It is written:
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads. 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Revelation 13:16-18)
So far, we have seen multiple reasons why the coronavirus vaccine is not the mark of the beast.
We will now examine another facet of the mark of the beast which shows that it is not the coronavirus vaccine: the symbolic language used to describe the location of the mark of the beast.
According to Revelation 13:16-18, those who take the mark of the beast do so on the right hand and the forehead.
So far in our studies, we have seen that the Book of Revelation is primarily a Book of symbols. We see this in numerous ways, including here. The “mark”of the beast is in contrast to the “mark” of the Lamb. Now, do those who take the “mark”of the Lamb (i.e., the sign of the cross) receive a visible cross on their forehead when they turn to the Lord?
Of course not!
The “mark”is symbolic language of favor and protection.
Therefore, the “mark” of the beast is not a literal mark either.
Often when I study with people about the mark of the beast, they are surprised when I tell them that the mark is found all throughout the Old Testament. Notice how the Old Testament Scriptures educate us regarding the mark of the beast by emphasizing the location of the mark: the right hand and the forehead.
Let’s begin by noticing the significance of the right hand, as far back as the Book of Genesis:
Genesis 48:14-18-14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said: “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day, 16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” 17 Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
Notice what has happened in this passage. Joseph was upset because his father Israel (I.e., Jacob) had placed his right hand on Ephraim. The placing of the right hand on the firstborn indicated greater blessing upon him. In this case, however, Jacob placed his right hand on the younger son, which was very troubling to Joseph.
The right hand indicated blessing and favor, and other passages suggest this same idea:
Psalm 16:11-You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 44:3-For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.
Psalm 45:9-Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.
Other times in the Old Testament, the idea of the “right hand” denotes strength and loyalty. It often is found in contexts where the Writers speak of how the “right hand” of God has brought deliverance to His people, exemplifying both His loyal love and His great power. Notice some examples, paying special attention to the ideas of strength, loyalty, and love:
Exodus 15:6-“Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces.
Exodus 15:12-You stretched out Your right hand; The earth swallowed them.
Deuteronomy 33:2-And he said: “The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousands of saints; From His right hand Came a fiery law for them.
Job 40:14-Then I will also confess to you That your own right hand can save you.
Psalm 16:8-I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Psalm 17:7-Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.
Psalm 18:35-You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.
Psalm 20:6-Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
Psalm 63:8-My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 80:15-And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, And the branch that You made strong for Yourself.
Psalm 98:1-Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Psalm 108:6-That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and hear me.
Psalm 138:7-Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.
Isaiah 41:10-Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
So in the Old Testament, the “right hand” carried the symbolic significance of favor, blessing, strength, love, and loyalty.
Those who take the mark of the beast are those who are showing their favor and blessing for the beast, and who are willing to give their full strength and loyalty to his cause.
Now, let’s consider the forehead.
Often in the Old Testament, the forehead could represent strength and steadfastness, a refusal to change loyalty.
God told Ezekiel the Prophet that the people of Israel would resist his Message. Look at how God describes them:
Ezekiel 3:7-But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.
Yet what is truly fascinating is how God describes this stubborn mindset that they possess, and how God will prepare Ezekiel for the task at hand:
Ezekiel 3:8-9-8 Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
The forehead denotes strength and, at times, refusal to surrender or submit.
Those who take the mark of the beast are those who give their favor, blessing, support and strength to the beast, and who stubbornly refuse to turn away from that decision.
Here is something else to consider in this regard.
Sometimes the right hand the forehead would be joined together in the Old Testament:
Deuteronomy 6:8-You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
Deuteronomy 11:18-Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
The idea is that God’s people are to devote themselves completely-mind and body-to being loyal to Him and His Word.
Therefore, those who take the mark of the beast are those who have given their unswerving loyalty and devotion to him.
Now, does this fit in at all with the coronavirus vaccine?
Have those who have taken the vaccine given their undying devotion to Rome and to the false religions of Rome?
Does the Roman Catholic Church convert people to Christ through the use of the coronavirus vaccine?
Have those who have taken the vaccine declared that they will not in any way shape or form repent before God?
The answer, of course, is no.
The mark of the beast is not a debit card, a social security number, a barcode, birthday celebrations, a microchip, going to church on Sunday, or a vaccine.
In our next lesson, we will consider still more evidence that the mark of the beast is not the coronavirus vaccine.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.