Revelation 13: 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
Just something for a little weekend viewing. If you stick to just the recommended sections, these videos will take about 90 minutes of your time. Maybe I have linked to one or two of these before, so it might take you even less time.
Jonathan Pageau does a monthly Q&A, taking questions from his supporters and listeners. The April 2020 session lasted about 90 minutes; there are two sections on which I will focus – both having to do with the corona, more specifically, the state’s reaction to it.
First, beginning here, at the 36-minute mark, continuing for six minutes: the question regards how a Christian should consider the importance of bodily integrity, in light of the possibility that government authority will require a compulsory shot against this virus (or whatever this thing is).
Try to ignore the whole St. Paul submission to secular authority thing in the question; the answer is enlightening. I will summarize Pageau’s response, but suggest you take the six minutes to listen to his answer (paraphrased):
We need to be very attentive to what’s going on with this idea of a mandatory vaccine. It’s not so much a question of bodily integrity. It is more the question of control. The problem is mostly the problem of 666, the problem of trying to account for everything.
The vaccine can be a problem if it is tied to control, tied to identification. If, by taking the vaccine you are included in society, and by not taking the vaccine you are excluded from society, that’s the place where Christians have to really, really wonder if that’s the right thing to do – and if this is approaching 666 symbolism in a manner that’s too hot to handle.
He offers that if and when things start to play out this way, he may become more explicit about his views.
Second, at the 1 hour, 29-minute mark, continuing for two minutes: the questions regards if Christians should prepare for flips, signifying the end of the world. By “flips,” he means that people who have strongly held one view, flipping to the opposite; just look at party politics, where everything my guy does is great, but when your guy does the same thing it stinks. He has noted several such flips in previous videos.
It’s crazy right now: conservatives are acting the way liberals used to act; liberals are acting the way conservatives used to act. Get ready for the worst.
He notes the flips even in this corona. It is madness. He has warned about the year 2020, but even he didn’t see it this mad: there is still a US election coming up.
He has previously done a video on the symbolism of the number 666; it is about 30-minutes long. To greatly summarize (and not do it justice): it is the number of man, measuring an incomplete completeness – man’s reason being sufficient. It has to do with control, and specifically the control of trade.
It has to do with accounting – the accounting of all, with nothing left at the margin. This ties in with his concern about the possible use of this now-discussed corona vaccine. He connects this to ideas to a speech given by the Apple CEO, Tim Cook, given to the ADL. Here is Pageau’s treatment of that speech – it is 22 minutes long. It is pretty scary – the speech, that is. This is really worth watching.
Finally, two months ago he did a 30-minute video on The Symbolism of Epidemics. It is one of the more sensible views from any Christian (other than Chuck Baldwin) of the crisis that was just being created at that time. It is the only video of his that I recall he read from text; he wanted to remember to say all that was on his mind.
He understands that the ramifications of the reactions could be much worse than the disease itself. The most basic questions will have to be dealt with: integrity and identity. In this video, he gives some further example of the flips going on in society, exposed greatly by the corona.
Keep in mind: Pageau’s focus is on symbolism; he is Eastern Orthodox. For a layman, he seems quite well-read on both Scripture and the tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy. What I am saying is that his interpretations might not be for everyone, yet I find his interpretations worth considering – and given what we are seeing around us, he may be quite right.