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Lord Jesus, thank You for the secure identity we have in You. No one can replace or take away this precious gift. Help us to always remember this so that we do not fall prey to the schemes of man, which seek to change who we are. 

Analysis. “If we act wisely today, digital identities can help transform the future for billions of individuals, all over the world, enabling them to access new economic, political and social opportunities, while enjoying digital safety, privacy and other human rights” (2018 World Economic Forum Insight Report, Identity in a Digital World: A New Chapter in the Social Contract, 5).

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How will digital identities transform the future? That is the key question as the push for digital IDs grows stronger daily. The WEF report says: “We must design trust into systems from the outset. We need to be able to understand what ‘good’ looks like, based on values and respect of individual freedoms. With digital interactions accelerating–including billions of ‘things’ that are being connected to the internet–we urgently need to translate these values into guidance for implementing digital identity systems the world over.” Another report released in 2021 echoes similar messages, but a greater emphasis is placed on health data such as Covid-19 test results and vaccination records. Additionally, the collaboration of industry sectors and businesses is defined as a key component in the system.

Who will determine what is “good,” and who decides on the criteria? Some contributors to the 2018 report are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations (George Soros), the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, The World Bank, The ID2020 Alliance, World Identity Network, Global ID, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Thomson Reuters, Nokia, and AT&T.

With the World Economic Forum and other globalist organizations at the helm of the ship, how can we trust the intent or the outcome? Also, what will this system look like, and how will it affect our daily lives?

Even if we want to hide from the possibility of digital IDs, the agenda continues to move forward. Gartner, a technological research and consulting firm based in Connecticut, has revealed that digital identity ecosystems are one of the top ten government technology trends for 2022. The firm predicts that “at least a third of national governments and half of the U.S. states will offer citizens mobile-based identity wallets by 2024.”

Convenience comes at the cost of privacy and freedom. In mid-June 2022, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, at the New York University School of Law, issued a 100-page report detailing the dangers of digital identity, titled Paving a Digital Road to Hell. The report warns that the World Bank’s ID4D Initiative, as well as other digital identity programs, have the potential to violate human rights and promote exclusion rather than inclusion. The system being promoted is the Aadhaar system, in India, which provides individuals with a “transactional” or “economic” identity that will allow them to transact with both government and the private sector. Using this platform, however, “may lead to new forms of harm, including biometric exclusion, discrimination, and the many harms associated with capitalism … these dangerous digital ID systems may lead to ‘pain without gain.’”

The ID4D Initiative has projects in over 49 countries and focuses on both IDs and government-to-person payment programs that call for a move from physical cash to digital payments. Digital IDs can be used for a wide array of purposes, but perhaps the most concerning involve the ways they can be connected to banking systems and personal bank accounts.

A June 23, 2021, press release from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) says that “central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) herald a new chapter for the monetary system … the most promising design for general use is a CBDC built on a digital identity scheme, safeguarding data privacy while offering protection against illicit activity and potentially streamlining cross-border payments.” The BIS believes “the most promising CBDC design would be one tied to a digital identity, requiring users to identify themselves to access funds.”

On March 9, 2022, President Biden issued Executive Order 14067 (Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets), which calls for the exploration of digital currencies to analyze their usefulness and impact on the American economy. Conservative economist Jim Rickards cautions: “This is not like the money in your online bank account. No, this is new and different. Every dollar will be a programmable token, like Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. But there’s a big difference. Cryptocurrencies are decentralized digital currencies. Instead, if it plays out the way I see it, ‘Biden Bucks’ [Rickards’ name for the CBDCs] will have the full backing of the U.S. Federal Reserve. They will replace the cash (fiat) dollar we have now.” Rickards explains that CBDCs are programmable and can be used as a form of “spyware.” He stresses that “because ‘Biden Bucks’ will be ‘digital tokens’ programmed at the source, they could be ‘turned on or off’ at will, with just a keystroke.”

The dangers of connecting digital identity to a digital currency are numerous. Do we want to create a surveillance state that knows everything about who you are, what you buy, and where you go? Marrying identity to digital currency offers governments levels of control that were never possible with plastic IDs and physical money.

The coronavirus pandemic catapulted the idea of digital identity, but the framework was embedded in the preceding 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015. Goal 16.9 calls for a “legal identity for all, including birth registration.” The World Health Organization is working to check off this box by contracting Germany-based Deutsche Telekom, a subsidiary of T-Systems, to develop a global vaccine passport that can link every person to a QR code, or a digital ID. It can also be used for future vaccination campaigns and home-based records.

The early stages of digital ID are in the works in the United States. Twila Brase, author of Big Brother in the Exam Room and founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, shared with Olive Tree Ministries about an ID system known as REAL ID. In an interview, she warns: “In every state of this nation, the state legislatures have implemented REAL ID — not everybody has a REAL ID, and there’s a May 3, 2023, deadline … states have been in control of driving. The REAL ID system took the states out of control and put the federal government in charge. There’s a bunch of legislators in Missouri and Pennsylvania that appealed to President Trump, saying this is a usurpation of states’ rights — do not let Homeland Security do this.” Brase is deeply concerned that REAL ID will set the stage for more-onerous and concerning mandates.

When it comes to digital ID, mobile phones are one of the main avenues for presenting verified information to whatever entity requires it. But Pekka Lundmark, CEO of Nokia, a global provider of cell phones and telecommunications services, said something recently that provides a glimpse into the future of where digital ID could be going. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2022, he explained that with the advent of newer technology, smartphones may not stay relevant in the next ten years, or by 2030. He declared: “By then, the smartphone as we know it today will not be the most common interface. Many of these things will be built directly into our bodies.” Lundmark spoke about the future rollout of 6G, which would make smartphones obsolete but he also supports concepts like the Metaverse, which allows physical and digital worlds to merge. A firm supporter of the WEF’s climate change agenda, he also believes “there is no green without digital.”

The information presented above gives Christians much to ponder and pray about. Our identity is not provided by a tech company or a bank, and certainly not by the government. C.S. Lewis wisely said, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” Our identities in Christ cannot be verified by an app, a mobile phone or any kind of biometric implant. Our identity as the body of Christ tells us that we are not slaves to technology and governments, but rather that we are slaves to our identity-maker, Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Lord Jesus, please give us clear discernment about the digital ID systems which are in the planning stages, or ones that are already being used. Help us know when and how to resist these schemes, giving us the courage to set ourselves apart when and if the time comes. Provide us with the resolve to warn others and with the will to act and pray against the organizations that are pushing this system upon the world.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).

What do you think about digital IDs? What dangers could they pose to our individual freedoms?

Angela Rodriguez is an author, blogger and homeschooling mom who studies the historical and biblical connections between Israel and the United States. You can visit her blogs at 67owls.com and 100trumpets.com. Her latest book, Psalm 91: Under the Wings of Jesus, was released in June 2021. Photo Credit: Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash.

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Jane Langston
September 17, 2022

This article is 100% confirmation why Jesus has kept me from getting an “I Phone”. I am still operating from a flip phone which is antiquated technology. Christians wake up!! Do you not see where the next step is leading you to? Soon this technology that you hold in the palm of your hand will be implanted on your physical body. Rationalize all you want but when this occurs, this will be the “mark of the beast” that Jesus warns and admonishes every believer about which will spell eternal damnation for anyone who takes the “mark of the beast”. There will be no going back and no opportunity for repentance because of who you have given your love and allegiance to.

Whoa you say, but we don’t have to worry about any of this because we won’t be here. The “Rapture” will have already occurred. You are wrong again because you willingly choose to NOT believe the Bible which explicitly says otherwise. Take the time to read II Thessalonians 2: 1-12. The chronology of events that will take place are spelled out plainly for even a small child to read and understand. Wake up dear Christian!! You will be here to choose whom you will serve. Is your allegiance to Jesus the Christ or will it be to this world’s system under the temporary rule of the antichrist? Through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, we are called to obey Him as the prophets of old did through their testimony outlined in Hebrews 11.

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Barbara Janicki
September 17, 2022

I am not sure I understand this correctly. Voter ID or requiring individuals to have identification in order to vote is racist, oppressive and wrong BUT requiring everyone to have this deeply invasive digital ID is somehow a mark of care and concern for the individual, brought to us by “those” who want to make our lives more “convenient” and keep us “safe”? – those that have our best interests at heart??? Oh it’s a mark all right, but not a mark of progress for human rights as stated in the opening quote of this article. So interesting the language – this “digital identity” is going to give us “access to new opportunities (social, political, economic)” while protecting “our safety, privacy and other human rights”? I don’t think so. Just the opposite is true and just the opposite is the desired outcome behind this proposal. This will result in no safety, no privacy and no freedom or any other human rights.

Look at what happened in Canada during the truckers’ strike and protest. Bank accounts were frozen/taken of individuals who had donated money to the truckers’ cause. Currently here, people’s homes are being raided, including of course our former President’s residence. I’m wondering if digital IDs will start with the two and a half million plus illegal aliens who have crossed our southern border? This would be a good place to start, so they could be contacted for court dates, drug trafficking and child sex trafficking could be monitored, terrorists who mean our country harm could be identified – crime could be reduced, streets made safe again from the threats brought by drug sales, child trafficking, illegal gun smuggling, cartels controlling our cities, etc. – maybe that would be a positive use of this digital ID? Will all the homeless and those committing crimes receive digital IDs so we can track their activities?

No the “terrorists” are now any private citizen who has an opinion contrary to the state approved narrative and dares to express said opinion. What’s going on in real life doesn’t match the rhetoric/news we see put out by media -we are not allowed to talk about what we are actually experiencing where we live (like border towns in Texas, Arizona etc.) This is being billed as “convenient” – will we sacrifice our freedom for convenience? Just the words “digital identity” are a red flag – we have already received our identities from our Creator, before we were even born. “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. . . . My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.” We belong to the God of the universe who calls every star by name, knows every hair on our heads, knows the way that we take and calls us His own! We have an identity in Jesus Christ kept secure for us where thieves don’t break in and steal and moth and rust don’t corrode! With identity in Jesus comes complete freedom to realize our full potential, which is everything He created us to be. With a digital identity comes total enslavement to and required conformity to the tyranny of whoever is in power at the moment. Interesting the contrast – digital conformity of thought and action versus a child of God, complete freedom and vast diversity as He created us each totally unique, which He did on purpose, delighting in our diversity ie. “one body with many members” all using our unique gifts for the glory of God!

We mustn’t believe the lies of the enemy, including this latest one or ones surrounding digital identities and how they will “help us transform the future” (quote from beginning of this article) – our future has already been transformed by the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross. Jesus radically transforms each and every one of us who come to Him – the early Christians radically transformed their culture as they proclaimed the Good News wherever they went. Today we, as God’s salt and light, are called for such a time as this, to make known God’s offer of eternal, radical transformation that we all long for but will never find nor achieve in a man-made digital identity. Lord God, may we find our identity in You alone, keep our eyes on You as we walk in this world at this time, in You there is fulfillment and freedom, may many come to know this truth and be spared from the captivity of being reduced to and controlled by a digital identity. You are our only hope – in You alone we trust! http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com (post – “safe and sorry”)

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Brian lynch
September 17, 2022

I believe that digital ID’s are TOTALLY wrong. They serve no good purpose. The next step will be the Mark of the Beast. All of these “advancements”, as they are referred to as our society tries to cram them down our throats, are being used to desensitize people to the grossly wrong that is being thrust upon us. People need to wake up to what is going on around them. They need to stand up for what is right, plain and simple. Lord, protect us, and give us Holy Ghost wisdom as to how to live our lives as Your children. Give us an overwhelming desire to do what is right in Your eyes. Thank You, Jesus.

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Rena
September 17, 2022

Another way to track our every move… when we go to church, what stores/restaurants, etc. that we frequent. When we go to the doctor, the park…. When we do things, outside of their agenda, they will be at our door. No, no, no!

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Becky
September 17, 2022

Glory to Your Name Lord! AMEN!
Thank you for the truth this prayer starts with! Our identity is safe and secure in You Lord Jesus❤️‍🔥😍💃🏻
That said, we so do need and ask for wisdom, courage and favor when Christians think about, talk about, vote about and engage in anything online. We so need Your discernment Lord. Tech is not evil. This RN has come to see Your the One we can and should thank, for giving people wisdom and creativity to invent and perfect them. Frankly, there are many ways they these tools help us be good stewards of our planet and serve each other in love.
But Poppa God, forgive us, some have lots of evil to forgive for sure, but we all share in the sins, from destruction of the planet, harvesting the natural resources needed to make the tech to our utterly cluelessness at all the accumulated toxic waste of computers and satellites, littering, no, poisoning our bodies, planet and even space. No, I am not trying to be negative here, simply truthfully confessing our cluelessness Lord, humbling asking for forgiveness and Your cleansing, Your plan for restoration Lord. And for a new thing of real, repentance on the earth so we can all cooperate with Your plan.

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Annalee
September 17, 2022

Track our children and fetch as needed for their use?
No No to AI, No No to digitized tracking. Pray against all things that find you in your secret place.
Amen.
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Mike Swanson
September 17, 2022

ARE YOU INSANE ? WORLD I.D
RULERS OVER AMERICAN LIVIES ?

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