Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Christ’

Outcry over Firms Microchipping Workers

November 12, 2018

I found this very ominous story in today’s I, for the 12th November 2018. It seems some firms are inserting microchips into their employees, and employers’ groups and trade unions have rightly come together to condemn it. The article reads

Both the employers and trade unions representative bodies have expressed alarm at reports that UK firms are considering implanting staff with microchips for security. UK firm BioTeq says it has already fitted 150 implants while Swedish firm Biohax has claimed it is in discussions with several UK firms. (p.2).

This is deeply sinister stuff, straight out of the X-Files. Never mind the bonkers conspiracy theories about aliens inserting implants into our bodies to control us, ordinary human capitalism is beginning to do that. From the article it seems that the chips are simply there to make sure employees are who they say they are, but this is nevertheless a real totalitarian move. As it stands, employees in some companies are very closely monitored. Private Eye printed a story a few months ago about how the weirdo Barclay Twins, who own the Torygraph, wished to have motion sensors attached to their hacks desks to make sure they weren’t moving around too much. They had to abandoned this intrusive and hare-brained scheme because it was resented so much by the hacks. Nevertheless, if this goes ahead uncontested, I can see more firms adopting the practice, right up to the government. After all, what better way to cut down on crime, identity theft and illegal immigration than have everyone implanted with a microchip containing all their biographical and biometric details. Blair’s government was, after all, considering passing legislation to establish compulsory electronic identity cards carrying biometric information. And I’ve no doubt other, deeply authoritarian regimes around the world would be all too enthusiastic about adopting the policy.

It also reminds me of the one part of the millennialist beliefs held by Fundamentalist Christians about the End Times and the one world global superstate they’re afraid of. In this myth, which has been around since the 1970s, once the global Satanic dictatorship is established with the Antichrist as its head, it will order barcodes to be marked on everyone’s hands and forehead. Those who don’t have the barcodes will be unable to buy or sell. It’s how they believed the prophecy in the Book of Revelation in the Bible that the Antichrist would have everyone marked with the number 666 on their hands and foreheads would come true in the modern world.

I really don’t believe in the religious right’s millennialist fears. One interpretation of the Book of Revelation is that it’s a coded description of the persecution the early church was experiencing under the Roman Emperor Nero. Both the Romans and Jews used various number codes, in which letters of the alphabet had certain numerical values. These could be used in ordinary secular ways, as well as in number mysticism, in which people tried to discern a deeper meaning in religious or mystical texts through adding up the numerical value of particular words. 666 corresponds to ‘Neron’, a form of Nero. He’s also believed to have been the person described in the Book of Revelation as ‘the great beast’, because as a young prince, before he got into power, he and his cronies thought it was jolly japes for him to go round Rome dressed as a beast and attack people. I think this is probably the right way to interpret that part of the Bible, rather than seeing it as a literal prediction of an imminent end of the world.

But even so, when faced with reports that the firms are trying to implant their workers with microchips, and Blair and authoritarian politicians after him would like to make it compulsory for us all to carry biometric electronic identity cards, I do wonder if the Fundamentalists have a point.

The Young Turks on French Journalist’s Statement on ISIS and Bombing of Syria

December 5, 2015

Okay, this is yet another video from the left-wing American news show, The Young Turks. Here the Turks’ main anchor, Cenk Uygur, talks about Nicholas Henin, the French journalist, who was held captive by the mad butchers for over a year. He saw Mohamed ‘Jihadi John’ Emwazi murder six of his friends for their wretched propaganda videos, and still wonders about how many Syrians were butchered by him and who cares for them?

I blogged about this video yesterday, when it was included by Tom Pride of Pride’s Purge in an excellent piece he had written about not bombing Syria. Henin states that bombing won’t work, as it will only lead to further radicalisation. ISIS want to alienate Muslims and create division between them and the West, so that they can win them over by posing as the religion’s true defenders. In stark opposition to their dreams of creating hatred for the West amongst Muslims is the mass exodus of Syrian refugees to the West. It’s a slap in their face to their claim that they have created an Islamic ‘dreamland’, and they are mightily dismayed when the refugees are welcomed, rather than received with hatred.

Henin also states that they see the world through an ancient prophecy that states that Muslims will fight a battle against an army of 80 nations. I commented yesterday that this appears to be an Islamic belief about the end of the world. It’s similar to the Christian belief about the Battle of Armageddon, in which Christians will fight a battle against the forces of the Anti-Christ. Henin believes that this is the reason why ISIS is attacking so many countries, such as America, France and so on. They are hoping to create this army of 80 infidel nations, in order to fulfil the prophecy, or their interpretation of it.

Here’s the video.

Uygur adds a few more pieces of information about ISIS’ millennialist beliefs. He states that Sunnis believe in one version of the prophecy, Shi’ah another, and that many Muslims don’t believe in it at all. He points out that what’s important is that ISIS do believe in a poisonous version of it, and are acting to fulfil this interpretation. And so, he warns, we should be careful to avoid falling into their trap and doing exactly what they want us to do.

Like bomb Syria.

My guess is that ISIS are deliberately fighting for control over Syria as part of their end of the world beliefs, and not just because they see it as an important part of their projected caliphate. One of the Muslim prophecies about the end of the world concerns the rise of an anti-Christ, al-Dajjal, who will lead the Muslim community away from true belief and attack the remaining true believers. Muslims believe he will be killed by Christ Himself. Before Christ does, the Muslims will seek refuge at Jabal al-Dukhan in Syria, where they will be besieged by al-Dajjal and his forces of evil. (See IBN Kathir, The Signs Before the Day of Judgement (London: Dar Al Taqwa 1991), p. 52). I think the West and its allies would be extremely wise to consider how any military action they might pursue in Syria may be perceived and twisted to seem as a fulfilment of the ancient prophecies.

Hope Not Hate, the anti-racist, anti-religious extremism organisation, reported a new initiative by moderate Islamic scholars to combat the teachings of extremists like ISIS, al-Qaeda and the other Islamist groups. This is Imams On Line. If any Muslim has encountered Islamist propaganda, and is worried about it, they can go there to see it authoritatively refuted by mainstream Islamic scholarship.