The mystery of the image of the Beast
The mystery of the image of the Beast is easily understood when we compare Scripture with scripture and are able to rightly discern the word of truth.
Matt 24:24 For there shall arise a false Christ, also a false prophet, indeed bringing forth great signs even wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible to deceive the very elect
This image of the Beast is a title given to the false messiah that much of the world will worship. This Beast who controls the final world kingdom will be dreadful, terrible and exceedingly strong (Dan 7:7-8, 19-24). The fourth beast also represents the fourth kingdom upon earth known as Mystery Babylon.
- For clarification, the false christ or messiah is also known as the little horn or the man of sin (2 Thes 2:3, Dan 7:11). He is also called a king, and a Beast (Dan 7:24, Rev 13:2).
- His image, is a phrase that is used six times in Revelations, however, a more accurate translation is the image of him. This false messiah is the image of the Beast.
- The obvious mistranslation regarding making an image to the beast is one of the primary reasons for this article (Rev 13:14).
- The phrase image of the Beast is used three times and a more accurate translation is the Beasts image (Rev 13:14-15).
- Also, refer to these two study guides entitled, no man might be able to buy or sell, and the mark of the Beast and the Seal of God.
Out of this kingdom, ten horns (or kings) shall rise up that will destroy the great whore and this existing new world disorder (Rev 17:12-16). When Mystery Babylon is revealed, the true followers of Yahshua will suffer tremendously at the hands of the other (king) that will come forth (Dan 7:25). This little horn is also the image of the Beast.
2 Thes 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Yahshua the Messiah, also our gathering together unto him
2 Thes 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means because before this there will come a falling away first, also that man of sin will be revealed, the son of perdition
2 Thess 2:4 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
He as god sits in the temple of God is an article that will explain why this verse is not in reference to a man sitting or dwelling in a physical temple. When true believers are born-again the Holy Spirit dwells within them. However, the spirit of Satan can also occupy the hearts and minds of those who have been deceived by him.
2 Thess 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders
The little horn is the image of the Beast
Rev 13:14 saying <G3004> to them that dwell <G2730> on <G1909> the earth <G1093>, that they should make <G4160> an image <G1504> to the beast <G2342>
Rev 13:14 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…
The six highlighted words inserted into this particular verse are very misleading indeed. These four words (that they should make) should be translated as to band together, fulfilled, commissioned or agree with. Also, the words an and to obviously need to be eliminated completely.
The false prophet speaks to them that dwell on the earth, that are in agreement with the image of the beast (Rev 13:14). Indeed, those who are deceived will agree with this man of sin who is the image of the Beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast…
What the false prophet will say to those who dwell upon the earth, is that they need to agree with the Beast. Those who do not worship the Beast will be slain, and the deceived will assist in this endeavor of eliminating God’s Elect (Mat 24:9, John 16:2, Rev 6:11, Rom 8:35).
Another very deceptive translation is found in the very next verse” And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast” (Rev 13:15).
Rev 13:15 And <G2532> he had power <G1325> to give <G1325> life <G4151> unto the image <G1504> of the beast <G2342>
(G 1325) can be translated as give, given, given over to, or yield to.
(G 4151) is always translated as spirit, both that of God and of the Devil.
And it was given to him the same spirit that was given to (the one who is) the image of the Beast (Rev 13:15).
The mystery of the image of the Beast is understood when we realize that Satan as a spirit. The man of sin is the image of the Beast, in that Satan has complete spiritual control over him.
Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet
Satan seeks to impersonate the only true God. His greatest deception will come through the little horn that is the image of the Beast, as well as the false prophet.
2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of the Messiah, who is the image of God, should shine unto them
Satan is the god of those who are spiritually blind, and many are blissfully unaware of his control over them. What he desires is to be openly accepted as god, and he will demand to be worshipped as such. The image of the Beast is better translated as the Beasts image, and the man of sin is Satan’s representative in the flesh.
2 Thess 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way
The mystery of iniquity is obvious when professing Christians, protect a belief system that is not based on the Word of God, this is an identification of a Christian Cult.
According to the leaders within this cult the Holy Spirit (that they refer to as the restrainer) is removed at the end of the messages to the seven churches in Revelation chapter three.
The fact of the matter is that those who are without the Spirit of Truth, are not at all qualified to speak about those things that are Spiritually discerned (John 14:17).
What Paul is saying here is that we are not to be deceived, as the mystery of iniquity is already working. But now hold fast to what you have been taught even until the one that works iniquity (referring to the image of the Beast) is taken to be destroyed (Rev 19:20).
Dan 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame
Both the little horn who is the image of the Beast and the false prophet are cast alive into the lake of fire when Yahshua returns to reign on earth for a thousand years.
2 Thes 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom Yahshua shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming
The Dragon or Satan is the one who gives power unto the Beast (Rev 13:4). The phrase, he who now restrains, is not found anywhere in scripture. The one that is taken out of the way is the man of sin. He is also known as the antichrist, and he is the image of the Beast or the Beasts image in the flesh.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yahshua, and for the word of God, and which had not (1) worshipped the beast, (2) neither the image of him, (3) neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years
The Beast is the Dragon, the Beasts image is his earthly representative. Was he not predestined to become the image of the Beast?
For whoever was foreknow beforehand, also was predestined to be conformed to the image of the Son Himself (Rom 8:29).
Are we not transformed into the image and glory of God (1 Cor 11:7, 2 Cor 3:18). Likewise, this man of sin is transformed into the image and power of the Beast.
Eph 6:11-12 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places