Signs of the times
While a microchip alone is not "the mark of the beast," it could condition the masses to accept whatever "mark" might be enforced later. .. Other signposts of this conditioning are the spreading demands that each stage of growth toward the "mature" social individual -- monitored and assessed by vast data tracking systems -- be sealed with a signed contract that holds the person accountable to evolving standards for "results" and "community service" that demonstrate new universal values and sympathetic tolerance toward all facets of the new pluralism.
"He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."
To prepare His people for future events, Jesus told His disciples,
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near... Watch therefore...." Matthew 24:32-33, 42
As reminders to "watch" and be ready, Scripture references to prophesied trends and events will be added to corresponding news items.