The link below details a proposal in Sweden which would have that nation abolish cash transactions and switch to a cashless society. One reason (excuse?) for such a switch is that people can’t be robbed if they aren’t carrying cash. Governmental and union officials are pushing Sweden in that direction, and even a former singer for Abba has endorsed the proposal. Some Swedes are resisting the proposal, pointing out that a cashless society where all transactions are electronically processed would enable governments to monitor all monetary transactions and build comprehensive profiles of all citizens. One spokesman for the groups resisting the proposal stated that “Most people don’t want this total surveillance society.”
I think many readers are already way ahead of me re: where I am going with this story. Revelation 13:11-18 prophesies that when the beast/antichrist system is established on the earth, there will be a global monetary/economic system imposed on the earth which will be very controlling and able to monitor all people’s transactions. Verse 17 specifically prophesies that under this beast/antichrist system, “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Verse 18 mentions the famous “666” prophecy that indicates an as yet not understood detail of this system that will become clear [to Christians] when it is imposed. One possibility is that there will be three sequences of six numbers as an identifying “mark” on an electronic data chip or card of some kind that would accompany a cashless society. Many other possibilities have been suggested, and it may turn out to be fulfilled in a way few now expect. We will have to wait and see how this prophecy is eventually fulfilled. However, a cashless society would certainly enable the beast/antichrist system to monitor all transactions and people everywhere.
It may be that the cashless society technology apparently necessary for the beast’s system to work globally will be tested first in Sweden on a national level. Babylon the Great’s current global system includes many fiat money currencies, all of which are under increased strain and pressure due to far too much debt in the global system. Revelation 17-18 prophesies our current world system will collapse at some point, to be followed by the new “beast” system (Revelation 17). This infers that our current global fiat currencies must at some point collapse, to be replaced by a “beast” system to be imposed after a period of chaos which will ready people to accept a global system that promised to restore “order.” We may soon be seeing a glimpse of that new system in Sweden.