First, this post is not to persuade you to take a vaccine, nor is it to convince you that you should not receive a COVID vaccine, the purpose of this post is too look at the reality of vaccine mandates and see what, if any, the scriptures have to say about it. This is of course a hot topic, a red button issue, not only in the Unites States but across the world and there are strongly held convictions on both sides of the discussion. The polarization is not limited to the world but can be seen in even our local churches. In the gospel of Luke we see Jesus warn us that there will be divisions even within families, and that is truer and more common now then ever before.
“For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.Luke 12:52-53
I cannot think of an issue that has more divisive, in politics, in churches, and even in families than the issue of the corona vaccine, and mandating the vaccine for the public.
Mandates for COVID-19 are becoming more prevalent in countries across the world. Britain, Australia, and Russia have made the corona vaccine mandatory, and most recently the Biden administration has mandated employers with 100 or more employees to require the vaccine for all of their workers, or provide a weekly test result. With this being a global issue this begs the question of does the Bible talk about a vaccine mandate? The short answer is no. Arguments can be made both for and against the issue, but my desire is to look at the program from a broader, and prophetical view.
New York City gives us a prime example of what exactly a vaccine mandate looks like. Beginning on August 17 of 2021 the city of New York requires proof of vaccination for everyone twelve years old and up in order to enter many indoor activities and businesses. This requirement includes: gyms, movie and stage theaters, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, museums and galleries. This requirement is for the employees, as well as the consumers in these areas. Vaccines are required to enter, to work, and to purchase those entities goods. This looks and sounds very similar to what we call the mark of the beast.
Let me clear, I am NOT saying that the COVID-19 vaccines are the mark of the beast, THEY ARE NOT. What I am saying is that the mandates carry vast similarities to the mark. If you are not familiar with the mark of the beast or the passage of scripture that we get it from, it can be found in thought the book of Revelation. From studying scripture we see that this mark is a key part of the Antichrist’s system and his one world government. We see in Revelation 13:17 that the mark will be required for virtually all aspects of life. In order to work the mark will be required; it will be required to go to the store and purchase clothes, and even food. It can be assumed that the mark will be required even to bank. “Mark Required” will be posted everywhere, on doors and windows, at the grocery store, the movie theater, and your place of work.
“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.”Revelation 13:17
It would be irresponsible for us not the see the drastic similarities between the mark of the beast and the COVID vaccine. Again let me be clear, the COVID vaccine IS NOT the mark of the beast. The first and clearest example of why we know will absolute certainty that the vaccine is not the mark, is because Revelation 14:9 tell us that the mark of the beast will be placed into peoples right hand or their forehead, which the vaccine is not. Secondly the mark of the beast comes after the rapture of the church (saved people) and that obviously has not happened yet. We as believers need to understand our times and in that is understanding these mandates. The COVID vaccine mandates are without a doubt in the spirit of antichrist. They hold vast similarities to the policy that the beast will enforce on a global scale. What does this mean for us? It means we are getting closer to Christ coming to rapture His church! Seeing the world prepare and get closer to the antichrist system should not be worrisome to believers but rather it should encourage and embolden us to proclaim the name of Jesus! One day the Lord will return for His bride, the church, and those left behind will face terrors that we cannot fathom. When we see the signs of the times we should be burdened for the lost souls around us and encouraged to share with the them the gospel of Jesus Christ!