The Mark of the Beast System Is Being Field Tested in China
By Todd Strandberg
In the United States “big data” is a major industry. Anytime you buy or show interest in something that can be tracked, a major retailer will try to convince you to buy their products. Last week I looked online for the price of a toner cartridge. Since then, nearly every site I visit has ads for the same toner cartridge. I also regularly get coupons in the mail from office supply firms, so some system is obviously keeping track of my office-related needs.
This use of “big data” may be creepy at times in a capitalist system, but the only thing its users are after—is money. For an autocratic government “big data” is a useful tool to keep people enslaved. China is currently plotting to use raw data to create a “social-credit system” that will assign a “personal citizen score” to every single person based on behavior.
With Beijing able to draw upon a growing network of data pools, a system of Algorithms could be set up. They could be used to calculate a citizen’s rating, which would then be used to determine a person’s social status. A good rating could mean faster treatment at government offices or access to luxury hotels. A low rating could mean being blacklisted from loans, jobs, or access to the Internet.
China’s judiciary already uses a blacklisting system which can be linked into the national “social-credit system.” A legal scholar working in Hangzhou, cites the example of a client, part-owner of a travel company, who now can’t buy tickets for planes or high-speed trains because the local court put him on a blacklist after he lost a dispute with a landlord.
Beijing has chosen Hangzhou as the pilot for this “social credit” system. The Communist Party has said it wants to roll out the system nationwide by 2020.
The current means of control in China is the dungeon—a system of dossiers the Communist Party keeps on the behavior of urban workers. When you have 1.4 billion people, there is a massive amount of paperwork to just manage the wealthier citizens. The poor people living in the countryside don’t even show up on the radar. They are only managed by not being allowed to enter the major urban areas.
The primary reason why the heads of state fear the masses is because they have no way of tracking them. If a group of people are plotting a coup, the authorities may discover the problem too late to prevent it. During the days of the Cold War, the USSR and China spent enormous amounts of energy suppressing American influences that proved that Communism didn’t work. Now that China has used capitalism to modernize its economy, it can use the fruits of the free market to suppress dissenters.
The Communist Party is trying to put a happy face on their Orwellian plan. The national social-credit system’s aim, according to a slogan printed in planning documents, is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”
President Xi Jinping’s is a key mastermind behind this new ranking system. He has launched a campaign to tighten his grip on the country and dictate morality. Xi believes that economic uncertainty is threatening to undermine the Communist Party. In October, he called for innovation in “social governance” that would “heighten the capacity to forecast and prevent all manner of risks.”
It would seem to be a fairly reasonable to set up a system that rewards people for their actions. Because sinful human beings are the ones who set the rules, China’s blueprints for utopianism could end up producing something far worse than the police state that governs North Korea.
I’ve talked about the mark of the beast system many times in the past. Up until now, the system that the Antichrist will use enslave the world was in the future. What China is working on is clearly the prototype of what will be the 666 mark. For centuries dictators have dreamed of a system that would allow them to totally control the masses. Now that technology has made it possible, the stage is set for the man who will fulfill the passages of Revelation 13.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Rev.13:16-17).