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Prophecy Alert: Sweden Goes Cashless!
Listed as the top story on the Drudge Report is Sweden's march toward a cashless society. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661. Now it's come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them.
"I can't see why we should be printing bank notes at all anymore," says Bjoern Ulvaeus, former member of 1970's pop group ABBA, and a vocal proponent for a world without cash.
The contours of such a society are starting to take shape in this high-tech nation, frustrating those who prefer coins and bills over digital money.
In most Swedish cities, public buses don't accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text message. A small but growing number of businesses only take cards, and some bank offices — which make money on electronic transactions — have stopped handling cash altogether.
"There are towns where it isn't at all possible anymore to enter a bank and use cash," complains Curt Persson, chairman of Sweden's National Pensioners' Organization.
He says that's a problem for elderly people in rural areas who don't have credit cards or don't know how to use them to withdraw cash.
The decline of cash is noticeable even in houses of worship, like the Carl Gustaf Church in Karlshamn, southern Sweden, where Vicar Johan Tyrberg recently installed a card reader to make it easier for worshippers to make offerings (CBSNews).
Does this mean that the world is heading toward a cashless society? The Bible says at some point in time, the Antichrist will rise, present himself to be God and demand worship. In that, he will present his plan for what many prophecy experts believe will be a cashless society (Revelation 13).
These same prophecy experts believe that this cashless society will rise up out of the European Union. It is highly conceivable this system will start as a model in the European Union and spread throughout the world as an acceptable standard. It will be seen as a necessary system that will control many parts of society, but first and foremost, it will be used to isolate anyone who does not conform to the future Antichrist system.
The Bible says that the whole world will be under this system and all will accept it except those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior (Revelation 13:8). No one will be exempt from taking his mark, and without it, you will not be able to get a job, conduct business, buy food and shelter, etc.
Certainly we're not there yet, but this real-life example is proof we could be faced with this situation very soon.
Of course, before any of this can take place the rapture of the church must happen first.
Are you ready to meet the Lord? If not, your time is running out!
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