Thursday, February 22, 2007
Another Step In The Wrong Direction: Powder-sized Smart Tags
What is a smart tag? Have you ever heard of an RFID chip? Many of the big retailers are now putting these chips into their merchandise so that people cannot steal the item. As they leave the store, the scanners catch the thief by sounding off with a loud noise that alerts the store personnel. You've heard that sort of thing at Walmart, right? Maybe you even had that happen when you buy something that the scanner doesn't cancel out and you have to stand there while the employee makes certain that you bought the item.
Well, things are getting a bit more techno here. The Japanese have made a chip that is the size of tiny bits of powder. In other words, if you were interested in not having such a thing as that chip in the stuff after you purchase it, it will be extremely hard to find the chip. Now this latest chip is 60 times smaller than it's predecessor which looks about the size of the period on the end of this sentence. The only hitch in the gitalong....(old saying from some hill folk) is that the new chip needs an external antenna.
Okay, that brings about some really weird pictures in my mind. Here you have your wrapped sandwich and it has an antenna. Can we get a better radio station with that?? Then there is the very real possibility of some enterprising individual who could decide to throw the stuff on someone to track them. Okay, the company says that isn't going to happen. Yeah right. I don't know about you but I wasn't born yesterday.
This is gearing up to be a really difficult time in our lives. I realize that it's the thing to enjoy GPS systems and tracking so that your pet doesn't get lost or put a tag in your small child's shoe but, folks, this is dangerous territory we are stepping into right now. We are on the brink of some very difficult times.
TOKYO (AP) - Tiny computer chips used for tracking food, tickets and other items are getting even smaller. Hitachi Ltd. (HIT), a Japanese electronics maker, recently showed off radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips that are just 0.002 inches by 0.002 inches and look like bits of powder. They're thin enough to be embedded in a piece of paper, company spokesman Masayuki Takeuchi said Thursday.
RFID tags store data, but they need to be brought near special reading devices that beam energy to the chips, which then send information back to the readers. The technology is already widely used to track and identify items, such as monitoring the distribution of food products or guarding against forgery of concert tickets.
In the books of Revelation, Ezekiel, Daniel in the Bible, the prophets are saying that we live at a point where if we choose to go in this direction, our life with the Lord Jesus is gone from us. We must choose our Lord instead of going the way of the world. God is quite clear that if we choose the world, our love for Him is not in us. There will come a time, and I believe it is soon, that we will have our faith tested in a way that no one has tested it before.
There are people who believe that they have gone through hell. I do not doubt for a moment that they have gone through hardships I cannot imagine. Katrina victims, slaves in the Sudan, the people in Israel and Iraq who live with the possibility that they might have family that will not come home because of the car bombs and other such things. It is so hard to live in this world right now. BUT, it is easy compared to what is coming. There are no words to describe, truly, what we are about to face.
It is time for you to take a good look at your life. Evaluate. What is the most important thing for you right now? If it is not taking the time to get down on your knees and ask the Lord Jesus into your heart, then it is possible that not only will you go through the things that are about to come, you will also be at the mercy of the system and the Anti-christ who is about to run this world. It is a nasty place but it is about to get so very much worse. Are you ready for this? Seek the Lord while He may be found. For there will come a time that He will say that it is too late.