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WingNutDaily: National ID the Mark of the Beast?

Well, hit me with that 666, Uncle Sam.

Is the national ID card the next step toward the imposition of the biblical “mark of the beast” Christians believe will be required to buy and sell during the Last Days?

That’s the contention of a growing group of believers who are working to turn back the approval of the Real ID Act by Congress last year. Public Law 109-13 requires the national ID portion of the plan go into effect by May 2008.

“There is a prophecy in the Bible that foretells a time when every person will be required to have a mark or a number, without which he or she will not be able to participate in the economy,” states the Christian website NoNationalID.com. “The prophecy is 2,000 years old, but it has been impossible for it to come to pass until now. With the invention of the computer and the Internet, this prophecy of buying and selling, using a number, can now be implemented at any time. Has the time for the fulfillment of this prophecy arrived?”

…Endtime Ministries’ Irvin Baxter, a radio host, believes the national ID is a precursor to the forced embedding of radio-frequency chips under the skin.

Baxter told the Concord, N.H., Monitor: “That’s where we are headed right now. The prophecy states that you will have to receive a mark on your hand or in your forehead.”

The information slated to be included on this card, that will be stored in databases that are compatible and shared by all states:
* your full legal name
* date of birth
* gender
* driver’s license number
* digital photo of the person
* current address
* the card must be machine-readable for verification

Now there are legitimate reasons to oppose a national ID, since it means the government in theory will be able to track you with this card (as if one cannot already be tracked on infinite levels by private sector businesses), and used for nefarious political purposes by corrupt fed, state or local officials/entities. Dear Leader has already decided that he has absolute powers, so I don’t know why these WND people aren’t freaking out at that. We have a de facto national ID in drivers’ licenses, but these aren’t standardized.

Something tells me that our government, with Real ID in place, will do a lousy job of making us “safer” anyway, based on its past and current failures when we need “security” most.

Anyway, while reading this article, it reminded me of an earlier WND piece that conflicts with the whole 666/Mark of the Beast scenario. These folks really need to get their tin-foil asshattery straight.

For centuries, people have been intrigued by the number 666, the “number of the beast” from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. Not only is it mentioned in Scripture, it has been associated with the Satanism, universal price codes and the game of roulette, as the numbers on the wheel add up to 666.

However, in its own reporting, all the hysteria might be over a misreading of the holy texts, blowing all the batsh*t crazies like themselves out of the window…

While many Bibles have footnotes saying the number translated from the original Greek could be 616, experts say new photographic evidence of an ancient fragment of papyrus from Revelation indeed indicates the number is 616, instead of 666.

Does this mean that folks in Grand Rapids, MI (area code 616) are all damned?

Related:
* WingNutDaily serves up an extra helping of batsh*t nuttery
* Wingnuts Fear RFID Chips Could Herald ‘Mark of the Beast’

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