"Brooklyn-based artist Adam Harvey used to work primarily with photography, but he undertakes an entirely different medium with his newest project. He says that in the years since the United States post-9/11 PATRIOT Act has been in place, cameras have stopped becoming “art making tools” and have instead become “enablers of surveillance societies."
I am old enough to remember when bar codes on products at the grocery store came into use. The bar codes looked vaguely sinister and technologically suspicious to us. Of course, along with bar codes the clunky old checkout cashiers had to be upgraded. The old 'punch 'em' keys on the registers you toted with your fingers and your brain were now upgraded to lightly 'binging' smooth talking machines that rang up the groceries in infrared. This was another suspicious advance it took a while to get used to.
Can you imagine a world where there were no surveillance cameras on street corners? None in the stores? Actual store guards used to watch for shoplifters, not cameras.
Nowadays we have so many cameras in the sky watching us that enterprising artists and fashionistas are creating clothing that will deflect the drone cameras. This is a good thing, because some "surveillance drones “can zoom in and read a milk carton from 60,000 feet,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation."
As the RT article says, "Ultimately, it’s a fashion statement that says an earful to those enabling a growing spy state."
It has only been 39 years since the bar code was used commercially, and only 36 years since the first realistic desktop personal computer was sold. Yet the technological advances have been massive- and concerning. It will all culminate in the mark of the beast.
So much has been written about this mark. It comes from Revelation 13:16-18.
"Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666."
John MacArthur preached on the verses in 1993. He said,
"In other words, you can't be involved in daily commerce, you're going to starve to death frankly. You can't buy anything and you can't sell anything. You can't get any food, you can't go to the source of food and buy it because you don't have the brand. And you can't get anybody to buy it from you because you don't have the brand and you can't get any money, you can't involve yourself in daily commerce, the needs of life are therefore cut off to you. Except the one who has the mark. Now you get the picture. One world power ruling the globe, one system of economic operation, one central controlling computer with the name of everybody. Very likely currency is gone. Controlled credit takes over. And rather than a card, which can be stolen or lost, you have a mark...a mark which identifies you as a part of the system."Since at least 1975 with the latest advances of computerized technology the road to the end has closed fast. If you step into Revelation and see the prediction of the global economic system's massive reach into the lives of every person on the planet, and look backward to the mid-1970s you can see how we global citizens have been slowly boiled frogs. It has been just in my own lifetime that we went from non-computerized to humanoid robotic, drone-surveying society!
Years ago, if you were a born again believer and you read these verses, you'd shake your head and wonder how it would all come about. Well, today, unfortunately, we see. A drone can fly over and note who you are, mark your location, read your license plate...
The exciting thing is, as you look backward from the perspective of the bible's end, and you see the closeness of the prophetic fulfillments, it means that Christ is even closer to calling us home. If we can see not only the end from where we are today and also see how the end might come about, then the rapture would be even closer than that.
When He does call, I think we will be so surprised that it was at THAT moment. Whenever it happens, it will seem sooner than we thought. Peter wrote an epistle to his flock to remind them that the Day of the Lord will come.
"This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles," (2 Peter 3:1-2)
This reminder goes quadruple gazillion for us, two thousand years later!
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." (2 Peter 3:11-13)
Peter asked, knowing the will come, 'What manner of people must we be?' It is a good question. What manner of people may we be??
Clarke's Commentary answers--
"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be? By holy conversation and godliness, expecting and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, etc.' We are the opposite of the mockers and scoffers Peter mentioned in the same chapter, verse 3. We are speaking confidently of His coming, while earnestly looking for Him and desiring righteousness to come reign over our hearts and our world.
The world seems so solid, hard with rocks and deep with caverns and high with mountains- but it will be dissolved! Yet we, our ridiculous flesh that is so weak, will remain! Therefore what manner of person will we be? Godly, I hope. Expectant I trust. Eager, I pray. We will not wear drone proof garments to block out the infrared light, but robes of righteousness that shine the light of glory. Soon, and soon.