We answered a question dealing with the current pandemic back on August 21st.  You can go to our website www.answersfromthebook.net and type in the Search Box: “What does the Bible say about the ongoing pandemic being referred to as the start of the ‘end’?” It dealt with COVID and the VACCINE in some detail. Now let’s take a brief look at the vaccine, COVID and blood transfusions.

1) The VACCINE: The Bible is absolutely silent regarding any kind of vaccine, for there were no vaccines in Bible times nor is there a scripture which may refer to a future vaccine. Some Bible teachers claim that the COVID vaccine is being used by corrupt scientists, doctors and politicians to “program our DNA” in order to manipulate us into allegiance to the government. Others go one step further and say it is the infamous “Mark of the Beast” mentioned in Revelation 13:16-17. Let’s read that passage: “He (the Antichrist) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to RECEIVE A MARK ON THEIR RIGHT HAND OR ON THEIR FOREHEADS, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” The current Covid Vaccine could not be the fulfillment of this prophecy for it specifically says that the “mark” will be on the “right hand or forehead” while the vaccine is being injected into one’s “arm.” Besides that, it says in verse 15 that if they refuse to take the mark they will “be killed.” No one’s life is being threatened if they refuse to take the vaccine. And finally, the “mark of the beast” will be implemented in the middle of the coming seven-year Tribulation Period, which doesn’t begin until after the Rapture of the church (see John 14:2-3; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 3:10-11).

2) COVID: The current “COVID-19 Pandemic” is NOT referred to in Scripture, though the Bible does speak of “Pestilences” (infectious diseases) as one of the signs that will occur during the Tribulation Period in Matthew 24:7, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom and against kingdom. There will be famines, PESTILENCES, and earthquakes in various places.” This same “sign” is also mentioned in Revelation 6:7-8, “When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come.’ I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with SWORD and with FAMINE and with PESTILENCE and by WILD BEASTS of the earth” (NASB). As you can see, ¼ of the world’s population will be destroyed by wars, famines, PESTILENCES and wild beasts. COVID is surely wreaking havoc around the world but the loss of life from COVID pales in comparison to the death toll during the Tribulation Period. And I will emphasize again that this occurs AFTER the Rapture of the church and the church (made up of believers in Christ…see Acts 2:47) is still here on earth.

3) BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS: Like vaccines, the Bible is SILENT on this subject for “there was no such thing as blood transfusions in Bible times.” The main teaching about “blood” had to do with NOT EATING BLOOD. This command was first given to Noah in Genesis 9:4, “But you shall NOT EAT flesh with its life, that is, ITS BLOOD.” We see this also in Leviticus 17:10-11, “And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against THAT PERSON WHO EATS BLOOD, and will cut him off from among the people. For THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls.” So, one was NOT TO EAT BLOOD because it would mean “you are taking the life of the one you eat.” Blood transfusions are a modern-day discovery that “saves lives”; they have nothing to do with eating blood or taking one’s life, so there is nothing wrong with either giving or receiving a blood transfusion.  (DO)  (508.1)