The Image of the Beast
The urls at the bottom of this post reinforce the medium by which the rising reviving Islamic Beast Empire will have its Leader’s image presented to the World.
See my Booklet –
“The Beast and the False Prophet – The revival of radical Islam” –
first posted on 5 Doves in October 2005.
Excerpt from Chapter Four - p. 119
What is meant by the word “image”?
v. 14b “…saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast…”
There are four interesting word references in Revelation to the “image” in connection with the Beast Empire and leader. Altogether there are 23 usages of the word in the whole New Testament. The word translated as “image” is Strongs No. 1504 Gk. “eikōn” which means image, likeness, or portrait. It is translated in the New Testament KJV in all 23 cases as “image”.
There are also many references to “images” in the book of Daniel. These are all referenced to Strongs No. 6755 Hebrew; ( ....... ) which means sculptured image, statue, or idol. There is a big difference in the meaning of these two words.
John, writing in Revelation was not referring to a sculptured image, statue or idol. If he had been, he would have used the normal Greek word for idol – Strongs Gk. No. 1497 “eidōlon” (used only 4 times and none of them in Revelation) meaning idol, an object that is worshipped, formed by casting or carving (with the possible implication that a god or demon is intrinsic to the idol).
Instead John used the word “eikōn” referring to a “likeness” or “portrait” of the Beast Empire’s representative, which breathed, and moved, i.e. had life/wind/spirit, and spoke.
v. 14c-15 “…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.”
In the references in Revelation 13:14-15, the “image” is given life and speech. It would be very difficult for anyone living in the Roman era (or even when the K.J.V. was published in 1611) to understand the modern technology that would allow a “portrait” or “likeness” to breathe, move and speak. All that was known of images in those days were drawings “eikōn” and sculptured images of idols made of wood, stone, and metal “eidōlon”.
In 1895 the first motion picture was made by the French brothers Louis and Auguste Lumiere, who developed their equipment from the inventions of Thomas Edison. Until this time, no one was able to make a “likeness” or “portrait” live (i.e. move), and it was not until 1927 when the era of silent films ended with the success of Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer”, that images could both move and speak i.e. have breath, wind, spirit.
It therefore seems perfectly feasible that we are able to interpret these verses in Rev. 13:14-15 to mean that the Beast from the Earth (False Prophet) creates a moving, talking, breathing portrait of the “figurehead/representative” of the 8th Empire/Beast from the Sea, (e.g. a movie, DVD or T.V.) and it is the viewing of this that causes many to worship the 1st Beast. Islamists already use this technology as their favourite tool to spread their propaganda.
Quote: – Dated 4th October 2005 from www.theaustralian.news
“THE al-Qa'ida terror network has launched an internet advertising campaign to recruit agents, calling for applicants who are fluent in English, are willing to pursue jihad against the West and have "video production" skills….” “Cryptically, the message, which calls on Muslims to act "immediately", also insists that recruits "must have the ability to produce video programs" and must be able to "write speeches" and "be able to deliver the group's messages as clearly and eloquently as possible".
This was of course for the purposes of propaganda, but since then al Qaeda’s media arm has become well established under the name “al-Sahab”.
How else could all those that dwell on the earth get to see the image and for some to worship it? Modern video/DVD “copying” technology is all that is required to accomplish what this verse says and to spread this image around the world.
Unless people actually see him through the media, they will not believe the Caliph/Caliphate (leader and Empire) has been revived, revealed and restored to power and authority.
It would be difficult to say ahead of the event, whether this “living/moving” image/portrait is of the beast Empire, which had been destroyed/decapitated and which is being restored; or whether it is referring to the “figurehead - Caliph” of the Empire. It may in fact refer to both in relation to his coronation i.e., there can be no Caliph without a coronation which brings the Caliphate into existence.
Refer to BOOK 4 - APPENDIX C – Re: the Coronation of Mehmed V the last Ottoman Caliph, in 1909.
It is probably through the filming of a video that the image of the beast is “given life”, and by which many will see, believe, and worship the Beast. This False Prophet from out of the earth is demonically empowered to endorse the composite Beast Empire and its leader – he is a deceiver, and he will use any and all means at his disposal to accomplish his aim of introducing Islamic Shari’a Law into the whole earth, and for mankind to submit to Allah and worship the Beast and his Empire.
The awaited Mahdi of Islamic literature, called the 12th Imam is supposed to have disappeared in the 9th Century A.D. in Samara, and the Shiite Islamic clerics in Iran expect him to be revealed and return shortly before the end of the world, and for a few years, restore justice and religion.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. End of excerpt
The Beast Empire (Rev. 13:1-2) which we see rising across the Middle East covering the combined ancient Empires of Greece (Leopard), Media-Persia (Bear) and Babylon (Lion) is a reviving Caliphate/Islamic Empire in the shape of the 8th Beast of Revelation 17:11. Its predecessor Islamic Empire suffered a mortal wound by the sword in 1920 – 1922 at the end of World War I when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist.
“The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.”
Today, out of the fallen and yet to fall dictatorships in the Middle East, (i.e., the restrainer of lawlessness – See 11 Thess 2:3-6), there is a new entity rising which has not yet taken its final shape, but when it does it will look like this –
The rising Caliph who will rule this territory, is known by the Muslims as al Mahdi.
However, before he does, I believe there will be a horrendous “face-off” between Sunni and Shiites.
Daniel 11:42 – “He (the wicked King) shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.”
God Bless You as you seek the truth.