THE UNIVERSAL WORSHIP TO THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST

THE FALSE PROPHET AND HIS SUGGESTION

Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

We stopped our last study with the idea that the false prophet will use religious persecution to secure loyalty to the Antichrist and the state (Revelation 13:15b).  Very simply, anyone who does not worship the state and the beast or Antichrist will be slaughtered.  The search will be on and if they can be found, anywhere on earth where they have been hiding, they will be killed.

Of course, no true believer can confess loyalty to a person or government above God.  The true believer can be loyal to his government, but he cannot put anything above God.  Therefore, the worst holocaust ever known to man will take place in the end time.  Why?  Because the true believer will not confess loyalty to the image or the Antichrist.

True believers and all the other people who have strong religious faith – including Jews, Moslems, Hindus, and others — will be slaughtered in the holocaust of the Antichrist.

THE KEY:  Universal worship will center around an image to the beast.  This will be the key to uniting the world and into following the Antichrist.

In suggesting that universal worship centers around an image to the beast, the False Prophet has hit a home run which will unify the world around their leader the Antichrist.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation [the antichrist], spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in THE HOLY PLACE, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” (Matthew 24:15).

“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, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Note:  The temple of God is the temple of the Jews at Jerusalem.  It is prophesied that it will be REBUILT in the end time.  The false prophet will convince most people of the world that the Antichrist is the one…

  • that the Antichrist has given the world the peace and economic recovery they are experiencing.
  • that the Antichrist is the one who is bringing the utopian kingdom to earth, where there is going to be perfect peace; and he is the one who is solving the great problems of society.  He is providing plenty of food and housing and jobs for everyone.   He is the one providing security – NO wars.
  • that everyone needs to show their support and loyalty to the peaceful state that the Antichrist has built.
  • and that the best way to show one’s loyalty to the Antichrist is to have an image of the state (symbolized in its leader, the Antichrist) in the great religious center of the world. Then on a local basis have everyone express their loyalty (worship) to the state before some state authority.  He will look for the mark, of course, the person would receive some certificate showing that he had expressed his first loyalty to the Antichrist and to his government.

The false prophet will have to convince the world and its masses that a state religion — symbolized in the leader of the state—is the best way to keep the utopian state continuing.  The false prophet will set up the image of the beast of the Antichrist and his government, and he will set it up in the temple of God.

“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” (Revelation 13:15).

“And the THIRD ANGEL followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God” (Revelation 15:2). 

“And the first went, and poured out his VIAL upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which HAD THE MARK OF THE BEAST, and upon them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2). 

“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.  These BOTH were cast ALIVE into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20). 

“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 Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, NEITHER HIS IMAGE, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a THOUSAND YEARS” (Revelation 20:4). 

NOTE A SECOND THING:  The universal worship will CENTER AROUND SOME SUPERNATURAL POWER THAT WILL ENABLE THE BEAST TO SPEAK (v. 15). 

Just as there are all kinds of shrines and places where miracles are supposed to have happened today, there will be a spectacular miracle in the end time.  Satan will cause a miracle to happen; some people, who are worshiping in the shrine built to the Antichrist, will hear the image speak or else it will speak periodically.  Also, they will witness the movement of the image and fall down in worship.

Remember: the end times will be a day of mass deception and counterfeit religion for the ungodly and evil of this world.  God is going TO ALLOW the world to be deceived and deluded as part of the judgment for their ungodliness and evil.

“And with all DECEIVABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH; because they received not the love of the truth, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE:” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).

NOTE:  The false prophet will USE religious persecution to secure loyalty to the Antichrist and the state (v. 15b).  Very simply, anyone who does not worship the state and the beast or Antichrist will be slaughtered.

Of course, no true believer can confess loyalty to a person or government above God.  The true believer can be loyal to his government.  But he/she cannot put anything above God, not even the state.  Therefore, the worst holocaust ever known to man will take place in the end time.  True believers and all other people who have strong religious faith, but not to the Antichrist and his government, will be killed in the holocaust of the Antichrist (this includes such as Jews, Moslems, Hindus, and others.)

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands [having been slain]….And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, ‘What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?’  And I said unto him, ‘Sir, thou knowest.’  And he said to me, ‘These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’ ” (Revelation 7:9, 13-14). 

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). 

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

“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 Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

The false prophet will use economic controls to secure loyalty to the Antichrist and the state (v. 16-17).  The Scripture is self-explanatory.  There will be some mark placed upon the head or forearm of people to show that they are loyal to the state.  Food and supplies and other purchases necessary for life such as heart monitors, etc. — the whole economy– will be based upon this mark and allows purchases for daily living.
NOTE:  A person must have the mark to buy anything.  If he does not, then he or she is designated a traitor to the state and the Antichrist.  The person will have no choice; he or she either gives his first loyalty to the state or else be killed, starved to death, or be forced to flee into the wildernesses of the world for safety and survival.  Many believers, of course, will do the latter and God will keep a remnant alive as a testimony to his name (see Revelation 12:6; 12:13-17 for more study).

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendedeth up for ever and ever;: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast upon them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

“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 Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the  beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Revelation 13:18 – The Antichrist:  There is a number of the beast or Antichrist.  It is the infamous number that is more well known in literature than any other number: 666.  What does it mean?  No one knows.  Scripture does not say what it means.  All we know is that Scripture says: “It is the number of a man.”  In Scripture the perfect number is seven.  Therefore, since man’s number is six, that means that man is incomplete and short of God’s glory, short of God’s perfection.

THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST is the same, and the spiritual man is to count it such.  The beast is not God–far from it.  He, too, is mere man, short of the triune God.  His days are numbered; he will do what all human leaders have done — die and pass on to face the eternal judgment of God. (Hebrews 9:27)

NOTE:  This is critical: we must never forget that all men — no matter how great they may be, nor how much they may do for us — will die And they will all face the judgment of God This will be true of the most powerful of all leaders, the Antichrist of the end time.  How critical it is for every man to be prepared to stand up for Christ when the end comes.

Think about this, billions of the world’s people go through life spiritually undernourished.  The words Jesus spoke centuries ago are still true “…Man does not live on bread alone, but on EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD” (Matthew 4:4).

FACT:  Because some people recognize this need in their lives, that only God can satisfy, more and more people are turning to serious study of the Bible.  Everyone needs to study the Bible, both those new to the Christian faith and those who have known Christ for many years.

God has prepared His word to help you.  To meet the spiritual need in your life, all you need is a Bible.  But having a good Bible is not enough—you must read it and apply God’s truth to your life.  Try this when studying the Bible.  After thinking about the passages, write the answer in your own words in your journal and then refer to your thoughts as you grow spiritually.

  • John 3:16
  • Romans 10:9-13

Remember, you are a special person whom God loves.  You are special because of God.  God says that you are valuable to him.  He genuinely cares about you and what happens to you.  Think about it:

  • God created you.
  • God knows you
  • God loves you.
  • God will make you part of his family if you follow the above passages of Scripture.
  • To help you, read Genesis 1:1-5.  Genesis is the book of beginnings.  Chapter 1 is important for it tells us that God created the universe and everything in it.

If you decide to accept the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, please contact us for we have some special studies created just for you. They will help you on your new journey in the Christian life.  May God bless you richly as you study His Word and we look forward to next week as we study His Word together.

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