Q. What about this Obama Health Care Program – I mean, is he paving way for Anti Christ like John the Baptist paved way for Christ? Is the said “chip” really the Mark of the Beast?
A. John the Baptist was specifically designated as the one who would prepare the way for Jesus and had Scriptural back up to verify this (Luke 1:11-17, John 1:22-23). As far as we know, the Bible doesn’t speak of a similar forerunner for the anti-Christ. I think in preparation for him, the Lord is bringing the whole world into a time of chaos.
Where the chip is concerned, for it to be the mark of the beast it would have to contain the name of the anti-Christ or the number of his name (Rev. 13:17). Again, as far as we know no one currently has that information. But I think it’s safe to say that the technology used in applying the chip could be paving the way for the eventual application of the mark.
We also have to remember that in the case of the mark, people have to know when they’re taking it that they’re pledging their loyalty to the anti-Christ. People alive at the time will have been warned that taking the mark will result in suffering the full strength of God’s wrath (Rev. 14:9-11). No one will take the mark through trickery or by accident. Since we are not appointed to suffer wrath but to receive salvation (1 Thes. 5:9) I don’t think the mark will be forced upon the world until after the Church is gone.