In this current generation of “anything goes” and the more outrageous it is the better, it’s not really suprising that multitudes of youth in particular but also some who should truly know better (60+!) are signing up in droves to have ink bored into their skin in all manner of designs, artisitic & otherwise. Few bother to think ahead to the repercussions of some of these impulsive decisions and choices – many discover that having the name of an ex-partner emblazoned on their arm can cause huge problems when they meet a new partner. I doubt the best of us would desire to contend with that. But women in particular will soon notice that the design that looked wonderful on 20-year-old skin starts to look not just weird but sometimes plain ugly on 60-year-old skin, depending on where it was put.
But the more important aspect of this explosion of interest in tattoos and, in particular. providing the masses with the idea that having 1000 needlepricks can be enjoyable (as I marvel at how even those with supposed needle phobias can submit themselves to endure getting one). is the way in which society is being well & truly “set up” for what surely lies ahead.
This article caught my eye as a reminder to what the future holds: Biometric ID It outlines the way in which we are all continually being bombarded with the idea that our finances and personal data etc are always in danger when they are provided in forms that make it easy for others to steal them, & ourselves to lose them. With the arrival of smart phones people en masse suddently started happily providing more information about themselves than ever to providers who request it – name, age, DOB, gender, religion, location, likes, connections, etc, etc. Each new generation from here on will become more and more heavily wedded to the digital age. Most of society already is so trapped within it, there’s a huge rise in the volume of accidents reported because people were walking with their heads down looking at their phones rather than where they were going. And many of us have either experienced or know of couples who text each other while only yards (if not inches) apart in a room.
The scriptural implications of this slide towards total integration with the digital world are huge. There was a time only 20-30 years ago when some portions of The Revelation would have been quite hard to comprehend but which now, with the arrival of the digital age, are becoming more and more clear. One in particular is the Mark of the Beast. First, we need to gain some understanding on who or what the Beast is. Jesus outlines it all in Rev 13: 1-9 (not provided here for space) and on through to verse 18.
In the scriptures, God reveals Antichrist as the Beast, who derives his power from Satan, the Dragon. Together, they will use the False Prophet, the Second Beast, to help them accomplish their evil works on planet earth. Remember, these are all people, most likely world leaders and most likely one or both are alive & working towards their purpose in the world today.
The Bible also tells us that in the end of days, the Antichrist will rule over the entire human race with an ecumenical and apostate global religion, in addition to ruling the planet through a global government, and economy. This is where the infamous Mark of the Beast or 666 comes in – whatever the relevance of the number itself, the point will be that nobody and especially Christians will be able to obtain money let alone have any kind of normal life.
I could write another half dozen pages on the topic but suffice to say these are interesting times and no doubt God has more up ahead to reveal in His Perfect Plan and time – so as the title of the blog says – KEEP LOOKING UPWARDS!! 🙂