The Bible’s New Testament warns of the “Mark of the Beast” – a key sign of the End Times before Christ returns. But how can Christians recognize the mark when it becomes reality?
In a recent video on YouTube, Evangelist Ray Comfort examines that question by looking at Revelation 13:16-17.
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, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” —Rev. 13:16-17 NKJV
In the video, Comfort, the founder of Living Waters Publications and the ministry The Way of the Master, explains the mark is not a vaccine or a virus.
“But the scripture gives us the reason for the mark, it is for commerce. Those who don’t have the mark will not be able to buy or sell,” the Bellflower, California-based preacher said.
“Fifty years ago, when I first heard preachers talking about a mark on the back of a hand that restricted the whole world from buying or selling, it did seem rather far-fetched,” Comfort noted.
The evangelist also reads some relevant dialogue from A Distant Thunder, a Christian movie from 1978. In the movie, a young girl looks up at her grandmother and says, “Well, what about the mark?” The grandmother says: “Open up my Bible, honey, to Revelation chapter 13, verse 16.”
The young girl reads the scripture. She then asks, “Does that mean people will have to wear the mark?” The grandmother answers, “Oh, my yes. People won’t be able to buy clothes or food or gasoline.” The young girl replies, “Well, that sounds like dad’s credit card.” The grandmother answers, “Well to a lot of people, it will seem like a new type of credit card and people will welcome it.”
Comfort then asks his viewers, “Why would everybody be restricted from buying or selling? And how could that be done? The technology wasn’t available.”
“Nowadays, it is,” Comfort added as his video showed a news story about a young man in Sweden who had a microchip embedded on the back of the hand that has information encoded so it can act as his keys, his identification as well as his wallet.