There is a lot of talk today in Christian circles about the mark of the beast being present in the COVID vaccine, or that the COVID vaccine is indeed THE MARK OF THE BEAST.
As a bible teacher of end times, I felt this question very worthy of addressing and answering. I will try to do that as scripturally and clearly as possible. The mark of the beast is something distributed by the Antichrist during his earthly reign of power. Let’s look at scripture to define it clearly, and may we read very carefully:
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 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: 17 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.
When we look at Revelation 13 we can know and understand that the mark of the beast is:
(1) Mandated universally by the Antichrist during his reign of earthly power. Those who do not take the mark are beheaded.
(2) It is given upon the forehead or the hand (that portion of the hand could include the wrist by Hebraic terms, which some would call the arm).
(3) The number of the mark, which is 666, more than likely is not literal, but figurative. The biblical number for God is 3. The biblical number for man is 6. The Holy Trinity is known in three persons. The unholy trinity of the Antichrist is also known in three individuals: the beast, the false prophet, and the Antichrist. More than likely these strange beings are created by man or cloned with human DNA. They are not human. The dragon who gives the Antichrist trinity power is the dragon, who in Revelation 12 is revealed as the devil, or Satan.
(4) Those who take the mark are NOT written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world.
We need to understand, as believers, that the Antichrist has not yet come to power, although the world stage is currently being set for his reign through the establishment of a one-world government, otherwise known as “globalism”.
No, the COVID vaccine is not the mark of the beast. I assure you, it is not. I say that with confidence before God. However, I do believe this global vaccine is perhaps “grooming” or “conditioning” people for the mark when it comes. When you understand the psychology behind grooming and conditioning, it is easily seen and readily understood. The pandemic and the political movements and decisions surrounding it are fueled by globalists. They have openly spoken that the COVID pandemic is a rare opportunity for a “global reset”, and they are indeed milking that opportunity for all it is worth.
The globalist mindset and the those who espouse it, are in danger of this deception the Antichrist will bring.
Here is the end of those who take the mark of the beast:
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
What we must realize is that we as believers can overcome. We are called to overcome:
2And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Here is the hope we have as those who do not take the mark of the beast:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years,” (Revelation 20:4, KJV).
In conclusion, the COVID vaccine is NOT the mark of the beast. But I do believe the political decisions surrounding it are being wielded by government powers and world leaders to groom and condition people for what is yet to come.