We who are in Christ today do not have to worry about taking the mark of the beast. Because the body of Christ, His Church, will be taken off the scene (both the dead and alive in Christ). In order for God to get back to dealing with His covenant people Israel and fulfill the 7 years remaining of the 490 prophecied in Daniel 9.
“Seventy weeks (Or seventy sevens of years—that’s 490 years.) are determined upon thy people (Now watch the language. God is addressing Daniel and the “thy people”, of course, of Daniel was the Nation of Israel.) are determined upon thy people (the Nation of Israel) and upon thy holy city, (Jerusalem) to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity” (He did everything that was needed to take care of the sin problem and to make reconciliation – reconciling God and man).
‘Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Corinthians 15:51-53
‘But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. ‘
I Thessalonians 4:13-17
‘Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way.’
2 Thessalonians 2:1-7
Some Christians may question whether the Covid-19 vaccine is the so-called “mark of the beast,” but pastor Greg Laurie says the text of Scripture rules out such a possibility. Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, addressed the issue on social media Monday, saying emphatically the vaccine is not the mark of the beast. “Here’s how I know: When people take the actual mark of the beast, which of course is 666, they will know they’re taking it because you will have to pledge allegiance to the antichrist,” Laurie said. “So there can’t be a mark without an antichrist, and antichrist cannot be revealed until Jesus Christ returns for His church and catches us up to heaven.” Is the COVID vaccine “The mark of the beast?” Short answer- No. Here’s why- pic.twitter.com/5v5zNbr1Hs — Greg Laurie (@greglaurie) April 19, 2021 Laurie then quoted from 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 […]