Of course, neither of the constructs mentioned in the question is without controversy. Before Sars-Cov-19 began trying to single-handedly depopulate China and the world, nation-states were already at each other’s throats concerning Huawei’s 5G lead. Lawmakers and intelligence officials in the developed world claimed the telecommunications giant could be exploited by the Chinese government for espionage but failed to provide hard evidence to back the allegations.
This conflict with Huawei provided fodder for all kinds of conspiracy theories, chief of which is the belief that the new network generates radiofrequency radiation that can damage DNA and lead to cancer; cause oxidative damage that can cause premature aging; disrupt cell metabolism; and potentially lead to other diseases through the generation of stress proteins. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that charismatic Christianity would wade into the 5G controversy; but it should be surprising that it links 5G to the creation of a New World Order and the eschatological mark of the Beast.
To do so means one thing: charismatic Christianity is not grounded in the sure word of the Bible where history is concerned. If it were, it would have known that the Beast and his mark have been around since AD 538 and that charismatic Christianity is itself a tool in the hands of the same spirit of antiChrist as the beast, and that new age Christianity exists to support a serious breach in the Christian concept of the authority and jurisdiction of divine law.
Now, before you come after me with the usual fanatic fervor and venom, no doubt punctuated by the unintelligible gibberish of ecstatic tongues, please hear me out.
Who (or what) is the Beast? When Christians use the phrase, “mark of the beast”, they refer to an apocalyptic creature; a Biblical description of a uniquely anti-Christian institution or global power revealed by both the Apostle John in Revelation 13 and the Prophet Daniel in Chapter 7 of his book. While John calls this power a “beast”, Daniel calls it a “little horn” “coming up among” nations with “eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words”. This power “persecute[s] the saints of the Most High”, “cast[s] truth down to the ground” successfully, “change[s] times and law” and “speak[s] perverse things”. (Daniel 7:8, 25; Acts 20:30).
Most charismatics apply these prophecies to the future, which explains Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s attempt to explain 5G technology in prophetic terms. The error on their part is the misinterpretation of scripture, which is still one attribute charismatic Christianity shares with their master the Dragon. They assume the Beast is in the future, but that is not what the scriptures reveal. At the time of writing, John and Daniel were referring to eschatological events, but for serious students of the Bible in the 21st Century, it is to history we must divert our attention in order to understand Bible prophecy.
The 10 horns of Daniel 7:8 refer historically to the 10 divisions of the Roman Empire; they are the only logical explanation of Daniel’s vision of the image whose legs were of iron and had ten toes of iron mixed with clay (Daniel 2). Conscientious students of the Bible know that Daniel 2 and 7, and Revelation 13 are inextricably the same prophecies. The Beast was therefore not going to rise prophetically in AD 2020; to do so would push the second advent too far into the future and will be heavily inconsistent with the entire Bible and the fulfilments of Biblical prophecy since 1798. Historians agree that barbarians hacked at the Roman Empire until it fell into ten key pieces, three of whom were exterminated when the Beast of Revelation 13 came into power. Rather than be consumed by another empire like it did to the Grecian Empire, the Western Roman Empire fractured into ten separate kingdoms, and in the order by which they assumed prominence, these nations were the Alemanni (Germany), Franks (France), Burgundians (Switzerland), Suevi (Portugal), Vandals (exterminated), Visigoths (Spain), Anglo-Saxons (English), Ostrogoths (exterminated), Lombards (Italy), and the Heruli (exterminated).
While these powers were political authorities, the Beast that came out of the same geographic location would be vested with both religious and secular power, and exterminates three nation-states as it rises. In AD 538, the Roman emperor Justinian gave to the bishop of Rome civil and religious authority. With that authority, Papal Rome (or what we today call the Vatican) arose in the territory of Imperial Rome, exterminated the last three of the Arian tribes (the Heruli in AD 493; Vandals in AD 534; and the Ostrogoths in AD 538) and claimed dominion over the souls and the bodies of its inhabitants. Millions perished for questioning and opposing its teachings and actions; science and the arts were heavily persecuted (those 1,260 years are rightly called the Dark Ages), and no one could form an independent thought without the say-so of the Holy See (See Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chapters 39, 40).
The beast is the Papal Church of Rome, and 5G did not exist at the prophesied end of the Roman Empire to warrant a tie-in to the mark of the Beast. Eschatological prophecies are consistent with history; any interpretation that alleges that the Beast is to come in a future time is false, unacademic and inconsistent with the scientific method of biblical inquiry. The descriptions of the Beast of Revelation 13 or the Little Horn of Daniel 7 fits one power only, and it is the Papal Church of Rome that enforces the mark of the Beast because it is the originator of the mark.
What then is the Mark of the Beast?
The reason the mark of the Beast is a much talked-about Christian construct is that it appears in the Bible under the most solemn warning ever given to mankind: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).
Unequivocally, the Bible warns that any kind of doctrinal association with Papal Rome is tantamount to the eviction of a person’s name from the Book of Life: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
These are solemn declarations, and movies of every shade and content have been made on the subject matter from the engraving of 666 on people’s foreheads and right arms to biochips and vaccines and so forth. Nominal Christians are afraid, and having proclaimed that the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation are too mysterious to understand and belong to the unforeseeable future, they are left wandering on the waves of panic and conspiracy, and what better target in these confused times than the new 5G technology that is touted to blow the minds of users where the “internet of things” is concerned? But the scriptures have not left us to conjecture and conspire about what these things mean in the specific themes of biblical doctrine. If the scriptures, working through history, has revealed Papal Rome to be the antiChrist and the Beast, then it should be easy to uncover its mark. The crowning act in the rebellion of the Beast is its power to legislate and enforce compliance of a law that directly contradicts God’s law and strikes a blow to His claim on His creatures as the sole being to be worshipped. Consistently throughout the scriptures, God lays two key truths as the foundation of His claim to our worship. The first is on the the grounds that it is He that created us, and this is buttressed in the 4th precept of the Decalogue in which the Lord declares, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11).
Here, God lays claim to our worship and specially sets apart a day for us to render that worship on the basis of His creative power. But God does not demand our worship on His creation power alone; He commands it on his redemptive power also. In Ezekiel 20:12, He commands, “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” Emphasis mine.
The sanctification used here refers to the redemptive work wrought for us through the life, death and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Essentially, by obeying God’s command to set His sabbath day aside for worship and for rest, we affirm that Jehovah is both our Creator and Redeemer. In fact, in verse 12 of Revelation 13’s solemn warning, Jesus reveals who His people are. Revelation 13:12 reads, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Those whose names are in the Book of Life and who do not worship the Beast and receive his mark are those who obey God’s commandments including the 4th Commandment, and exercise faith in Jesus as the only true one through whom salvation can be acquired. The mark of God’s authority over us is our compliance with His worship requirements, and the sabbath of the 4th commandment is the central point of that requirement. It is the Seal of God, for the seal of God can be found only in God’s law. This is why, in order for the Beast to lay any claim to our worship, Papal Rome needed to “change times and law” (Daniel 7:25); and that change must be a sign, a mark of its ecclesiastical authority to rule over the bodies and souls of its victims.
The mark of the Beast, the opposite of the Seal of God, must therefore be a mark that sets up a day and requirement of worship in opposition to God’s day and requirements. Here is what the historical evidence portrays:
1. “The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.” – The Catholic Mirror, September 1893.
2. “You are a Protestant, and profess to go by the Bible only; and yet you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of [the] Sabbath. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the Ten Commandments; who gave you the authority to tamper with the fourth?” – Library of Christian Doctrine, p.3.
3. “Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).
4. “The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.” – Louis Gaston Adrien de Ségur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, p. 213.
5. “If you look to the Bible as an authority for the observance of the day, you will not find it. It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, and all other Christians outside the pale of the Mother Church, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in the observance of Sunday. The Seventh-day Adventists are the only ones who properly apply the term ‘Sabbath’ because they do observe the seventh day, and not the first day, as the day of rest”. – Clifton Tracts, Vol. IV, p. 15.
6. “Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the [Catholic] Church, has no good reason for its Sunday theory, and ought, logically, to keep Saturday with the Jews.” – John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883.
7. “Now, every child in school knows that the Sabbath day is Saturday, the seventh day of the week; and yet, with the exception of the Seventh-day Adventists, all Protestants keep Sunday instead of the Sabbath day, because the Catholic Church made this change in the first ages of Christianity”. – Father A. Gerritsma, in the Winniepeg [Manitoba] Free Press, Apr. 21, 1884.
8. “The [Catholic] Church has power to command feasts and holydays by the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day of the week, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” – Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism On the Obedience Due to the Church, 3rd edition, Chapter 2, p. 174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York).
9. “Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the [Catholic] Church’s sense of its own power… People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” – St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.
10. “From this we may understand how great is the authority of the church in interpreting or explaining to us the commandments of God – an authority which is acknowledged by the universal practice of the whole Christian world, even of those sects which profess to take the holy Scriptures as their sole rule of faith, since they observe as the day of rest not the seventh day of the week demanded by the Bible, but the first day. Which we know is to be kept holy, only from the tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church.” – Henry Gibson, Catechism Made Easy, #2, 9th edition, vol. 1, p. 341-342.
11. “Sunday is our mark or authority… The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” – Catholic Record of London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.
12. “Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts: 1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man. 2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the… laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws… It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.” Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Magazine, USA (1975), Chicago, Illinois, “Under the blessing of the Pope Pius XI”.
5G cannot therefore be said to be the mark of the beast because 5G makes no religious claims and is a woefully inadequate fit for the descriptions of the mark of the beast in scripture. The mark of the Beast is neither technology nor abstract, but is the solemnization of Sunday in place of the Lord’s Day, Saturday. And since charismatic Christians do not ascribe to this correct interpretation of the Scriptures, it is not surprising that they are found succumbing to myths and false conspiracies about a new world order. That order was established long before there was a charismatic Christian, and the mark of the Beast is correctly Sunday worship observance.
Please note this however: while Sunday remains the mark of the Beast, no one to date, except religious leaders who know this but adhere to it all the same, and the Beast itself, has the mark of the Beast. It is therefore erroneous to quote this jungle boy as saying all Churches and Christians who observe Sunday as a solemn day have the mark. But, when Papal Rome unites with secular powers in Europe and the United States to enforce Sunday observance as both a day of mandatory spiritual observance and in direct contradiction to the First Amendment of the US Constitution, for example, then whoever observes the first day of the week, and it doesn’t matter if your leader is Pastor Chris, Mensah Otabil, and Duncan Williams, you and your leaders all will have the mark of the Beast and, as the Bible solemnly warned, will be excluded from the Book of Life. Well will it be for all of us to chew on that and leave 5G well alone.
What About the Virus? Isn’t it Demonic and antiChrist? Is malaria demonic and antiChrist? HIV too? How about CSM, SARS, MERS and all the other abbreviations that cause us to fear and shiver? Pandemics are nothing new, and a few do surface every century or so. And of course, they are all the evil one’s doing. What we are having – this propensity to ascribe religious explanations to physical events – is the results of years of charismatic fanaticism and the fact that none of our religious healers, tongues speakers and charlatans saw this particular one coming. There is no 31st December 2019 service that saw this coming, and having laid to waste the credibility of the visions of these false prophets who number in the thousands, Christians are looking to myths and more ridiculous theories to explain the phenomenon.
Yes, the Bible did predict pestilences. Matthew 24:6-8 reads, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows”.
The Apostle Mark’s account reads, “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows” (Mark 13:7-8, emphasis mine).
But while the pestilences and wars and plagues sure do cause even the faithful to quake and fear, Christ warned us not to focus on those. He didn’t ask Christians to worry till the next verse, in which he warned, “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Mark 13:9-13.
So, to answer the question, 5G is not the mark of the Beast, and neither is the running of 5G technologies the mark either. 5G does not usher in a new world order that does not already exist or has not long been in the works and nearing maturation. The mark of the Beast is the enforcement of the observance of the false sabbath as a mandatory day of worship and rest, and no one can buy or sell in the coming days of trouble except those who have shown and have the technology to so prove, that they observe the false sanctity of Sunday. Until then, it’s important for all Christians to know what God has said in His word about the near future, but the issue isn’t so much what pestilences, plagues and troubles will hit the world, but ultimately where we stand on God’s truth, how we dissociate ourselves from the Dragon (Satan and World Power), the Beast (Papal Rome) and the False Prophet (all churches that preach Sunday worship, speak in tongues and go contrary to any word that has proceeded out of the mouth of God).