Guillermo Maldonado, the founding pastor of the King Jesus International Ministry, told his congregation on Sunday not to get the coronavirus vaccine because it is part of a plan for the Antichrist.
Maldonado pointed to Revelation 13:16-17, which says, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
“People, I want you to look at me. That is exactly what is happening with COVID-19. They’re preparing the structure for the Antichrist,” he added.
According to The Christian Post, Maldonado said that God told him that He will be giving “divine immunity, divine protection, divine health” for those that believe.
In the nearly three-hour service, Maldonado said the vaccine would be used to trace people and could “alter your DNA.”
“They’re going to demand for you to have the vaccine in your passport. Otherwise you will not be able to travel because they are preparing the way. And the vaccines, they are made to alter your DNA,” he said.
“They are made to trace you down, track you down. Do not put the vaccine. Believe in the blood of Jesus. Believe in divine immunity,” he said to applause.
Maldonado called the vaccine part of a “satanic agenda.”
“Society today, there is what I call surveillance society,” he said. “Right now in social media. They know what you like. They know where you go, they know what pictures you like. They know everything about you. They do that surveillance and you don’t know it, we don’t know it. All of that is prepared for the coming of the Antichrist.”
Health experts, however, say conspiracy theories about the vaccine are untrue and people should research the evidence themselves.
“Here’s a great opportunity for Christians to say, let’s really look at the truth of the situation and evaluate what the evidence demonstrates for and against the idea that this is something I’d want to take advantage of myself,” said Christian geneticist and U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.
“There’s an awful lot of information floating around, particularly on social media, that frankly doesn’t represent truth. It represents some certain degree of fear and anxiety and some just frank conspiracies that are pretty outrageous.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.