For the past 40 years every new technology that came out set off a new round of “mark of the beast” claims. It was a supposed to a tracking microchip, then electronic money, then artificial intelligence (AI). I never believed that the mark was any of those things, which I mention in the book The Beast and False Prophet Revealed.
In the book I speak against the idea of electronic cash being the mark and refer to the mark as being likely connected to Islam or the 10-nation empire itself, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought something new to light which brings new information into the search for the mark of beast.
First, people speculated that the COVID vaccine could be the mark of the beast, especially when governments and companies started saying that only people who had the vaccine could go into stores or restaurants and travel, and even work at many jobs. This caused me to suspect that a future vaccine could be the mark of the beast.
Perhaps it will alter our genes in a very negative way, whether intentionally or unintentionally. But when I reviewed the verses that speak about the mark of the beast, it clearly says that the mark is intimately connected to the 10-nation beast which will be a revived Ottoman Empire. Basically, a Turkish empire. The mark that is said to go on the right had or forehead is the mark of that empire:
. . . no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:17)
Notice something important. It does NOT say that you must have the mark of the beast to buy or sell, it says— in order to be allowed to buy or sell, you must EITHER, have the mark of the beast, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Those are three separate things, not one thing.
These speak of being a follower of the beast, or loyal to beast. Perhaps there will be a connection between them which will be seen once the mark begins, but one thing is VERY CERTAIN, the mark is not and cannot happen before this 10-nation beast rises to power.
For information about when this beast will rise to power, see book 1 of the series: Discoveries in Bible Prophecy.
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