Over the past several weeks, I’ve been inspired to dive into my Christian faith to uncover a greater understanding of world and economic events. While no single article can convey all the nuances and connections involved, it is startling to realize that several events that have occurred or are occurring have been forecasted long ago in the Holy Bible.

One of the oft-cited Scriptural texts is the Book of Revelation. Theologians throughout the centuries offered their interpretations of the end times, some more accurate than others. While it’s not at all my intention to opine on the Revelation and Bible prophesy – there’s plenty of that on the internet and in theological libraries – I do believe certain texts have been overlooked, which I will share below.

A most curious chapter in the Book of Revelation is the 16th. It describes the curses (placed by seven angels) on the earth and upon the people who do not repent unto the Lord Most High. The first two verses read:

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Experts who specialize in the Book of Revelation and Bible prophesy state that the “mark of the beast” is a physical implantation on the human body. In years past, human microchipping – incredibly small RFID chips – technology was a much desired, but theoretical construct. Today, it’s very much reality.

Such new and almost alien technology should be considered anathema to our collective senses. After all, we love our consumer-tech, but innovations have always been separate from our physical selves. Yet shockingly, Allure magazine writes glowingly about this integration between man and machine:

If there’s a trend in technology, it is this: Go small. Smaller still. Even smaller than that. Devices may start disappearing altogether. In fact, in the very near future, because of microchipping, our technology will — literally — be part of our skin.

Even more disturbing, Nina Jablonski, a professor in the anthropology department at Penn State University, stated the following:

It’s exciting that people want to continue to push this envelope. Just like we can’t get enough shades of lipstick, people want to play with this stuff. It’s fun.” (emphasis mine)

It’s fun!? Since when is experimenting with microchips in your body a mere exercise in frivolity? Such ridiculous sentiments should drive home the message of the Book of Revelation and end times Bible prophesy.

It is now an inevitability that a majority of humans will integrate themselves with microchipping and the broader singularity – the marriage of the (God-given) biological and the artificial. Hence, the first curse listed in Revelation 16 doesn’t make sense in any other time period.

We should also be leery that the aggressive push towards STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education is meant to ultimately replace us, not advance us. Because what are we learning to do? Apparently, we’re taught to insert microchips into our bodies, and not only that, to embrace it.

This is just one example, of course, but I counter that it is a significant one that we’re rapidly approaching the end times. Now, it’s more important than ever to consider the spiritual ramifications of our journey rather than merely the physical.