As if by coincidence, a week ago today three people alerted me separately to ‘the Mark of the Beast,’ as in the 13th chapter of The Book of Revelation, as herein:
The Beast from the Earth
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives [f]those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no-one may buy or sell except one who has [g]the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. [NKJV courtesy BibleGateway.com – the Greek is particularly illuminating on ’emblem of the hand’: click image to read in full.]
Friday 26th June was the latter half of 24 hours of fasting to finish a week of prayer held by our church. I limited my drinks to tea or coffee and didn’t have any accompanying ‘yummies’! Therefore, this unusual when joining a couple for a chat over morning coffee at Petersfield Heath. It was their first time near others since the start of lockdown three months ago.
For several weeks the outdoor cafe has opened on certain days to serve take-away drinks, subject to ‘socially distanced’ queuing and not handling items, such as cash, for the good of the staff’s health. So, it’s ‘contactless payments only’. We’ve known the manager since the cafe first opened and my card is not enabled for such payments, so they allow me to pay by tapping my PIN whilst wearing one of their disposable gloves.
Last Friday, the manager took orders and asked if I don’t use contactless on principle, so I answered “Yes”. He said local Environmental Health officials are instructing businesses to reopen by following his method of accepting money. That is, local firms are now encouraged not to accept any cash, thus avoiding the risk of Covid-19 virus, and move entirely to payments enabled by a digital personal number – as foretold in Revelation 13!
That evening Neil Mackereth emailed me a new article in which he quotes those verses in connection with a vaccination programme against the Covid-19 virus. The pertinent part coinciding with what I’d heard that morning, reads:
“Everyone will be encouraged to have the vaccination and, for seemingly very sensible reasons, to have an identifying mark (like a tattoo) to show their immunity.
In the early stages of “normalisation”, retail outlets (shops, pubs, restaurants etc.) will be able to relax social distancing restrictions, for those who can show that they have been vaccinated (i.e. have the mark of immunity)…I am not suggesting that it will be inappropriate to have the vaccination. However, if it is conditional on having some sort of mark, great care will be needed in assessing the appropriateness, in light of God’s guidance on the subject. (see Revelation 13:16-18).”
Also, on Friday my phone alerted me to a YouTube video prophet Tomi Arayomi had issued the previous day in which he divulges a dream about lockdown of markets relating to the implantation of radio-frequency identification (RFID) micro-chips. He also brings an important prophetic word for the Church in these days.
In my humble opinion this video is essential viewing! It is most important that we know about such matters because they are directly relevant to End-Times and clearly indicate we’re now there..!!
No wonder I’m ‘God-smacked’ over what the Lord brought to my attention 7 days ago!
“By the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deuteronomy 19:15)
‘Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said’ (1 Corinthinans 14:29)