19 March 2021 | Northern Caribbean University (NCU) theologian Dr Ikechukwu Michael Oluikpe recently dismissed conspiracy theories that claim COVID-19 vaccines are the mark of the beast described in Revelation. He was speaking for the Adventist university’s Research Week on February 25.
Oluikpe “eliminated identification cards, chips, credit cards, barcode, or tattoos from consideration as possibilities for the end-time phenomenon described in Revelation, the last book of the Bible,” reported Jamaica’s The Gleaner.
Instead, the theologian claimed the mark of the beast was the “Papacy Sabbath,” globally-enforced worship on Sunday.
“No one has the mark of the beast now, but the world is preparing either to receive it or reject it. It is the enforcement of Sunday worship,” he said.
The global Adventist church has discouraged the dissemination of conspiracy theories regarding both COVID and vaccinations.