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The Destruction of Our Freedoms - by Pastor Mike Taylor -
1 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 "Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us."
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure:(Psalm 2:1-5)
18 "And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish
20 As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 8:18-20)
I was implored by a brother in Christ to assemble a message on our 1st Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion that is guaranteed in our Constitution and written down in our Bill of Rights to that Constitution and the loss of those freedoms, which are coming. As he is, so am I, tired of hearing the words "separation of church and state". No where in our founding documents that birthed this nation as a land of freedom can these words be found. I challenge anyone to show them to me. Why? Because they are not there.
A NEW NATION FORMED
In the beginning of forming this nation, men of conscious, men of faith, and men of determination came to an agreement on what this nation would be based upon. And what was the foundation that formed this nation and which we stand upon? In the opening words of our Declaration of Independence, we find the source of our freedoms:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (emphasis mine)
It was the opening salvo of our war of independence from British tyranny and to break away from being ruled by one man and to being subject to him, as our benefactor, instead of relying on our source of our freedom, being Almighty God.
So where did this phrase of separation of church and state come from, in the first place, if not found in our Constitution or Bill of Rights in any of its language? Now as a preface, note that this nation was formed out of a desire to escape persecution, besides that of tyranny and a dictatorship of a king, but to have religious liberty to choose how an individual was to acknowledge the God of our Fathers in his/her own life and not have a state religion dictate your beliefs according to their definitions and against your own convictions. Note that during this time period, Europe was going through several rounds of Catholic Inquisitions fostered by the likes of the Jesuits and were persecuting all who would not bow to the rule of the Catholic Church and it's Pope. That's history written down and cannot be refuted. That is what the Catholic church was doing, and men of freewill longed for the right to choose according to their own convictions.
Down through history, the issue was debated from antiquity until even the time of British rule and Henry VIII creating his own religion or the Church of England, thus breaking ties with the Roman Catholic Church over a dispute of marriage. The King became also the High Priest of the nation and many perils befell the population because of state run religion, but it was Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence who attempted to define what was undefined in our Bill of Rights. What are the words of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution? Quote:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." endquote.
I ask you, do you see anything in that phrase that says that the name of God shall be eliminated from the halls of every state institution, or that a free person can't say the name of Jesus in a prayer, or prohibit prayer according to your convictions at a school function, the Ten Commandments displayed outside a courthouse, or a nativity scene banished for view during the month of December? So where did it come from?In English, the exact term is an offshoot of the phrase, "wall of separation between church and state", as written in Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment to the Constitution, Jefferson writes:
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State."
And from a letter written, not law mind you, was the order of the Supreme Court that in a case of Reynolds v. United States that the ruling added to the Bill of Rights something that was not ratified by the people of the USA. Here is their "opinion".
"Congress cannot pass a law for the government of the Territory which shall prohibit the free exercise of religion. The first amendment to the Constitution expressly forbids such legislation." Of federal territorial laws, the Court said: "Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious beliefs and opinions, they may with practices."
There were many instances where cults or perversion was based on "religious beliefs" contrary to the welfare of the majority or in violation of current law and that is a broad subject that I will not cover here. But the problem began when the state began throwing the baby out with the bath water. From the 1960s, beginning with Madeline O'Hare's suing the Board of Education about school prayer, has the slide of everything anti-God been promoted as "separation of church and state"...Every mention of God, or our Savior Jesus Christ was banned and challenged by minority population of atheist and those that would change the foundation upon which this country was formed, namely the Ten Commandments and the exercise of every man's conscious whether to worship or not to worship a Divine Being, was being overturned. Now instead of the 1st Amendment identifying "Freedom OF Religion", it has morphed into "Freedom from Religion" devoid of any mention of what this country has stood for some 237+ years of her existence.
SO WHERE ARE WE HEADED?
So we know where we have been and what we have fought and died for, since the beginning of the 20th Century. Of such are Marxist-communism, fascism, and nazism. For all their differences, each of these three totalitarian systems deny democracy and the rule of law. They all-though fascism to a lesser extent-get their intellectual underpinnings from Karl Marx. So what is the end result of a nation that throws God or His mention from the halls of their laws and government of the people, by the people, and for the people?
Many doomsday prognosticators feel that a nation that falls is a result of social economic indicators, or political upheaval, but their prognosis is correct, but their diagnosis misses the mark and is wrong. What causes a nation to fall into ruin, as other nations before us have fallen, such as Rome, Greece, or the British Empire? Yes, the future is bleak. But our problem is not ultimately political, economic, or even social, as these doomsayers would have us believe.
The decline of this nation (just as the decline of every other nation) is due to spiritual factors. The political, economic, and social problems we encounter are the symptoms of the spiritual deterioration of a nation, not the cause. Just as our Bible gives us example after example of when Israel was putting God first in all that she did, such at the time of Solomon's reign during his first years of being king. Now contrast that to when his sons who attained the throne after him, followed not with their whole heart after God falling into idolatry, did God finally send them into exile not once, but twice for the Southern Kingdom (and total annihilation of the Northern Kingdom by the Assyrians) with the last one being almost 1900 years by Rome, until against all odds, God made them a nation again. Now, my reader, we are NOT Israel and we are NOT God's chosen people, but of the Christians of this nation, we are people He called as a special people called out for Himself. A people who were not His people, through His grace and His mercy.
How can we think or even believe that if we stay on the same course that we are on and expect God to do anything but what He said He would do in Deuteronomy :
"Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish".(Deuteronomy 8:19)
Notice the word "perish"...to mean destroy utterly. Have we gone too far? Has the Christian majority that has the label "Christian" about them, allowed this nation to descend to a point of no return? Have our multitude of sins that have been made politically correct destroyed our very foundation? We could make a multitude of the laundry list of our abominations that I can only imagine "stinks" in God's nostrils...I would like to quote an article I read about the stages and the rise and fall of a nation from Kirby Anderson "Decline of a Nation"...I quote:
"History has shown that the average age of the great civilizations is around two hundred years. Countries like Great Britain exceed the average while other countries like the United States are just now reaching the average age.
Each of the great civilizations in the world passed through a series of stages from their birth to their decline to their death. Historians have listed these in ten stages.
The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. The second from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency. The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy. The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence. And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage."
Let us look at where we are, based on this scale of 1-10 stages. Looking at our daily news and reports of the economic, political, and yes, the spiritual condition of this country, I would say we are somewhere between 9 and 10...The powers that be starting with this past despotic "administration" were working feverishly to destroy what is left of this nation, and you my reader, are a facilitator of that moral decay by your silence, your apathy, and by being only concerned with self...It's all about me, right?
Do you see what I'm speaking of here? The land of the free, and the home of the brave is perilously close to extinction. Extinct to say from what we knew and enjoyed in abundance...that is FREEDOM to choose. That freedom is dangerously close to be snuffed out in the name of political correctness and the love of unrighteous behavior.
I ask you, where are the righteous men and women of this nation that have yet to rise up and scream at the top of their lungs and take action to take this country back?...again, is it too late? In times past, I have postulated that indeed, it may be too late. Our doom is sealed in my mind, but my heart longs for the nation I thought I knew...I am reminded of what God said of the wicked that will make up much of this country in the near future.
Psalm:11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup."
The only light that I see right now, is one man standing in the way of our complete annihilation because of the desire to bring socialism/communism to this land and destroy what freedoms we have enjoyed. Why do you think the Washington DC establishment hate the man called Trump so much? Is it because he stands in the way of their nefarious plots to destroy our nation? Plans that have been being hatched for nigh 100+ years that has been never looking better than it does right now. Look at what is going on right now with this 'Plannedemic" of the Coronavirus. We have slipped very close to tyranny with local governments making it illegal to gather to worship God. Destroying our economy, bankrupting businesses, and many people loosing their jobs because of all of it. And for what reason? All in the name of this coming election to take down an administration that is standing in their way. Coming from a medical background, I have seen more deaths each year from influenza A, or H1N1 or variations of either, take more lives than this so-called "pandemic" has done. We have to face it, this scenario is planned with the "lamestream media" supplying the hype to increase the fear and chaos. Make no mistake, but this is the prelude to what is coming next that I speak of below.
THE COMING 7 YEAR TRIBULATION
There is coming a time of unspeakable horror that all will face that do not call on the name of our Lord and Savior in repentance and ask forgiveness of their sins and do so, truly in their heart of hearts. That time may be just around the corner. In that period of 7 years, the USA and the whole world for that matter, will be but a shell of what it was. There will be a brutal master over the whole world that will rule with death, destruction, and terror. In him will be the ultimate separation of church and state, as the One World Religion that he uses to his own gain will be destroyed. Many believe, as I was sent an email stating as such, that the AC will not be just a man, but a system of evil....True to a point, but the Bible speaks of a single man that is revealed in Revelation chp. 6:
"And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer." (Revelation 6:1-2)
Notice the man riding this horse has a bow, but no arrows, as he destroys by deceit and lying wonders.
"And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which he had received to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
15 And he received power to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to die.
16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead:
17 and he provides that no one can buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18 Here we find wisdom Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number represents that of a man; and his number adds up to six hundred and sixty-six."(Revelation 13:14-18)
Because this man indwelt by Satan himself, desires worship, he does away with this false church, then he being the supreme false god over the state:
16 'And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore (false church), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Revelation 17:16-17)
It will be the most awful time of the end of this age of the rule of one man over the whole earth, as Jesus said that "unless the time be shortened, no flesh would be saved".( Matthew 24:22a)
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
So my reader, how is your religion? Is it rooted in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Do you call upon the name that is above every name, Jesus, the Son of the Living God? If you have followed any of my previous messages concerning the coming tribulation, then my friend, if you be of that crowd who wants a separation of church and state, you will get your wish in all its horror when religion is centered on one man, and you will worship him on pain of death. Much like Augustus Caesar during Rome's rule and their subsequent Caesars. Sounds delightful, right? I'm sure that will be the last thing on your mind, as you attempt just to stay alive, as living free on this earth during that time coming will be a scarce commodity for all who live a mortal life during those years. Separation of church and state is coming and it's nothing you bargained for or able to envision. God help you.
But if the supreme chaos of millions of people that suddenly vanish has not happened yet and you are reading this, then you have time to make a decision to avoid what is coming and spend eternity with the only Man/God this world has ever known, Jesus Christ my soon coming King and Savior. To delay that confession of faith will send you head long into what is coming upon the earth, which right now, these are the birth pangs of that coming abomination that causeth desolation and the destruction of the world we have known. It will only get worse, especially if the man who has been placed in office to stand in the way of a New World Order, looses the coming election, then chaos, evil and the loss of your freedoms will happen at "warp speed". But the question I leave you and the scriptures that I post, gives you the answer of "what can I do"?
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."(John 3:16-18)
8 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."(Romans 10:8-13)
"(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)" 2nd Corinthians 2:6)
10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3:10-11)
I briefly have warned all who read of what is coming upon the earth, now and in the near future of what is called the "Tribulation and the Great Tribulation" of what only be described as literal "hell on earth" and near 80% of all human life on this planet will be destroyed in 7 short years. You have a choice to make, my friend, you will either endure what is coming, and live through the most horrific times of the loss of freedom and tyranny, or give your heart to Jesus before what I quickly describes, comes to pass. As right now, we are in the birth pangs knowing that our Lord is close at hand and the rapture of the church is nigh.
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying you make that decision for Jesus Christ before time runs out. If you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, God bless you all, TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Welcome To The New Economy: 'Contact Tracer' and 'Disease Investigator' - By Daisy Luther/Organic Prepper - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4044
For those who may have lost their jobs during the lockdown, it appears a whole new sector of jobs is opening up across the country. Cities and states are seeking "contact tracers" and "disease investigators" to track down anyone who may have COVID-19 or anyone who may have come in contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19.
There are multiple job postings on Indeed.com, an employment-related search engine for job listings. Job titles include contact tracer, contact tracing supervisor, COVID-19 case investigator, and communicable disease investigator.
While some people find these positions to be necessary to public health, others find them invasive and meddlesome.
One of the most worrisome things about this is what kind of power is held by the tracers and investigators. If they feel someone isn't quarantining properly, and they report that person, what happens next?
Ventura County, California officials claimed they would remove people suffering from COVID from their homes if there was only one bathroom, a claim they've since walked back after public outrage ensued.
Ventura County officials were forced Wednesday to apologize and clarify that those who could not isolate or quarantine themselves would never be forcibly removed from their homes as part of an effort to further contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Video circulated on social media showed Dr. Robert Levin, the director of Ventura County Public Health, speaking before the board of supervisors Tuesday about a plan to hire up to 50 new "contact tracing investigators" to "find people who have COVID-19 and immediately isolate them, find every one of their contacts, make sure they stay quarantined and check in with them every day."
If officials really want to see violence and unrest ensue, forcibly hauling off an ailing loved one would be one surefire way to make it happen.
What are contact tracers?
Here's a little more about these jobs.
New York State will hire and train a team of staff working remotely to support the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Local Health Departments (LHDs) to perform COVID-19 contact tracing in communities across NYS. The aim of this initiative will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact.
In addition, the team will support the isolation and quarantine of individuals, as appropriate in cooperation with the LHD. This includes virtual needs checks and referral to community resources as needed. This contact tracing initiative is in tandem with statewide-wide efforts to increase testing, improve communication and knowledge of effective strategies to reduce transmission, and implementation of isolation and quarantine. This will fortify efforts to control the pandemic in NYS.
The Contact Tracer will use a web-based client resource management (CRM) platform to call all contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, determine exposure, assess symptoms, refer for testing according to established protocols, and provide them with instructions for isolation or quarantine. Contact Tracers will maintain ongoing communication with contacts to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs and/or handle reporting of issues that arise. Contact Tracers are required to follow set scripts and adhere to policies and procedures provided by NYS. They will also comply with Department training regarding confidential information related to personal information. COVID-19 Contract Tracers will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Because when you're sick, who doesn't want to answer questions asked by someone reading from a script?
There are also postings for "Communicable Disease Investigators"
Another even more invasive COVID-related job is " Communicable Disease Investigator," a position that Louisville, Kentucky is urgently seeking to fill.
Crown Services, Inc. in Louisville is proud to accept applications for COVID-19 Communicable Disease Investigators to join the fight against the novel Coronavirus in our community! The work involves investigating situations concerning individuals who have been in contact with COVID-19, which could result in possible sources of infection. This includes locating patients of COVID-19, and persons with whom they have had contact. Investigation procedures involve contacting various information sources such as welfare agencies, neighbors, hospitals, work locations, restaurants, and bars.
The investigator is primarily concerned with locating persons who should be examined for acute infection. General supervision is received from an administrative superior with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in carrying out the mandate of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Certain assignments made to employees in this position will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner.
Other companies are looking for case investigators and contact tracing supervisors.
And don't forget the dystopian technology.
Not only do sick or potentially sick people need to worry about being phoned or questioned by contact tracers, but there's also a whole new world of dystopian technology being rapidly developed.
Apple and Google formed a partnership to develop a phone app with the potential to monitor one-third of the world's population. The Australian government has developed an app called COVIDSafe to "protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus."
In fact, all sorts of potentially invasive new technology tools are springing up to "fight COVID." Some use AI to detect signs of COVID and the Department of Defense is deploying thermal imaging to detect signs of COVID.
These things won't just go away when the pandemic is over. If they're in use for a year or two years - however long this virus is with us - chances are, they're here to stay.
Nearing Midnight: There Is No Justice in This World - Todd Strandberg - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
There is no point in holding out hope that the justice system will set the world right by going after the bad guys. The justice system has become the enemies of true justice, so it's foolish to place any hope in them.
For years I heard conservative voices predicting Hillary Clinton is going to jail someday for all her crimes. It doesn't matter if she smashed her illegal private server right in front of the FBI headquarters. She will never spend a day in court because there is an army of leftist soldiers that will fight any effort to bring her to justice.
Mark Levin rightly said that "Barack Obama is one of the most corrupt presidents in history, certainly in modern history." It was the Obama FBI that was spying on the Trump campaign. It was the Obama FBI that was spying on Carter page. It was the Obama FBI that went after Michael Flynn. We now even have handwritten notes on how the FBI agents were planning to entrap Flynn. This is not a couple of renegades. This is just how things are done by the government. When FBI suddenly dropped all charges against him, the media ran the story like he was still guilty.
A few weeks ago, I read that PG&E will plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the Camp Fire. Victims of wildfires blamed on PG&E's equipment are concerned the sell-off on Wall Street could hobble stock payments that make up half of a $13.5 billion settlement over claims from the blazes, said Robert Julian, an attorney for the victims. I understand how cash can resolve damages, but I don't comprehend the guilty plea on the part of the firm itself.
If someone runs a big company, and they make decisions that directly cause people to die, they should go to jail. This general rule that companies are at fault is how big banks can steal $20 billion and pay a $5 billion fine. That is a 75% profit on criminal activity.
The reason why 5,000 bankers went to jail in the Saving and Loan crisis of the 90's, and zero went to jail in the Great Recession of 2008 & 2009, is because corporations learned to pay money to write the rules that regulate them.
I was dumbfounded when convicted celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was granted temporary freedom from a New York City jail by a California federal judge who said the spread of the coronavirus was a compelling reason to release him.
In an order, U.S. District Judge James Selna said Avenatti, who represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump, may stay at a friend's home during the 90-day release period. Avenatti, 49, will be moving to the home of Jay Manheimer in Venice, California.
He was convicted in February of trying to extort up to $25 million from the athletic wear company Nike Inc. Avenatti, who is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17, could face more than 40 years in prison in the case. He still faces trial in two other criminal cases. It would seem that, at this point, getting released from confinement would only require a note from your mother stating your dislike for prison food.
In a recent 5-4 vote, the state Supreme Court of Washington rejected a lawsuit calling for the release of thousands of inmates to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Those narrowly missing a shot at freedom included Gary Ridgway, the so-called "Green River Killer," who in 2003 was sentenced to life in prison after confessing to killing as many as 49 women in the 1980s, Seattle's KIRO radio reported.
It is unlikely that a high-profile man like Mr. Ridgway would go free, but 12,000 other dangerous criminals would be allowed to walk the streets. One other reason why I have long soured on true crime shows is because a murder getting a death or a life sentence doesn't mean all that much with our liberal justice system. If you are double ax murder, just tell the judge you have asthma, and he'll send you home.
The meltdown of the justice system is because all of mankind shares the same capacity for evil. One person shows their fallen nature by killing someone, and another person shows their depravity by letting the killer go free. It is very unlikely that we will see a return to true justice in America until Jesus comes and establishes His righteous rule over the whole earth.
"This is what the LORD Almighty said: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another'" (Zechariah 7:9).
Will microchip implants be the next big thing in Europe? - By Lauren Chadwick & Ric Wasserman -
Thousands of Swedes have been pioneering the use of futuristic microchips that are implanted under the skin of the hand.
The technology is used for everyday tasks like accessing your smartphone, opening the front door or setting an alarm.
Those behind the microchips - the size of a rice grain and implanted via a syringe - are working to access other parts of Europe.
Eric Larsen, who leads Biohax Italia, is waiting for approval in Italy from medical centres and the health ministry.
He said he expects to implant a chip into about 2,500 people in the first six to eight months in Milan and Rome.
Even without health ministry certification, Biohax Italia has already been able to embed these chips into a few hundred people with the help of a medical centre.
"It is a step towards the future... It is extremely futuristic although it is already happening. This technology was born to help us, to give us small 'superpowers'," Larsen told Euronews.
But COVID-19 could make people more apprehensive about their business, Larsen said, due to public concern about the contact tracing applications introduced by governments during the pandemic.
"We are seeing that a lot of people in Italy are not happy [with] adding a GPS or something that can track our movement. That might be a danger for us," he explained.
"We are not tracking movements we don't have a GPS inside but I think that a lot of people are not aware of that."
Removing the need for a wallet
Swedish IT solutions planner Martin Lewin uses the two microchips in his hand for things like logging into the computer, setting the office alarm and launching his LinkedIn profile.
But using them as an alternative to cash or card payments is expected to be the tipping point for the technology.
"It's no different than just removing the need for a wallet, removing the need for a keychain, removing the need for all these disconnected tokens that only create risk because if you lose them you lose your identity," said former body piercer Jowan Österlund, who is behind the start-up Biohax International.
"If you lose your key you won't get into your house. If someone else gets your key they can basically claim your house in some countries."
In Sweden, the microchips can be used as a train ticket. But Lewin hopes that he will soon be able to make payments with them.
"That's what I hope will become a basic function," he told Euronews. "I look forward to an ecosystem where the chip is able to provide all types of access. Where your identity can be carried with you in a simple way."
But the technology hasn't taken off as quickly as he expected.
"It's taken longer than what I thought and hoped. It was three years ago that I got my chip implanted. It looks like it'll be another year before the chip will work for making payments."
Larsen said that in Italy, Biohax is talking to Vodafone and Paypal to attempt to make that happen. A company in the United Kingdom, BioTeq, is also working to create contactless payments with implanted microchips.
Steven Northam, the director of UK firm BioTeq, said this is the "tipping point to 'mass' adoption" as the company receives daily inquiries about "payment implants".
**But it seems the technology hasn't moved as fast as some would have expected. Sweden's train operator SJ said they were ending their microchips trial after a "small increase" over the last two years bringing the total number of users to 3,000.
A spokesperson for SJ said that although they're keeping the technology available, they will move in "another direction".**
'People are apprehensive'
The microchips use near field communications (NFC) and radio-frequency identification (RFID) to communicate with a system. They are radio waves read at close contact.
It's "essentially the same" technology that's in your phone or debit card, explains Dr Rob van Eijk, the managing director for Europe at the Future of Privacy Forum, when you hold it close to a sensor.
It poses the same known data protection issues including the possibility that someone could pick up the signal.
"It's similar to listening in to a directional microphone, you can pick up the RFID signal as well," explained Eijk, who used to work for the Dutch Data Protection Authority.
In theory, it could be "used in a way that it makes you stand out a crowd as a means to single out you as an individual in a group...if you're the only one wearing a biochip and everyone else is not wearing them," he added.
It could also get into more complicated data privacy issues if future versions of these chips track your health or other information, Eijk pointed out.
"The only information you ever got about implants is Hollywood pop culture and when it's Hollywood pop culture, it's either a giant GPS that Arnold Schwarzenegger pulls out of his nose or KGB polonium or a tracking device. So people are apprehensive," said Österlund.
But many of his customers will get these implants simply to launch their LinkedIn accounts to share their profile more quickly. They're surprised to learn that it's cheaper than they imagined at around €150.
Österlund said they are working with partners so that these microchips contain health information. In the event that someone is brought unconscious to the hospital, a paramedic could scan the chip and get information about allergies or preexisting conditions.
For now, they're working on regulating the chips in terms of the grade of material used and the level of data protection.
"We're pushing legislation to actually enforce and create a regulatory framework around this because we do work in a legal grey zone right now which is good for development and for disruptive technologies and all but this thing is going into people's bodies and staying there so we need to take that responsibility," said Österlund.
He says it's already a technology that exists already in at least 20 countries. BioTeq in the United Kingdom has implanted roughly 250 people with microchips.
The implants are not "regulated as medical devices and thus can be implanted by anyone," said Northam at BioTeq, but the company only uses doctors to implant them.
"Personally I don't see any downside. I know there are people who are worried that they can be traced, but it's a passive technology, so there's nothing you can't have control over yourself," said Lewin.
"It's necessary to go very close so information can be read off the chip. Some believe that getting the implant will be painful but it's about equal to a bee sting."
The popularity of these chips will "boil down to what problem is it solving for us," says Eijk at the Future of Privacy Forum. "Look at how quickly we changed from cash money to contactless payments -- that happened in a number of years," he added.
It's a question of whether or not a phone can become so small as to fit under our skin.
"But that's the next level. That's not the type of biochip technology that we're talking about now," said Eijk.
Daily Jot: DNC, Clinton, FBI, collusion exposed - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
Democratic efforts to overthrow President Donald Trump were not a conspiracy theory, but actually a conspiracy, according to a slew of recent findings that the mainstream media seems reluctant to report. From Russia collusion to Ukrainian quid pro quo to obstruction of justice and many more charges floated, it is coming out little by little the efforts of the Obama Administration, the Hillary Clinton campaign, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and many others were conspiring to take down a president. They had the full support of operatives in the CIA, FBI, the FISA Court and even the State Department.
Stories have been allocated to the back burner because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding, revelations in newly unsealed documents paint a picture of a spy thriller trying to overthrow the United States government. One example of the collusion comes from the Democratic National Committee under the direction of the law firm of Hillary Clinton's campaign, Perkins Coie. Perkins Coie was the law firm that paid Fusion GPS on behalf of the DNC and the Clinton campaign to hire Christopher Steele to fabricate the dossier used in four successful FISA court applications by the Obama Administration to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team after the 2016 election.
Breitbart 's Aaron Klein reports that Perkins Coie, on behalf of the DNC, also contracted CrowdStrike to oversee the investigation of the hacked DNC servers. CrowdStrike was financed with $100 million by Google Capital. Google Capital, which now goes by the name of CapitalG, is an arm of Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company. Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet, has been a staunch and active supporter of Hillary Clinton and is a longtime donor to the Democratic Party. Point is, the DNC refused to allow the FBI access to its hacked computers, instead insisting that the FBI use CrowdStrike's forensic report to conclude that the Russians hacked the DNC. Amazingly, the FBI and the DNC agreed to this scheme.
Central to the conspiracy is Clinton's law firm Perkins Coie, which paid on behalf of the DNC for the fabricated dossier that was used to spy on Trump's campaign and transition team and to pay, on behalf of the DNC, for the company that prepared the forensic report that alleged more collusion with Russia, which the FBI, under the direction of James Comey, agreed to accept. This is a key, but small example, of a real conspiracy to overthrow an elected president. Stories have emerged about the immediate past president having direct involvement, and more is coming out. Whether there will be prosecutions is yet to be seen. But what the Daily Jot and other professional non-mainstream media were reporting all along is finally being revealed. As Christ said in Mark 4:22, "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed." More to come.
Daily Devotion: Be Encouraging - by Greg Laurie -
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. -Romans 12:8
Some people don't know how to pay compliments to others. They're always critical, always critiquing this or that. And when they do pay a compliment, it's more of the backhanded variety.
For instance, they'll say, "Hey! You're on time!" or "You look great for your age!" or "You're so pretty. Why are you still single?"
While there is no spiritual gift of criticism, there is the spiritual gift of exhortation, or encouraging others. The Bible says, "If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging" (Romans 12:8 NLT).
The word exhort relating to the spiritual gift of exhortation means to motivate, to stimulate, to excite, and when necessary, to correct. It's urging someone on.
Someone with the gift of teaching will tell you how to do something, but someone with the gift of exhortation motivates you to want to do it.
Some people are great with the details of Greek and Hebrew, historical background, and so forth. It's fantastic. Then others give messages that make you want to go and change the world. The church needs both gifts today.
I think Jesus gives us the model of how to properly exhort in His message to the seven churches of Revelation, and specifically to the church of Ephesus.
Loosely paraphrased, here's what Jesus said to the Ephesian church in Revelation 2: "I know you guys work hard, and I know you're discerning. I know all that you do for me, and I appreciate that. But I have this issue with you. You have left your first love. So, remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works quickly."
Jesus started with compliments and affirmation, followed by a word of criticism, and then the solution.
The church needs teachers, but we also need people with the gift of exhortation.
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