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How Mark of the Beast Is the Reason Behind Americans Resisting Covid-19 Vaccine?


The COVID-19 vaccine has been scientifically proved to save lives, but for a select group of people in the religious realm, a more important matter is at stake – eternal salvation.

Peter Feaman, a top Republican National Committee official in Florida, said last month that vaccines are “the mark of the beast” and comparable to a “false god”. In May, Feaman wrote on his blog of Governor Gretchen Whitmer encouraging vaccines in Michigan: “Diabolical Michigan Governor Whiter wants her citizens to get the Mark of the Beast to participate in society”.

The “mark of the beast” in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation signals allegiance to Satan or those who reject God. “Studies show that any conflicts between religion and science are not about facts, they are more about values and morals,” said John Evans, a professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California, San Diego.

According to Evans’ studies, the majority of “mark of the beast” believers appear to be politically conservative and from Protestant Christian backgrounds.

“People with spiritual beliefs that all things are influenced by religion are more likely to believe ‘mark of the beast’, which is in every Christian’s Bible, but people will focus on particular passages in the Bible to support their belief system,” Evans said.

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What does the ‘mark of the beast’ scripture in Revelation say?

The apocalyptic biblical term comes from Revelation 13: 16-18. According to the Apostle John in the New International Version Bible, a pair of beasts will rule the Earth with cruelty.

Their evil reach – which can be interpreted as hidden manipulation – will require all people who engage in commerce to wear the mark of the beast. The Apostle John did not identify what the mark looks like, although some theologians translate Scripture to associate the number “666” with it.

Why do people call the COVID-19 vaccine the ‘mark of the beast?’

Evans said that lack of trust in the government and medical field is a driving force behind the “mark of the beast” belief. 

“(Former President) Donald Trump tapped into American populism, and with that comes the disbelief of experts,” Evans told USA TODAY. “There is a small group of people who believe in ‘the mark of the beast,’ and I think what’s driving that thought process is starting with various concerns about receiving the coronavirus vaccine that is not specifically religious.”

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What do Religious Leaders Say?

Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie said COVID-19 vaccines are not “the mark of the beast,” but many Christians may believe they are, thinking the world is in what the Bible calls “the last days.”

 “The Bible speaks of someone identified as the ‘Antichrist’ and he will require people to have a ‘mark’ that people will receive to buy and sell,” Laurie told USA TODAY in an email. “The COVID-19 vaccine – or any vaccines – have nothing to do with any of this.”

Misinterpretations of Revelation 13:16-18 can stem from social media where people can spread unreliable information, according to Laurie. 

“People read erroneous comments and believe they are true,” he said. 

“Sometimes these statements are packaged to look like Bible Prophecy,” he said, “but they are false and misapplied because many people do not understand what the Bible actually says about these things.”

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What do healthcare workers say? Do people actually cite this as a reason to avoid the shot?

Nicole Williams, a traveling intensive care unit nurse, said she has heard the “mark of the beast” as a reason not to get vaccinated many times.

“I get being hesitant because it is new and we don’t know the long-term effects, but calling it the ‘mark of the beast’ is crazy,” Williams told USA TODAY.

Emergency room physician Stephen Smith at Hennepin Healthcare told USA TODAY he hasn’t heard the ‘mark of the beast’ as a reason to not get vaccinated but a few other outlandish reasons.

“Social media plays a 100% role in the misconceptions about the vaccine,” Smith said. “They get all their information off Facebook and get all this garbage.

  1. Mark Davis says

    Why did you not properly quote Revelations 13:16-18? It is not hard. Let me help you. 16-It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17-so that they could not buy or sell unless the had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18-This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
    That is the NIV scripture. The tying of the vaccine to the mark has more to do with the vaccine passports which are precisely to limit your ability to engage in commerce if you do not have one.

    1. King says

      Bill gates patent number is 666

  2. Lawrence Wholaver says

    Ok what do you call it when the president of the United States says on national tv that if you want to do bussiness with the federal governent you must take shot and be vaccinated I seen what it does to your blood compared to the unvaccinated blood were it causes your blood cells to group together and looks like cells are crushed with tubular structures in blood that glow under ultraviolet light Even the name of the vaccination has its connection to the mark of the beast politically the president don’t got authority to demand we do anything chaseong negative speech to refer to those Americans who don’t get shot , Biden is at war with America our society and our democracy he acts like he cares but look at his actions leaveing Americans behind in Afghanistan , our open southern borders leaveing people infected cross bye millions into the USA , his assault on the police , Texas rangers , even military , leaveing billions in our best weaponry in Afghanistan for Taliban , unemployment , inflation , all while our biggest adversaries China and Russia are pushing there military might into areas like uk and South China Sea and tiawan our allies leaveing the USA like the ambassador of France and others haveing condemnation over his actions in Afghanistan leaveing our country blind to any attack in future with all this said is it no wonder nobody trust this man you have to be out of your mind to I refer to him as the liar in chief this man got a new lie every time he’s on tv his cognitive ability is that of a ole timer patient half the time can’t understand him the other half looks like he’s about to fall asleep this mans not fit to run country and isn’t he can’t even do a press conference to take question because who ever is don’t allow him to talk to anyone but soft media there controlling the media just today you tube wrote a memo stateing that it will no longer air segments negetive about the vaccination hmmmm wonder who is behind that Big Marxist goverment is who bottom line is this when you lie steal and protect criminals like his own son hunter , you don’t get my vote my hopes is congress impeaches you locks you up for treason and nobody has to deal with your lies , hey Joe was yah ever in prison man !!! After yah drove a bus or went to the Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh your all talk and you make people’s head hurt with your supposedly build back better vision more like your your screw us hallucination , comeing out here with this , you don’t worry Joe how we feel how we think our beliefs kept us alive a long time before dirty curruot Joe Biden fell asleep at the helm with his drugged up son hunter I put my faith into god not this brain dead moron or drug addicted son nor the 3 Stooges he calls his generals.

  3. Jane Brown says

    The reason I choose not to take the shot is because I’m not volunteering to be a part of the clinical trials that are currently underway. It’s as simple as that. I weary my mask, social distance myself, and avoid large gatherings. So, who is protecting my right to reject the vaccine?

  4. Brenda says

    You commented that a small number of people believe in the mark of the beast that’s where you are wrong most people in the US and many around the world do there is only a small amount of people who don’t believe

  5. CHILD OF YAH says

    All I can do is laugh!!!! The anti christ IS NOT A PERSON, IT IS A SYSTEM of corrupt demonic minions (all of you little people who are pushing this MOB) get ur facts straight WHILE YOU STILL CAN AND REPENT TO YAHUAH… You all should be FEARING the wrath that is about to come upon the world… in case you forgot YAHUAH AND YAHUSHUA WIN!!! 🤦‍♀️🤬🤷‍♀️

  6. Dameon says

    They also everytime ive asked about Colloidal Siver water never respond ive been taking it for about 10 years i have not had the flu cold or other illness i also without knowing was sleeping with someone who had Hep B for a year b4 she told me so i went an got chkd guess negative also ive been told by my Doctor that i have a very unique and odd but i also am a stead fast believer in the Lord and our God …so here goes they will hold lotteries for millions to have you get a vax. Also collage scholarships why in heck would you do that hmmmmmmm…. Also gift cards …cars…TVs….and sorts of other things again hmmmmmmm.so you tell me …….Dameon … Sarge 11/Bravo …U.S. Army

  7. Joni G says

    As a believer in christ Jesus. I don’t believe this vaccine is the mark of the beast because Revelations does state that the mark will be placed on your right ha.d or forehead along with other things But, I do believe all this with covid is getting us closer to the one world order. It all lines up. The mask really don’t protect you but muffles ur voice and blocks ur identity, they chose 6 feet apart. (Man’s #) they are trying to force poison Into your body. It’s all about control at this point. If more people would stop listening to the trash they are selling and stand up for our rights, we would get them back.
    Look up lcaction.org/vaccine there alot of info. Updated every Friday.
    Pray for our president, government system, military and our nation. God bless you all

  8. Layne Tanele says

    It’s plain and simple, the mark of the beast are left upon people, through other people’s angry and hateful behaviors, that are expressed through physical violence and bad influences of society.

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