by Tim Buck | Aug 17, 2021 | Covid-19, Mark of the Beast
Coming To A Church
This article isn’t about whether the vaccine is safe or not. I’m not urging anyone to get the vaccine, nor am I urging anyone to avoid it. I believe that my health decisions are my choice, and yours are your choice.
Despite that the COVID vaccination has nothing to do with the mark of the beast, it’s becoming obvious to many discerning believers that Satan is using the so-called pandemic and the unproven vaccination for his evil purposes. Regardless of how it got here Satan now controls the COVID narrative and is using it to manipulate the world in the run-up to the Tribulation.
The mark of the beast may not be instituted until the second half of the Tribulation but that doesn’t mean that the latter years of the church-age won’t have increased persecution and dangers. Our world is on a downward moral and spiritual trajectory in every area with the decline getting steeper each year.
It’s now Becoming Popular to Blame the Unvaccinated for all Future Cases of Covid
It seems likely that Satan will continue to weaponize COVID as one of his most effective tools for the foreseeable future. As such, the tide is changing against the idea of freedom of choice for the unvaccinated. The freedom of choice benefit seems to only work if you want to choose to have an abortion.
Much of the world is closing down to anyone not vaccinated and it looks like it will come down to a battle in the United States, and of course, that means the church will once again be targeted.
It seems like America is now hanging by a thread as the last bastion of freedom. Surveying the following headlines should help in seeing how fast this issue is closing in.
The Rise of Forced Vaccinations
All over the world, the hot-button is the Covid vaccination. Many governments discuss making it mandatory, a terrifying concept for people who believe that the vaccine is unsafe. But perhaps even more appalling are the shocking things that people are saying about those who are unvaccinated.
JULY 26, 2021 – DOJ Vaccine Mandates Become Legal
The Department of Justice determined that federal law will not prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID vaccines
JULY 27, 2021 – Saudi Arabia Imposes COVID Vaccine Mandate
JULY 28, 2021 – Netflix Mandates Vaccinations for all U.S. Productions
JULY 31, 2021 – CNN announcer Don Lemon suggests unvaccinated people should be starved to death
AUG. 1, 2021 – Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD
AUG. 2, 2021 – Thousands of Pakistanis Line Up for Vaccine After Gov’t Shuts Down Cell Service for Unvaccinated
AUG. 3, 2021 – Tyson Foods Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for its entire U.S. Workforce
AUG. 8, 2021 Swedish professor: People will need FIVE vaccine doses for immunity, and if you don’t submit, you’ll no longer qualify as “fully vaccinated”
The professor said COVID-19 vaccines may not be enough to provide immunity, recommended as many as five doses.
Aug. 9, 2021 – France’s Virus Pass Now Required In Restaurants and Trains
Aug. 11, 2021 – California Gov. Newsom orders teacher vaccinations
Aug. 11, 2021 – Los Angeles City Council Votes 13-0 To Create Vaccination Requirement For Indoor Public Spaces Like Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Concert Venues
Aug. 12, 2021 – University Vaccine Mandate Stays as Justice Barrett Rebuffs Plea
Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett turned away a challenge to Indiana University’s requirement that students be vaccinated against Covid-19 giving no explanation.
The Battle in America Heats Up
Where do we go from here? What’s next? New York city, New Orleans, San Francisco, LA and other cities are issuing Vaccine mandates to prohibit unvaccinated people from entering restaurants, stadiums, theatres and grocery stores. NYC is now enforcing a vaccine pass.
Some of America’s largest corporations including Walt Disney and Walmart have mandated the vaccination of all employees.
This is the Mandate: “Take the Covid-19 vaccination or be terminated from your job!”
The Pentagon has ordered that all U.S. military and personal be vaccinated and the Biden Administration has ordered all federal employees be vaccinated. So as federal employees start quitting over the mandate, the vast majority of those that will be leaving will be evangelicals and conservatives who don’t trust the vaccine.
This tactic is revealing and shows how Satan can manipulate mandatory vaccinations by targeting specific sectors to weaken America. The weakening of our country also shows we are closing in on the Tribulation where America is nowhere to be found in Bible prophecy.
Today, there are millions of Americans that work directly for the federal government including 1.4 million active-duty military personnel and another 800,000 reserve forces and 800,000 postal workers. Beyond them are two million people, just over 1% of the U.S. workforce, who are permanently employed by the federal government.
This is a stunning overreach by the Biden administration illustrating how they can weaponize COVID. Tell me this isn’t government tyranny? Tell me there is nothing wrong with this picture! From the beginning we’ve been lied to about the so-called pandemic and the false statistics and now there is a concerted effort to coverup the dangers of the vaccine.
Explain how forcing people to comply with something that is virtually untested concerning the long-term effects is a good thing. The reality that American’s now must face is that our government is forcing people out of their livelihood and possibly into the streets for not taking a vaccination that is unproven and suspect at best.
Without a crystal ball it’s hard to predict where the enforcement of the vaccine is headed but it seems likely that travel may become limited unless you are vaccinated and show proof. It may soon be you won’t be able to shop or go into a grocery store without proof of vaccination.
Warning To The Church
Discrimination against the unvaccinated is about to make life very difficult.
Sooner or later, Satan will come back around to repeat his assault on the church with even greater passion than what we saw in 2020. With mandated vaccines heading our way, what should the church do when it becomes illegal to gather in the name of public safety?
It would be wise for church leaders to begin to think through policy and agree on a more thorough response this time before that happens again. Satan is well aware of how vulnerable the church is regarding this issue, so we should anticipate even stronger mandates aimed at Christians and to shutter churches who refuse to be vaccinated.
There are plenty of opinions on the legitimacy of the “shot”, but one opinion that should be shared by all freedom loving people is… it should not be mandated.
The best chapter in the New Testament concerning grey areas in matters of personal conscience is Romans 14 where the Apostle Paul counsels all believers,
“Let everyone be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
The prophetic signs are burgeoning and not abating. Time is incredibly short – Jesus is coming soon – so be of great cheer, keep looking up. Be sure you are believing The Truth, not The Lie.
by Tim Buck | Aug 10, 2021 | Covid-19, How to Live the Last Days, Mark of the Beast, Tim's Articles, Tribulation
There have been many conspiracies and rumors surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and one has people thinking the vaccine is the ‘Mark of the Beast.’
We will discuss the ‘Mark of the Beast’ more fully in our upcoming class on September 21.
The phrase “Mark of the Beast” can be found in Revelation 13. Some Christians believe if they get the vaccine, they will be marked for hell. This is written in the hope of stopping those rumors.
Why the COVID-19 Vaccine is not the
‘Mark of the Beast’?
He (False Prophet) 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.
1. The biblical mark-of-the-beast is external, not in the bloodstream and must be visibly worn on the outside of the forehead or right hand. The mark is a literal, visible branding of sorts like the Nazi swastika or ISIS headband. It must be displayed and easily seen to function as a passport for commerce.
2. The mark-of-the-beast does not begin until the middle of the 7-year Tribulation. The context of Revelation 13 shows the marking campaign is enforced by the False Prophet who doesn’t begin his evil campaign until the second half of the Tribulation.
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.
3. The mark-of-the-beast
is only authorized by one person which Revelation 13 identifies as the False Prophet. Neither Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates or anyone else qualifies as the False Prophet who carries out the monstrous plans of Antichrist.
Nor do the logos of the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control qualify as the mark. Only the False Prophet has the authority to implement such a devious program.
He (False Prophet) 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.
4. According to Revelation 13:17-18, it is mandatory for the mark to brandish at least one of two required statements:
They could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Here we see that the mark can either display the name of the beast or it can simply exhibit the number associated with the beast which equates to 666. The COVID vaccination does not contain either of these required statements.
5. The purpose of the mark-of-the-beast is to pledge allegiance and to outwardly show ones full submission to the beast. The “beast” is a symbolic term for the empire of Antichrist. Wearing the mark has absolutely nothing to do with any kind of medical treatment for a pandemic or disease.
6. The beast in this context refers to the final, 10-king empire which is ruled over by Antichrist in the Tribulation. Beginning in Daniel 2 through Revelation 17, the 10-king empire (beast) is mentioned or alluded to some 20 times showing it is a crucial sign of the last days. But neither the empire nor the Tribulation period have arrived yet making it impossible for the vaccination to be the “mark of the beast!”
Daniel 7:23 further tells us that the empire (the beast) will rise up in the last days BEFORE Antichrist makes his first appearance in the world. Since the empire hasn’t arrived yet, neither has Antichrist or the False Prophet. All three must be in place as prerequisites to the start of any kind of marking campaign.
7. Everyone will know precisely when they are taking the mark. The life and death conditions and dangerous atmosphere surrounding the campaign are public not secret. The death penalty for not taking the mark makes it impossible to take it accidently like some are trying to infer is happening by taking the vaccination.
To ensure everyone gets the message, the Bible says God sends out an angel who flies through the heavens with a loud voice saying, “DON’T TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST.” So if you take the mark, there will be no excuse that one is choosing to worship Antichrist and not Jesus Christ.
9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.
Lastly, it helps to remember
that according to 2 Thessalonians 2, Christians will not see Antichrist. The One who “holds back” Antichrist is none other than the Holy Spirit. When the restraining influence of the Spirit is removed from this world—along with the church that the Spirit indwells—then Antichrist will have free rein.
Evil is being hindered right now by the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers all over the world. But once the church-age ends the obstruction will be removed allowing the man of sin to come forth.
Without Antichrist here yet, the mark can not be here. The special promise to the church is that Antichrist will not be revealed until Jesus returns for the church and catches us up to heaven!
Maranatha… even so come Lord Jesus!
by Tim Buck | Apr 16, 2021 | Anti-Christ, Beast, Mark of the Beast, Tim's Articles, Tribulation
Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mysteries
What is the Image of the Beast Described in Revelation 13:15?
Few prophecies generate more wild speculation than the image of the beast that speaks!
The interpretation of the image that speaks and how it speaks is one of the topics we will decode this Tuesday related to the Empire of Antichrist.
Prior verses note that the False Prophet will be able to perform false miracles to deceive people (Revelation 13:13–14). Then the False Prophet oversees the construction of something that speaks and is identified as the Image of the Beast.
Is it possible to know what this image is? Not only does the image speak but it commands people to bow down and worship it. If people refuse to bow down and worship the Image they will be killed.
Telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The mandatory death sentence to those who refuse to bow and worship the image is a clear parallel to Nebuchadnezzar’s ruling in Daniel 3 that whoever refused to bow down and worship his image must be killed.
At that time, Daniel’s three friends refused to worship the image and were thrown into a white-hot furnace, but God delivered them (Daniel 3). Similarly, a remnant of faithful believers will refuse to bow down and worship the Image of the Beast in the Tribulation will be killed.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Image and the enforcement of mandatory worship in Daniel 3 is a picture that foreshadows the False Prophet’s image in Revelation 13:15.
They go together. Daniel 3 lays the foundation for helping us interpret and better understand Revelation 13:15.
by Tim Buck | May 19, 2020 | Beast, Covid-19, Mark of the Beast, News, Tim's Articles
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.”