Revelation: “The Mark of the Beast”?

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A connected but fallen world

Living in the world we do today, with such easy access to information on the internet, is both a good thing and a bad thing. It is good because we can easily use today’s technology to teach and to learn new things, learn a new skill, get information about any topic your mind could possibly think of; there are no limits to what you can find on the internet. It’s a bad thing, because it also opens a world of false information, fake news, unbiblical teachings and writings and a world of information that can mislead you. It is, through the Spirit, that we must learn to sift through the noise of all this information and discern what is true and what is not. Today we will tackle the subject of the “Mark of the Beast”.

Fake or Fact

This is the first post to my 30 day challenge.

Discerning truth from false

If you’re wondering why I started with the above paragraph – it is too easy to read something on the internet and immediately take it as the truth, something that strikes fear and panic into your mind. Today I want to [attempt] (emphasis on attempt) to give clarity on the book of Revelation, and more specifically, Revelation 13, which many have interpreted as the coming of a “one-world government” (Revelation 13:7), with “one-world leader” (Revelation 13:2), with a “one-world religion” (Revelation 13:8) and with a “one-world currency (Revelation 13:16-18).”

Disclaimer

I encourage anyone to correct my interpretations in this blog. Revelation is a book in the Bible that uses many metaphors, and they can be difficult, if not impossible, to decipher and explain. What follows below is open to comments, disapproval, re-proof, and correction (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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Introduction to Revelation

The purpose of the book of Revelation is to reveal the full identity of Jesus Christ and to give warning as well as hope to all believers.

The person who penned Revelation is identified as the Apostle John, but Revelation 1:1-2 announces both the book’s title (it is a revelation) and its divine author, Jesus Christ.

(The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant Johnwho testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ). Jesus the Messiah has the authority from God, Our Heavenly Father and His, to describe the coming events to His servant John, for communication to churches (specific churches as well as Christians who are the church).

Good vs Evil

Revelation is an unveiling of unseen Spiritual forces operating behind the scenes in history and controlling its events and outcome. It is the cosmic conflict between God and his Christ on the one hand, and Satan and his evil allies (both demonic and human) on the other. We as Christians already know and accept that Jesus, the Lamb of God, has already won the decisive victory through His sacrificial death, but the dragon continues to assault His church by death-throes, false teaching, division amongst believers and the allure of materialism and cultural or secular approval.

Visionary Prophecy

This is conveyed in a series of symbolic visions that exhibit the influence of Old Testament prophecies, especially those from Daniel, Ezekiel, and Zechariah.

The visions granted to John both warn the church and fortify it to endure suffering and to stay pure from the defiling enticements of the present world order.

The book of Revelation identifies as both a book of “apocalypse” and as a book of prophecy.

Apocalypse is derived from the Greek “apokalypsis”, meaning “revelation, disclosure, unveiling” – that is the disclosure of unseen Heavenly or future realities.

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At God’s appointed time, the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ will burst onto the world scene. Then everyone will know that Jesus is Lord of the universe! Those who love Him will rejoice, greeting their Saviour with hearts overflowing into songs of praise.

But His enemies will be filled with fear.

Is COVID-19 or the vaccine the “Mark of the Beast?”

Straight up, easy answer to this question is No. Revelation does not speak of the mark of the beast being anything medically related.

It is easy to understand how in today’s times, how easy it is to find news on the pandemic, can cause panic, fear and protests, which could easily be seen as the end times – the start of the end times.

Many pandemics have occurred in the world over centuries and millennia; from Antonine Plague (A.D. 165-180), Spanish Flu (1918-1920), AIDS, Ebola and now COVID-19, all of which claimed and in some cases are still claiming the lives of many, and yet we are still here. The world hasn’t ended. Jesus hasn’t returned.

So why should COVID-19 or the vaccine be viewed any differently? The point is, COVID-19 is no different, and should not be viewed as the “Mark of the Beast”.

Revelation 13 – The Beast of the sea and of the earth

The beasts spoken of in Revelation 13 are from a dream, some might say a disturbing dream for anyone, a dream that Daniel, a godly prophet and a man of unshakable faith, steadfast in his daily walk of fellowship with God, had.

Daniel 7
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Earlier in this blog, I mentioned that many have interpreted sections of Revelation 13 as the coming of a “one-world leader” (Revelation 13:2) a “one-world government” (Revelation 13:7), with a “one-world religion” (Revelation 13:8) and with “one-world currency (Revelation 13:16-18).” I cannot emphasise my next point enough; when reading the Bible, the most dangerous thing to do is to take single verses in isolation and make a conclusion from it. So, I will not be doing that. I will be looking at Revelation 13 as a whole.

Also, please remember, the book of Revelation uses vivid imagery and metaphors, so the beasts and images described, will not be manifested in the form they are described.

The Beast out of the Sea

13 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 

One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 

It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go.


If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
    with the sword they will be killed.”

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

The Beast out of the Earth

11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 

12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 

14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 

15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 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, 17 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.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Satan’s rule

We are first introduced to Satan’s two accomplices – the beast of the sea and the beast of the earth. Together the three evil beings form an unholy trinity opposing the Holy Trinity.

The beast out of the sea is given political power and the beast out of the earth is given power to do miracles.

Satan and these beasts work together in an attempt to capture the control of the world and to overthrow God.

This could be seen as one world leader (Revelation 13:2), but only temporary.

The Antichrist

The beast of the sea is the Antichrist, a false messiah. People will follow and worship him because they will believe they have been saved by his power and miracles.

He will attempt to unite the world under his leadership, so “one-world government” (Revelation 13:7) and will try control the world economy, so “one-world currency” (Revelation 13:16-18). This beast will manipulate others, to point to himself and promote evils plans. Following the beast will be foolish as God, by contrast, will use His infinitely greater power and love to build up. The message here is, do not be misled by claims of great miracles or reports of the return of Christ – When Jesus returns, He will reveal Himself to everyone at the same time.

The power the beast has, although given to it by God, is limited by God as well.

The beast will only have authority for a short time, but God will still maintain full control.

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Untouchable Spirits

The best part is, the beast may be able to rule over us, but Spiritually, it cannot touch us. It will establish worldwide dominance and demand worship, which many will do, except true believers. As a believer, in your refusal to worship this beast, will mean temporary suffering, but eternal life awaits you. Being faithful in this time could mean imprisonment, persecution or even execution. All the beast will be able to do is harm believers physically, but no Spiritual harm will come to those whose faith in God is sincere.

This time of persecution will give believers the opportunity to exercise their endurance and patient faithfulness. So, do not allow yourself to fall into Satan trap when the hard times come. Instead, testify for God.

A counterfeit Holy Spirit

The beast of the earth, identified as a false prophet, is a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. What will seem as good works, serve only to deceive us. The second beast gains influence through the signs and wonders he performs on behalf of the first beast. We must ask, with great respect, to each miracle we see, if it is consistent with God’s way.

Finally, the most spoken of and most focused on part of the book of Revelation, is the mark of the beast. This leads many to think that the book of Revelation is a book about Satan, which couldn’t be furthest from the truth. To the contrary, the point of Revelation is to reveal and uncover the victory of the Lamb and the victory the Lamb shares with his people. Jesus is the focus.

Identifying what form this mark will take, (although it is identified in Revelation 13:18 as a number, “666”), is not as important as identifying the purpose of the mark.

It’s simple, accept this mark and you choose to operate in the economic and political system Satan promotes, and rebel against God. Refuse the mark, means you commit yourself entirely to God, choosing physical death in faith to Jesus Christ.

Remember, the mark of the beast is described as a visible mark on believers – this clearly excludes pandemics and vaccines.

Be skeptical

Each and every generation have to keep a healthy degree of skepticism about the pressures of society’s pleasures. We have to discern what is good for us Spiritually and what is not.

Is any of this happening right now? You’ll have to discern that through the Spirit for yourself. Is COVID-19 the beginning of any of this? Again, no one can be sure. Only God knows when this will happen.

Is COVID-19 or the vaccine the mark of the beast? No. Are we currently living with a one-world government, a one-world currency, with a one-world leader with one-world religion? Also No. Are we living in the end times, well Yes, we have been ever since Christ rose into heaven, as His promise to return continues to give us hope.

We are reassured that good will triumph over evil.

We have hope as we face difficult times and we have guidance when we are wavering in our faith. Christ’s message is clear – there is hope for all believers in every generation!

The light of world, Jesus, will always overcome the darkness.

In the greatest battle mankind will ever see, Remember – Jesus wins!

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Posted by Stephen Baragwanath

12 comments

Lydia – I am a 18 year old girl that loves baking, cooking, reading, eating, talking, riding roller coasters, playing guitar and piano, helping in children's ministries, and serving God. I have 7 siblings. I am a 2020 highschool graduate and will start college this fall.
Lydia Potter

You’ve got it spot on!

Stephen Baragwanath
Stephen Baragwanath

Thank you Lydia. It’s difficult to discern what’s true and false in all the noise of the world. I can only give God the Glory for enabling me to teach as He wills me to.

Lydia – I am a 18 year old girl that loves baking, cooking, reading, eating, talking, riding roller coasters, playing guitar and piano, helping in children's ministries, and serving God. I have 7 siblings. I am a 2020 highschool graduate and will start college this fall.
Lydia Potter

So very true.

Christopher Norris

This article is based on a straw man fallacy.

“Is C****-19 or the v*****e the “Mark of the Beast?”

Straight up, easy answer to this question is No. Revelation does not speak of the mark of the beast being anything medically related.”

^ This misses the point. The Mark will most likely evolve out of the v****** passport tech and the need to ‘sign in’ to shops and workplaces such as the Australia QR code proposal earlier this month.

Misinterpreting people’s actual concerns on this topic makes for a poor article. I cannot trust his conclusions. We are walking into a society where people will need approval from an app in order to participate in society. That is consistent with the predictions in Rev 13.

Stephen Baragwanath
Stephen Baragwanath

Check scripture before commenting.

Revelation 13:16‭-‬18
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. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Clearly the mark will be visible on the right hand or forehead, not some vaccine card.

Your comment is baseless.

Christopher Norris

[1/3] “Check scripture”. I know the verse well my friend. Let me explain…

We are walking into a society where people will need approval from an app in order to participate in society. See what Australia are introducing with QR codes this month. Citizens will not be able to enter the premises, let alone buy or sell unless they conform to the requirements of the app.

“The New South Wales government has revealed visitors will need to check in using QR codes at more businesses even after the lockdown as the state plans to boost contact tracing. Businesses that do not currently have QR codes, including takeaway venues and supermarkets, will need to display QR codes by July 12 […] Businesses required to display QR codes after the lockdown include: retail stores, supermarkets, individual shops in shopping centres, gyms, offices, factories and warehouses, universities, campuses and schools.”
https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/coronavirus/expansion-of-new-south-wales-qr-code-system-after-lockdown/news-story/bbff44ccdfb19ea471f6fdc7bae10f45

Pretty comprehensive. It’s all done under the pretext of safety of course – why would the devil announce his intentions openly?

Christopher Norris

[2/3]

Next: look at the technology *which already exists* of microchip ID. Sweden are already trialling this, injecting the chip into the hand… There has been uptake by thousands of people, because it’s convenient, or ‘it’s the future’.

“Thousands of Swedes are having microchips implanted into their bodies so that they don’t need to carry key cards, IDs, and even train tickets […] Ulrika Celsing’s microchip, which is in her hand, has replaced her gym card and office key card. When she enters her workplace, the 28-year-old simply waves her hand near a small box and types in a code before the doors open […] last year, the state-owned SJ rail line started scanning the hands of passengers with biometric chips to collect their train fare while on board.”
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/thousands-of-people-in-sweden-are-embedding-microchips-under-their-skin-to-replace-id-cards

Christopher Norris

[3/3]

It is not a stretch to imagine that the two things will be combined in future. The chip will gradually replace the apps until it is the norm, and ‘signing-in’ will remains a mandatory requirement of participating in society. Since the pandemic, there is a concerted global push in that direction. People will accept these changes for a variety of reasons: convenience, or safety, or because their governments expect it.

Never before have we had the technology to attempt something like this. The Mark has not been feasible. Now, we have the tech and we have a justification. Within the next decade, it is likely that the microchip ID will be a mandatory requirement of accessing many services we took for granted. This will expand to include services essential to life.

Whatever your personal views on this topic, you cannot ignore what is happening before our eyes. These things are not conspiracy but are happening openly right before our eyes, on mainstream news channels. I believe that this series of events was prophesised 2000 years ago. The Bible is divinely inspired, and I believe its predictions will come to pass.

Stephen Baragwanath
Stephen Baragwanath

I’m well aware of the tech, you’ve covered it significantly, so I won’t regurgitate it. But you cannot get away from the fact the mark is a visible mark on the right hand, not in, or on the forehead. Technology has a different role in the demise on humankind. Algorithms that run Facebook, Google, etc have evolved so much that very few can understand or decipher them. But, technology and the mark of the beast are not related.

Good day Stephan, I want to agree with C. Norris his article is based on a straw man fallacy. Your artickle lack allot of research, and therfore I will not say its a straw man fallacy. What I will say, it is the opinion of the author alone and your interpretation of scriptures and the context of the world itself. The same coment I will leave for C. Norris, that he has no solid evedence or done solid research and is replying out of his oqn idiology and wor;ld vew. Stephen, read more artickles on “the Great Reset of the world”. It will give you a good background of what and who is pushing for a one world order. However, please look at the following video, its a good teacher of the scriptures and his explinations is amaizing. I LOVE HIS POINT: the mark of the beast comes after the rapture of the church. If it is the mark of the beast, we missed the rapture. The church is still on earth, so the rapture are still coming.

Christopher Norris

Stephen,

Although we can agree to disagree that ‘technology and the mark of the beast are not related’, I think this dialogue is a step in the right direction. We agree that the mark will be physical. It will somehow be a pre-requisite of engaging in society. And it will be a future event, not something which has already happened.

From my perspective, the recent trends seem to point at a future situation in which the mark of the beast is a real, physical threat. And if there is eventually a one-world religion and government, they will almost certainly utilise the latest tech to achieve their desired ends.

I agree with Shawn that the WEF’s ‘Great Reset’ ideas are pretty concerning. I wonder too how much influence these plans will have over world affairs.

Ultimately, the important thing is that we recognise Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour. Whatever happens in the coming decades will be part of God’s plan. And with God on our side, how can we fail?

Best wishes,
Chris

Amanda
Amanda

I agree with you, Steven. History occurs in cycles. The vaccine could be a “type” of the mark just as there are many false Christs. However as far as the final application of the mark, no. I don’t think it is the vaccine either. Well written. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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