By Jeannie Law, BREATHEcast News Reporter
Technology continues to advance as radio frequency identification device (RFID) chips are often used and even implanted inside of people to make life easier. Based on a new study, most people are now open to using biometric identification to make traveling easier.
The study carried out by Accenture surveyed people in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the US and revealed that 89% of citizens are willing to provide details such as fingerprints to speed up traveling and make it more convenient.
These new findings have end-time theorists believing that it is all part of a ploy to desensitize the masses for the mark of the beast spoken of in scripture. Technology, which evolves to provide the consumer with easy access and results, has now allowed RFID chips in phones, credit cards, and other things to monitor ones weight, their bank accounts, locations, and more.
Along with the masses allowing RFID chips to be implanted on their personal belongings, the survey revealed that many have opted to give up their privacy and share their biometric information to make life easier. More than half (62%) agreed to it to help make the country’s borders more secure, 58% said they would give the details if it sped up customs and border control processing, and 56% would do so if it made travel more convenient.
The head of Accenture’s global Border and Identity Services business, Mark Crego, said, “The strong support by citizens for technologies that can improve travel and secure borders demonstrates how important it is for border management agencies to continue to adopt new tools that meet the demands of citizens and better manage the transit of people across borders.”
“Increasing the use of biometrics and introducing registered traveler programs can make traveling faster, safer, and more convenient, and strengthen both border and national security through improved intelligence gathering,” Crego continued.
Although only 23% of those questioned had used automated border clearance solutions such as e-gates at airports and border crossings, 80% said they too would like to use an e-gate, but the device may invade freedom to privacy rights.
Accenture reported that 68% said that prior to sharing biometric information, they would want to know what security measures were in place to protect the data, and 67% would want to know how it was going to be used.
A number of biblical end-time theorists and believers on social media have been outspoken against the new technology, with some even strongly feeling like the fingerprints identification and the RIFD chip are associated with the 666 mark spoken of in Revelation. The scripture concerning the Mark of the Beast states that people will not be able to buy or sell without the mark, leading some to relate the Bible verses to the publicized technology.
They have warned Christians not to take the mark because of the Bible scriptures; other believers have been more skeptical about the claims.
“And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:16-18