School officials at 13 of Houston’s schools are tracking students through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips imbedded in badges the children are required to wear while at school. Administrators maintain the RFID badges are needed to track daily enrollment which impacts school budgets. The school receives a daily allotment for each student that is present on campus.

The idea sounds harmless enough. There were certainly times when my children were growing up that I would have jumped at the chance to know where they were. But the question looms:  are we being conditioned by the government for a broader implementation? Sounds a little paranoid? Perhaps, but consider this: when the federal government passed the 16th amendment to the Constitution in 1913 creating a federal tax, the initial income tax rate was only 1%. The top rate was 7%. Three years later the bottom and top rates had doubled. One year later the top rate had escalated to a whopping 67%. If Americans had any idea what they were in for, they would have never allowed the amendment to pass.

My point is, whatever begins harmlessly with good intentions can become a beast down the road. In my novel, The Christ Virus, the government implements a program known as First Alert. Chips are implanted in American citizens in order to warn health officials if they become infected with a deadly virus so they can be quarantined. But when Christians refuse the implantation program, the government ships them to internment camps for the nation’s protection. The program becomes a holocaust when Islamic radicals target the bases with infected terrorists.

The chip in The Christ Virus exists. I didn’t make it up. Applied Digital Solutions received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for permission to implant the chip in humans. Fortunately, the manufacture and marketing of it were discontinued in 2010, but it could be brought back at any time when demand warrants. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It can be encoded with information and placed under the skin. When scanned, the chip yields data that links to a computer database.

While the thought of our government chipping citizens seems a stretch right now, under the right set of circumstances it could happen––and will happen in the future. The Book of Revelation makes clear that the mark of the beast will be required to buy and sell. Stay tuned for future developments on this story.