Where’s the Beast?
I’ve often said that practical obedience to Christ today is more important than speculation about the mark of the beast tomorrow.
I’ve also suggested that COVID-19 may be a forerunner sign of the Tribulation Judgments, but I do not believe that COVID-19 is one of the plagues from the Book of Revelation.
I also don’t believe that a potential COVID-19 vaccine, replete with microchip is the mark of the beast.
Yet the events surrounding the coronavirus have demonstrated how quickly the status quo can be overturned and how dramatically the fortunes of nations can shift.
And what if COVID-19 is followed by a worldwide economic collapse, accompanied by plague and famine?
To say it again, I do not believe we are at that point. But I do believe that, in front of our eyes, we’re seeing how quickly the table can be set.
Despite the lofty aspirations of Bill Gates, believers today have nothing to fear about his vaccination plans being connected to the mark of the beast.
For starters, in Revelation, the “mark of the beast” has nothing to do with a medical procedure.
And contrary to some of the theories being batted around today, the “mark” is not at all something that could be accidentally taken.
Why? Because the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-18) is a mark that is closely tied to worshipping of the beast (Revelation13:12, 15; 19:20; 20:4).
Thus, the mark of the beast is taken as a symbol of rejecting Jesus Christ for devotion to the beast empire in the Tribulation.
Most importantly, the beast is not here yet!
No beast… no mark!
The beast in Revelation is Satan’s final empire that seeks to bring the world under its control and the beast marking system doesn’t begin until the middle of the Tribulation!
That’s a good way off from 2020.
Since the rapture occurs before the Tribulation, church-age believers will never see the mark of the beast because we will not be here! Hallelujah!
In this recent video, I discuss the two competing marking systems in the book of Revelation and answer two questions, “What really happens when you take the mark of the beast and what does it mean for Christians living in the last days.”