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)
Every few years, there are new theories about the identification of the mark of the beast.
There was a time when people were adamantly convinced the mark was social security.
There was a time when people said the mark was a debit card.
Some have declared that the mark of the beast is assembling for church on Sunday.
Others have claimed throughout the years that the mark of the beast is a barcode that every person will be forced to get.
Once some Jehovah’s Witnesses told me that they believed that the mark of the beast was celebration of birthdays.
The most popular theory that I have heard recently is that the mark of the beast is a microchip.
Now, there are some who are claiming that the coronavirus vaccine is the mark of the beast. I have even been told my some friends and loved ones that they have been afraid to get the vaccine because they are afraid that it will be taking the mark of the beast.
All of this demands some very serious study of God’s Word, because when God’s Word is twisted out of context, there can be very serious consequences.
We will begin our study with a careful examination of the background of Revelation.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.