July 10, 2012. Delhi. Watching CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS show last week, the guest uttered a phrase that made this author stop dead in his tracks. The topic was India’s state-imposed “biometric ID program”. Using fingerprints and eye scans as each person’s unique identifier, Indians are then assigned a number. Without their unique number, eye and fingerprint scan, “You can’t get a bank account or a loan. You can’t get a mobile phone. You can’t get your entitlements. You can’t get a job. You can’t rent a house.” It sounded hauntingly familiar.
Nandan Nilekani - the man behind the global biometric ID program. Image courtesy of Penguine Books.
The title of the CNN program that aired July 1, 2012 and was posted to the network’s website on July 3rd is titled, ‘A project to fingerprint 1.2 billion people’. The show’s guest was Nandan Nilekani, who Zakaria says, “is not just imagining that system. He is tasked with making it a reality in India.” Nilekani is the chairman of India’s Unique Identification Authority. Previously, he was one of the founders of Infosys, one of India’s most successful technology firms.
Revelations 13: 16-18
To refresh readers’ memories and to enlighten our non-Christian friends, the Book of Revelations describes the ‘end times’. Much like Nostradamus’ version, it is heart-breaking, terrifying, bloody and deadly. Both accounts also include an anti-Christ or a Beast, and a war between good and evil. Here is the direct quote from the Catholic Bible:
Apocalypse 13: 16-18 – And it will cause all, the small and the great and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, to have a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and it will bring it about that no one may be able to buy or sell, except him who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of its name. Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Three frightening similarities
There are at least three glaring similarities between India’s ID program and the Bible’s mark of the beast.
Participation is mandatory for everyone.
The ID, or ‘mark’, is actually on your forehead and right hand.
Punishment for non-participation
The final similarity may not be a similarity at all, but rather the answer to the millennia-old riddle of Revelations 13: 16-18. It comes from the relationship between identities and numbers. The Bible says the number of the beast is, ‘the number of a man’. The national biometric ID program in India begins with a unique body part like a fingerprint or eyeball. It then assigns a unique number to that individual.
Could this be the first official national program to usher in the mark of the beast, or is it simply a coincidence? Read the edited CNN interview which includes a link to the video.
Just the beginning?
The biometric number now being used in India has 12 digits – enough to enroll ONE TRILLION human beings. The entire global population is only 7 billion. Is India expecting her population to multiply one-thousand-fold? Or do they have designs on expanding the program to all of humanity?
The news about India’s rush to implement a biometric national ID program isn’t exactly new. As far back as 2010, The Wall Street Journal published a story announcing the effort’s official launch. At the time, they described how Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh picked Nandan Nilekani to lead the agency.
Nilekani indicated that they hoped to have at least 600 million people scanned and cataloged within the first four years. Two years into the program, administrators are slightly behind schedule having enrolled only 200 million so far.
Right before our eyes
One repeated reason government officials and the wealthy Mr. Nilekani insist the biometric ID program is needed is to help people enroll in and receive government entitlement programs. One public relations effort reported by the Wall Street Journal described the government’s decent into a small village where, “people were streaming into a drab government office one recent afternoon to have their fingerprints taken and irises scanned. Many applicants, who ranged from vegetable and rice farmers to real-estate brokers and shopkeepers had never used a computer, much less seen biometric equipment. Local officials had knocked on their doors the night before to tell them about the program.”
The WSJ report interviewed one willing ID recipient who said he hoped, ‘the IDs would keep people from cheating the welfare system and getting food rations they don’t qualify for’. The man explains, “It will take fraud out of the government schemes. Then it will be guaranteed I get what I deserve.”
So, is this the beginning of the Apocalypse? Who knows. But is it really happening? Yes it is.
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