2019 holds the promise of faster, more reliable wireless service as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint roll out fifth generation (5G) cellular technology and compete for market share. But, we consumers need to proceed with caution because the new tech comes with the potential for serious health concerns.
So, what is the promise of 5G? According to PCMag.com, “5G brings three new aspects to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).” Keep the mention of sensors in mind…
If you’ve heard the term the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G promises to finally deliver technology that allows devices to communicate virtually in real time, with 1-millisecond latency and a tremendous increase in bandwidth capacity. In short, more devices can operate on the same network at faster speeds without affecting responsiveness or speeds. According to CNet.com, “5G promises to change your life with a massive boost in speed and responsiveness. It’ll power applications like self-driving cars, telemedicine and a new universe of connected devices.”
5G’s increased capabilities also require new, more powerful hardware that will not be compatible with existing 4G hardware. In an article titled “5G – From Blankets to Bullets”, Arthur Firstenberg describes the difference between the blanket effect of existing cellular technology and targeted, short-burst 5G technology That’s where the promise of advancement gets downright scary.
The single most important fact about 5G that nobody is talking about is called “phased array.” It will totally change the way cell towers and cell phones are constructed and will transform the blanket of radiation which has enveloped our world for two decades into a million powerful beams whizzing by us at all times. … At present, smartphones emit a maximum of about two watts, and usually operate at a power of less than a watt. That will still be true of 5G phones, however inside a 5G phone there may be 8 tiny arrays of 16 tiny antennas each, all working together to track the nearest cell tower and aim a narrowly focused beam at it. The FCC has recently adopted rules allowing the effective power of those beams to be as much as 20 watts. Now if a handheld smartphone sent a 20-watt beam through your body, it would far exceed the exposure limit set by the FCC. What the FCC is counting on is that there is going to be a metal shield between the display side of a 5G phone and the side with all the circuitry and antennas. That shield will be there to protect the circuitry from electronic interference that would otherwise be caused by the display and make the phone useless. But it will also function to keep most of the radiation from traveling directly into your head or body,  and therefore the FCC is allowing 5G phones to come to market that will have an effective radiated power that is ten times as high as for 4G phones.
According to Mr. Firstenberg, home Wi-Fi units will be able to function at 150x the strength of handheld units, meaning even greater (potentially) harmful exposure. Due to the shorter wavelengths of the transmissions and greater potential for signal interference, antenna placement needs to be much closer than previous cellular technology. According to Mr. Firstenberg, metropolitan areas may require placement every 100 meters, which leads to the second promise of 5G technology.
Along with the overall promise of greater device integration for the IoT, the closer antenna placement and greater network capacity have resurrected the potential of RFID technology that never materialized as expected, according to Enterprise IoT Insights.
RFID has found new form in recent years thanks to the internet of things, particularly in enterprise sectors such as asset tracking.
“The Internet of Things just means using data from different devices, and integrating that data into existing or new business solutions,” Erick Brethenoux, IBM’s director of analytics, told Fierce Retail. “RFID is one of those inputs.”
Its popularity has been helped by the convergence of lower cost and increased capabilities of RFID tags. Currently, RFID is used in a wide range of applications, including supply chain management, retail, aircraft maintenance, anti-counterfeiting, baggage handling and healthcare. You will also find RFID chips embedded in credit cards, car keys and passports.
RFID promises convenience, especially for identification and record-keeping purposes. That’s why several companies have adopted the technology and their employees have willingly received an RFID chip implant, as documented by USA Today and BBC News.
In 2016, I wrote an article titled “Chip-Scan – Convenience Comes with A Price”, which included the video below.
In line with the ease of electronic payment processing, I have also written about our fragile and failing monetary system and the growing utility of cryptocurrencies. Eventually, physical currency will be a thing of the past, and the only means of transacting business will be electronic.
The book of Revelation depicts a day when the promise of RFID convenience and utility will become a trap.
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, 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. (Revelation 13:16-17 ESV)
With 5G breathing new life into RFID technology, warnings I have written since 2009 are becoming a reality. In 2009, I wrote a book titled These Things Must Happen (currently out of print) where I warned, “Do you think that anyone would be willing to just wake up one day, and decide, ‘I think I will let the government implant me with an RFID chip, so I can buy and sell stuff?’ Of course not. To be successful, the idea must be gradual, and it must have the appearance of a tangible benefit.”
Personally, I don’t believe RFID chips fit the description from the book of Revelation. Instead, as I wrote in These Things Must Happen and in my article from 2016:
The word “mark” in the passage above is translated from the Greek word charagma (χάραγμα), literally meaning a scratching or etching. So, the imagery intended is that of a tattoo.
RFID tattoos have been available for years, courtesy of Somark Innovations. When first introduced, the tattoos didn’t have a proven application, but they have since been adapted to tattoo mice.
The technology required to implement the mark of the beast has been available for many years, but now it’s being tested for mainstream use. Please don’t be deceived by the promise of ease, convenience, and security.
Throughout 2019, I will revisit this topic, tying together a number of things I have written or taught about the end times, and how technology and world events, specifically Middle Eastern events, are ushering in the Day of the Lord. Stay tuned!