Biometric identification and security systems seem to be expanding globally at a rapid pace and, in the process, replacing traditional alternatives, either partially or fully. An indication of how pervasive this trend is becoming can be seen in the eager intention of governments to embrace it, most recently, Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israeli Interior Ministry has decided to push to make joining the national biometric database a mandatory requirement for all identity cards going forward. This will include finger prints and facial recognition photos.
The push for mandatory forms of biometric ID in the US is also drawing lots of attention even as some people attempt to fight the requirement.
Kaye Beach, a Christian from Norman, Oklahoma, filed the complaint through the non-profit Rutherford Institute, explaining she was unable to renew her license after refusing to have a photo taken and give a fingerprint.
She says she essentially has been turned into "a non-person" by the state because she refuses to allow her image to be distributed to a wide range of national and international crime-fighting organizations, the complaint charges.
Kaye's claims initially were decided in favor of the state by the trial court in a summary judgment. The case then was reinstated on appeal because the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals found the materials submitted did not demonstrate that the state had a compelling interest in requiring the biometric photograph or in denying a requested accommodation for her religious beliefs.
John Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute pointed out that under Oklahoma's Religious Freedom Act, when a state-law requirement imposes a substantial burden on a person's religious beliefs or practices, the state is required to accommodate the person's belief unless the state can show it has a compelling interest in enforcing the requirement and that such enforcement is the least restrictive means available.
The institute said the case now is going to the state Supreme Court to determine whether the state has good reason to violate Beach's beliefs "about participating in a global numbering identification system."
"As Kaye Beach's case makes clear, failing to have a biometric card can render you a non-person for all intents and purposes, with your ability to work, travel, buy, sell, access health care, and so on, jeopardized," Whitehead said.
She's been deprived of "common benefits and services that hinge on possessing a valid driver's license, including the ability to acquire prescription medications, use her debit card, rent a hotel room or obtain a post office box."
According to the Federal Department of Homeland Security, "State-issued enhanced drivers licenses (EDLs) provide proof of identity and U.S. citizenship, are issued in a secure process, and include technology that makes travel easier.
Most of the enhanced licenses have RFID radio transmitter technology as well as biometrics. Usage is expected to explode over the next few years. An industry report expects that by 2022, "annual production of biometric 'physical' identity credentials will peak at more than one billion a year.
These biometric identity credentials - which include ePassports, national identity cards, and driver's licenses - will eventually be replaced by next generation 'virtual' credentials securely stored in mobile devices and accessed via biometric authentication."
There also are biometric palm prints, fingerprints, hand geometry, dynamic signatures, vascular patterns, irises, voice recognition and facial features.
Could this series of biometric developments and advances be part of, or assisting in leading towards objectives of the highly-acclaimed UN 2030 Agenda? Is control of every human on planet earth the ultimate covert globalist plan?
In a recent interview with Virginia talk radio host Rob Schilling, pastor Carl Gallups said that the recent presidential election has brought panic to the camp of "globalists" intent on creating a "one-world government system" that he says will pave the way for the coming of a one-world ruler, the Antichrist.
He warned that a United Nations sustainable development goal to "provide legal identity for all, including birth registration," is a forerunner to the Mark of the Beast: "It literally says that by the year 2030, the United Nations' goal--and whether they pull this off or not is up to the Lord, whether he allows it--but the bottom line is their goal is to, quote, have every man, woman and child on the planet marked--that's their words--identified--that's their words--for the goals of peace, safety, security, world peace--that's their words."
And those who doubt that children - or persons below legal adult age - could be part of the identification plan need to be aware that similar initiatives tailored towards children - including babies - are already in the works.
Vicky Hallett for the Washington Post noted that in 20 years, parents might be able to implant a GPS microchip in their babies to track their every move. "Want to know what's up with your kid? Just implant her with a GPS microchip that can track her every move", she quipped.
Hallett quoted Adrienne LaFrance who, in an article appearing in the December issue of The Atlantic, showed how the tech industry has started to disrupt dirty diapers, naptime, tears and just about everything else that can be measured, charted and visualized about infants.
None of the normal concerns - such as privacy or health - seem to be slowing the rate of infant-tech growth.
LaFrance writes that the "logical conclusion" of this trend is implantable microchips with GPS capabilities - "like the Find My iPhone app, but for people". And that may come in handy, "because it's easy to lose a kid when you're spending too much time studying screens".
All very interesting in view of the prophetic revelation received by the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos almost 2000 years ago:
Revelation 13:16-18 - Also he causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.