What is “the mark of the beast”?
For starters, we can jump right in to what the Bible says the mark actually is, and here in Revelation the Bible is referring to actions of the anti-christ:
Revelation 13:16-17 (KJV): 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.
It helps to start with the actual word - “mark” - and in the original Hebrew Bible it was written as χάραγμα, which translated means a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties, an engraving, a stamp, a branding, a notch, an impress (as in on a coin), or an identification marker such as a tattoo, that is permanent. In other words, as the Bible says, this will be a permanent mark on your right hand or forehead signifying your allegiance to the anti-christ so that you can buy or sell.
By that definition alone, it is hard to believe that the mark of the beast will be some kind of chip in the head or hand, but rather a very visible mark that you can see on someone while passing them in the street.
This obviously poses a big problem for those saying the Covid Vaccine was the mark of the beast - you can’t tell if someone has had a Covid shot or a flu shot for that matter by passing them on the street and looking at them (unless of course it was fresh and they have a band-aid covering where they got a shot, then you could just assume, but that’s not what the Bible says it will be like).
It also doesn’t say that it will be any kind of tracker in our phones or personal devices - I have seen some bring that up because there have been “Covid tracking” apps developed with the intent to track vaccinations, infections, and herd immunity, among other bits of data. Again, not what the Bible was talking about.
The Bible is clear that this mark will be visible on the head or hand in the form of some type of permanent tattoo or branding, and you won’t be able to buy or sell without it.
Furthermore, as we have seen in the Bible, the mark will be something where the anti-christ will make you choose to worship him. It won’t be something where you are tricked into receiving the mark - it will be a conscious choice you make and conscious choice to worship the beast and the world rather than God.
Keep in mind, however, there is deception from the anti-christ along the lines of some people will actually think he is Jesus or God and be deceived in that manner due to the wonders and miracles he will perform:
Revelation 13:14: 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.
Revelation 13: 3-4: 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?”
So, emphatically, I do not think that the Covid Vaccine or any chip right now on earth is the mark of the beast, and I have proven it Biblically. The Covid vaccine has shown to have an over 90% effective rate against various strains of the virus, has saved lives, and prevented death in others.
Now one thing you might want to consider as a Christian is how these vaccines are made, and another recent theory that the vaccine contains “aborted babies” is sorta true but not exactly. Here is a short summary from Nebraska Medical:
“No, the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any aborted fetal cells.
However, Pfizer and Moderna did perform confirmation tests (to ensure the vaccines work) using fetal cell lines. And Johnson & Johnson uses fetal cell lines in vaccine development, confirmation and production.
But it's important to have the full context: Fetal cell lines are not the same as fetal tissue.
Fetal cell lines are cells that grow in a laboratory. They descend from cells taken from elective abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. Those individual cells from the 1970s and 1980s have since multiplied into many new cells over the past four or five decades, creating fetal cell lines. Current fetal cell lines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue. They do not contain any tissue from a fetus.”
This applies to more than just the Covid Vaccine, though, just so you know - and chances are when you were born you were vaccinated just like me with all my “baby shots and booster shots” and such, or maybe have taken a flu shot or tetanus shot before. Guess what? They were mostly all created with similar procedures such as this. So technically you aren’t really being injected with cells from an aborted baby, but the vaccine was created and tested using such cells created in a lab.
This is where I am convicted personally - I do not support abortion at all, and that ties into this a bit.
Usually, when the topic of abortion comes up and where I stand as a Christian, it usually comes down to the question about risking death to the mother. I don’t want to turn this into an entire segment on abortion and lose focus of the topic at hand, so if you would like my thoughts on abortion as a whole, please click here and view a separate article.
Anyway, at the end of it all, you aren’t sitting here worshiping the devil or the anti-christ, or the beast by taking that shot or any for that matter right now, and it certainly doesn’t ruin your salvation unless you are actively worshiping the devil. If you are convicted over how vaccines are produced, consider that the production of vaccines is something we ultimately can’t control, and it does end up saving many lives, so I leave you with this Scripture to settle on:
Genesis 50:20 (NKJV): But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
As He always does - God takes something meant for evil, and turns it into something good. Take your vaccine if you want or need to, and keep your eyes open towards the Word.
Why Nothing on Earth is the “mark” Yet
The second part of this is the fact that if we stay Biblically sound, we understand that other things have to happen before this “mark” even exists or forms from something on earth - namely, the anti-christ and the abomination of desolation:
Daniel 11:31: Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.
Matthew 24:15-21: “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4: Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
The abomination of desolation is when the anti-christ will stand in the Temple of God and literally claim that he is God and that we all should bow to him.
The problem with this is that the Temple of God (the Third Temple) has not been rebuilt or re-designated in Israel yet for this to even happen, so for all we know the anti-christ has not even been born yet, meaning that anything on earth cannot possibly be the mark of the beast yet if we are to follow Scripture and believe that it is True and will come to pass as written. We can learn this in the Book of Daniel, specifically Daniel 9:27 (I urge you to read all of Daniel, though), when it speaks of the anti-christ and the 7 Year tribulation period, which is when this "mark" will appear.
The Third Temple would be the third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, after Solomon's Temple and the rebuilt Second Temple.
Although it remains unbuilt, the notion of and desire for a Third Temple is sacred in Judaism, particularly Orthodox Judaism, and anticipated as a place of worship. The prophets in the Hebrew Bible called for its construction to be fulfilled prior to, or in tandem with, the Messianic Age. The rebuilding of the Third Temple also plays a major role in some interpretations of Christian eschatology.
Ultimately, if you think about this logically, the world will have to be in a heck of a place once all of this happens. For the vast majority of the world to be ruled and look up to one man falsely claiming to be God and then forced to choose to receive a brand or tattoo of some kind in order to buy or sell things or face death and starvation, well, again it’s going to have to be a heck of a time in history indeed when you consider all the things available in society right now. We have digital and cryptocurrency, online buying/selling/trading, multiple banks and private banking institutes, foreign money policies and general money policies in different states and countries, ability to trade locally, etc… The list goes on and on, so I would think it will have to be a catastrophic time in history when all of that somehow comes down to being allowed only if you have the mark of the beast on your physical body. I still can’t quite wrap my head around how “the beast” will prevent us from buying something online - I guess he could make mandatory “mark scanners” to complete transactions - but there will be a time and place to worry about that, and it isn’t now. What is important is faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus, and knowing that when such a time does arise, His return will be near!
In conclusion, I hope have I cleared up some confusion about the recent conspiracy theories regarding the mark and the Covid vaccine and microchips, and all those other crazy conspiracy theories you see floating around. Perhaps this influx of crazy conspiracies (QAnon anyone?) was due to the “cabin fever” of being locked down most of last year, but ultimately God always wins and the Truth comes out. Stay grounded in the Word my friends - if it doesn’t make sense, and you have to force it to fit what is written, then it likely is not completely what you think it is.