Great Expectations

The Mark of the Beast or The Plagues?

Some of my Christian friends believe that the vaccine is the Mark of the Beast. I do not think so. I believe Corona-virus and Corona-vaccine are plagues that serves as a warning to mankind.

Revelation 9:20
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Revelation 18:4
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.

When we look at plagues, it is impossible not make a connection with the 10 Plagues of Egypt.

1 Corinthians 10:11
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

The Plagues of Egypt
I often wonder why the Pharoah’s magicians attempted to replicate the plagues instead of removing them. After God instructed Moses to turn rivers into blood, Pharoah’s magicians simply did the same with their enchantments. Turning Rivers into Blood was an early warning (“Go to Pharoah in the morning”) to the Egyptians by the Two Witnesses.

Revelation 11:6
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Exodus 7:15
Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river’s bank to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand.

Exodus 7:22 (First Plague – Rivers into Blood)
Then the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments; and Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said.

and again they did the same with the frogs…

Exodus 8:7 (Second Plague – Frogs)
And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.

I see parallels of what is happening in the world today. Scientists and doctors attempting to replicate the crown/corona virus. In very simple terms, a vaccine works by injecting replications of the virus that has been “deactivated”, to trigger our immune antibodies.

As the virus mutates, scientists attempting to replicate new mutated versions of the virus and offering them as “booster shots”.

At some point in time, they will fail to replicate it.

Exodus 8:18 (Third Plague – Lice)
Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast.

Between the 3rd and the 4th plagues, the Lord sets apart His people.

Exodus 8:22 (Fourth Plague – Flies)
And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the land.

The Plagues of Egypt can also be read this way:

Rise Early In the Morning and Warn PharoahWarn PharoahNo Warning
All InhabitantsExodus 7:14-25 (1st-Rivers into Blood)Exodus 8:8-15 (2nd – Frogs)Exodus 8:16-19 (3rd Lice)
– “the magicians could not replicate it”
Set Apart Exodus 8:20-30 (4th-Flies) Exodus 9:1-7 (5th – Pestilence on Livestocks)Exodus 9:8-12 (6th-Boils/Sores)
Set Apart Exodus 9:13-33 (7th – Hail mingled with Fire)Exodus 10:1-20 (8th – Locusts)Exodus 10:21-29 (9th – Darkness)

Observation: The Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 were also set apart after three and a half days (between 3rd and 4th day, or between the 3rd and 4th plagues)

Revelation 11:11
Now after the THREE-AND-A-HALF DAYS the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.  And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.

Isaiah 11:11
In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.

Mark of the Beast or Plagues?
There is a difference between the “Mark of the Beast” and the Plagues. The Mark is their chosen destiny. The Egyptians chose to ignore the plagues (the warnings/trumpet), and their destiny being “dead on the seashore”.

Exodus 14:30
So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.

Michael/ Oct 2022

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