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Ubiquitous Is Here - Part IV

"16 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: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a
man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation
13:16-18

This post shows how RFID technology will be used to track every person,
animal and product on the earth to fulfil the prophecy in Revelation 13:17
which says "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." We will also share
information about some key supporters for this technology and how they are
bringing this technology to every product.

2. Key Supporters for RFID
The original Auto-ID Center had almost 100 global companies sponsors and
partners to finance and provide support to the development of RFID. We
will look at some key supporters for RFID to show how they are bringing
this technology to every product on the earth.

a) Wal-Mart
An article titled "Wal-Mart Used Microchip to Track Customers", subtitled
"High-Tech Devices Monitor Product From Manufacturer's Headquarters"(Note
6) says

"Wal-Mart customers who picked up lipstick off the shelf at a
Broken-Arrow, Okla., store were part of a little-mentioned experiment
earlier this year that tracked consumer habits using Radio Frequency
Identification technology, or RFID. Proctor & Gamble teamed with the
retail giant in the test over a four month period which allowed
researchers to view the Wal-Mart shelves from company headquarters
some 750 miles away in Cincinnati, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Also, the Max Factor Lipfinity lipstick had RFID tags hidden inside
that allowed the inventory to be tracked leaving the shelves. The
Chicago paper said it was informed of the study by a disgruntled P&G
employee. Wal-Mart first denied the test, but then admitted it had
allowed customers to be watched......But the Times report said other
large retailers, such as Target and Home Depot, were testing the RFID
technology to monitor inventory in their storerooms and distribution
centers. Wal-Mart and the U.S. Department of Defense have been the
biggest boosters of the technology."

Wal-Mart is not only taking the lead in implementing the RFID technology
but is also causing its competitors to use the RFID technology.

b) Giant Eagle
The Giant Eagle supermarket chain has started using RFID in its warehouse.
An article titled "Giant Eagle to Trial RFID WMS", subtitled "One of the
Largest U.S. Grocery Chains Has Chosen New Supply Chain Software with an
Eye to Adopting RFID"(Note 7) says

"July 30, 2003 - Pittsburgh-based supermarket chain Giant Eagle is
preparing an RFID pilot as part of an overhaul of its warehouse
management system. The new system, which could include RFID if the
test goes well, will support the company's 214 stores across four
states. With estimated sales of more than $4 billion last year, Giant
Eagle is one the largest food retailers in the United States. It is
looking at RFID as a way to help streamline its distribution
processes, reduce inventory levels and gain real-time visibility
across its supply chain....Giant Eagle has five distribution centers
(DCs). The first site is scheduled to go live with Manhattan
Associates warehouse management application in the second quarter of
2004. These centers, which range in size from 75,000 sq. ft. to more
than one million sq. ft., serve as way stations for health, beauty and
cosmetics products, meat, frozen foods, and dry or perishable goods
(two facilities)....RFID promises to help Giant Eagle gain access to
real-time supply chain information that will help it to better manage
not just its DCs, but also its suppliers and the supply network as a
whole."

NOTES
Note 6: https://tinyurl.com/3nhrnmf2
Note 7: https://tinyurl.com/bp9uv28t

In future posts I will share more about this topic.

Ubiquitous Is Here - Part III

"16 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: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a
man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation
13:16-18

This post shows how RFID technology will be used to track every person,
animal and product on the earth to fulfil the prophecy in Revelation 13:17
which says "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." We will also share
information about some key supporters for this technology and how they are
bringing this technology to every product.

2. Key Supporters for RFID
The original Auto-ID Center had almost 100 global companies sponsors and
partners to finance and provide support to the development of RFID. We
will look at some key supporters for RFID to show how they are bringing
this technology to every product on the earth.

a) Wal-Mart

Another article titled "Wal-Mart To Hold ID Tag Meeting"(Note 4) says

"Wal-Mart Stores and its largest 100 merchandise suppliers plan to
meet this week to plot the implementation of a new high-tech
inventory-tracking system, a project expected to send ripples across
the retail industry. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday near
Wal-Mart's Bentonville, Ark., headquarters, follows the megaretailer's
announcement in June about its foray into a technology known as RFID
(radio frequency identification). At the time, Wal-Mart asked its top
100 suppliers to join the effort and, starting Jan. 1, 2005, attach
RFID tracking 'tags' to the millions of cases and containers they ship
to the company. Among the companies congregating in Bentonville for a
full briefing from Wal-Mart are industry giants Kraft Foods, Procter &
Gamble, Tyson Foods and Unilever, a Wal-Mart representative said. Some
big names in information technology will also be in town, with IBM,
Intel, Microsoft, Philips Semiconductor and SAP participating in an
RFID 'tech expo' Wednesday......Procter & Gamble, which has been
deeply involved in the testing and development of retail RFID systems
for the last several years, is optimistic that RFID will be more than
just another cost of doing business with the world's largest retailer.
'We see that this technology has huge benefits, even at the case and
pallet level, in helping us to track our product and helping us
understand how long does it take to get through the supply chain,' a
P&G representative said."

An article titled "Wal-Mart Puts Big Bucks Into Tracking Tech"(Note 5) says

"Wal-Mart plans to spend $3 billion over the next several years on a
new inventory tracking technology that uses radio frequency signals to
keep tabs on merchandise, sources familiar with the project said. The
system is based on a technology known as radio frequency
identification (RFID), a new breed of computer network designed to
track the location of everyday objects such as razors and shoes by
embedding them with special microchips. Wal-Mart has enlisted its top
100 merchandise suppliers to participate in the high-profile project,
one of the first and largest of its kind in the retail
industry....Wal-Mart's multibillion budget is an unofficial estimate
that the company has discussed privately with other companies involved
in the project, said the sources, who wished to remain anonymous.
Nevertheless, the large sum bodes well for a number of information
technology companies that specialize in the fledgling RFID niche.
Among them are companies that make RFID chips and readers, including
Philips Semiconductors and start-ups Alien Technology and Matrics.
According to one source, Wal-Mart will spend about two-thirds of its
RFID budget on readers and the installation of them in more than 100
distribution centers and thousands of stores.....Wal-Mart expects a
big payoff from the technology, mainly from having fewer logistical
errors and reduced labor costs related to inventory processing. One
analyst pegged the savings at nearly $8.4 billion annually, once
Wal-Mart completes the project."

NOTES
Note 4: https://tinyurl.com/yc3cx2dx
Note 5: https://tinyurl.com/29bcthrx

In future posts I will share more about this topic.

[print version] Wal-Mart to hold ID tag meeting | CNET News.com
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Ubiquitous Is Here - Part II

"16 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: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a
man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation
13:16-18

This post shows how RFID technology will be used to track every person,
animal and product on the earth to fulfil the prophecy in Revelation 13:17
which says "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." We will also share
information about some key supporters for this technology and how they are
bringing this technology to every product.

2. Key Supporters for RFID
The original Auto-ID Center had almost 100 global companies sponsors and
partners to finance and provide support to the development of RFID. We
will look at some key supporters for RFID to show how they are bringing
this technology to every product on the earth.

a) Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is not only the world's biggest retailer but is also one of the
largest grocery store chains in the United States. Here are just a few
articles showing the money and determination to make this new RFID
technology work on a global scale. An article titled "Wal-Mart to Throw
Its Weight behind RFID"(Note 3) says

"Inventory management technology that uses wireless signals to track
products from the factory to store shelves is set to win a major new
ally next week: Wal-Mart. The retail giant is expected to throw its
weight behind RFID (radio frequency identification) technology at the
Retail Systems 2003 industry conference in Chicago on Tuesday. Sources
familiar with the company's plans said executives will make a
presentation encouraging its top 100 suppliers to start using wireless
inventory tracking equipment--chips affixed to products, and scanners
in warehouses--by 2005......RFID tags have the potential to streamline
and improve inventory management by allowing manufacturers to more
efficiently enter and track the flow of goods. For example, RFID could
let a company add a boxful of goods to its inventory systems all at
once, without having to unpack the carton and scan each piece
separately. An RFID scanner can pick up signals from all the chips in
the sealed box, something bar code systems can't do. The cost savings
could be substantial for Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer with
sales of $217.8 billion in 2002. AMR's Abell estimates that Wal-Mart's
costs associated with supply chain--including storing, transporting
and keeping track of goods--are about 10 percent of overall sales.
RFID, Abell said, could save 6 percent to 7 percent of those costs
annually. Using the 2002 figures as a model, that would amount to
about $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion saved."

NOTES
Note 3: https://tinyurl.com/4nasf7ep

In future posts I will share more about this topic.

[print version] Wal-Mart to throw its weight behind RFID | CNET News.com
tinyurl.com

[print version] Wal-Mart to throw its weight behind RFID | CNET News.com

Ubiquitous Is Here - Part I

"16 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: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a
man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Revelation
13:16-18

This post shows how RFID technology will be used to track every person,
animal and product on the earth to fulfil the prophecy in Revelation 13:17
which says "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." We will also share
information about some key supporters for this technology and how they are
bringing this technology to every product.

1.RFID
The technology that we have become accustomed to is also fulfilling
another scripture in the Bible. In Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV) it says "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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his
number is Six hundred threescore and six."

In this passage we see a time coming when no one will be able to buy or
sell without "the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his
name." The technology to fulfill this scripture is already here and is
called RFID or radio frequency identification. This technology will be
able to track everything on the earth. It was developed by the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 to help save businesses
money in lost, stolen and wasted products. MIT refers to this technology
as Auto-ID. As of October 26, 2003 the Auto-ID Center officially closed.
They have two separate organizations today. They are called Auto-ID Labs
and the EPCglobal, Inc. The new Auto-ID Labs has six labs at some of the
world's leading research universities. They are the following: 1. MIT in
the US; 2. University of Cambridge in the UK; 3. University of Adelaide in
Australia, 4. Keio University in Japan; 5. University of St. Gallen in
Switzerland and 6.Fudan University in China. Notice how all these labs are
located all over the world for easy access. Here is a quote from their web
site "Auto-ID Labs continue the research and development work of
designing, building and testing a global infrastructure - a layer on top
of the Internet - that will make it possible for computers to identify any
object anywhere in the world instantly. This network will not just provide
the means to feed reliable, accurate, real-time information into existing
business applications; it will usher in a whole new era of innovation and
opportunity."(Note 1) For more information about the history of the
Auto-ID Labs see their web site at autoidlabs.org

We see from the Auto-ID Lab's web site that RFID will identify everything
on the earth using implanted microchips. These microchips are about the
size of the head of an ant with a thin antenna attached. RFID will
eventually replace the barcode that is used all around the world to
identify products in stores. There are two types of RFID tags or
microchips. These are called passive RFID and active RFID. With passive
RFID, the tags must be scanned manually which requires that the RFID items
must be in proximity to a reader unit. With active RFID the tags
incorporate a battery that constantly broadcasts the chip's ID number.

The EPCglobal, Inc was formed as stated on the Auto-ID Labs web site as "a
joint venture between EAN International and the Uniform Code Council,
Inc." The website states that EPCglobal, Inc "carries forth the research
completed by the Auto-ID Center to work toward the development of
industry-accepted standards and commercial adoption. The newly formed
organization has taken on the mission of working with end users, and
hardware, software, and integration solutions providers to build the EPC
Network infrastructure and support implementation."(Note 2)

You can read more about what they are doing on the internet at
https://www.gs1.org/epcglobal

NOTES
Note 1: autoidlabs.org
Note 2: autoidlabs.org

In future posts I will share more about this topic.

The Turkey Factor Revisited - Part IV

"2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief
prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of
Meshech and Tubal:" Ezekiel 38:2-3

In this post, we will continue to discuss the nation of Turkey and the
prophecies concerning this nation.

3. The Prophecies Concerning Turkey

In Ezekiel 38 and 39, the Bible tells us about a future war against
Israel. One of the nations that will come against Israel is the nation of
Turkey. By reading Genesis 10 and by studying the descendants of Shem, Ham
and Japheth from historical maps, you can find the geographical locations
of the nations in Ezekiel's prophecy. The name Meshech and Tubal is
mentioned three (3) times in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

In Ezekiel 38:2-3 it says "2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the
land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against
him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,
the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:"

In Ezekiel 39:1 it says "Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,
and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the
chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:"

Meshech and Tubal is modern day Turkey. Notice the Biblical phrase "Gog,
the land of Magog" who is the chief prince of Turkey. The land of Magog is
the former U.S.S.R. and Gog is the leader. In an article titled “Ceasefire
In Syria's Idlib Comes At A Cost For Turkey's Erdogan” (Note 6) it says

“. . . . After six hours of talks with Vladimir Putin, a somber
Erdogan announced an accord which cements territorial gains by
Russian-backed Syrian forces over Turkish-backed rebels. Returning
from Russia, Erdogan said his deal with Putin will lay the ground for
stability in Idlib and protect civilians who could otherwise become
refugees in Turkey, after months of fighting that has displaced nearly
a million people. ‘The ceasefire brings about important gains,’ he
said . . . . But by freezing the front lines, and agreeing joint
Russian-Turkish patrols on a major east-west highway running through
Idlib, the deal consolidates Assad’s recent battlefield victories and
allows Russia to deploy deeper into Idlib than before. ‘The Syrian
army was stopped, but not repelled. That is perhaps Turkey’s biggest
loss,’ said Ozgur Unluhisarcikli of the German Marshall Fund. Assad’s
progress in weeks of fierce combat includes taking full control of the
other main highway running through Idlib, the north-south road linking
the capital Damascus to Aleppo and other important Syrian cities. In
Moscow, Thursday’s deal was widely seen as a triumph for Putin and
Assad at Erdogan’s expense. ‘The agreement is unexpectedly more
favorable to Russia and Damascus...,’ said former pro-Putin lawmaker
Sergei Markov. ‘Russia is winning on the battlefield and that’s why
it’s winning on the diplomatic front.’”

In another article titled “Turkey Says Delivery Of Second S-400 Battery
Complete” (Note 7) it says

“Turkey’s defence ministry said on Sunday that the delivery of a
second battery of Russian S-400 missile defence systems has been
completed as of Sunday, and added that the systems would become active
in April 2020. Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over
Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 systems, which the United States says
are not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to Lockheed
Martin’s F-35 ‘stealth’ fighter jets. The initial parts of the system
were delivered to Ankara in July despite warnings about possible U.S.
sanctions over the purchase. The United States has also expelled
Turkey from the F-35 programme, but Ankara has so far dismissed the
warnings. In a statement, the defence ministry said the delivery of
the second S-400 battery to Ankara was completed. Efforts to mount the
systems and train personnel who will use them were continuing, it
said, adding that it planned to activate the S-400s in April 2020.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusglu told an interview with CNN
Turk on Saturday that the S-400s would be activated despite repeated
U.S. warnings.”

In closing, in these two articles, we see Turkey submitting to Russia,
which is part of the old Soviet Union. The act of Turkey buying weapon
systems from Russia is showing us just how close we are coming to this
war.

NOTES
Note 6: https://tinyurl.com/y7zm3fvx
Note 7: https://tinyurl.com/y6meabu8

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