Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Many have said that the COVID 19 vaccination is the Revelation 13 Mark of the Beast. Is it possible that you think you are doing something good, or simply neutral, and accidentally take the Mark of the Beast?
The Scriptures prove to us that the jab is not the mark and when the mark comes, we will recognize it.
First, what is the Mark of the Beast? It is a mark that people will need to take in order to participate in society during the reign of the Antichrist.
“The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 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, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. (Rev. 13:15-17)
This second beast, or false prophet, will serve the first beast, the Antichrist. He will compel/force people to worship the Antichrist. In the midst of this, he will establish some sort of a loyalty sign in order to “buy or sell.”
Let me make three points that should put to rest the idea that the vaccine is the Mark of the Beast.
1. The main reason that these things are written in the Bible is so you will be able to recognize them when they take place. You will not have to guess. God is not seeking to trick you. It will be clear, and the next two points give hints as to how you can recognize it.
2. When this happens the Antichrist will already have been in power for over three and a half years. He will have been raised from the dead. In Revelation 13:3, before the Mark of the Beast comes into play in v. 17, it speaks of the beast getting healed of a fatal wound. Fatal means you die. If he is healed, it means that he has been resurrected.
“One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.” (Rev. 13:3)
The Antichrist will most likely declare himself to be Jesus since he too has died and was raised (or it seems so with the Antichrist). The world will be amazed and follow him. That has not happened! This must happen before the loyalty mark is demanded.
The Antichrist will declare himself to be God and set up his image in the rebuilt Temple. (2 Thes. 2:4). There is no rebuilt Temple, so there cannot be an Antichrist image in it. Again, those things must take place before the Mark of the Beast is required.
Paul told the Thessalonians to not “let anyone deceive you,” that the day of the Lord will not come, “until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed.” (2 Thes. 2:3) The fact that you don't know who he is yet is proof that he has not yet been revealed.
Two witnesses and an angel
Furthermore, I am of the conviction that the two witnesses of Revelation 11 begin their ministry at around the same time that the antichrist declares himself to be God. As part of their prophetic ministry, from Jerusalem, they will warn the people of God regarding the Mark of the Beast/pledging loyalty to the antichrist.
Lastly, if we look at Revelation 14:9, it seems that there is an angel warning against taking the mark.
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. (Rev. 14:9-10)
Will we be able to hear his warning from earth? I'm going to assume so—at least in some form. Why else is it mentioned here? But notice something else about this passage. The warning is not merely for taking the Mark of the Beast. It is for worshipping the beast and its image. And that's going to lead us into point three.
3. The Mark of the Beast will be connected to pledging loyalty to the Antichrist. Did you notice that I earlier called it a loyalty sign or mark? This mark will not merely be for buying and selling; that will be the reward for taking the mark. The mark will be for pledging allegiance to the Antichrist and his demonic system. It will not be a vaccine.
As someone who was vaccinated at CVS, I can assure you that no one asked me to pledge loyalty to anyone. And to be clear, I am not “promoting” the vaccine. Follow your conscience has been my rule. Romans 14 teaches that on issues of conscience, we are not to judge each other.
When Paul wrote to the Romans, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Yeshua is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” (Romans 10:9) he was not making it easy, with a mere painless confession, but hard, to get in the kingdom. It only appears easy when you look at it through Western "glasses." You've got to go back to ancient Rome to get the right mindset.
Caesar/Antichrist or Yeshua?
You see, in the time of Paul, the main religion of Rome was Caesar worship. In the early years, Christianity was viewed by Rome as a Jewish sect, and therefore they were exempt from Caesar worship—part of Rome’s deal with the Jews was to allow them to only worship their one God. “As long as Christianity was viewed as just another Jewish sect, it too received protection as a religio licita,” which means, permitted religion. This phrase was used to describe the status of Jews under Roman rule. Christians were safe. But once it became religio illicita (illegal religion), Christians were also required to burn incense to Caesar once a year and confess, “Caesar is Lord.”
To confess, “Jesus is Lord,” was considered an atheistic act, as you were saying that Caesar was not God. Such an act was considered treasonous to Rome and death was the sentence.
Rome and the Antichrist
Ancient Rome is a picture of the Antichrist kingdom. The prophecies that Yeshua gave (see Mark 24:15ff, Luke 21:20-24) for 70CE will be fulfilled in a greater way in the Tribulation. Ancient Israel, which was conquered in 70 CE, is a picture of Israel in the Great Tribulation. They both suffer from an Antichrist figure who defiles the Jewish Temple. They are both conquered by the world leader.
Just as Rome demanded loyalty from their subjects, the Antichrist will. The Mark of the Beast will not merely be some new economic system that appears great. If so, we would have to ask ourselves constantly if cash, credit cards, debit cards, Apple pay, Google pay, Wi-Fi enabled credit cards, bitcoin, etc. are the Mark of the Beast. We would constantly be in confusion and skeptical, and quite honestly look strange to the rest of the world.
The Mark of the Beast will be a loyalty sign to the Antichrist. That is the context of Revelation 13: "all who refused to worship the image [are] to be killed." (v. 15) That is how you will know that it is the Mark of the Beast and not just something new, whether bar codes or computer chips, in society. The sin will not be the mark itself, but pledging loyalty to Caesar (the Antichrist), instead of Yeshua. If there is no demand for loyalty to the Antichrist, then it is not the Mark of the Beast.
When the day comes...
that a world leader arises (2 Thes. 2:3),
who has brokered the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27),
who has suffered a fatal wound (Rev. 13:3),
who has risen from the dead (Rev. 13:3),
who claims himself to be God (1 Thes. 2:4),
who sets up his image in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem (1 Thes. 2:4),
and his number two demands that you take a loyalty mark to be allowed to function in his society… (Rev. 13:16-17)
…then you will know, it is the Mark of the Beast…and don’t take it!
As I said, taking the vaccine is an issue of conscience. But if you don't take it, don't let the reason be because you think it is the Mark of the Beast—that simply doesn't line up with Scripture.
 Craig Blomberg, “Jesus and the Gospels,” B&H Publishing, p. 24