The Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church is encouraging its adherents worldwide to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the vaccine is not the “mark of the beast”.
This comes after some Christian denominations have linked the ongoing vaccination exercise with the Biblical mark of the beast prophecy in the book of Revelations chapter 13, verse 16/18.
However, the SDA General Conference (GC) – the governing body of the church through its Health Ministries distanced the vaccination exercise from the end-time prophecy.
In Zimbabwe, self-proclaimed prophets have claimed that the COVID-19 vaccination was the mark of the beast and that there was a chip in the jab but later backtracked.
The government has allowed Christians to resume in-person church services but only for fully vaccinated congregants.