The following discussion is for the Christians and readers of the Bible. More importantly, this piece of information is intended for the pastors and everyone who hold certain leadership roles. This discussion is intended to push the leaders of the Body of Christ to think consciously from the right context of the Bible and not from human opinion alone. These years have been very shaky as to the surveying, interpretation, and dissecting of the written Word of God. Before reading the rest of this blog, you have to read the PART 1 to understand the whole picture. Click here to read the PART 1.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Let us discuss our situation in the light of the Bible. Everyone is fussing about the mark of the beast and the recent pandemic. Some say the COVID vaccination is the mark of the beast. Some say, it is not. Many teachings came upfront coming from both extremes. So, I am writing to put everything under the lens of the Bible.
The idea on the mark of the beast was taken from the vision John had while he was in Patmos. John’s name was mentioned four times throughout the book (Revelation 1:1, 4, 9; 22:8). Christians throughout history have given almost unanimous affirmation to the identity of the book’s author as John the apostle, who had been exiled to the island of Patmos by the authorities for preaching the gospel in Asia. The title of the book, Revelation, comes from the Greek word for apocalypse which refers to an unveiling or a disclosure of something as yet unknown.
The book was written around the year AD 95 from Apostle John’s exile on the island of Patmos. John addressed his work to seven Asian churches—Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. The book itself is an example of “apocalyptic” writing which uses symbols, images, and numbers. Parts of the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Daniel, are also written in the apocalyptic genre. Many of the symbols and images in Revelation have parallels in the Old Testament. Apocalyptic writing is characteristic of times of persecution. The book provides the clearest biblical portrait of the events of the tribulation, dealing with the specifics of that terrible time (chapters 4–18).
Revelation is also a prophecy (Revelation 1:1-3). We often think of prophecy as only a prediction of the future, but the original Greek word, propheteia, means “speaking the mind of God.” A prophecy can be two folds – foretelling which means speaking about something before it happens and forthtelling which denotes the current situation. Prophecy in its nature may predict the future, or it may not (Matthew 26:65-68, 1 Timothy 4:14, Revelation 19:10, 22:7). But, the sure thing about it is knowing the mysteries and the knowledge (1 Corinthians 13:1). A mystery is something hidden from the public and that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain just like in Revelation 1:1-3.
“This is the [a]revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the DIVINE MYSTERIES], which God [the Father] gave to Him to show to His bond-servants (believers) the things which must SOON TAKE PLACE [in their entirety]; and He sent and communicated it by His angel (divine messenger) to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified and gave supporting evidence to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to everything that he saw [in his visions].” – Revelation 1:1-3 AMP
This is how the Book of Revelation was written and how its context looks like. Let us transition to the chapter where the mark of the beast was mentioned.
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.[e] That number is 666.
-Revelation 13:11-18 NIV
Most teachers are fixated on the mark being on the right hand or forehead. We cannot focus on one part and disregard other aspects of the vision. There is a specific discipline in understanding a vision. Remember, we will discuss this part of the Bible as a vision. This vision was given to John at Patmos 95 AD. We will also consider the language and the vocabulary available in the author’s time. We will peg our perspective from his perspective.
Mostly, the argument of those who say this COVID vaccination is already the mark of the beast is the connection of Bill Gates, China, and the massive marketing of the media and the government to enforce vaccination on everyone. On the other hand, those who say this is not yet the mark of the beast is because there were no great signs yet, that it is not yet injected on the right hand or on the forehead (even if it will be enforced and mandated), and they assume that we will have a chance to choose whether to take the mark or not. Each one has a portion of the truth. So, I will puzzle these assumptions based on what was written on the Bible without going out from the author’s context.
I will not discuss Bill Gates nor China. It will be on some other day if God permits. We will avoid being driven by the floating theories out there for our discussion on this blog. We will not discuss what could be the mark. We will take a different route and discover what environment can implement the marking.
SYSTEM OF CONTROL
The context of this particular vision of John is that a certain beast came out from the earth having the authority which is delegated from the first beast. The first beast is believed to be certain nations that will catapult the one-world government. This second beast will make the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast. Take note, the author did not see any freedom of choice in the vision.
Moreover, worship may not be as singing songs or giving sacrifices like the way they used to be in the Bible. Remember the vocabulary of the author is limited to describe what will happen in the future. Worship can also be viewed as being dependent or subjected under something or someone you think is more powerful than you like in the Roman Empire or the kings from the Old Testaments. Who knows what gestures were seen from the vision. But the context is worship.
With this kind of worship, the people are already dependent on the first beast. From the point of view of John, he may not have the vocabulary to describe the kind of governance that the beast has over the people so he used a word familiar to him – worship. He may not have the word on rationing of food, amelioration programs, donations of vaccines, or quarantine classifications. But he may have seen the dependency of the people on the first beast – a group of nations.
This dependency is the foundation of the control of the second beast. The sense of control only takes place in the idea of dependency. The person has a sense of control over you when he knows your existence is dependent on him. A parent somehow has a greater sense of control over his son when the child is still young and dependent on the parent. As the child grows, the sense of control slowly diminishes as the person develops different capacities to survive. Does our situation now make us feel dependent on external elements such as governance, quarantines, amelioration programs? Hold that thought.
GREAT SIGNS TO DECEIVE
The next element that played out was the performance of great signs by the second beast that aided the deception. Now, we encounter the concept of deception. The system of control was possible because of the deception that occurred among the people. This deception charmed the people to worship the first beast – a group of nations. The dependency of the people on the first beast happened because of mischievous acts that came into the scene. These acts were noted as great signs by the author.
Now, let us again go back to the vocabulary of John at the time of writing. Signs, from the Greek word “semeion” or wonder, means an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature. In Scripture, it is used generally as an address to the senses to attest the existence of supersensible and therefore divine power. Naturally, therefore, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, “signs” are assimilated to the miraculous, and prevailingly associated with immediate divine interference.
The word sign or signs (semeion) was mentioned around seven times in the book of Revelation and appeared almost 70 times in the New Testament. John must have seen something that the second beast did outside the natural occurrence as he knows it back then. But, we will note that the context of the acts is unusual and can be seen seemingly as God’s intervention on what was happening in the vision.
If there was an electric fan, a mobile phone, or a refrigerator that appeared in front of John at the time of writing this chapter, I bet he would exclaim that it is a sign (divine intervention) for his need. An electric fan would ease him on the island. A mobile phone would help him communicate better with the churches. A refrigerator with all the food and beverages would make him survive! These three items were not their normal at that time. A sign. A wonder.
Do you think a medical breakthrough can be considered by John as a sign or a wonder (divine intervention) in his time? Would he consider technological advancement a sign and a wonder at the time of writing the book? Even the fire falling down from heaven can be fireworks or a missile explosion in our time. Who knows what John saw as fire falling down? Most probably, the fire falling down from was the only description John can use to what he has seen.
Notably, he tied the context of divine intervention with the context of deception. Are the exposures about what is going behind the worldwide pandemic today deception to some degree? If this pandemic was a show of deception and it affected the whole world, are we now entering into the system of control? Can a medical breakthrough of developing a vaccine within a year be considered a sign (divine intervention)? Can there be deception in our sign today (COVID 19 vaccine) like in Revelation 13?
THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC LIFECYCLE IS AFFECTED
The last major element that played out in John’s vision was the marking of the second beast. In order for the mark of the beast to be implemented, the system of control has to be established and a worldwide deception has to take place. Many are only focused on answering the question, “is COVID 19 Vaccine the mark of the beast?” I would also say it is not. But, I can say it is part of the second element – great signs.
The deception has to take place like an answer from heaven or a solution to a problem. God wants us to think critically these days. He did not create human beings as thinking beings for nothing. So truthfully, if you ask God if the COVID 19 vaccine is the mark of the beast, the answer would be no. And it is true. Based on the context of the question, the COVID 19 vaccine now is not yet the mark of the beast.
But, have you tried asking God, “what must take place for the mark of the beast to be implemented?” I am sure you will also get a different answer. You will never get the right answer to a wrong question. Ask the right question and the right answer will pop up. “To ask the right question is already half of the solution of the problem,” said Carl Jung. This is the reason why I started this two-part blog discussing the importance of thinking. (Click here to read the PART 1.)
This certain mark that the second beast would implement does not need consent. Take note of the context of the whole game – deception. By virtue of the system to control the people, the second beast shall impose the marking like piece of a cake. The chapter is very clear that the second beast or even the Anti-Christ won’t introduce themselves as they are. Deception. Deception won’t ask you if you are willing to be deceived before it deceives you. If so, it will lose its very nature as deceitful.
When this mark is implemented, it was clear that it will affect the socio-economic lifecycle of people – buy and sell. Just this week, I already got the news that certain City Mayors in the country signed ordinances that would either restrict unvaccinated people from dining in restaurants and malls, buying groceries from supermarkets, or shop at department stores. If you are unvaccinated and you work as a cashier in a resto, you can no longer sell your menu. If you are unvaccinated and you want to do some groceries, you can no longer buy from the supermarket. Do you get it now?
Just because COVID 19 vaccination is not yet the mark does not mean it is off the hook. Just for Luzon alone, there are about 30% of the whole population of the Philippines who got vaccinated. So if we are planning the herd immunity, a mandatory COVID 19 vaccination bill is not necessary unless they want control over people. With the law, the implementer does not need consent. Remember, the second beast “ordered” or “caused.”
The COVID 19 vaccination is said to be repetitive in nature because we all lack data on the extent of its efficacy which is very normal for the premature development of a vaccine. Experts who are pro COVID 19 vaccines suggest repeating the vaccination after three to six months like the flu vaccine which is annually done. The difference is that COVID 19 vaccine is practically new and they want it mandated by the law, unlike other existing vaccines which is voluntary in nature.
If the context of the implementation is deception, how sure are you that you will notice when the mark of the beast will be inserted during the repetitive process? It was not written that people were given the chance to know that it is the mark of the beast nor a chance to choose between the mark of the beast or their faith. A person who is recruited in deception is already blind. If you are already deceived, you will no longer identify the mark of the beast. It will appear normal and unsuspicious for you. To seek the truth yourself in the world of deception is like looking for a needle in a barn full of haystacks. Between the mark and the system, the system is what you have to watch out for.
What if I tell you, the mandatory vaccination of COVID 19 vaccine is just a key to open the door for the system of control to take place? In fact, all these three elements – a system of control, great signs to deceive, the socio-economic lifecycle is affected – are already in place. This mandatory COVID 19 vaccination being pushed in the Philippine Congress and Senate is just an elevator to arrive at the marking faster than it should be. Do you know what we are just waiting for? The right hand and the forehead which is the least among the description. If your eyes are only looking at your right hand or forehead to be marked, that is too shallow. You have to develop your capacity to think!
A CALL FOR WISDOM!
“Your thought life is responsible for 80% of your language,” said Dr. Cindy Trimm. If your words do not line up with your internal dialogue (thoughts), you will mess up everything in your life. This is why we are encouraged to meditate on God’s Word day and night and to renew the spirit of our mind in the process of it.
To ask the “right” question is far more important than to receive an answer. The solution to the problem depends on the understanding of the problem. The answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem. This principle is what Albert Einstein had in mind when he said, “if I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask.“
If you can ask the right questions today, you are more than half the battle of finding the right answer. Asking the right question is as important as answering them. The solution comes through a process of continually asking questions. And it comes through asking the right questions. Answers already pre-exist. It is the questions that we have to define and discover. We do not invent the answer – we reveal them. This is WISDOM!
So, rethink if you would allow mandatory COVID 19 vaccination or not!
Think hard and long! Read your Bible and ask difficult questions without going outside the context of the Bible. The Bible has the answer. We only have to reveal it in the guidance of God! Find out legal processes to reverse or stop the mandatory vaccination bill. Reach out to legal professionals for a remedy. Reach out to your leaders to convene and discuss this matter. We will not slack behind and allow ourselves to be swallowed by the system of the beast! We will not quit without waging a good war!
“He (the first beast) was also [e]permitted to wage WAR against the saints (God’s people)…”
-Revelation 13:7 AMP
“ASK me and I (GOD) will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” – Jeremiah 33:3 NLT