An Article from Pastor Paul Boutan
“He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die. He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” (REV 13:15-18 NLT)
Is the COVID-19 vaccination the mark of the beast? That’s the question that many have been asking me lately. I wanted to biblically answer this question for those of you who may be wrestling with the same issue yourselves.
If you Google “666” you will get over 591,000,000 results, and probably 591,000,000 different opinions on who the Anti-Christ is and what the “mark of the beast” is. One website allows you input a person’s name and their algorithm will tell you the “number of their name.” According to this website, David Hasselhoff is the Anti-Christ, I knew there was a reason I never liked him. Back in July rapper Kanye West told entertainment magazine NME that the COVID-19 vaccine would be “the mark of the beast.” Louisiana Pastor Ronnie Hampton warned his congregation on Social Media that the vaccine will contain “some type of a computer device that’s gonna put a chip in you… and that chip will be the mark of the beast.” Then to fan the conspiracy into full flame others point out that the House of Representatives on May 1 2020, introduced a bill that authorized COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, what was the bill called? It was known as bill HR 6666.
What is the “mark of the beast” and if you receive the COVID vaccine are you taking the mark? A careful reading of Revelation 13:15-18 will give us some observations that reveal that the vaccine is NOT the mark of the beast.
The first observation is that the ONLY way to receive this “mark” is an act of WORSHIP. No one will take the mark “accidentally.” You will know exactly what you are doing, when you take that mark in that you will have to willfully deny Christ and pledge your devotion to the one world leader called here in Revelation the “beast” otherwise known as “The Anti-Christ.” Secondly, we observe the location of the mark. The text says it will “be given on the right hand or on the forehead.” The passage mentions nothing about the right shoulder or the right cheek. Now there are some who would argue that the right hand and forehead are metaphorical to speak of a person’s actions and their volition. Even if that’s the case, that argument only magnifies the early observation that this is an act of worship and an active choosing of your will, not something you will “accidentally” do. Finally, Revelation 3:17 says “no one will be able to buy or sell” without this mark. In other words, whatever this “mark” is, it will be some sort of a rationing system or a replacement of currency. Previous generations thought this mark was describing a ration card much like the card system used by Nazi Germany. Others believed it would be a tattoo of a barcode. Later, people thought it would be a micro-chip and now we fear that perhaps micro-chips or nano-bots have been nefariously hidden in this vaccine. But again, a careful reading of this verse reveals that the so-called Anti-Christ will make it abundantly clear that refusing to receive this “mark” you will not be able to buy or sell anything. Without this “mark” you’ll be unable to buy groceries at Walmart through the self checkout, or sell your used car on the Facebook Marketplace.
In conclusion, while the COVID-19 vaccine may be controversial, it does NOT seem to meet the biblical criteria necessary to be the “mark of the beast.” No one is requiring you to “deny Christ” and worship a one world political leader to receive it. Likewise, no one is forcing you take this vaccine in order to go grocery shopping. My intent, is not to persuade you to get vaccinated, that is a personal decision that should be made individually with a lot of prayer and research. One should carefully consider for themselves the safety of these vaccines and choose what is best for them and their families. The goal in writing this article is simply to assure you that if you were to take the vaccine, you did not accidentally receive the “mark of the beast.”
If you would like additional facts about the these vaccines from Medical professionals who are born again Christians click this link from Focus On The Family.