What Is The Image of the Beast In Revelation 13: 14-15?


What Is The Image of the Beast In Revelation 13: 14-15?
Bernard Pyron

The image of the beast is found in Revelation 13: 14-15, which says “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” “He” is the second beast of Revelation 13: 11-18.

Revelation 13: 12 says “he”, the second beast, who has two horns
like a lamb and speaks like a dragon, causes
people on the earth to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound
was healed. This is that beast of Revelation 13: 3, which is one head
of the first beast, which is government and ideologies or theologies.
Again, to be consistent, the beast whose deadly wound was healed is
also a government – and an ideology and a theology. In Daniel 7,
verses four to seven describe four beast governments, an then in verse
eight something called the Little Horn appears. A “horn” is a power,
and can also be a government. This government is little, but is
important, and it plucks up three horns or governments.

Now look at Matthew 21: 19-20: When Christ was on the way to
Jerusalem he saw a fig tree but it had only leaves and no fruit. He
said to the tree “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforth for ever.” And
soon the tree withered away.
The fig tree is Israel after the flesh (I Corinthians 10: 18), or
now the nation of Israel. Its not that the nation of Israel has no
political or military power; it no longer is spiritually fruitful, it
bears spiritual fruit which is opposed to the Gospel of Christ.

Then, in Matthew 24: 32-33 Christ refers to this parable of the
fig tree. He says when the branch of the fig tree
is tender and grows leaves, you know that summer is close. He is
saying that when this fig tree bears leaves that the end of the age is
close. When the nation of Israel is healed of its deadly wound that
happened in 70 A.D. at the hands of the Roman army, we can know that
the end of the age is to occur soon, though we don’t know exactly how
soon.

In Luke 21:29 Christ added something to Matthew 24: 32-33. He said
“Behold the fig tree, and all the trees.” Could not he mean to behold
Israel being a nation again and see all the other nations that have
sprung up around her at about this time (in 1948).

In Revelation 13: 14 the image the False Prophet, who is the
second beast, says to make is to the beast whose deadly wound by the
sword was healed. In preaching that Christians should worship the
beast whose deadly wound was healed, the False Prophet, who is many
false prophets, is also saying to make a representation or likeness of
that beast. That representation is not likely to be literal in the
sense of it being just a sculpture that speaks, or some kind of
man-made image projected in the sky, or something along these lines.
Its probably also not the flag of the nation of Israel which
Christians United For Israel fly at their nights to honor Israel.
Saying that the image to the beast is CUFI’s presentation of Israel
might come closer to what the image is, or one manifestation of the
image.

Those who have been taught to honor Israel after the flesh and the
nation of Israel won’t be able to hear this interpretation.

There is the prophecy of the many false prophets in Matthew 24:11,
the prophecy of the second beast of Revelation 13: 11-18, and Paul’s
prophecy in II Thessalonians 2: 3-4 about the man of sin, who again is
not one man, but many. Then there is also that prophecy of John in I
John 2: 18-19 and 4: 3 about the spirit of anti-Christ which has been
anthropomorphized into one super world ruler, THE anti-Christ who is
to desecrate a re-built temple in Jerusalem. So, the False Prophet is
different from the Spirit of Anti-Christ, and both are in Revelation
13. In I John 2: 19 John talks about some who “went out from us.” In
view of Acts 15: 1,5, where the Pharisees who believed taught that
Christians must keep the law of Moses and be circumcised, and the
Judaizer problem that Paul deals with in Galatians and elsewhere, the
people who joined the Christians but remained in the old ways of the
Old Covenant were of Israel after the flesh. They, and those of Israel
after the flesh who did not join the Christians at Jerusalem tended to
either deny that Christ was come in the flesh, or they sought to
mingle the two Covenants into a theology as another Gospel and another
Jesus which was also of the spirit of anti-Christ. The head of the
first beast whose deadly wound was healed on one level can be seen as
having the spirit of anti-Christ.

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