Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Mark of the Beast — already a work in progress? (Part I)

August 12th, 2020, Promulgated by Diane Harris
  • CF rarely reprints almost an entire published article; we usually use relevant excerpts. But when great danger is involved, spiritually and/or physically, some concessions to urgency and importance make sense.
  • Lifesite News published the following article (blue text) on the evening of August 11, 2020 [a bit of repetition has been removed, and pictures, and a sneer at Putin] and it is a clarion call for concern and action. The bolded, underlined text is for emphasis; if not enclosed by quotation marks, it is attributed to the author, Claire Chretien.







By Claire Chretien    FOLLOW CLAIRE

“A coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory, and tax penalties, higher insurance premiums, and denial of many government and private services ought to be considered for those refusing the shot,” three doctors argued in USA Today.

“[W]hile the measures that will be necessary to defeat the coronavirus will seem draconian, even anti-American to some, we believe that there is no alternative. Simply put, getting vaccinated is going to be our patriotic duty,” wrote Drs. Michael Lederman, Maxwell J. Mehlman, and Stuart Youngner.

There is no “alternative to vaccine-induced herd immunity in a pandemic,” they argued. “Broad induction of immunity in the population by immunization will be necessary to end this pandemic.”

The USA Today article, published August 6, is titled Defeat COVID-19 by requiring vaccination for all. It’s not un-American, it’s patriotic.” Its original subhead read, “Make vaccines free, don’t allow religious or personal objections, and punish those who won’t be vaccinated. They are threatening the lives of others.” It has since been changed to “Make vaccines free, don’t allow religious or personal objections, and create disincentives for those who refuse vaccines shown to be safe and effective.”

“When a vaccine is ready,” the doctors wrote, it must be free and exemptions must only be made for people with “medical contraindications to immunization.” But “medical conditions that prohibit all COVID-19 vaccines will be rare,” they claimed. No religious or personal objections to receiving the shot or shots should be honored, they wrote, and harsh penalties should be adopted by important sectors of society to pressure the populace to comply.

The physicians proposed, “Private businesses could refuse to employ or serve unvaccinated individuals. Schools could refuse to allow unimmunized children to attend classes. Public and commercial transit companies — airlines, trains and buses — could exclude refusers. Public and private auditoriums could require evidence of immunization for entry.”

They then outlined how a “registry of immunization will be needed with names entered after immunization is completed.” People who receive the vaccine should be issued “certification cards” with expiration dates (“the durability of protection by different vaccines may vary and may require periodic booster immunizations”). The concept of “immunization cards” or digital vaccine records was floated shortly before the coronavirus outbreak and since the virus has spread.

A December 2019 article in Scientific American described the vision of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers for embedding vaccine records “directly into the skin” of children. “Along with the vaccine, a child would be injected with a bit of dye that is invisible to the naked eye but easily seen with a special cell-phone filter, combined with an app that shines near-infrared light onto the skin. The dye would be expected to last up to five years, according to tests on pig and rat skin and human skin in a dish.”

The development of this idea, which the article proudly noted avoids using “iris scans” that might violate privacy, was “funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” It “came about because of a direct request from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates himself, who has been supporting efforts to wipe out diseases such as polio and measles across the world.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of Trump’s top pandemic advisers, said in April that he thought it was “possible” that one day Americans may have to carry certificates showing they are immune to the coronavirus. “I think it might actually have some merit under certain circumstances,” he said. Also in April, Gates speculated, “Eventually, we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.”

Lederman, Mehlman, and Youngner concluded by comparing Americans’ fight against the coronavirus to World War I and World War II. Around 37 million casualties can be attributed to World War I, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. World War II was even deadlier, with 70 million to 85 million deaths– including those due to famine, the Holocaust, disease, and other war-related factors – being attributable to it.

As of press time, worldwide, there have been 20,383,417 million reported coronavirus cases but only 741,707 reported deaths. 13,281,928 people have contracted the virus and recovered. These numbers may not be accurate due to the unreliability of COVID-19 tests and reporting systems in the United States – which has seen people who were never even tested for the virus receive positive results, the governor of Ohio receiving both positive and negative test results on the same day, and at least one person who died in a motorcycle crash coded as a COVID-19 death – and the likelihood of communist China, where the virus originated, downplaying its infection and death rates.

During World War I and World War II, “Everyone contributed, no one was allowed to opt out merely because it conflicted with a sense of autonomy, and draft dodgers who refused to serve were subject to penalties,” the doctors wrote. “True, conscientious objectors could refuse to use weapons for religious reasons, but they were obligated to help out in other ways, serving in noncombatant roles. There are no such alternatives for vaccination.”

In a recent online debate on mandatory vaccinations, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.pointed out that a significant percentage of participants in a recent trial for a leading coronavirus vaccine have been hospitalized.

Kennedy, a liberal environmental attorney and member of the Kennedy political dynasty, also noted that several of the coronavirus vaccine developers, a number of which have received funding from Bill Gates, have been forced to pay billions of dollars in criminal penalties related to their medical products.

“It requires a cognitive dissonance for people who understand the criminal corporate cultures of these four companies to believe that they’re doing this in every other product that they have, but they’re not doing it with vaccines,” Kennedy said.

In an April 9 article, Kennedy wrote: “Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vaccination ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control of global health policy.”

Kennedy has been raising awareness about those injured by vaccines since before the coronavirus outbreak and has now emerged as one of the strongest voices against a forced COVID-19 vaccine.

Many immunizations are made from cell lines of aborted babies, and a number of the coronavirus vaccines being developed are also using immorally obtained fetal cell lines. 


Comments from Cleansing Fire Author Diane Harris

Forcing people to choose between their faith and their life is not new and clever, it is as old as inhumanity. Just recite aloud the treasured bible story in Second Maccabees 6:18-31 of Eleazar, the Jewish scribe who died rather than eat pork or partake in a charade to mislead souls. Or remember how Christians were martyred for refusing to add just one grain of incense in idolatry of the Roman Emperor, or were made into human torches at Nero’s garden parties. Or remember any of thousands of martyrs who died rather than do something against God, or their Faith.

Where did this idea come from regarding mandatory marking of people and punishing those who refuse to be marked? You know — it comes from the Bible, the Book of Revelation specifically in which the Apostle and Evangelist John is shown the end-times (all the references are not included below, just the key items most related to taking the mark on forehead or hand):


 Revelation 13:15-18
“… and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the foreheadso that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Revelation 14:9-13
“And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If any one worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also shall drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of His anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.’ Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!'”  
Revelation 16:2
“So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and foul and evil sores came upon the men who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.” 
Revelation 19:20
“And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur.” 
Revelation 20:4
“Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” 

I have much more to add on the decision we appear to be facing soon.; and I think perhaps even some helpful strategies. But this is a good point to leave us all to contemplate that it is possible we may even face such a decision in 2020, a seemingly accursed year? No, not accursed. Isn’t this what we so often pray?

“Amen. Come Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20-b.

Besides, here is a hint. It is mentioned in a March 2019 post on Vaccination:

Peace, d


One Response to “Mark of the Beast — already a work in progress? (Part I)”

  1. christian says:

    I am not an anti-vaxxer, but I have concerns about a vaccine against COVID_19, also known as SARS-COVID-2. The WHO named it COVID-19, while the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named it SARS-COVID-2.

    According to a reliable source, the Chinese equivalent of the CDC was working on a vaccine for the SARS-COVID-1 virus in a Wuhan, Chinese lab. The virus mutated from SARS-COVID-1 virus to the SARS-COVID-2 virus and escaped from the lab mainly through worker infection. The Scientists from that lab tried to warn the public, but were arrested by the police and detained without medical care. At least one of the young physician-scientists died. It was obvious that the Chinese government was trying to cover up the release of this new infection and also how it was released into the public.
    The Science Magazine noted in 2004, that the SARS virus had escaped, not once, but twice from a Beijing, China lab.

    The SARS-COVID-1 virus is very deadly, usually affecting people sooner after transmission, and killing them within a relatively short period of time. Due to the fact that those infected with the SARS-COVID-1 virus experience symptoms shortly after transmission, and usually die, there is not the same potential for spread as the SARS-COVID-2 virus. The SARS-COVID-2 virus is a weaker strain than the SARS-COVID-1 virus, but individuals can go up to 2 weeks without experiencing symptoms after they have been infected, thereby feeling perfectly fine and can be infecting other people, especially when they are out and about, and particularly not wearing a mask, wearing their mask beneath their nose, or lowering it off their face to their neck, once they entered their desired place. People can also be infected with the SARS-COVID-2/COVID-19 virus and not become ill or experience any symptoms, but be capable of spreading it to others.

    Although the SARS-COVID_2/COVID-19 virus is a weaker strain than SARS-COVID-1, it still has the potential to kill depending on how it binds to an individual’s receptors in the cell membrane and additionally the ability of the individual to fight the viral infection. Drug Target Review -“SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) glycoprotein binds to the cell membrane protein angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) to enter human cells.” It has already been established that those with certain health conditions who are at a greater risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension, and they have a harder time fighting it. And there are those with certain health conditions who appear to have a decreased chance of contracting the COVID-19 virus such as those with Allergic Asthma. A person doesn’t necessarily have to be old or have underlying health conditions to not fare well with the COVID-19 virus, and even die from it.

    A mask works both ways: to prevent the spread of infection -and- to prevent the contraction of infection.

    1. I have concerns regarding a COVID-19 vaccine released for public use. Since the SARS-COVID-2/COVID-19 virus first made in debut in the United States, it has continued to mutate creating more conditions and a list of symptoms. How do we know that the vaccine, even if created out of acceptable cell cultures, will be effective against a continually mutating SARS-COVID-2/COVID-19 virus?

    I understand that there have been some people who had already contracted the COVID-19 virus, yet got infected with it again, questioning if antibodies can really be produced and be effective long-term in contracting the virus.

    2. Another question might come across as a Sci-Fi scenario. How do we know that upon getting the SARS-COVID-2/COVID-19 vaccine, that the virus won’t continue to mutate in us?

    3. It also occurred to me that there could be further judgement from God if fetal cell lines are used in the creation and manufacture of this SARS-COVID-2/COVID-19 vaccine. How do we know that a vaccine made from fetal cell lines actually won’t create a worse mutation and pandemic upon the earth?

    4. World-wide organizations are pushing for a vaccine against a virus they still don’t fully understand, so how could they know the ramifications?

    I would rather wear a mask, practice good washing and sanitizing, and safe social/physical distancing, than get the vaccine for SARS-COVID-2/COVID-19, particularly at this time.

    Masks are useful in preventing the spread of a respiratory virus/bacterial infection -and Masks are useful in preventing the contraction of a respiratory virus/bacterial infection.

    Despite signs insisting on the wearing of masks at Mass, as well as socially-distancing, hand-sanitation, and not coming to Mass if you have symptoms of a respiratory illness, there are people who still show up to Mass without a mask. Wearing a mask or not wearing a mask, is not about sending a political statement; it’s about being pro-active and considerate in safeguarding the health of others and yourself.

    A surgical mask or cloth mask will not lower your oxygen intake to your lungs and bloodstream. To many people, a mask may feel uncomfortable, and they may even get anxious, because they are not used to a covering over their nose and mouth, but they are able to breathe fine, and take in very good oxygen content.

    I am an asthmatic and have allergies along with chronic nasal congestion, and I wear a mask.

    I am really irritated at those who come to church not wearing a mask, or if wearing a mask, pulling it down around their neck once inside. I am also irritated at those who normally come wearing their mask beneath their nose. Why wear it all?

    (You find some of the same resistance to wearing a mask properly and for the entire time in a store among shoppers at a supermarket. I heard someone comment that people lowering their mask once inside a place are like children trying to get away with something).

    I have also seen people, male and female, regard their mask in the same context as a head covering at a Latin Mass. As soon as the Mass is over, they take off their mask in the church,often in their pew, and then proceed to exit the church, coming into contact with other parishioners. Despite spaced-out social-distancing in the pews at church, I have seen, multiple times, a bunch of parishioners congregating in the parking lot in very close proximity to one another, conversing, without wearing a mask. It makes me wonder if some people know what it’s all about!

    I have also seen some people upon the end of Mass, remove their mask in an act of disgust, and even comment that they’re sick of wearing it. These people are complaining of wearing a mask approximately an hour when essential workers, people who serve tables, and other workers in many other businesses, have to wear a mask for at least 8-9 hours, and often longer, each work shift.

    People not wearing masks, not wearing masks properly, or not wearing masks throughout the Mass, including exiting the church, are making many of their fellow parishioners feel uncomfortable, and they are keeping others away from Mass due to their lack of compliance. It is selfish and not very Christian of some people to keep others away from Mass due their lack of compliance and/or their personal reasons for not wanting to wear a mask.

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