Face Masks and the Mark of the Beast
There is a significant cultural and scientific debate regarding wearing masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In this post, I will not enter the discussion over the science, accept to say people on both sides feel they are following the science. Instead, I will present faith related problems I have with wearing masks. I do not believe masks are the mark of the beast, yet I do believe the similarities are remarkable. Let us consider an important Bible passage:
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, 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 RSVCE, italics added]
Since masks are not globally used, and they are not worn by everyone in the USA, it is clear they do not constitute the mark of the beast. However, masks do show us how easily people forfeit their freedoms, and their ability to think and act as independent people. It seems the mandates for wearing masks have proved beyond any doubt that the real mark of the beast will be easy to implement, for precious few people object to the government mandating face masks. Let us consider these points:
- The passage above informs us that people from all walks of life will carry the mark of the beast. Race, sex, social classes, rich, poor, none of that will matter. The anti-Christ will apply his mark upon every person. Those who reject the mark will not be allowed to buy anything or to sell anything. They will not get paid for their work. They will not be able to buy food, medicine, water, fuel, clothes, etc.
- We see the mark will be placed on the right hand or the forehead. Since masks are neither, we know face masks cannot be the mark of the beast.
- Today, people shopping at any of the major retail stores, or entering any public places, are not allowed inside the facilities unless they are wearing masks. This prevents them from freely buying and selling goods (see #1), just as the mark of the beast will be mandated for everyone to buy and sell.
- We do not have freedom to practice our faith—when we enter houses of worship, we must wear a face mask, or we cannot gain entry.
- The mark of the beast implies control and ownership due to the anti-Christ. When one wears a face mask at their place of worship, they are faceless robots that have no visual identities, nothing to acknowledge unique attributes given to them by God. Priests and ministers stare out at a faceless congregation that is complying with state mandates to cover their faces. Likewise, the congregation often stares back at their Priest or minister and sees a faceless person—nothing remotely akin to being a shepherd of God. There is beyond doubt an evil element to this.
- While wearing the personality removing masks, people must also distance themselves from other worshippers. They are being hidden behind masks and separated like cattle.
- The media, politicians, and companies have joined forces to entice people to wear face masks, through television commercials, radio spots, internet ads, and constant pop-ups. This is all done to force compliance.
- Many people mask-shame others to force compliance.
- Some government officials are asking their citizens to report cases in which people are not wearing face masks—another form of forced compliance.
While face masks are not the mark of the beast, we can see implementing the real mark will be far easier than one might think.
In the USA, we have long held comfort in our freedoms as given in the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Reading the direct language of the First Amendment, there is little doubt (notwithstanding Supreme Court rulings), that during the COVID19 crisis our freedom to freely exercise religion has been utterly erased. Many will argue that for a health crisis that should be allowed, yet the founders gave no “health crisis” exception in the First Amendment, and again, notwithstanding Supreme Court rulings, our First Amendment rights were intended to be absolute.
We all expect this crisis to pass, and that our lives will return to some semblance of normal, yet can anyone doubt the world’s stage is set for the real mark of the beast, coming to the world in the future, perhaps not too distant future? Sadly.