(Continued from the previous issue ... )

We are bound to be trapped amid a variety of numbers such as, Ration Card number, Passport number, Electric Bill number, Vehicle Registration number, Driving License number, Bank Account number and Token number to withdraw money of ATM Card number etc.,

If time permits, just count the numbers you are identified with at different times and places.  It will be a surprise.  It is crystal clear that the influence of numbers has dominated the human folk in an unusual way.

Instead of identifying a person by calling his name, it is quite easy to identify him with number.  Even though various numbers are being used to identify the same person in various places, he doesn't find it difficult.

If you have any enquiries regarding our magazine, we have requested our readers to use their register number to check the mailing list rather than names.

What is the reason?  Nowadays, the written figures are being changed into numbers.  In the years to come, it would be considered best to name the new born babies as "TN-69-RS-1267", instead of naming them as 'John' and 'Jacob'. Who knows?

Once, such numbers seemed mysteries and tricky to the eyes of men in the ancient past, and they considered that mathematicians were magicians and set fire to them.

The situation at present is not so.  Parents are very much concerned about numbers and send their children for tuition to study mathematics. They also send prayer requests to pray for their excellence in maths.  If their children are unable to do well in mathematics, the parents are upset and wonder, "What would this dull fellow do in future?"

Today, numbers have dominated the human mind to the extreme level.  Man's brain can easily understand the numbers.

Once, it seemed quite easier to know by heart 4 poems from 'Pathittupathu' (Sangam Poetry) than memorizing 16 digit number.  Situation has taken a different turn at present.  It is difficult to learn one Tamil Poem ('Naladiyar') by heart but it seems easy to remember 400 numbers.  (Just think how many telephone numbers are you able to recall easily.) Even a 10-year old boy has stored at least 20 telephone numbers in his memory.  Why is it so?

That the influence of numbers has dominated mankind to a large extend than ever before, is the sign of final times.

It is true that the domination of numbers has taken over mankind.  But what is the link between numbers and final times.

Wait! Is not written in the Bible, that the antichrist will rule the world for seven years? At that time, the antichrist will declare a commandment which has to be followed by mankind.  In this context only, the culture of numbers takes place.

How?

Read Revelation 13:17,18.

"And that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark of the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom, Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."

Antichrist will command everybody to be sealed with his mark or number on his or her forehead or hands.

Thos who have not received the number cannot buy or sell anything in the market.

A believer can't easily say, 'Why then? Better to receive one or even two if we happen to meet any corrupted official, it is good! Isn't it?'

The reason is that, 'those who received the mark will not enter into heavenly kingdom and they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone day and night.' The Bible has emphasized this.

Read the passage from Revelation 14:9-11.

"Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, 'If anyone worship the beast and his image and received his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out full strength in to the cup of His indignation.  And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

And the stroke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image and whoever received the mark of his name."

Not only this, but for your further readings, I would like to give references from Revelation 15:2, and Revelation 19:20,21; kindly read.

To take census of the world population and to number them is being included in the plan of World Economic the Political Organizations even now.  This plan is going to be adopted, in order to monitor and regulate individual budget plans.  This plan is under study by the World Monetary Fund.

According to this major plan, every money transaction of the whole population of the world shall come under a centralized system.

For this implementation, is it natural that a need will arise to give a personal identify? The identify may be given in the form of a number, they have decided.

If we give individual numbers to the whole population of the world, it has to be given in 18 digits.  But it is rather difficult to keep 18 digits in our memory.  Hence, they have made it easy. How?

They will divide them into three divisions as such, 'six digits', 'six digits', 'six digits' and use it.

Six digits ...? 6-6-6.  Oh... it is 666.

If you are asked, you may reply that a number in 6 digits is also a little difficult to be stored in memory.  It is really a difficult one.  But, you have to be familiar with those numbers.  With such intention they have implemented numbers with many digits.  What is the Pin code of you town?  How many digits does it have? Six.  How is it possible to keep this in your memory?

It is true that it is difficult to recall numbers.  But the present situation is not so.  They have introduced many plans for easy storing of numbers.  Not only that, but they have also been changing the social set-up in accordance with the individuals memory capacity related to numbers.

Since, telephone facilities are quite common in every township, every individual could have memorized ten contact numbers of their friends and relatives at least.  They are bound to do so.

(Further, let us see how many aspects of life have been dominated by numbers, in the next issue)