You Are Being Watched

by Bill Rudge

Pause for a moment and think about all the new devices and technologies – vehicles, televisions, cell phones, computers, surveillance gadgets, etc. – infused with microphones, cameras and artificial intelligence. Face scanners, smart phones, smart homes, eyelid-tracking car dashboard cameras, camera-equipped drones. Devices that see, hear and track the people they encounter.

In spite of many privacy scandals and security breaches, people are getting more accustomed to everyday uses of surveillance technology. The following are excerpts from the article, “At gadget show, surveillance is in – and in a big way” by Matt O’Brien, AP Technology Writer, in the January 7, 2020 Sharon Herald:

All these talking speakers, doorbell cameras and fitness trackers come with the promise of making life easier or more fun, but they’re also potentially powerful spying tools.

Someone wants to know where you are and what you are doing, saying, watching, listening to or buying. Eventually, this technology will be used to monitor and control virtually everything about you. Sounds strangely similar to the total surveillance, monitoring and control that will one day be enforced:

And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16, 17).

Rider on White Horse

The impact the coronavirus has had on the world brings several end time prophecies into clearer perspective. It appears we are nearing the opening of the First Seal with the Rider on a White Horse (Revelation 6:1, 2). This arising world leader, who initially comes on the scene as a savior, will be none other than the Antichrist. It is now easy to conceive of how those who defy or disobey his demands will be fined, imprisoned or eventually martyred. Many people will report the slightest violations to the authorities (Matthew 10:21; 24:9, 10).

Sure seems like we could be on the verge of a total loss of freedom and the fulfillment of Revelation chapters 6 and 13. Take a few minutes to read these chapters and ponder the condition of your heart before God who foretold this 2,000 years ago.  

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!