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Prophetic Perspectives #23: ID2020, the Chip, and the Mark

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There’s a lot of talk right now about Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates and his ID2020 proposal to vaccinate and provide a digital ID that will track everybody across the world. For those people who are always on the hunt looking at what technology may eventually turn into Revelation 13’s the Mark of the Beast, they’re now exploring ID2020 as a potential candidate.

Where you place the timing of the Rapture of the Church as it relates to the Tribulation really affects how much people fear they may accidentally or forcefully take the Mark.

Take for instance a young man who visited my church’s Bible study. In the middle of the lesson, he just exploded in panicky excitement, fervently exhorting us that when the time came to be beheaded by the Antichrist, to just put our heads in the guillotine and proudly have them chopped off for Christ. Or, during another lesson, in the same fervor but with an opposite exhortation, a visiting gentleman from India implored that Christians play along and even deny Christ to protect themselves, erroneously adding that Jesus would forgive the denial.

Or, how about the story about a group in West Virginia who actually fought and won an exemption from the state’s requirement that driver’s license photos be stored in a government digital database because they thought they’d then be participating in getting the Mark of the Beast. One of the members of the group, a physics teacher, even refuses to wear barcodes on name badges or allow his kid’s pictures in their school yearbooks because of fears the pictures will end up in the Amber Alert database.

These folks fear that Christians today — the Church — will be living during the prophesied 7-year Tribulation. And so, they comb the news daily wondering which charismatic leader is the Antichrist. Or, they stockpile food, water, precious metals, and survival gear in some backyard bomb shelter. And, they lose a lot of sleep fearing they may have already accidentally taken the Mark of the Beast.

Bear in mind, accepting the Mark of the Beast is not something to be taken lightly. It’s as bad as that atheist group online who is collecting initiation videos from people blaspheming the Holy Spirit. The end result of doing either of these is eternal separation from God and banishment to the Lake of Fire (Rev. 14:9-10).

But, Revelation 13 gives us enough information for a person to know when they have taken the Mark. For one, the Antichrist would have to be ruling the world. Since he’s not at the time, you’re good. Secondly, since the Mark is the Antichrist’s key to controlling the world economy, and Christians are currently buying and selling, you’re good. Thirdly, the Mark is very visible on (not in) either the right hand or forehead and is easily recognized as either the name or number of the Beast. Since the Apostle John couldn’t read barcodes, for who can, don’t fear them. Since earthquakes and meteors aren’t leveling the planet and rivers and oceans aren’t turning red, then the time is not right for the Mark, so you’re good.

When it comes time to decide to accept the Mark, you would know more clearly than was ever known which side you were choosing — God or Satan. The Mark, pure and simple, is allegiance to Satan. Nobody will be tricked into taking it. You would know.

Now, if you happen to be reading this after the mass disappearance of Christians from this earth in an event called the Rapture, then yes, heed Revelation 13’s description and DO NOT take the Mark, for it will mean great physical suffering while on earth and eternal damnation to the Lake of Fire.

But, if you’re a Christian and waiting on the Rapture, then please stop fearing that ID2020 or microchips or barcodes or vaccinations are the Mark of the Beast. Relax, and trust in God. As God comforts us in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

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Dr. Nathan E. Jones

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  • Excellent explanation of the mark of the beast. Too many people are too willing to listen to popular theories or sensationalist rather than listening to the word of God. Thank You

  • Thank you, I needed this. I fully admit O being guilty of this bad behavior recently. Lord forgive me please. I pray for wisdom and protection for Us all here. Watching InfoWars can really get me ramped up.

  • Nathan, thanks good explanation, and I totally agree with you. The one thing that the current collection of “marks” does do is precondition people, especially non-believers, to a willingness of accepting the mark when it does come. You can tell that many people do not understand the timeline of Bible Prophecy, I’ve gotten into many “conversations” with people who believer we’re in this seal judgement or that bowl judgement . It is really a blessing to be able to help,them understand . Christ in Prophecy has been a huge help in helping me understand and share with them.

    Thanks again for all you do!

    • So glad to learn that we here at Lamb & Lion Ministries could be a blessing to your teachings! I agree, one of the largest trip-ups for people misunderstanding Bible prophecy is not knowing the prophetic timeline.

  • The KJV bible says that the mark will be IN the right hand or the forehead. If it is a mark that is ON the right hand or forehead, would that be sort of mimicking the Jews who wear those phylacteries on their foreheads and hands? Like the antichrist version of a phylactery?

    • According to The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon the transliterated Greek word “Epi” (Strong’s number 1909) is defined as “upon, on, at, by, before, of position, on, at, by, over, against, to, over, on, at, across, against.” That King James’ scholars chose to use “in” when that is not a meaning of “Epi” is puzzling.

      • Good Topic of Discussion here. I think many people are wondering about this new vaccine that is being manufactured for the Corona Virus…(must be administered before we can go back to normal). Is it possible to get the vaccine and chip the size of a rice grain in the vaccine to be used for tracking?

        Thats the question that people are asking. The actual mark is supposed to be on the right hand or forehead, Revelation 13:16-18. No one will be able to buy or sell unless they have this mark. This would be a definite mark, not something injected, is that correct Nathan? This is about economic control, the One World System of government.

        I was reading Dr. Reagan’s book, The Man of Lawlessness. On page 23 it says a popular misconception about the Tribulation is that the Church will go through it and suffer mightily at the hands of the Antichrist based on Revelation 13:7, because the antichrist will make war with the saints.

        But I believe the saints referred to are those who are saved during the Tribulation. (Some will be saved due to the response of the Rapture, or TWO WITNESSES in Jerusalem , Revelation 11.) There is no purpose for the ‘Church to go through the Tribulation, because it is a time for judgment on UNBELIEVING GENTILES AND JEWS who have rejected God’s grace, love, and mercy expressed in Jesus our Savior.

    • Not wanting to start anything blown out of control just some information to take in and choose yourself what to do with it…….. but if you have done any kind of research bill gates foundation the one who will be in charge of the vaccine and who appears to be in charge of this cashless movement is working for crypto currency and has this patented (as well as patents for coronavirus and the vaccine) but his cryptocurrency patent # is something like 2020060606………

  • Please watch chave weather and two preachers on Utube. You will see videos of red rivers, massive flooding, millions of dead fish and birds, swarms of locusts, earthquakes worldwide, volcanoes erupting, total darkness during the day, and meteors falling from the sky. These videos are taken by people and sent to these two Utube channels. Just saying – these things are really happening NOW!

  • I think the church should remain focused of the soon appearing of the Lord for His bride. I’m not concerned about the mark of the beast because I won’t be here to receive it. We should set our affections on things above. I’ve been teaching that the church should “live ready” for His appearing.

  • Very good truth. Does the receiving of the “mark” come at the mid-tribulation point with the abomination of desolation, or before?

    • The Revelation timeline appears to place the Abomination and the Living Image and the Mark simultaneously upon the Antichrist declaring himself to be “God”.

  • The Bible says that the antichrist requires people to take the mark of the beast. However, it does not say that he invents it. The technology for it could already be widely accepted by the time he gains power and position.
    Oh, he may do something like a software update to get his name or number associated with it, but I would caution anyone from assuming that just because the tribulation hasn’t started yet that you need not concern yourself about the mark of the beast at this time.

    • I disagree. The events of the Tribulation place the Mark and the curse that comes with it squarely midway into the 7-year Tribulation. Christians today should have no fear of the Mark because it will not exist during the Church Age.

      • Prophecy always cast it’s shadow before it. Again, the Bible says he requires it. It does not say it’s not already available and in use.
        I fully understand that requiring the use of it by the antichrist must occur within the seven year period, but I also believe that assuming that the technology for it won’t exist or be available before that is more of a personal opinion than a biblical fact.

        And concerning your assertion that it couldn’t be a bar code because John couldn’t read bar codes, implies that John’s ability to know what the mark said rests upon his own ability. God gave John the vision and John’s understanding of it rest upon God’s revelation, not John’s abilities.

      • As the Mark will be visible, John didn’t need some mystical decoder glasses to read the Marks he was seeing. He knew exactly what it was and stated so – the name and number of the Beast. Why do we make that so much more complicated by adding chips and barcodes and vaccines and whatnot?

      • And… not only will the Church have been long gone but there will also be this warning from an angel flying though the heavens…

        Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. – Rev 14:9-10

      • Thanks, I went to the links you posted. These words are very clear.

        Revelation 3:10. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing. ( This has to be the Great Tribulation.) that hour is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

        This is to the Church of Philadelphia.

        Also 1 Thessalonians 5:9. “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
        God keeps his promises!

      • I agree, the church will be taken out of the way by the Rapture which is likely the event that will catapult the Antichrist to power. This is because the Rapture will cause International chaos and panic. 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul states the Antichrist can’t be revealed until “he who now restrains” him is taken out of the way. The restrainer of evil is the Holy Spirit who works through the church.

        No matter how the church is persecuted, the Holy Spirit is with her until God decides the time for the Rapture to take the Bride to be with him.

        The Antichrist, energized by Satan, Daniel 8:24 will take over the European Union through skillful intrigue Daniel 8:23 and will establish his headquarters in Rome. Revelation 17:3. and 9, 18.

    • When you read in Revelation the seal judgments, one of them the 6th seal there is an earthquake that moves islands and mountains out of their place, the sun goes dark, and asteroids strike the earth so it is highly probable that the energy needed to power the current technology we use today will be destroyed, such as generators, substations, transmission lines, even solar will not work and wind turbines will collapse. So there will go man’s hope including folk such as Bill Gates hope to save the world through technology. How can anybody be tracked when the infrastructure is gone? You cannot run the world on batteries forever. No electronic transfer of transactions will possible, when there is little or no electricity this world will be knocked back to the stone age. So the “Mark” as it is written in Revelation 13 will be as it says a stamp, tattoo, a primitive ID system except it will have eternal consequences. There is no need to track anyone when they have this “Mark” as their eternal fate is sealed.

  • I’m amazed at the number of people freaking out over the mark of the beast. I guess it is like you said, they have been taught wrong or don’t understand the flow of the tribulation. My heart goes out to them.

  • In regard to the person who said we should just put our head on the chopping block, I offer this thought for everyone to contemplate.
    Matthew 26:34
    Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” What would we do?
    Luke 17:26
    Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. GOD rescued Noah at the last minute so shall it be for His people.

  • Thank you for this! Good information. It sounds like you support pre-trib rapture then?

  • Thank you for this journal entry but please stop quoting from new age translations so we will be able to trust your teachings! There is a huge difference between ON and IN. And there’s a huge difference between NOT and NEVER! Please honor God by relying on His “unchanging” Word!

    • The NKJV is not a “New Age” translation. According to The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon the transliterated Greek word “Epi” (Strong’s number 1909) is defined as “upon, on, at, by, before, of position, on, at, by, over, against, to, over, on, at, across, against.” That King James’ scholars chose to use “in” when that is not a meaning of “Epi” is puzzling.

      • Not to be judgmental or argumentative, but unless Brother Lindley can read Koine Greek, he is using a “new age” translation. Great presentation and thanks for the clear, concise, and convincing presentation. 2 Thess 2::7-11 tells us that the Holy Spirit must be removed before the anti-Christ can be revealed. The Holy Spirit resides in all believers, so for Him to go, the Church has to go too. ” For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; (Rev 19:11-16) 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

  • Thank you Nathan for laying out the timeline in a orderly and easy to understand format. I agree with you as I understand Revelations. My problem with the ID2020 vaccine is being forced to take it against my will. I have never had a flu shot. It is not, in my opinion the governments job to police my health. With scientists dabbling in altered DNA, how do we know what will be in this ID2020.

  • Thanks Nathan for your posts for they are so informative. A friend sent a post to me of Bill Gates briefing members of the CIA in 2005. He was implying that they had developed something that could be added to flu shots. It would alter the brain to make people less religious. See if you can find it and report.

  • A great reminder Nathan. Thank you for sharing this timely info. In times like we are in, it is very easy for people to forget some of those details. Love the ministry and the truths being shared. Keep up the great work sir.

  • Granted ID2020 is not the mark of the beast, here is the problem.First the Antichrist will not put the mark 666 on the right hand or forehead today because everybody knows that. This microchip ID2020 is a trap. If you accept it, later they will required you to accept a second chip in your right hand or forehead because the first one is damage, it will poison your blood if you don’t accept the second one. The Bible says even the elect if possible will be deceived.As of this time doctrines does not matter. It’s decision time.We decided not to accept ID2020. What is your decision brethren,praying for you all !

    • How do you know that a second chip will be required and it will poison one’s blood? That’s purely speculation. Let’s based our decisions on facts.

      • I appreciate the clarity of scripture on this website, the truth is so important in these times. People are hungry for it as they are hungry for the living water of life. Christ.

  • Nathan: As a Vietnam USN vet. I have an opinion/attitude from my service towards the ID2020.
    Thru SERE training we were taught that as a captive soldier, there would be ‘active’ and ‘passive’ resistance to be used. Passive makes the ‘enemy’s ‘ job holding us as difficult as we could make it.
    By refusing the ID2020 injection, we accomplish passive resistance AND we stand as a witness. We ALSO bolster our inner commitment to stand for what is right.
    I have to take “The Stand”. I would rather make that public declaration than have anyone ask questions for where do I stand.
    Your comments please, maybe adjust my perspective?

    • Doren, that’s a separate and totally different issue than taking the Mark of the Beast, which will not be offered until the mid-point of the Tribulation. What would we be passively resisting then? Of course, nobody should be forced to take a chip or vaccines or ids or whatnot, but that does not mean any of those today are the Mark.

  • Lamb and Lion ministry

    Thank you for your commentary on the mark of the beast. I’m mostly in agreement with you. The one thing I have to disagree with, is the non biblical belief in a pre tribe rapture. Here is why.

    The Only verse in the Bible where it states “first resurrection” is found In Revelation 20:5. This “first resurrection” is referring to people In the previous verse, whom were killed (understandably during the second half of the final 7 year tribulation) for standing for Christ and not accepting the mark.

    If in fact there were to be a “pre tribulation rapture”, this would be the Largest number of believers coming alive, as there would be Many more people who became believers during the (2000+?) Years since Jesus was first here, then there could possibly become in a mere 7 year tribulation period. Thus the “First Resurrection” would clearly be at the beginning of the final 7 years, not at the conclusion, which is when scripture states Jesus returns.

    In association with, and supporting the understanding that the “First Resurrection” occurs at the “only” coming of Christ, at the conclusion of the final 7 years, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 states that those who are His will come alive at “His coming”. Scripture does not state He comes more than once to His Kingdom.

    Matthew 24:29-31 says: “Immediately” following the Tribulation (not before) of those days, … All the tribes of the earth will see Him coming, and He will send His angels to gather His elect.
    Matthew 25:31-32 says: When He comes in His glory … to sit on His throne, …. and separate the sheep and goats.

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is saying this: everyone who dies (from the very first “Abel”?) up until the moment of His return, will go to a deep sleep. But those who are alive at His coming, Will (not go to sleep) be changed (their flesh will die at that moment of His coming) but will remain awake, not going to sleep. At the same time (in the twinkling of an eye prior) those who were previously asleep (dead), will all be awakened. Now at this point, those who just died, will have just changed into their spirit form, and join those previously dead (already in their spirit form) and join Jesus in the air. In the air does not necessarily mean way up in the sky. It simply means they are not walking on the ground.

    In Peace and Love,

    • The Bible lists 3 stages to the resurrection of the redeemed. Jesus was the first (1 Cor. 15:20), next the Church just before the Tribulation (1 Cor. 15:23), and thirdly at the end of the Tribulation the saints who died during the Tribulation and Old Testament saints (Rev. 20:4; Dan. 12:1-2). The resurrection of the unjust all throughout history will occur at the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the 1000 year Millennial Kingdom (Rev. 20:11-15). For more on the various resurrections, check out

  • As usual, you can trust the teachings of Nathan Jones with respect to the mark of the beast. Christians will NOT be here upon this earth when the beast appears and demands everyone everywhere take the mark or be killed. A wonderful book by Nathan is titled “The Mighty Angels of the Revelation.” Here is where you will find a lot of information and “Christian armor” concerning the beast and his mark. Dear Christians, rest easy! God will not permit His Church (you and me) to suffer His Wrath by removing all believers from the earth before the anti-Christ and the beast even appear upon the scene. Amen!

  • What struck me was the statement, “Nobody will be tricked into taking it. You would know.” It will be a choice we make. At that moment in time we can choose the Lord, or we can choose the alternative……

    Thank you for this commentary.

  • Will the Church be taken before the mark of the beast is revealed? What/which prophesies need to be fulfilled before the rapture?

    • Will the believers after the rapture be part of the Church? What will be the means of salvation during the tribulation? Will refusal to take the mark be the means of salvation……’enduring to the end’

      • Paul says
        2 Thessalonians 2:9–11
        English Standard Version

        9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

        Who are these people that God deludes?

      • No, since the Church will be in Heaven, those who accept Christ after the Rapture are called Tribulation Saints. Those who survive the Tribulation will live on into the Millennial Kingdom and are considered part of the faithful during that dispensation.

    • Scripture teaches the imminent return of Jesus, in that the Lord may appear any moment and, therefore, we are to always be ready for the Lord’s return (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44, 50; 25:13). Therefore, no prophecies need to be fulfilled before the Rapture happens.

  • Good common sense explanation of the “Mark of the Beast”.
    I needed this… I tend toward conspiracy theories !!

  • Wonderful insight on the pretrib which i firmly believe in—pretrib rapture !!! Thank you for all your great knowledge of end time !!

  • Mr Jones, will you please clarify the “days of Noah“ and the “days of Lot? Some teach those as pertaining to the Church, others as to the Tribulation. Isn’t the Lord instructing Tribulation believers what to look for? And along with that, “when these things to happen, look up, lift up your head your redemption draws nigh…“ is used to encourage church age believers, but isn’t the passage also speaking to believers in the Tribulation period?
    Thank you for your ministry; it’s such an encouragement!

    • Jesus said in Matthew 24 that the times just before His return would see the evil days of Noah again, and we are certainly living in that time where evil is called good and good is called evil.

  • Good article. Thanks. There’s a great deal of misunderstanding about prophetic scripture out there.

    Note: I am assuming that in the following quote you meant forcibly, not forcefully. You might want to correct that online.

    “Where you place the timing of the Rapture of the Church as it relates to the Tribulation really affects how much people fear they may accidentally or forcefully take the Mark.”

  • The Signs oh the Signs, God’s Word is Truth, God’s Word is Revelation.

    Galations 5:20. Idolotry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy fits of rage, selfish and ambition dissention factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

    1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying “peace and safety; destruction will come upon them suddenly as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you brothers and sisters are not in darkness so that the day should surprise you like a thief.

    2 Timothy 3:13. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

    Matthew 24:12. Because of the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

    Romans 12:21. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

    1 John 4:4. The One who is in you…Christ…is greater than he who is in the world.”

    Genesis 6:5. The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
    11. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.


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