BILL GATES-CORONAVIRUS ‘END TIMES’ CONSPIRACY
By Gustav Krös and Andrew Richards
The coronavirus has captured the human psyche like few other events before it. One of the reasons for this is the global impact it has had. Not since the Second World War has humanity been drawn together by a single uniting factor as we are experiencing today. This has had positive consequences in the way it has brought the global community together, but naturally it has also had negative consequences, especially in the realm of conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and fake news.
At INcontext we have not seen a single event give birth to so many conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and fake news as we have seen wit
h the coronavirus. Its global impact has not only led to the sheer quantity of fake news and conspiracy theories, but it has also contributed to the rate at which these stories spread and their global reach. For the Christian community, this global impact has also brought ‘End Time’ prophesies to the fore, and as a result most of these stories in Christian circles contain elements of the signs and prophesies of the ‘End Times’.
As a ministry, INcontext International serves the Church by providing a Christian perspective on global news, to inform strategic mission involvement. Through our monitoring of global events, we have seen the dramatic rise of fake news over the past ten years. Although we cannot investigate every single fake news item, conspiracy theory, or hoax that comes across our desks, we do know we have an obligation to identify false prophets and to clarify messages that are misleading believers and damaging the Church.
BILL GATES, RICK WILES AND THE ‘MARK OF THE BEAST’
A recent social media story that has gained much attention is a video by pastor Rick Wiles that claims that Bill Gates is behind a new Quantum Dot Tattoo microchip aimed at controlling humanity under the guise of a vaccine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). He also claims that an initiative called ID2020 will be used to collect data on every human in order to control their movements. These theories combined have Wiles claiming that they point to the ‘mark of the beast’, as prophesied in Revelation 13.
These are serious allegations, and due to the number of believers who contacted INcontext regarding this video clip, we decided to investigate it further.
Here are some of the claims made by Wiles and what our research found.
- CLAIM: Bill Gates has developed a Quantum Dot Tattoo – essentially a microchip – that will be used to track every human on earth. The ‘microchip’ will be forced on humanity, disguised as a vaccine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the ‘mark of the beast’ as described in Revelation 13.
RESEARCH: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is sponsoring research into a new system of vaccine identification, hence the development of the Quantum Dot Tattoo by Professor Kevin McHugh, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University.
Why is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsoring this work?
“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation came to us and said, ‘Hey, we have a real problem — knowing who’s vaccinated,’” said McHugh, who was recruited to join Rice with funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. “They said, ‘We go on vaccination campaigns where people get into Hummers, drive to a rural village, set up a tent and start immunizing people, but they don’t always know who’s been immunized before and what vaccines are still needed.’” Parents often don’t know their children’s vaccination histories, McHugh said. “So our idea was to put the record on the person,” he said. “This way, later on, people can scan over the area to see what vaccines have been administered and give only the ones still needed. There are two sides to this,” he said. “First, is that you don’t administer unnecessary vaccines, which has a cost. But even bigger, you don’t leave people under-immunized and at risk of getting an infectious disease.”
The claim that the Quantum Dot Tattoo is a tracking microchip in disguise, is disputed by the fact that it cannot hold any other information other than a record of vaccinations and cannot be tracked via satellite, thus rendering the claim false.
- CLAIM: Bill Gates is a member of the ID2020 initiative. The end goal of ID2020 is to forcefully collect information on every human on the planet in order to control their movements.
RESEARCH: More than a billion people worldwide are unable to prove their identity in any form – paper or digital. This prevents them from receiving healthcare and life-saving subsidies from either their governments or humanitarian organisations. The ID2020 initiative aims to give every human the chance to be recognised, to be identified, and to be given the opportunity to share in the resources.
According to suggestions made at the 2017 ID2020 summit, the ID2020 initiative will not make use of microchip implants (as suggested by various conspiracy theorists like Rick Wiles). Instead, they are looking at India and its implementation of the Aadhaar digital ID programme that uses fingerprints and eye scans to prove the identity of a person.
- CLAIM: Bill Gates wants to control population growth by killing millions of people with vaccines.
RESEARCH: In terms of population growth, Bill Gates has expressed the belief that if the poor around the world become healthier, there will eventually be a decline in population growth. “As families’ health improves, they choose to have fewer children. We find it in every country. Population growth goes down as we improve health. The faster we improve health, the faster population growth (over time) goes down”. According to Gates, studies have shown that when child mortality rates decrease so does population growth. He points to studies done in developing countries that contain some of the poorest people in the world. People in these countries tend to have more children because they know that some will die before the age of five. They, therefore, have more children to make sure at least some survive until adulthood. Gates believes that if you can improve the healthcare of a family, giving children a higher survival rate, that parents will eventually have fewer children because they know the ones they have will survive. What Gates is suggesting is not a once-off killing of millions, but a systematic decline over time.
Our research has confirmed that the ID2020 initiative does exist and that Bill Gates is addressing population growth. However, the major difference is the reasons that Bill Gates provides for investing in these initiatives, and the theories that Wiles believes regarding these initiatives. If you are a conspiracy theorist, then the mere existence of these initiatives will give you more than enough reason to believe Wiles’ theories behind them because Bill Gates could also be lying as to why he is investing in them.
But for Christians, there is more to consider than just the veracity of the claims, we should also look at the messenger.
DOES THE MESSENGER REFLECT CHRIST?
Just because someone says they are a Christian, a pastor, or a prophet doesn’t mean you can trust everything he/she says. It doesn’t matter how educated a person might sound, how confident he/she might be on the issue being addressed, or how many Bible scriptures he/she can quote. In Matthew 24 verse 11, Jesus warns us that many false prophets will appear and deceive many people as we move closer to His return.
Messages from unfamiliar sources – whether they claim to be teachers, preachers, or prophets – should be treated with much caution.
In the case of Wiles’ video, the manner and words he uses to describe Bill Gates and the things he wants to do to Bill Gates does not reflect the character of Christ. This obvious lack of spiritual fruit should be a warning bell.
Wiles Quote: “When will this man’s [Bill Gates] serpent tongue appear, and his horns? …this man [Bill Gates] is building Lucifer’s anti-Christ system. This guy [Bill Gates] is an enemy of the human race. He is an enemy of Almighty God. Bill Gates is turning out to be one very evil man. Personally, I want to tell Bill Gates where he can stick his syringe…” (Wiles then uses some very unsavoury language to elaborate on this last point).
Ephesians 6:12 says: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Wiles’ comments concerning Bill Gates does not reflect this truth, and as such does not reflect the character of Christ.
And further to this, Wiles does not show any compassion towards the ‘unsaved’ or acknowledegment that the Gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations before Jesus’ return (Matt 24:14).
Wiles Quote: “Are you all done with this world? I’m done with this world…I want off this planet…when are we going to beg Jesus to come back?”
It is wonderful that Wiles longs for Jesus’ return, but his motivation doesn’t reflect the heart of Christ as displayed in 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Wiles’ demeanour and comments should already be a warning to Christians to handle his statements with caution, but if this is not enough, then we should heed 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.”
The screenshots from webpages and video material that Wiles shows throughout his video cannot simply be taken as proof for the wild assumptions and statements he makes. Like the Berean Jews, in Acts 17:11, we need to investigate it first, and as our research has shown, there is no evidence that the Quantum Dot Tattoo or the ID2020 programme will be administered by way of a microchip that will allow people to be tracked.
In the times we live in – with social media flourishing as the main medium for spreading fake news, conspiracy theories, and hoaxes – we always need to be on our guard. Jesus warned us that there will be many false prophets who will deceive many people (Matt 24:11). It should surely be every Christian’s desire not to be among the “many” who will be deceived and simultaneously, not contribute towards others being deceived.
We all have the responsibility to test (1 Thess 5:19-22) and investigate (Acts 17:11) every message we receive, before forwarding it on to others. Just because you trust the person from whom you received a message doesn’t mean you can trust the messenger within the message. The next time you receive a message like the one of Rick Wiles, please ask the person from whom you received it whether they have verified it before sending it on to you. If not, will you be willing to do your part in stopping the spread of messages that are deceiving Christians and damaging the Church?
It will require a change of perspective to limit the spread of messages like these. We should view all similar messages with suspicion and prioritise protecting our family and friends from being deceived. If you are not willing to verify it, then rather don’t forward it.
Some potentially positive effects of such messages is that they should encourage us to study our Bibles, to be part of healthy congregations and Christian networks, and to lead us to invest in our relationship with Christ as we go about equipping ourselves to test, investigate, and discern these types of messages. As we grow in our relationship with Christ, the ability to discern the content of a message will also become easier because you will know whether it reflects the heart of Christ, or not. Also, if we form part of healthy, mature congregations and Christian networks, then we can rest assured that if there is anything we need to know about, it will be communicated via trusted channels.
There will be many more messages concerning the ‘End Times’, and every time we receive one it should remind us of a crucial benchmark Jesus gave us concerning the ‘End Time’ in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” These words of Jesus come in the midst of his explanation to the disciples regarding the signs of the ‘End Times’ and tell us that we should remain focused on our task in the midst of everything that is happening around us. Yes, there will be wars, famines, earthquakes, and false prophets, but the one thing we can be sure of is that we will not see Jesus’ return until the Great Commission is completed (Matt 28:18-20). So, let’s strive to equip ourselves to discern quickly and efficiently between these multitudes of messages we are receiving so that they don’t distract us from our task of taking the Gospel to every nation, tribe, and tongue.
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