“Working as quickly as they can, scientists from across the world are collaborating and innovating to bring us tests, treatments and vaccines that will collectively save lives and end this pandemic.”
Tom Meyer, a professor of Bible studies at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, has told Express.co.uk why present-day events have sparked concerns about the mark.
He said: “The unique combination of COVID-19, technological advancements, and an increase in digital surveillance could contribute essential components for the global implementation of the biblical ‘Mark of the Beast’.
“According to the Bible, this mark is the official seal of the Antichrist and a sign of allegiance to him (Revelation 13:16-18).
“During the biblical Tribulation, the mark will be required of everyone on earth, from every segment of society, and will be applied on the right hand or forehead; no one will be able to buy or sell anything without the mark.
“But anyone who receives the mark, which is the Antichrist’s name (or the number 666 that stands for his name), aligns themselves with the Antichrist and condemns themselves to eternal torment (Revelation 14:11).”