Are we reading the same book? God already answered us on this. He may not have granted us a specific "start date," (could be 1000 years from now, could be tomorrow) but He *did* give us a specific chain of events and requirements for the "sign of the beast."
Take note of the order of prophecy as given to us by God through John in Revelations:
1) The beast with 7 heads and 10 horns has to show up *AND* take global control. Revelations 13:2-10
2) The false prophet has to come and perform miracles and get people to see the beast as a deity. Revelations 13:11-17
3) THEN The false prophet will personally oversee the insertion of the seal of the beast into those who worship it.
Revelation. 13: 16-18: "And he causeth 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (666)".
So while I suspect we might even have people/organizations who are trying to speed up the Apocalypse because they don't think God's going to show up for His part, I *don't* think anything available on the market right now is "the" foretold mark of the beast. So far I don't know of any country that has tech requiring its citizens to be branded with chips or anything else for the sake of basic commerce.
Having said that, I am in no hurry to embrace any technology which puts digital currency too far ahead of anything else. I realize money isn't necessarily worth the paper it's printed on these days, but the only way someone gets "all" my money is if they pry it out of my cold dead hands. By contrast, all someone has to do to completely disable all my *virtual* money is shut off the electric grid....
"And Jesus came and touched them, and said, 'Arise, and be not afraid.'" (Matt 17:7)