by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - A chip many Christians believe could be a prototype for the mark of the beast has been implemented in Sweden, where more than 4,000 citizens have had a chip the size of a grain of rice inserted into their hands.
The chips are part of Sweden’s march toward a cashless society, and are designed to eventually include metrics for health, personal financial data, and keycards for office buildings.
"It was fun to try something new and to see what one could use it for to make life easier in the future," Ulrika Celsing, who now uses the chip in her hand to enter her workplace at global media agency Mindshare, told AFP.
Last year, Wisconsin-based company Three Square Market had 50 employees injected with a chip that CEO Todd Westby said: “will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc."
"It's the next thing that's inevitably gonna happen,” he said.
Currently, only 1% of Sweden’s economy consists of notes and coins, but it hopes to go to 0 as it pioneers its own brand of e-currency, the “e-krona.”
Revelation 13:16-17 (NKJV) reads: "He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”