In back issues of “Michael”, we have published several articles about
the newly-proposed smart card that contains a microchip the size of a
grain of rice in which the user is to record his bank account, and then
debit and credit this bank account as he buys and sells. Of course, if
this smart card gets lost, anyone who finds it could empty out this bank
account. So it has been reported from various sources that the money of
the future is to be a microchip underneath the skin — so it could not
Microchips embedded in a human
ago, if anyone would speak about having a microchip inserted underneath
the skin of people, they would have been thought of as being far out in
left field, as it could not even be imagined as something so ridiculous
at that could ever happen. But today, such technology does it exist, and
it is being perfected all the time.
In fact, on September 16, 2001, only a few days after the terrorist
attacks in the United States, Richard Seelig, a New Jersey surgeon who
serves on the board of Owings Maryland-based Medical Advisory Systems,
embedded under his skin tiny computer chips that can automatically
transmit personal information to a scanner, a tech- nology that his
employer hopes will someday be widely used as a way to identify people.
Each chip can hold several sentences of information, although at the
moment, they just contain serial numbers. The new chip measures slightly
smaller than a Tic Tac mint, and has a miniature antenna that emits
signals containing about two paragraphs worth of data when scanned by a
hand-held reader. The chip is coated with a substance that encourages
the body to hold it in place.
Dr. Seelig, using a local anesthetic, used a syringe-like device to
insert the chip under the skin of his forearm. He followed the same
procedure to implant the chip on his artificial hip. He said he decided
to test the chip himself after seeing rescuers at the World Trade Center
disaster site write their names and Social Security numbers on their
arms so they could be identified in case they were injured or killed at
After just over two weeks, all signs of the procedure were gone. “There
is no deformity of the skin,” Seelig said. “I feel just the same as
I did before. It was like nothing had happened.”
the last several years, Applied Digital Solutions from Palm Beach,
Florida has made available microchips that have been inserted in over
one million animals to be able to track and identify them. Now on
December 19, 2001, it unveiled a microchip called a VeriChip which is
also about the size of a grain of rice and which contains an
identification number or other data, such as medical information and a
person's address and phone number. The chip is the same as the one
Applied Digital's subsidiary used in animals, but VeriChip can be used
in humans who have a pacemaker, artificial heart valves, or orthopedic
knee devices. If a patient would need help, a hospital could use a
scanner to obtain information from the VeriChip.
Applied Digital has had a patent for the chips since 1999. The new
technology would make Applied Digital the first company in the United
States to sell microchips designed to be implanted in human beings. The
company has already won a three-year trial contract with the state of
California to supply a version of the product that would track paroled
prisoners in Los Angeles and alert authorities when they had violated
the terms of their parole by leaving a set area. The product is already
being marketed in South America, while the company seeks approval in the
United States from the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected
to be given within the next 18 months.
A potential market for the chips would be potential kidnap victims who
could use these chips in combination with global-positioning devices.
Society in general could use them in place of ATM or credit cards.
In five years, it is predicted that this new chip will be used in
children, the elderly, prisoners, and by employers at facilities such as
nuclear plants. Already airports are beginning to use similar
micro-devices to improve security by tagging bags with more detailed
instructions about how they are to be handled and screened. Automakers
are installing the chips in keys to deter auto theft. Libraries are
beginning to use the technology to track books. As Chris Hables Gray, an
associate professor of computer science at the University of Great Falls
in Montana, and author of “The Cyborg Citizen”, said: “I'd be
shocked if within 10 years you couldn't get a chip implanted that would
unlock your house, start your car, and give you money.”
A national identification system
At present, U.S. state motor vehicle authorities are also working on a
plan to create a national identification system for individuals that
would link all driver databases and employ high-tech cards with a
fingerprint, computer chip, or other unique identifier. The effort by
the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, which would
take several years to implement if approved by state and federal
authorities, follows disclosures that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers
used false identities or obtained driver's licenses fraudulently.
Under the proposal, every state would continue to issue driver ID's. But
every license and non-driver identity card would contain the same basic
information and a similar set of security features to prevent tampering
and fraud, association officials said. The new proposal would seek to
make such changes mandatory.
Association leaders asserted that driver's licenses “have become the
'de facto' national identification card used by law enforcement,
retailers, banks, and other establishments requiring proof of
A universal identification scheme
it has been announced that at a United Nations meeting held on Dec. 14,
2001, it was outlined that every person in the world would be
fingerprinted and registered under a universal identification scheme to
fight illegal immigration and people smuggling.
The plan was put forward by Pascal Smet, the head of Belgium's
independent asylum review board, at a roundtable meeting with ministers,
including Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock. Mr. Smet said
the European Union was already considering a Europe-wide system, using
either fingerprints or eye scanning technology, to identify citizens.
But he said the plan could be extended worldwide. “There are no
technical problems. It is only a question of will and investment,” he
The other side of the coin
Although this new technology of the microchip and identification cards
might seem to be a good thing for security purposes, we always have to
consider the other side of the coin. Concerning the microchip, Thomas
Murray, president of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute
in New York, said: “We need to consider carefully the broader
implications. Alongside the possible benefits, it has the potential to
be misused by forces who do not have your interests at heart.” And
civil libertarians, both conservative and liberal, believe that a card
with a microchip would be used by Government authorities to track
individuals without their permission.
is no doubt that a national ID card would be a ticket to the loss of
much of your personal freedom. The time could come that, without a
national identification card, you will not be able to travel, nor buy on
credit, nor participate in tomorrow's normal life. Police, as well as
employers, will consider those who resist full disclosure of their
financial, academic, medical, religious, social, and political
affiliations to be suspect.
And there is another problem, which is of utmost importance for any
Christian. The microchip in the ID card, which will eventually be
implanted under your skin, will have the "666" numbers in it,
the "Mark of the Beast" that Saint John writes about in the
Apocalypse. To receive this Mark or microchip, you will have to renounce
Christ, and swear allegiance to the Antichrist. It will be very hard for
many to resist this offer, because it will be very difficult to survive
if you cannot buy nor sell. However, it is clear that he who wants to
remain faithful to Christ cannot take the Mark, for it is clearly stated
that those who do will burn in hell forever.
So we must not allow ourselves to become misled when we hear about
measures being promoted for tighter security. Yes, we need to have
adequate security – but not at the cost of our eternal salvation!
This article was published in the January-February, 2002 issue of “Michael”.