What is the Mark of the Beast? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Cale Clarke recently dived into the deep end of the Revelation pool, tackling the ever-intriguing “mark of the beast”.

First, Cale zoomed in on BlackRock’s CEO, Larry Fink, and his take on government-issued digital currency, a.k.a. CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currencies). Fink’s vision? A tokenized society where every transaction is as transparent as a freshly cleaned window. Sounds futuristic, right? But Cale raises an eyebrow: could this be less about building a better society and more about dismantling the essence of what makes us human? 🤔

Enter Jason DeBolt, a Tesla investor turned millionaire, who’s not mincing words. He believes CBDCs are a highway to a dystopian nightmare, where governments could have unprecedented control over what we say, buy, or do. Think your bank account turning into a big, fat zero with a click of a button. Scary, huh? 😱

Cale takes you on a journey back to the Book of Revelation, where the infamous 666 comes into play. Here, he turns to Dr. Michael Barber’s book “Coming Soon” for insights. Apparently, the real beast in Revelation was Nero Caesar.

The mark of the beast might actually have been about the coins bearing Nero’s face. Imagine, your very currency being a sign of allegiance to this ancient villain! 🪙

So, is the CBDC the modern mark of the beast? Cale urges caution in jumping to such conclusions. While new technologies like digital currencies might raise eyebrows and deserve scrutiny, they’re not necessarily the pitchforks of the antichrist. At least, we pray. 

Cale’s take-home message: while we’re navigating our brave new digital world, let’s not forget our history, and let’s not get too carried away with apocalyptic fears.

What’s your take? Are we headed for a digital dystopia, or is this just another chapter in humanity’s never-ending story? 📖🌍🚀

Cale Clarke is the host of both The Cale Clarke Show and The Faith Explained on Relevant Radio. On The Faith Explained, Cale dives deep into Scriptures, the Catechism and Sacred Tradition to bring an in-depth look at what the Catholic Church Believes. On the Cale Clarke Show, Cale unpacks how a Catholic perspective affects the nitty-gritty of everyday life. He also looks at what's happening in the culture through a Catholic Lens.