Why the Vaccine is not the Mark of the Beast.

But this doesn’t mean it is a good idea! I need to state at the outset that I do not think the vaccine is a good idea, and the way it is being mandated casts much suspicion on the science behind it. This is a serious case of state overreach and if authority is granted to the civil government here it will become very difficult to pull it back.

Please do not think that my view that the vaccine is not the Mark of the Beast means that it meets my approval. It is certainly in the spirit of the Mark of Beast, but I don’t believe it qualifies as such.

  1. The rules surrounding Covid-19 vaccines have a strong similarity to the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-19).
    1. As vaccine mandates become more widespread it seems that employment is nearly impossible, and access to many marketplaces may be denied. So without the vaccine, one cannot buy and sell.
    2. This similarity is a strong one.
  2. If we are to understand the mark of the beast to be literal, it must be literal all the way down. It is not a good idea to take it literally (a mark) and not follow through consistently: 666 on the right hand or the forehead.
    1. The vaccines are not administered, nor do they leave a mark, on the right hand or on the forehead.
    2. The number 666 is not three sixes, but six hundred and sixty-six.
    3. There is no connection between the vaccine and this number.
  3. Worship: along with receiving the actual number, the Beast must be worshipped.

    1. Revelation 14:9 (ESV) 9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
    2. It is not clear that receiving the Mark of the Beast is an act of worship. Worshipping the Beast is accompanied by receiving the Mark, but they are not synonymous.
    3. It is also not clear who is worshipped by those who receive the vaccine, so it is hard to say that they worship the Beast.
      1. Receiving a vaccine does not entail worship, although it may involve worship of medicine, safety, security, or the State.
  4. The identity of the Beast: if the Beast is to be worshipped, then the identity must be known to the worshipper. The connection between the Beast and 666 is intentional, not an accident. I would go so far as to say that receiving the Mark of the Beast is an act of worship of the Beast.
    Again, the issue is one of literal or figurative interpretation.
    1. Is the Beast an identifiable entity?
    2. It must not be automatically assumed that the Beast “the Antichrist,” since that name only occurs in the letters of John and never in Revelation.
    3. The identity of the Beast and the Mark of the Beast would have to be something that Christians in the 1st century as well as today can understand. First Century Christians would have no understanding of vaccines and would be unable to discern the Mark of the Beast, as they were commanded to do (Revelation 1:1 and Revelation 13:18).
  5. Voluntary: The Mark of the Beast seems to be voluntary and received by those who are willing participants in worshipping the Beast.
    1. This vaccine does not fit this qualification for:
      1. Many are vaccinated involuntarily. Not only under duress (such as to keep a job or to maintain custody of a minor child), but it is given to the impaired, frail, and mentally handicapped people are vaccinated without informed consent.
  6. Understanding the Mark of the Beast
    1. To understand the Mark of the Beast of Revelation 13:16, Revelation 14:1 should be read as its context: 14 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads (see also Ezekiel 9:4, Revelation 7:3, 9:4, 22:4).
      1. The Mark on the forehead indicates ownership. All mankind is divided into two groups—those owned by the Beast and those owned by God.
      2. God does the marking of His people by His sovereign act. (Revelation 7:3)
    2. The Mark of the Beast and the worship of the Beast is in antithesis to the Worship of Yahweh.
      1. Deuteronomy 6:8 (ESV) 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
        1. Hand and forehead: thought and work (deeds)
        2. The Beast demands his mark hand or forehead
    3. It is very possible that the Mark of the Beast (666) refers to the name, “Nero” because the numbers six hundred, sixty-six in Hebrew spell the name “Nero.” Hebrew uses letters for numbers. The alternate reading of the text, 616, does the same thing using Latin numbers for letters.
    4. Emperor worship was a widespread demand by Nero by the early Christians. The emperors presented themselves as gods.
  7. Having said this, it should be remembered that:
    1. A government-mandated vaccine is a violation of the autonomy of the human body, and obedience to it forever changes the relationship between the government and the governed.
      1. This is an extreme example of government overreach.
    2. The current vaccines may be among the worst medical disasters unleashed on mankind.
    3. The Christian has an obligation to think critically and act accordingly.
    4. The conscience of the Christian must not be set aside for a government mandate.
    5. No Christian, pastor, or church should enable vaccine mandates.

Some Encouragement for Home Educators


Tax time can be a very discouraging time for homeschooling parents. I have no children in public school, yet I’ve spent thousands over the past few decades to finance the schooling of other peoples’ children. I know the argument—we pay for police, fire, and paramedics whether or not we require their services. This is true, and there are other civic services that I pay taxes toward without complaint.

But the state of public education is such that, if the comparisons to other civic services were taken to heart, we would have fire department arsonists, police criminals, and paramedics that euthanized their patients. In short, public education as currently practised, is a grave danger to children, and to the taxpayers who must pay the salaries of the teachers, administrators, and the properties and their upkeep.

Public education is a place where Christian values are forbidden, but where the secular left feels free to teach children that sexual perversion is normal, that skin colour determines status of victimhood or oppressor, and that the ultimate determiner of all that is right and good is government. But enough about that—that’s clear to anyone who has eyes to see.

As a homeschooling parent, you may resent the fact that you are paying for schooling that you must never participate in, while financing your own schooling at home.

All that is money gone.

But here’s the encouraging thing: you win, and those who took your money only have that. They do not have your children. Your children win. They will learn truths that will not be contradicted by a LGBTQpedo. Your kids won’t have their sexuality questioned. In fact, they won’t learn the lie that gender is a social construct which has nothing to do with the child’s sex. Your kids will not be a target for nonsense. Your kids will learn actual things with which they can grow into adults who honour the Lord with their work. Your kids will not wait until forty to have children, but will likely have larger families. That is a win.

Your kids will win because they won’t be so foolish as to sign up for “studies” –religious studies, feminist studies, indigenous studies, LGBTQ studies, or anything like it. If they do go to university it will likely be for the hard sciences and they will know how to digest knowledge and spit out the husk.

No matter the cost, if you keep your kids close to you, you will have won.

Shuffling the Deck Chairs on the Titanic. It is Time to Retire a Discredited Proverb

The secular worldview has morals, but it cannot rationally justify them or keep from them becoming relative at some point. Secularism, because of its rejection of God’s revelation in both nature and Word, has only humanity to guide it. There are no moral absolutes, and so what is morally right or wrong will eventually be modified.

This is very clear in the eagerness of the secularist to embrace medical dictatorship without critical complaint: the confinement without trial (nursing home residents), tearing families apart for months, destruction of personal incomes and the subsequent enrichment of the rule-makers and their colleagues, the banning of normal social behaviour, forcible wearing of face-coverings, and now a demand to surrender bodily autonomy are all what a few years ago would be called immoral.

Now these have become moral, and that shift came with almost no argument. People complain about the details, but went along anyway. The Christian faith provides the critical tools to examine, critique, and offer alternatives to each of these in a time of a worldwide pandemic, but cannot get a hearing. The response to the pandemic is demonstrably far worse than the disease, but the opinion that we are on the wrong track is limited only to outliers, certainly not the mainstream governmental officials, medical/scientific communities, media, and large business.

But the reason that Christians are largely ignored is because they are not there to be heard. Few are the committed Christians in any of the fields that control society: government, science, education, media, business, etc. They exist, but we have been absent for almost two centuries. It is now very difficult, but necessary, for large number of Christians who have a real Christian worldview, to enter all fields of human knowledge. I do not mean a Christian who goes to church on Sunday and operates in his/her profession on Monday as a pagan.

The reason for our long absence is the hold that dispensationalism and pietism has had and has now I the church. These views concede this world to Satan, even though the Bible does not. It relegates God to the heart, church, and in an increasing limited sense, to the family. A Christian would have to be totally asleep to fail to see that a secular mindset (which is in all-out war against the Christian worldview) is encroaching in every place humans inhabit. The willingness for the church to concede its worship, fellowship, and education to the state in these past few months is indicative of the degree to which the church has withdrawn.

It is the church that needs a Christian worldview most of all. I believe the near-death experience of Biblical Christianity in the West, which reached its peak in 2020-2021 has been long in coming. The church already had one foot out of the door and abandoned its commission to disciple the nations. And it is abandonment to reduce “disciple the nations” to “make church-goers of the nations.”

Here’s a test: if a medical doctor, a lawyer, a judge, or a parliamentarian is converted to Christ, what counsel do you give them for their profession? Do you tell them they must operate with honesty and integrity? Good. Do you tell them they must treat all cases that come to them with the same supposed objectivity and neutrality they exercised prior to their conversion? That is very bad. You are teaching them to live a lie, and are siding with secularism. You are teaching your disciple that their faith has no bearing in the “real world.” Secularists are not neutral nor objective, but their presuppositions and prejudices are expressed as though they are. There is no neutrality. Secularists pretend neutrality, and pietistic Christianity goes along with the charade.

This is how the church loses its belief in moral absolutes. When the secular world shifts, the church keeps up instead of critiquing the shift, offering alternatives, or resisting.

If your view is that to be involved in this world is just “shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic,” you need to repent of your non-Christian worldview. The world needs a Christian worldview, because no other approach will fulfill the desires God has for humanity and avoid His judgement. Of course, a secularist denies both judgement and God Himself, but that is irrelevant to the facts.