• Biblical Studies,  Blog,  Theology

    About that “Mark of the Beast”

    Over at theLAB, I have written a follow-up piece to COVID-19 and The Mark of the Beast. In this new article, I offer reflections on the historical context surrounding “the beast” of Revelation, the number “666,” and a few other related items. One characteristic of many modern (popular) readings of Revelation is the tendency to skip over any historical research and jump straight to present-day application. As I say in my latest article, this is a big mistake. When we fail to consider the historical context of Revelation, we risk misapplying its message in ways that are rather embarrassing. At any rate, here’s the link to the article: “The Covid…

  • Biblical Studies,  Blog,  Devotional Musings,  Theology

    What Does Covid-19 Have to do with the “Mark of the Beast”?

    I am thankful to the folks at The LAB (Logos Academic Blog) for sharing my post “COVID-19 and The Mark of the Beast.” With the host of rumors and odd theories floating around the internet (not least on social media platforms), many sincere Christians are becoming increasingly concerned that “the mark of the beast” is somehow related to the pandemic (e.g., a vaccine, the quarantine). Much of the fear is based upon wrong assumptions about the book of Revelation and “the mark,” and I attempt to address some of these in my post. I’ve always had a passion to “bridge the gap” that exists between scholarship and the local church…