is an “Enhanced Drivers License.” The “enhancement” is a magnetic strip, or an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device), that stores whatever information that may be programmed into it. 

The first stage of the system will require the use of this card to board commercial airplanes, to enter federal buildings, and may be used in lieu of a passport in bordering countries.  If this system is fully implemented, the government will have, and be able to instantly produce, a record of every person’s air travel, border crossing, and visit to a federal building – in the same way credit card companies produce annual summaries for their customers.

So what? Consider stages two, and three, and who knows what else.

The federal government regulates every bank and credit union.  Every bank account requires an identification number assigned by the government.  A minor regulatory change can require this number to be from an Enhanced Drivers License.  These financial institutions are required to file regular reports to the government electronically.

Every credit card charge eventually gets posted to a bank account somewhere.  It would be a very small programming step to attach individual financial information to the personal record created by the REAL-ID database.  This would result in a record of both travel and purchases – complete with date, time, location and amount.

Beginning to get the picture? Add to this database the record that employers are required to report to the federal government: gross income, taxes paid, and the net amount deposited into the bank account.  Once the REAL-ID database is created, there is nothing to prevent this information from being added. 

When this system is in place, “Big Brother” can simply punch a button and analyze the life of anyone, anytime.  The profile can be quite detailed, showing travel, what merchandise was purchased, where, and when it was obtained.  It can match income records with deposits and expenditures, and reveal any disparity in taxes paid. 
This is only a skeletal picture of a premature system that can ultimately contain every detail about every person in the nation – from birth to death.

This is necessary, we are told, to weed out terrorists.  People who are obeying the law will have nothing to fear, we are told.  This system will make every American safer, we are told.

The fact is that every American will be in jeopardy if this system is ever fully implemented.  Some unseen, unknown, unaccountable person will have access to the most private information about every person.  A simple flag on an individual record could lock out that person from his bank account, from his credit cards, and from travel.  A person victimized by this situation would be at the mercy of the government - essentially, enslaved.

People who have had a credit card purchase denied know this feeling, but they have the option of using another card, or paying cash.  If the magic number is from an Enhanced Drivers License, there is no other card.  There is no place to turn.

This system ignores the constitutional guarantee that every citizen is secure in his person, house, papers, and effects.

The government has no constitutional authority to gather this information unless a warrant has been issued by a judge after reviewing an affidavit showing probable cause of a crime; unless, of course, the information is given voluntarily.  So far, no one is “forced” to obtain an Enhanced Drivers’ License, unless, of course, he wants to drive a car, board an airplane, or visit a federal building.

Henry Lamb - August 31, 2008 - source CanadaFreePress

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 12:22am.

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Anonymous (not verified) | Thu, 09/04/2008 - 12:52pm

If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. REV 14:9-12

The Purple Triangle (not verified) | Tue, 09/09/2008 - 7:48pm

When I was young and in school I always wondered what was this "Mark of the Beast ?" and I heard many many answers but none made sense until I searched for them myself and this is what I discovered. Identifying the Wild Beast and Its Mark DO YOU enjoy solving a mystery? To do so, you look for clues that help you work your way toward the solution. In his inspired Word, God provides the needed clues with regard to the number 666, the name, or mark, of the wild beast of the Bible Book of Revelation chapter 13. In this article, we will look at four main lines of reasoning—vital clues—that will reveal the mark of the beast. We will consider (1) how Bible names are sometimes chosen, (2) the identity of the wild beast, (3) what is meant by 666 being “a man’s number,” and (4) the significance of the number 6 and why it is written in triple digits, namely, 600 plus 60 plus 6, or 666.—Revelation 13:18. Bible Names—More Than Just Labels Bible names often have special significance, particularly when given by God. For example, because Abram would become the father of nations, God changed the patriarch’s name to Abraham, meaning “Father of a Multitude.” (Genesis 17:5,and footnote) God told Joseph and Mary to call Mary’s future child Jesus, which means “Jehovah Is Salvation.” (Matthew 1:21,and footnote; Luke 1:31) In harmony with that meaningful name, through Jesus’ ministry and his sacrificial death, Jehovah made possible our salvation.—John 3:16. Jehovah, which is God's name (Psalms 83;18 King James Bible)is used here in place of his Hebrew name Yahweh, since this article is written in English and not Hebrew. Likewise we will refer to his son as Jesus, his English name and not Jesuah, his Hebrew name. Accordingly, the God-given number-name 666 must symbolize what God sees as defining attributes of the beast. Naturally, to understand those traits, we need to identify the beast itself and learn about its activities. The Beast Exposed The Bible book of Daniel sheds much light on the meaning of symbolic beasts. Chapter 7 contains a vivid tableau of “four huge beasts”—a lion, a bear, a leopard, and a fearsome beast with big teeth of iron. (Daniel 7:2-7) Daniel tells us that these beasts represent “kings,” or political kingdoms, that rule in succession over vast empires.—Daniel 7:17, 23. Regarding the beast of Revelation 13:1, 2, The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible points out that it “combines in itself the joint characteristics of the four beasts of Daniel’s vision . . . Accordingly, this first beast [of Revelation] represents the combined forces of all political rule that is opposed to God in the world.” This observation is affirmed by Revelation 13:7, which says of the beast: “Authority was given it over every tribe and every people and every tongue and every nation.” Why does the Bible use beasts as symbols of human rulership? For at least two reasons. First, because of the beastly war record of the bloodshed of millions that governments have accrued over the centuries. “War is one of the constants of history,” wrote historians Will and Ariel Durant, “and has not diminished with civilization or democracy.” How true that “man has dominated man to his injury”! (Ecclesiastes 8:9) The second reason is that when Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven down to the earth Satan became ruler of "the air of this earthly system". Thats why Jesus said " Woe to you on the earth for the Dragon has come down to you seeking to devour you." The Dragon [Satan] then gave to the beast its power and its throne and great authority.” (Revelation 12:9; 13:2) Accordingly, human rulership today is a product of the Devil, thus reflecting his beastly, dragonlike disposition.—John 8:44; Ephesians 6:12. This does not mean, however, that every human ruler is a direct tool of Satan. Indeed, in one sense, human governments serve as “God’s minister,” giving structure to human society, without which chaos would rule. And some leaders have protected fundamental human rights, including the right to engage in true worship—something that Satan does not want. (Romans 13:3, 4; Ezra 7:11-27; Acts 13:7) Still, because of the Devil’s influence, no human or human institution has ever been able to bring lasting peace and security to the people.—John 12:31. “A Human Number” A third clue to the meaning of 666 lies in its being “a man’s number,” or as The Amplified Bible puts it, “a human number.” This expression could not refer to an individual human, for Satan—not any man—has authority over the beast. (Luke 4:5, 6; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 13:2, 18) Rather, the beast’s having “a human number,” or mark, suggests that it is a human entity, not spirit or demon, and that it therefore manifests certain human traits. What might they be? The Bible answers, saying: “All [humans] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) The beast’s having “a human number,” therefore, indicates that governments reflect the fallen human condition, the mark of sin and imperfection. History bears this out. “Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed,” said former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “History is a tale of efforts that failed, of aspirations that weren’t realized . . . So, as a historian, one has to live with a sense of the inevitability of tragedy.” Kissinger’s honest appraisal testifies to this fundamental Bible truth: “To earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”—Jeremiah 10:23. Now that we have identified the beast and discerned how God views it, we are in a position to examine the final part of our puzzle—the number six and why it is written in triple digits—that is, 666, or 600 plus 60 plus 6. Six Repeated Three Times—Why? In the Scriptures, certain numbers have symbolic significance. The number seven, for example, is often used to symbolize that which is complete, or perfect, in God’s eyes. For instance, God’s creative week comprises seven ‘days,’ or extended time periods, during which God completely accomplishes his creative purpose regarding the earth. (Genesis 1:3–2:3) God’s “sayings” are like silver that has been “clarified seven times,” thus perfectly refined. (Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5, 6) The leper Naaman was told to bathe seven times in the Jordan River, after which he was completely healed.—2 Kings 5:10, 14. Six is one short of seven. Would it not be a fitting symbol of something imperfect, or defective, in God’s eyes? Yes, indeed! (1 Chronicles 20:6, 7) Moreover, six repeated three times, as 666, powerfully stresses that imperfection. That this is the correct view is supported by the fact that 666 is “a human number,” as we have considered. Thus, the beast’s record, its “human number,” and the number 666 itself all point to one unmistakable conclusion—gross shortcoming and failure in the eyes of Jehovah. The portrayal of the beast’s deficiencies calls to mind what was said about King Belshazzar of ancient Babylon. Through Daniel, Jehovah said to that ruler: “You have been weighed in the balances and have been found deficient.” That very night Belshazzar was killed, and the mighty Babylonian Empire fell. (Daniel 5:27, 30) Likewise, God’s judgment of the political beast and of those with its mark spells the end of that entity and its supporters. In this instance, however, God will eradicate not just one political system but every vestige of human rule. (Daniel 2:44; Revelation 19:19, 20) How important, therefore, that we avoid having the deadly mark of the beast! The Mark Identified Immediately after disclosing the number 666, Revelation mentions 144,000 followers of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, who have his name and the name of his Father, Jehovah, written on their foreheads. These names identify the bearers as belonging to Jehovah and to his Son, about whom they proudly bear witness. Likewise, those having the mark of the beast proclaim their servitude to the beast. (those persons who pledge allegience to the goverments of man and not to the Kingdom of their God.)Thus, the mark, whether on the right hand or on the forehead, figuratively speaking, is a symbol that identifies its bearer as one who gives worshipful support to the beastlike political systems of the world. Those having the mark give to “Caesar” that which rightly belongs to God. (Luke 20:25; Revelation 13:4, 8; 14:1) How? By giving worshipful allegience or honor to the political state, its symbols , and its military might, to which they look for hope and salvation. Any worship that they render the true God is merely lip service. In contrast, the Bible urges us: “Do not put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. His spirit goes out, he goes back into the ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.” (Psalm 146:3,4) Those who heed that wise counsel are not disillusioned when governments fail to deliver us from poverty, sickness, hunger, crime,natural disasters and death or when charismatic but hypocritical leaders are caught lying, stealing and worse, when they are cqaught up in immorality and fall from grace.—Proverbs 1:33. This does not mean that true Christians sit back and do nothing about mankind’s plight. On the contrary, they actively proclaim the one government that will solve mankind’s problems—God’s Kingdom, which they represent.—Matthew 24:14. God’s Kingdom—Mankind’s Only Hope When on earth, Jesus made God’s Kingdom the main theme of his preaching. (Luke 4:43) In his model prayer, sometimes called the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught his followers to pray for that Kingdom to come and for God’s will to be done here on earth. (Matthew 6:9, 10) The Kingdom is a government that will rule over the entire earth (Daniel 2:14), not from some earthly capital, but from heaven. Hence, Jesus called it “the kingdom of the heavens.”—Matthew 11:12. Who is better suited to be King of that Kingdom than Jesus Christ, the one who died for his future subjects? (Isaiah 9:6, 7; John 3:16) Soon this perfect Ruler, now a mighty spirit person, will hurl the beast, its kings, and its armies into “the fiery lake that burns with sulphur,” a symbolic completeness of destruction of the evil political forces that now rule this earth. His Kindom will then take over and rule in righteousness as it was to be in the beginning. But that is not all. Jesus will also remove the cause of all of mankind's woes; He will get rid of Satan, something that no human could ever do.—Revelation 11:15; 19:16, 19-21; 20:2, 10. God’s Kingdom will then bring peace to all of His obedient subjects that have survived Armageddon and it's judgement.(Psalm 37:11, 29; 46:8, 9) Even sorrow, pain, and death will be no more. What a glorious prospect for those who remain free of the mark of the beast!—Revelation 21:3, 4. The points made: While recognizing that human rulership is often beastlike, true Christians subject themselves to the governmental “superior authorities,” as the Bible directs. (Romans 13:1) When such authorities command them to act contrary to God’s law, however, they “obey God as ruler rather than men.”—Acts 5:29. Clues to the Meaning of "The mark of the Beast" "666" 1. Bible names often say something about the bearer’s traits or life, as in the case of Abraham, Jesus, and many others. Likewise, the beast’s number-name encodes its characteristics. 2. In the Bible book of Daniel, the various beasts represent successive human kingdoms, or empires here on earth starting with the and Babylonian Empire and then the Medo-Persian Empire and then the Greecian Empire and Roman Empire and finally the Anglo-American world Power. The composite beast of Revelation 13:1, 2 symbolizes the worldwide political system of today, empowered and controlled by Satan. 3. The beast’s having “a man’s number,” or “a human number,” indicates that it is a human entity, not a demon. Hence, it reflects human failings resulting from sin and imperfection. 4. In God’s eyes, the number six, being short of the Biblically complete, or perfect, seven, points to imperfection. The mark 666 emphasizes that deficiency by repeating the number three times. So then the mark then is simply those humans that show by their dress, lifestyle or language or any combination thereof that is not according to the principles as outlined in God's word, the Bible. Those who show contempt or opposition to God's purpose for His earth and His people will have the mark of the Beast or become in allegiance with the Beast will be removed from this earth along with the Beast. and "“Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” (Revalation 21:3,4,5) The last and final prophesy of the Bible by God to his Word , Jesus Christ to an angel and to his servant John who wrote what he saw in prophesy. and the final words of Jesus to his servant John were,"10 He also tells me: “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, for the appointed time is near. 11 He that is doing unrighteousness, let him do unrighteousness still; and let the filthy one be made filthy still; but let the righteous one do righteousness still, and let the holy one be made holy still. 12 “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is. 13 I am the Al′pha and the O·me′ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14 Happy are those who wash their robes, that the authority [to go] to the trees of life may be theirs and that they may gain entrance into the city by its gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie.’ 16 “‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to YOU people of these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star.’” (Rev 22:10) It's all in the Book. Look it up. **************************************************************** An absolutely EXCELLENT post! Thank you for the very interesting information! Everyone reading this post, do your research... there is more to the Mark of the Beast than we think. Thanks for visiting KnowTheLies! Folks like you are a real gem! Great post! ~ SadInAmerica