“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (Rev. 13:16-18)
It didn’t take long. As soon as the talk started about working on producing a vaccine for the coronavirus, and Bill Gates et al started to call for mandatory vaccinations not only to supposedly immunise people against the virus but also to possibly implant microchips at the same time, the Futurist prophecy pundits went into overdrive, hysterically asserting for the umpteenth time, “The mark of the Beast is here!”
We shouldn’t be surprised. Every time there is any hint of anything of this sort, we hear the same warnings issued. These Chicken Littles have told us “the sky is falling” so many times we’ve lost count, and each and every time they’ve been wrong. This vaccine/microchip/mark-of-the-Beast tale is just the latest in a long, long line of versions of the same tale, all delivered in their day with just as much certainty as this one. Every single time it comes to nothing in the end. But this does not stop the Futurist newsboys from calling out the same sensationalist headline again and again: “The mark of the Beast is here! Read all about it!” It’s a headline that sells their “end times” books, after all.
To explain the term: Futurists are those who teach that the prophecies of the Bible pertaining to what is broadly called the end times are still to be fulfilled at some unknown point in the future, and all within the space of a very short period, usually taken to be seven years. They proclaim what is called the “pre-tribulation rapture” of the Church, followed by seven years of “tribulation” under the tyranny of some future Antichrist. The main aspects of this false doctrine were invented by Rome’s diabolical Jesuits – a fact about which most Protestant Futurists are completely ignorant. Not that it would make much difference to most of them if they knew it anyway, such is the abysmal ignorance that prevails about the Roman Catholic institution in general and the Jesuits in particular.
But before dealing with this vaccine/microchip/mark-of-the-Beast theory, it must be understood that what lies behind the Futurists’ wild speculations about the mark are their equally wild speculations about the identity of the Antichrist:
The True Antichrist and the Many False Ones
Simply put, according to Futurism the Antichrist will be a future political or religious leader with vast power and a charismatic personality, who will cause the entire world to follow him and even worship him. This belief has led them to put forward all kinds of men as possible candidates for the Antichrist as the years have gone by.
Yet throughout the history of the Christian Church, the Lord’s servants have held with firm conviction, based on proper exposition of the prophecies of Scripture and of how history fulfils them, that: “The Antichrist is not a single individual at the end of the world. He is not some great religious leader who will replace the pope of Rome at the end of the world. He is not a charismatic politician at the end of the world. He is not an adherent of Judaism. He is not a Muslim. He is not a Communist (yes, various modern popes have been Communists, but the Antichrist is not an individual Communist at the end of the world). He is the pope of Rome; he is every pope of Rome; he is only the pope of Rome. The evidence, both biblical and historical, is rock solid and overwhelming.” “The Lord has revealed the identity of Antichrist in His Word, by setting down the signs whereby we may recognise him…. The evidence permits of no other possible interpretation of the Scriptures on this vitally important point.”
This evidence is so overwhelming, so vast, that it would be impossible to put it all in an article such as this; but it is presented in my book, The Antichrist. “That the Roman Papacy alone fulfils the prophetic Scriptures concerning the Antichrist has been the position of countless numbers of Christ’s servants throughout the history of the Christian Church. It has been the united testimony of saints of all the ages.” The Waldenses believed it firmly, and they should know – they suffered at Antichrist’s hands for centuries. The earlier Baptists firmly believed it, as did Protestants such as John Wycliffe and William Tyndale (among many others), godly ministers such as John Bunyan and William Huntington, the Puritans, the great Bible commentators such as John Gill and Matthew Henry, nineteenth-century ministers such as C.H. Spurgeon, and so many others. Their conviction was based on sound exposition of Bible prophecy and a proper, knowledgeable and comprehensive understanding of history. It was written into the confessions of faith of most Protestant churches. They often differed on other matters, but not on this one. They held it fast. Spurgeon declared: “It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name.”