Not long from now, but still a ways away, the sustainability movement completed its greatest achievement: A city-sized municipal infrastructure that was completely self-sufficient for energy, water and food.
Are you aware that the Holy Bible describes a future time when there will be no cash, and all financial transactions will require that you have a mark on your wrist or forehead?
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.
( Revelation 13:16-18 ) KJV
It will be impossible to participate in the economy in any way for those
who refuse to take the mark of the beast. This is a serious problem,
because the Bible goes on to tell us about what happens to those who do
take the mark of the beast:
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
( Revelation 16:2 ) KJV
What a dilemma. And it gets even worse:
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
( Revelation 19:20-21 ) KJV
So you can receive the mark of the beast, never have to bother with cash ever again, you can enjoy all the conveniences of modern life and a thriving market economy but, ultimately, will be slain by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when he returns to rule the earth for a thousand years. Once you have been killed, your soul will experience torment and anguish in the fiery pit of hell until the thousand years has ended, at which time you will go before the great white throne to be judged. Judgment is righteous, and the punishment for your sin is to be cast into the lake of fire where the beast and false prophet are. There your soul will continue to experience the horror burning for the rest of eternity alongside Satan, who is also destined to be there with you.
It is no wonder then, that a few people prefer to starve in the barren wastelands of earth, earnestly believing that they are being faithful to their belief in Jesus Christ. Their hope is that they will escape the wrath of God as it is poured out upon the earth, and receive everlasting life in the presence of God in heaven. Everlasting life is the reward for all of those who confess faith in Jesus Christ.
Carlton Feathers didn’t know any of this. He really didn’t care. For him
the supposed convenience of having all of his finances tied to a bar
code tattoo was a huge inconvenience. He was listening to the radio
while he worked, and at that particular time he was in the Municipal
Library of Salt City, Utah. Not Salt Lake City, that was an hour’s drive
away, but Salt City, a fabulous new feat of architectural brilliance.
If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God
(Revelation 14:9-10) KJV
It was an indefinable moment in a dimly remembered future that is neither near nor far away. A radio chattered to itself distantly, until a blast of fanfare erupted and sent idle drifts of thought scurrying for cover.