IS PRESIDENT BUSH USHERING IN THE MARK OF THE BEAST?
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
October 20, 2004
Many conservative Christians regard President G. W. Bush as a political messiah, however many of his policies more resemble a personality at the other end of the theological pendulum. For example, the Associated Press reported last week that Bush's Food and Drug Administration has approved computer chips for humans.
According to the AP, "Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday [October 13, 2004] for implantation in a patient's arm can speed vital information about a patient's medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records.
"The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla., could market the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, for medical purposes.
"With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes less than 20 minutes and leaves no stitches. Silently and invisibly, the dormant chip stores a code that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over it."
For students of the Scriptures, this sounds eerily familiar to the prophesied "Mark of the Beast." This mark is to be given to followers of the Anti-Christ during the coming Great Tribulation. According to Scripture, such a mark is to be placed in or under the skin of a person's forehead or hand.
Could Bush's approval of Digital Solutions' implantable computer chip be the harbinger of the coming "Mark of the Beast?" And if so, where does the President fit in regarding the fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Could President Bush actually be instrumental in starting a prophetic chain of events that will ultimately lead to the rise of a global evil empire opposed to the Lord Jesus Christ? Obviously, these questions, and the very premise of them, are open to wide speculation among Christians and Bible scholars.
However, one thing does appear clear to me: again and again the policies and practices of President G. W. Bush seem to be diametrically opposed to his Christian rhetoric. Furthermore, it is also obvious that there are very few Christians who even seem to notice. Then again, perhaps they, too, have found their place in prophecy.
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Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday [October 13, 2004] for implantation in a patient's arm can speed vital information about a patient's medical history to doctors and hospitals.