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Do You have "the" SSN?

Since we came to America to work, we expected some difficulties arising from "culture shock". But of all the difficulties we encountered, the temporary absence of a Social Security Number (SSN) - to which we are entitled - the begat some anxiety and discomfort above normal for a change of this magnitude level.

The SSN is a nine-digit sequence number generated by a government agency of the United States. All US citizens, permanent residents or temporary workers, are entitled to it. Your subscription provides benefits such as unemployment insurance, retirement, insurance for work disability (physical and / or mental), etc. By comparison, it can be said that the number of INSS (Instituto Nacional de Seguridade Social) of Brazil is the Brazilian SSN.

However, there are major differences between these two numbers covering the everyday life of both countries. In recent years, the SSN has been used as a national identification number, in fact, that is used in practice without necessarily a law that regulates. Soon, numerous companies and entities associate access to their services to supply the number of the SSN by the customer. Banking, housewares, access to loans, leases on other services are approved for an immigrant or not depending on the supply of that number.

Furthermore, the degree of access to banking services and loans - to buy a house, for example - can vary from one person to another even though both have the SSN. This is because the Credit Score - a system of American score that measures the ability of a citizen to honor their debts - was built in SSN in recent years. Hence, every time you pay a bill from a company who registered your SSN, more points are accumulated on your Credit Score. Financial institutions interpret it, the more points a person has, the lower their risk of default if a loan is made.

Recently, this situation has changed slightly due to the high number of illegal immigrants in the US. Soon, Credit Score has been linked to another number, ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), which is generated when declaring the income tax in the US for the first time - in fact, the payment of income tax in the US is very supervised, failing in anything flexible, imprisonment. Consequently, even illegal immigrants are lax with the income tax here.

Because the SSN is such an important number regarding financial life, not long before suspicions arose that the SSN was the infamous "number of the beast": "And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast or the number of his name "(Revelation 13:16, 17).

Despite these sensationalist predictions, the truth is that the SSN is nothing like the apocalyptic "mark of the beast". Although there religious segments "conspirators" their accounts that are ingenious structure of the nine digits of SSN become the number "666" must be completely repudiated.

There are at least four glaring differences between the SSN and the mark of the beast:

1. The mark of the beast will be visible and everyone will know if a person has or not. Infamously compared the mark of the beast, the SSN has no photograph, physical description and date of birth. You can not know whether or not a person has an SSN if she did not declare.

2. The mark of the beast will be a global identity, not restricted to a single country document. Despite more than 450 million numbers have been granted since 1935, nothing compares to the number of people worldwide who are only about 7 billion today.

3. The absence of the mark of the beast will create extreme hardship for people's survival - in fact, generate the death penalty. Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly possible to live in the US without SSN and the thousands of people who have not were not killed by it.

4. The mark of the beast will be easily accessible. As for the SSN, so experienced, is not as easy to get it.

Thank God, our SSN finally arrived. Could therefore enroll my wife in my medical, dental and vision plans. We also request other services for the comfort and safety of our home. But none of that gives me the confidence that I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. The "social security" the government we have in no way compares to the security we have in Christ, no matter what the circumstances around us become murky: "As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. But in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord "(Romans 8.36-39).

To paraphrase the name of the American card, we can say that there is another "SSN": the "Salvation Security Name" (the name of security of salvation). This "SSN" had a very high price and the Son of God himself paid with his death! Through the death of Christ on the cross and his resurrection we are sure that we will be forever with our Heavenly Father. No more crying or tears. There will be no need for "social security" because God himself is our loving heavenly host in that country. It will not just be "refuge" from the book of Psalms, but also the "mansions" in John's Gospel! That is the promise of our God for his people. There will be no sin in our hearts and our whole being will definitely untainted by the merits of Christ on Calvary.

This is the name "Salvation Security Name" Jesus Christ of Nazareth! As it is written: "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead on behalf of this is that this is before you whole. He is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which is become the head of the corner. And there is salvation in no one else, because even under heaven no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved "(Acts 4.10-12).

Do You have "the" SSN?

Ev. Leandro Boer

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