Saturday, February 2, 2008

Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Goes Live

Curt Here...

If you are familiar with Bible Prophecy then you are aware that towards the middle of the 70th week, the False Prophet will require all to take a mark on their right hand or forehead, and without this mark they will not be able to buy or sell. Who ever does not take this mark and worship the beast will be killed. Many have speculated over the years as to what this will be and what it will look like. Here is a scriptural reference to review.

Revelation 13:15-17

15. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16. And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,
17. and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

A couple of days ago the Single Euro Payments Area or SEPA went live. This could be highly significant. You see SEPA is a brand new way to conduct cashless transactions throughout the EU. Not only is this another step in the integration of the EU but it is a huge step towards a single market. If the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet were able to be in charge of this future single market, it would make implementing the mark of the beast that much easier.

Is SEPA the beginning or the framework for the Mark of the Beast? Well, time will tell, but one thing is for sure, it is worth watching.

Please take the time to read the article below.

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SEPA goes live
Speech by Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB
Launch event organised by the European Commission,
the European Central Bank and the European Payments Council
Brussels, 28 January 2008
The countdown is over! Today, 28 January 2008, SEPA goes live!

I am pleased to welcome you all to the launch of SEPA. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the European Commission for hosting today’s event and for its cooperation over the last few years, the fruit of which can been seen today as SEPA comes to life.

Those who have made SEPA a reality, the banks and the service providers are here tonight and I would like to congratulate them all. Let me also mention the work of the Council and the European Parliament that has contributed to making SEPA a reality.

Nine years ago we introduced the single currency. Today, we launch SEPA – another important step in European integration. But let me assure you: today is only just the beginning!

SEPA is all about integration, harmonisation and modernisation. It is a natural consequence of the single currency and a major step in the creation of the Single Market. That is why the ECB has supported the project closely over the past six years. Today’s launch is the first visible result.

A single currency – with a single set of payment instruments – in a single euro payments area. With SEPA, this becomes a reality. And we, as euro area citizens, will be able to make euro payments as cheaply, as easily and as safely as we do national payments. All euro payments will be “domestic”; finally, there will be no difference between sending a payment from Rome to Dublin or from Brussels to Antwerp. We can now make payments not only with euro notes and coins, but harmonised electronic payments by European credit transfer, direct debit and payment card as well.

An important milestone has been reached today with the launch of “SEPA Credit Transfer”. We are now able to send euro payments quickly, and in the same way, to any beneficiary in Europe.

This will be followed by “SEPA Direct Debit” before the end of 2009. As a result, we will be able to make direct debit payments across Europe, as if no borders existed.

With the “SEPA Cards Framework”, extensive changes await the European cards market. The ECB expects a new European card scheme to emerge, harmonising card payments across Europe. That said, efficient national card schemes should not vanish, leaving the cards market entirely to international card schemes. Let’s work together and use the experience of the national schemes to devise a new European card scheme.

Together, these three payment instruments make up SEPA, our key to a door behind which many opportunities lie. Once the door is open we will still have a mountain to climb. But if we are willing to take up the challenge and use SEPA with innovative thinking, we can reap the full benefit.

Let me stress: we do not envision opening the door only to sit back and admire the great many opportunities on the other side. Let’s climb the mountain, discover the opportunities and progress onwards and upwards. Let’s complement the SEPA instruments with innovative services, such as online and mobile payment initiation, e-invoicing and e-reconciliation. By combining these services with SEPA instruments, we eliminate paper and the payment process becomes fully electronic. End-users will spend less time on payments – and, as we all know, time means money.
But how will you benefit from SEPA?

Corporates – make fast European transactions, simplify your payment handling and consolidate your liquidity management.

SEPA’s harmonised services can optimise your payment process. So, request these services from your banks and service providers.

Public administrations – you will experience the same benefits as corporates. But that’s not all. SEPA can help drive e-Government and e-procurement, thereby promoting efficient public services. By adopting SEPA at an early stage, you will extend its benefits to society at large.

Consumers – one bank account and one set of payment instruments is all you need. As with euro notes and coins, there will finally be no difference between payments across Europe – all euro payments will be ”domestic”.

And banks – you have developed and will form the basis of SEPA. And SEPA can help you expand your business, as integration and harmonisation will encourage competition. It is now up to you to use the opportunities SEPA brings.

The launch of SEPA today is a major step in creating the Single Market and represents a significant contribution to the Lisbon agenda and a more competitive Europe. It has not been easy to arrive at where we are today – SEPA has been a formidable challenge, but formidable challenges make us stronger. It is not time to sit back in admiration; it is time to use SEPA.

So, let’s rise to the challenge; let’s use SEPA, our key; and let’s discover the great many opportunities that lie on the other side of that door.

http://www.ecb.eu/press/key/date/2008/html/sp080128.en.html

Curt

6 comments:

Sharon downunder in NZ said...

Curt,
The implications of this statement from your article are enormous -
"But if we are willing to take up the challenge and use SEPA with innovative thinking, we can reap the full benefit." It would indeed be a useful tool for AC to put his plan to control all buying and selling thus all people, into effect!
I wonder how many people will see the subtlety of it?
This article is very important - thankyou for publishing it.
Sharon

the70thweek said...

Sharon,

Your welcome and I share your concern. Thanks for posting.

Curt

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the article, I copied it and sent to my contacts. Maybe now they can see the deep footprint in the sand? With the NAIS push here in the US, that mostly horse owners and businesses are concerned about, the work is being done here to mark the animals, which we know is slotted to fail-much easier and cost efficient to simply mark the owners/property for the link....the picture is becoming clearer....

the70thweek said...

Great find Curt. That is a serious step for the EU to take and no small undertaking as the article indicated.

I for one can get caught up in the different ways the "Mark" could be implemented with current technologies and such but more importantly in that mix than the how is the who and when.

This is clearly a historic move for so many countries to not only be trading a common currency but to be doing it without cash or a physical marker. Wow.

Having recently traveled to Africa, through London I can see the appeal of a single currency. When we exchanged our US dollars for Kenyan Shillings I went from caring 10 bills to having over 100 bills. It was physically a brick of money to be carrying around a developing country. Tanzania was even worse. Anyway, I would expect that this will be seen as a glamorous implementation of technology. My only question is, how far along will the new US President be to move on this issue in the US?

Mike

Watchman said...

Thank you Curt, I'm adding this to the Watchman Bible Study. Keep watching!

the70thweek said...

That is great. Let me know when you add it or show me where it is because I couldn't find it on your website.

By the way your website and Bible Study is full off a ton of good information. Good job.

Curt