This is how his reasoning goes: “Look at how quickly and easily they have locked us down, crashed the economy, and quarantined nearly the entire world. That’s Step One, second step will be to then force us all to take the vaccination as the ‘only way’ to stop the virus. After everyone has taken the vaccination Bill Gates has created, then everyone will be given a digital ID. The Mark of the Beast system come to life. Adding ‘upgrades’ to it later, like connecting it with buying and selling will be a natural next step.. ID2020 has already done that… Microsoft, in a recent announcement regarding using blockchain technology for decentralized identification further articulated its support of this initiative stating, ‘each of us needs a digital identity we own, one which securely and privately stores all elements of our digital identity.’” Again: these things are certainly being planned. But as evil as they are, they are not the mark of the Beast.
Grider wrote: “It is absolutely possible that Bill Gates could be… the forerunner to Antichrist.” “Absolutely possible”? According to what biblical evidence? And where in all of Scripture are we told to be concerned about any “forerunner” to a supposedly still-future Antichrist (even assuming for the sake of argument that Antichrist is still to come in future, which in truth of course he is not)? Before the prophesied Antichrist – the Roman Papacy – arose in history, John the apostle wrote of there being “many antichrists” in his day (1 Jn. 2:18,19); but since Antichrist arose many centuries ago there are no “forerunners” today about whom we need to be concerned.
But “Now the End Begins” tries to give another option, one also tied to their favourite “vaccine/microchip/mark-of-the-Beast” speculations. They point out that Microsoft not only funds ID2020, but also filed a patent for a device connected to the human body that interacts with a computer network system, for buying and selling a bitcoin cryptocurrency. At any mention of “buying and selling” Futurists’ ears prick up like antennae and start to tingle, because Rev. 13:17 says that “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark”.
The device apparently interacts with the pulse, temperature and brain waves of the human body in order to engage in the buying and selling of cryptocurrency. And so “Now the End Begins” ties all this together in their minds, with Rev. 13:16-18 hanging like a dark cloud over their heads, and this is what they come up with: “According to Revelation 13, [the Mark of the Beast] is a device that goes in the human body in the back of the right hand or in the forehead, for the purpose of buying and selling. Whatever form the final Mark takes, that’s exactly what it will do from a functional, literal perspective. Bill Gates and Microsoft are spending billions in order to 1) inject everyone on earth with some kind of a ‘vaccination’ shot, 2) create a device for buying and selling currency that’s run on the human body as its battery, and 3) attach both those things to a digital identification from ID2020 whom they also fund. Please note that zero amount of what is said within this paragraph is speculation of any kind, click the links, it’s happening now.”
We’re not denying that this is what Gates et al want, and they are working very hard to get it. What we are saying with absolute conviction, based on proper exposition of Rev. 13 from the biblical Historicist perspective, is that none of this is the mark of the Beast of Bible prophecy.