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Bob, Do you have any info on the image to the beast? The church I used to belong to said the image to the beast is "Sunday worship", but I do not believe that, because a "day" cannot speak.
Answer: Very good thinking! My study of the "image of the beast" has led me to see the "beast" both as a "man" - "Antichrist", AND as a worldwide economic system with a single currency during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. When we read the Book of Revelation we see both the "beast" "man" and the "beast" "system".
The word "image", is the Greek word "icon", like a computer "icon".
Revelation 13:14 says that "they should make an image (icon) to the beast". "Make" here is to "design" or "construct".
Revelation 13:15-17 "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 to be killed. 16 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: 17 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".
Here the "Icon" appears to be worldwide, and tied to "computerized buying and selling", and this system would have control over all the people of the world, and able to "enforce" the worship of the beast, and direct the killing of those who would not "worship the beast".
I take this "Beast system" to be computer controlled, and to issue "world money" to the world's population, and store personal data on the world's population, including real-time data like traffic tickets, and job performance reports. It knows "everything" about each person, and when a person has to "appear" before the "Icon", a person has to "worship" the Icon, or "image" of the Antichrist, and receive a "performance report" in order to buy and sell, and withdraw their "world currency".
The "mark of the beast" here is something written on or "implanted in" each person that identifies them with the Antichrist and his economic system. The "mark" must be displayed, or "scanned" before a person can buy or sell, and presumably, all transactions would be stored in the "central world computer".
The Scriptures concerning the "Beast" in Revelation as a "World Kingdom", an "Economic System" and as a "Man"
This is what I currently see, from my studies. We may learn more as we watch the world develop, but as I see it, everything is in place for the events of the Seven Year Tribulation to begin. The Book of Revelation is ready to begin unfolding.
Are we there yet? Almost!!!
Currently, I see the "powers that be" attempting to "bankrupt the whole world" in order to force the nations of the world to institute a "world currency".
Prepare for the worst, and pray for the best,