EWTN Father Echert


Microchip : the mark of the BeastEWTN Catholic Q&A
Implanted Microchips Into Persons.
Question from LJ Roy on 02-28-2002:

Reverend Father: Please have appropraite person personally respond at staff’s convience at above e-mail. Forum bins are not available and time is of essence. Also I am not sure when I can get back in web site.

Recently there was a show on the television that ALL citizens (not JUST criminals and terroists) will have electronic microchips injected (Big Brother is watching you). What can Catholics and strict traditonal orthodox (Episcopalian such as myself) do if and when (next week, next month, next decade, within my lifetime) do if and when approached with such a government requirement. Is the « The Mark of the Beast » or a government attempt to keep track of all citizens (every man, woman and child) for public’s safety.

What about « smart cards »? I don’t mind some people (family, neighbors and or co-workers) knowing where I am at all times but government people are another species altogether.

Thank you for your answer. Please pray for me.

Laurel J. Roy


Answer by Fr. John Echert on 02-28-2002:

The Book of Revelation records the rise of the Anti-Christ prior to the Coming of Christ:

13:11 Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 13:12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13:13 It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; 13:14 and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceives those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived; 13:15 and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 13:16 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, 13:17 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. 13:18 This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.

There has been much debate about the detail of “the mark of the Beast” and how such might be physically manifested. Regardless of a specific application, what we can affirm is that it represents alliance with the power of Satan, rather than God. It is a parody upon the mark which Christians bear by reason of their baptism and the sign of the Cross which we invoke upon ourselves. The mark of the Beast may have its origins as early as the mark placed upon Cain, as described in the Book of Genesis:

4:8 Cain said to Abel his brother, « Let us go out to the field. » And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, « Where is Abel your brother? » He said, « I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper? » 4:10 And the LORD said, « What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. 4:11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 4:12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth. » 4:13 Cain said to the LORD, « My punishment is greater than I can bear. 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me this day away from the ground; and from thy face I shall be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will slay me. » 4:15 Then the LORD said to him, « Not so! If any one slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. » And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who came upon him should kill him. 4:16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

This mark placed by the Lord was not likely as sign of divine favor, but a warning that this man was a son of his father the devil, who was a murderer himself from the beginning. Similarly, as at the beginning of our race, so near the end, those who ally themselves with Satan are marked for him, and not for God.

Recently there have been indications of micro-technology currently available to place a locator/processor underneath the skin of a human being, which provides tracking identification of the one who bears it. And while I generally exercise caution when it comes to matters that may manifest aspects of the Apocalypse, I will state this definitively: I will not submit to such a procedure or allow such a chip or device to be planted on my person, regardless of the consequences. Such is an invasion of privacy, represents excessive government control upon the individual, and corresponds too closely to a possible fulfillment of the “mark of the Beast” of the Apocalypse. No doubt the argument will be that we need such chips implanted for security purposes, and to many people this seem reasonable or preferable to stolen identities or violence by unknown perpetrators. But I would prefer take my chances with the uncertainty of terrorism to the absolute control of a government over us by such devices. None of us can know with absolute certitude whether or not we are approaching the enigmatic warnings of Revelation regarding the rise of the Anti-Christ and the mark of the Beast, but I view a microchip under the skin as sufficient evidence along such lines to refuse it. ©

So, Laurel, do not overreact for now but simply resolve to live faithful to Christ and if the day does come that something so terrible is attempted as this chip, I recommend its refusal. God has marked His own and will spiritually protect them.

Father Echert