A Wisconsin company is set to become the first in America to give its employees the opportunity to have microchip implants in their hand.
Three Square Market is a developer of software used in vending machines and will pay for their employees to get chipped.
About 50 employees at the company have volunteered to get the chip injection starting in August. The chips will be implanted in employees' hands to buy things in the break room, log into computers, open doors, and so on.
"It's the next thing that's inevitably gonna happen and we want to be a part of it," said Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby.
The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger. The company will pick up the $300 fee.
"Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," Westby predicts in a blog post.
"We see this as another payment and identification option that not only can be used in our markets but our other self-checkout and self-service applications that we are now deploying, which include convenience stores and fitness centers," said another company executive.
The company says the chips will not include GPS so it will not be tracking employees.
CBN News reported earlier this year that a company in Sweden is also offering its workers similar microchip implants that function as swipe cards.
Many Christians express concerns about microchip implants because they see the idea as a prelude to "the mark of the Beast" as described in the book of Revelation.
Here's that verse about the End Times from Revelation 13:16-17 (NIV): "It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name."
When Apple Pay technology came out a few years ago, consumer privacy expert and bestselling author Dr. Katherine Albrecht told CBN News, "We're kind of moving closer and closer to that 'right hand' and closer and closer to the fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the mark of the Beast."