Biometrics and Big Brother

Commentary by Roger Oakland
Understand The Times International: Roger Oakland Ministries



A trend is sweeping the world that has the potential of impacting every person on the planet. It will mandate the way we buy or sell consumer products or identify our location as we move from place to place. Rarely a day goes by without news explaining how citizens around the world are being processed for the purpose of global personal identification. In order to understand what is happening, you need to know what is meant by the term biometrics.

Consider the following statement from an article titled “China Expands Biometric Collection Program in Xinjiang.”  The article explains how personal privacy is being violated in the world’s most populated country:

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are gathering DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types from all residents between ages 12 and 65, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. Some of the data is being collected under a program “Physicals for All,” which provides free annual medical examinations. Biometric data is also being collected from those considered a threat to stability, known as “focus personnel,” and their families, regardless of their age. Previously, all passport applicants in the region have been required to submit biometric data.[1]

Or what about another similar program being forced on the citizens of India, the second most populated country in the world. Once again, citizens are being subjected to biometrics for identification purposes. According to an article titled “India is Building a Biometric Data Base for 1.3 Billion People – and Enrollment is Mandatory,” we read:

Inside the buzzing enrollment agency, young professionals wearing slim-fitting jeans and lanyards around their necks tapped away at keyboards and fiddled with fingerprint scanning devices as they helped build the biggest and most ambitious biometric database ever conceived. Into the office stepped Vimal Gawde, an impoverished 75-year-old widow dressed in a floral print sari. She had come to secure her ticket to India's digital future — to enroll in the identity program, called Aadhaar, or "foundation," that aims to record the fingerprints and irises of all 1.3 billion Indian residents.[2]

Perhaps, as you are reading this article, you are discovering the term biometrics for the first time.  By the way, China and India are not the only countries moving in this direction. Many other countries including the United States, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Israel, and Russia are working on biometric identification systems as well. This will be a global system of identification, and eventually all countries will participate.

Biometrics, by breaking down the word itself into syllables, means the measurement of human biological characteristics. For further clarification, read the following definition taken from the website Technical Terms that provides a good understanding of the importance of the term:

Biometrics refers to technologies used to detect and recognize human physical characteristics. In the IT world, biometrics is often synonymous with "biometric authentication," a type of security authorization based on biometric input. There are several types of biometric authentication. Common examples include fingerprint scanning, retinal scanning, facial recognition, and voice analysis. A facial recognition system, for instance, uses a camera to capture an image of a person's face. The photograph is then recorded and processed using biometrics software. The software attempts to match the scanned image with an image from a database of users' photos. If the scan is close enough to a specific user, the person will receive authorization to continue.[3]

Over fifty years ago, I read a book titled Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell which described the very system presently being implemented all over the world. Of course, at that time, I did not grasp what the author was writing about was something that could actually be implemented in my lifetime. However, later on my journey of life, I was enlightened by biblical prophetic insight explaining that the system Orwell was describing would become a reality in the last days as a means of monitoring and controlling all the citizens of planet earth.

Such a system is in place now. Technology has developed to the point where global citizens can be linked to a global computer instantaneously and monitored and controlled. Personal identification data is being gathered for this purpose with the use of biometrics.

The Big Brother system is here, and the Bible makes it clear where this is headed in the future. In the apostle John’s vision, he described the times in which we are living very well and the establishment of the “big brother” the Bible calls the Antichrist. He wrote:

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. 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.[4]


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[4] Revelation 13: 15-17