You may have heard of the CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) that is in the works to be brought to the world banking. Cash would be gone all together. And many are saying that digital IDs will come at the same time, which is a computer chip implanted under the skin in the right hand. Revelation is clear that the mark of the beast will be in the right hand or the forehead. Could this be the mark of the beast as prophesied?
I think a good place to start answering your questions would be sharing the scripture where your questions are spring boarding from. In our scriptures, Revelation 13:15-17 provides the following prophecy:
15. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
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.
To state the obvious, the hard thing about symbolic prophecy is actually determining if what we are looking at, if what we are reading, or if what we are listening to gives evidence for the fulfillment of the prophecy. When interpreting this type of scripture the first avenue we should confirm is if there is anything revealed to us by the lord’s servants, his prophets, and we don’t have any clarifying statement regarding who or what this is. This means that any interpretation we provide to this prophecy is ours and ours alone. This brings us to your main question regarding a centralized digital bank, “Could this be the mark of the beast as prophesied”?
Let’s review the verse in question and its elements:
1. It will affect ALL people no matter our class, sex, age, race, or culture.
2. It will result in a mark on the right hand (this could be figurative or literal)
3. It will result in a mark on our foreheads (this could be figurative or literal)
4. Without these marks individuals will not be able to: buy or sell
Let’s review concepts of a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) and Digital Ids:
1. Could a digital ID be placed in our forehead or our right hand? Yes. This could be similar to a dog or cat tag. As to being placed on our forehead it could easily be a cranial implant.
2. If we want to use this bank, then it would make sense that we would be required to have this digital ID to use their digital currency.
3. If this is a major bank that even stores would only accept this currency, then it would lead more people to have it.
4. It would also increase the power/authority a bank has over an individuals lives. If you don’t do this, or if you do this we will cut off your access to your digital currency. Gone.
In light of this, and in light of your question beginning with “could”, then yes, this could definitely be a potential candidate for the mark of the beast with regards to buying and selling. At the moment, does this cause me fear or any anxiety for this to be the “mark of the beast” now? No, and I would be hesitant to say so emphatically (without any spiritual witness), because we don’t want to get ourselves entangled in a religious hobby where we ultimately lose ourselves in a potential falsehood.
We could ask ourselves also, is there anything else happening right now that might give evidence to this prophecy also?