End of Days
American Christendom is never far removed from conversations about end times. Theologians refer to the study of end times as Eschatology. These conversations about Eschatology generally arise when there are conflicts involving Israel, when someone has “discovered” the date and/or time of the second coming of Jesus, or when something is pointed to as being the “Mark of the Beast”.
Current events in our world today have in some ways escalated and accelerated this conversation. Israel is at war with Gaza, QAnon has spread wild conspiracy theories pointing to dark organizations that are trying to create a “one-world government”, and the COVID-19 vaccine is being pointed to as the “Mark of the Beast”. This short post is an attempt to address the fears that tend to arise due to these conversations.
One of the biggest things that has derailed many people in end times theology is the point of focus. For so many, the mark of the beast, the earthquakes and wars and rumors of wars, etc. have become the focus. That flies directly in the face of what the Bible teaches. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12)
Here is what the Bible has to say about the mark: