I have been a disciple of Christ for about 40 years now, and most of that time I have been involved in some kind of minisry activity. I have not made
money doing that; I have always sought to work where the most need is and where resources are scarce, so I haven't made myself wealthy on the back of
the church. God, however, has been so very faithful and we have seldom been in wont. My net worth is well above that of most Americans today simply
because I have no debt. A net worth of -0- puts one above most citizens of the United States.
I say this to make clear that what I'm about to say is in great part the product of years of meditating on the biblical narrative. I've never been
talk or theorizing. I've always thought that when Jesus returns (and I am convinced, as the Nicene Creed says, that He will
come again with glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.
) He will return. I've never been a sign-seeker or a
person who has tried to make charts and fit current events into the biblical narrative. If you don't agree with my faith, that is your right and I
respect that. We'll eventually see who had that accurate take on things; however, don't bother trying to insult or belittle folks here who speak from
a place of faith. You will be ignored. Please start your own thread if you want to belittle my faith. I promise to ignore it.
All of that out of the way ...
When people started saying that vaccines were "the mark of the beast," I said that they probably were not, but were more likely a precursor, a
conditioning mechanism to prepare people so that when this digital contol mechanism is rolled out, most people would be inured to it. I still believe
this, but I suspect that the digital ID control mechanism is much closer than we might imagine.
My thought, my hypothesis, has to do with interpretation of the following passage:
16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so
that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. ~Revelation 13:16-17
Most people expect some kind of physical or digital mark on the physical right hand or forehead of those who make a willful decision to submit to
secular, demonically inspired totalitarian control. I don't think so.That's too clear, to easy, to simple. I think that the real meaning of this
passage is much darker.
The book of Revelation is an example of what is called apocalyptic
literature. You can look it up on
if you want to learn more about that. I recommend it, as it is fascinating. Now, apocalyptic
literature is a very strange and unique genre and it uses a lot of symbolism. Indeed, most people realize that much (I'd say most all) of the
Revelation is written in symbolic language
; "a mystery wrapped in an enigma," one could say. But many make the strange mistake of picking out
certain passages to take literally. What if "marked on the right hand or the forehead"
is purely symbolic language?
Throughout scripture, the right hand
is used symbolically. It is mentioned over 160 times in the Bible. It is generally symbolic of power,
sovereignty, authority, strength. Jesus is said to be seated at the right hand of the Father
. When one receives "the mark of the beast"
on his right hand
, perhaps this is a metaphor for giving one's autonomy over to another, submitting one's power, personal sovereignty, autonomy
and strength to another authority, essentially abandoning one of the core elements of what makes us humans created to manifest the image of the
I don't think that I need to dwell much on what the head represents. It is the center of thought. It is where we rationalize, where we make decisions,
where we discern right from wrong, good from evil, truth from deception. We are seeing entire groups of people abandon the capacity to think clearly,
sacrificing their own intellect to the deception of the masses, unable to discern right from, wrong, good from evil, truth from lies. (A few months
ago, my own son told me, "I don't need to think for myself!"
) So many people have given over their own thought processes to an outside entity.
They are manipulated by media, politicians, choosing to believe what the ESV calls "irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called
or what the KJV refers to - perhaps in a more contextually relevant way - as "profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of
science falsely so called." (1 Timothy 6:20)
I've not heard this idea expressed anywhere else before, though it may not be original with me. It's so clear to me that it seems that others must
have seen it. It makes sense to me. While everyone is standing around waiting for a mark on the hand or the forehead, many - even within the visible
church - are already embracing the mark as it is. The mark of the beast is, I believe, already here.
edit on 2021 8 27 by incoserv because: clarification.