WND: It was once something out of science fiction. Now, it’s just another day at the office.

A company in Wisconsin, Three Square Market, has introduced a “voluntary microchipping” program for employees, with just under half its workers participating.

Opinion: While researching Antichrist: The Search For Amalek, I came across a Talmudic (non Biblical) passage that really got my attention:

“Esau bore a mark of the figure of a serpent”, but there was no further description of it. After a thousand Google searches on Biblical marks I realized that there are three marks noted in the Bible, one in Genesis and two in Revelation, with which Bible scholars have struggled and God has chosen not to reveal:

The mark that protected Cain from being killed: “And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him” (Gen. 4:15).

The future mark that will protect the 144,000 Jewish male virgin evangelists: “And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed [on their foreheads]” (Rev. 7:4).

The future mark of the beast: “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” (Rev. 13:16–17).

What we saw in Wisconsin last week was not so much the mark of the beast but a prototype. The microchips in Wisconsin have limited range of only a few feet and do not have GPS, so employees cannot be tracked. Officials also claim data in the microchip is encrypted.

Here is why that is important. Jesus admonished the teachers of the law for not paying attention to the signs of the times.

Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed. Matthew 16:1-4

(The revised version of Antichrist The Search for Amalek will be completed this fall)