National Identification Number
While stating clearly that its immigration bill should not be construed as establishing a national ID, the Senate then proceeded to pass the Senate Immigration Bill of 2013, which legislates a national ID.
Now, the House of Representatives is under pressure to also pass the bill. If they do, President Obama is sure to sign it. America, for the first time in its 240-year history, will be subjected to the control of a national ID!
The Bible describes a system under which a person will not be able to buy or sell without a number assigned by the government (Revelation 13:16-18). The Senate Immigration Bill of 2013 establishes a system very similar to the one described in the Bible. The bill mandates that each American would need a national ID number in a database in order to hold a job. Of course, no job—no buying or selling. We all know that we need immigration reform in America. However, we don’t need a national ID that would enslave us all instead of liberating the undocumented!
Today’s burning question
Why should we sit idly by while a system is being established that could be converted with one simple executive order to the system prophesied in the Bible—the Mark of the Beast?
I know. I know. Some will accuse me of crying wolf. Such a ridiculous scenario could not possibly take place in our enlightened, civilized, 21st century world. But it did happen a mere 70 years ago under Adolf Hitler! Are we so naive as to think it could not happen again?
I would like to believe the horrors of Nazi Germany are forever behind us. Yet, the encroachment on personal liberties we are presently experiencing seems alarmingly similar to the conditions immediately preceding the rise of Nazism! How many times do we have to be informed that our government has monitored every one of our emails and every one of our phone calls since 9/11 before we wake up? The rise of totalitarianism is being signaled all around us! But to tell you the truth, I’d rather stick my head in the sand and ignore it. That seems much easier than having to deal with the ugly monster!
Because Congress has failed to pass legislation to resolve the complex immigration problem, President Obama has recently signed an executive order outlawing the deportation of illegal immigrants except for those with criminal records. Many Americans are adamantly opposed to executive orders, and rightfully so. We don’t want the system of checks and balances carefully set up by our forefathers in the U.S. Constitution to be compromised by our president legislating with a stroke of his pen.
President Obama has justified his executive order by asking Congress to send him a bill dealing with the immigration issue. In his November 20, 2014 speech to the American people justifying his actions, the president referred to the Immigration Bill passed by the Senate in 2013. He called it a good bill and called on the House of Representatives to also pass it so that he could sign it into law. He went on to reply to his critics: “And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
One screaming problem
The immigration bill that the Senate has passed and that President Obama is now urging the House to approve contains a national ID requirement. The Immigration Bill that came close to passing in 2007 ultimately went down to defeat because it contained a national ID. Here we are eight years later with our government trying once again to shackle the American people with a national ID. The proponents of the national ID contend that the escalating threat of terrorism demands that the government be able to track and control the people. “It’s essential to the maintenance of law and order,” they say. By the way—isn’t that exactly the justification that was used by the Germans for surrendering power to Adolf Hitler?
I can hear the protests right now! “The world is too far advanced. Another Hitler could never be able to threaten our cherished freedoms.” I hope that is indeed true. However, one thing continues to bother me. In the Bible, there is a prophecy that a time of totalitarianism is just ahead. The Bible actually says someone worse than Adolf Hitler will rise on the world scene and will gain control over almost all of the earth!
But, can we possibly think that prophecies given 2,000 years ago could have any validity today? Yes, I’m aware that there were around 100 prophecies foretelling the first coming of Jesus. And yes, I know that every single one of them was fulfilled down to the very last detail.
I realize it was prophesied hundreds of years in advance which town the Messiah would be born in; which Jewish tribe He would come from; that He would die by crucifixion; that He would be betrayed by a close personal friend; that He would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver; and that the betrayal money would be used to purchase a potter’s field. And last but certainly not least, the prophecies foretold that the Messiah would rise from the dead. I know that all of those things came to pass exactly as they were prophesied.
But, who could possibly believe a man actually rose from the dead? Yes, many different witnesses claimed they personally saw Him after His resurrection. I think the Bible says He showed Himself alive for forty days with many infallible proofs. Supposedly, 500 people saw Him at one time. But, what kind of proof is that?
Besides all this, what about the fact that He established the religion that is embraced by more people on earth today than any other religion? Doesn’t that lend some validity to the claim that He was the Messiah—God manifest in the flesh?
Stop already! I just can’t deal with all of this! It’s much more comfortable to turn on my TV and stick my head back in the sand.
Back to the subject
Once again, there is this prophecy given 2,000 years ago, which states that, just before the return of Christ to the earth, there will be a system set up that will require every person to accept a number from the government. And that number will be required to “buy and sell.”
What a far-fetched prophecy! Think about it! This prophecy was given before there were computers, databases and the Internet. How could an old prophet exiled on the Isle of Patmos possibly have known our world would ever have the technology to set up a system whereby we could buy and sell by merely using a number? How could He possibly have known the government would have the ability to invalidate my number by a mere keyboard entry on a central database somewhere?
But don’t you see? That’s the point! It would have been absolutely impossible for the Apostle John to have foreseen these things without divine intervention!
If it’s prophesied, why worry about it?
If all these things are prophesied, then they are inevitably going to come to pass. So there’s nothing we can do about it—right? Not exactly.
It’s true that the prophecies always come to pass. But the prophecies for the times just ahead don’t say that every single nation will fall under the power of the Antichrist. As a matter of fact, the Bible specifically states that, while most nations will be under the Antichrist’s power, there will be a few nations that will resist the control of the coming system of global governance. The Bible specifically says that the countries of Israel and Jordan will never fall under the power of the Antichrist. Those are America’s two best friends in the Middle East. Furthermore, there is considerable reason from the prophecies to believe that the United States could also refuse to submit to the coming New World Order.
Attention U.S. Congress
If we know from the prophecies of the Bible that a national ID system will be used by the Antichrist to force the people of the world to submit to his authority, why would we want to set up such a system in America? If we refuse the establishment of a national ID system—as Americans have steadfastly done for the last 240 years—then the mechanism for imposing the mark of the beast will not be available as global governance asserts its ever-increasing power.
It is true that most nations on earth today already have a national ID system in place. But that doesn’t mean the United States should follow suit. As a matter of fact, that’s all-the-more reason for us not to do it!
Does the Senate Immigration Bill establish a national ID?
I know the promoters of the Immigration Bill passed by the Senate in 2013 loudly proclaim that it does not establish a national ID. However, an article entitled “Immigration Bill Summary” by the Associated Press was published on June 28, 2013. The subtitle of the article was, “A look at major provisions of the Senate immigration bill.”
Provision (4) in the article states the bill would: “Implement a system for all employers to verify electronically their workers’ legal status.”
Employers would verify an individual’s legal status by electronically checking the national database maintained by Homeland Security in cooperation with the Social Security Administration. In other words, without your personal ID number registered in the national database, you would not be able to hold a job anywhere in America. No job? Obviously, no buying and selling!
Later in the article, under the title “Employment Verification,” it clearly states—“Within four years, all employers must implement E-Verify, a program to verify electronically their workers’ legal status.”
Ronald Reagan: That’s the mark of the beast!
Back in 1981, the Reagan administration was wrestling with the illegal immigration problem. Then-Attorney General William French Smith argued that a perfectly harmless ID card system would be necessary to reduce illegal immigration. A second cabinet member sarcastically asked: “Why not just tattoo a number on each American’s forearm?”
According to Martin Anderson, the White House domestic policy adviser at the time, Reagan blurted out “My God, that’s the Mark of the Beast.” As Anderson wrote, “That was the end of the national identification card during the Reagan years.”
But then, what did Ronald Reagan know?
If no national ID, then what?
Proponents of a national ID would argue: “We’ve got to do something about the immigration problem.” But what?
Could we get serious about building a border fence that really works? If we don’t know how, we should ask our Israeli friends for help. They’ve already done it. Their illegal immigration problem has now been reduced to almost zero.
But what if we’re believers in one-world government? What if we believe we should embrace a “world without borders”? Then, do what we’ve done for last 240 years. Simply do nothing.
But, whatever you do, don’t establish a national ID! Whether you call it the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”, the Real ID, E-Verify or some other name designed to disguise a national ID, just don’t do it! It’s un-American! It’s totalitarianism! It is designed to track and control all of us. Just don’t establish a national ID under any pretense!
No national ID! Not now! Not ever! In any form!
By Irvin Baxter