For Christians who believe that truth matters, I’d like to offer my opinion on what I perceive are the widely misused terms of the New World Order, Globalists and the Great Reset. These hot button phrases are misleading and confusing and are western ideals but not biblical concepts. I’d like to encourage serious students of the Bible to rethink the topic of a one-world government in the last days!
The throwback conspiracy theory known as the “New World Order” is enjoying a renaissance.
President Biden mentioned the “new world order” in mid-March at a Business Roundtable meeting, “Now is a time when things are shifting,” Biden said when asked about the United States’ response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it.”
Biden’s comments came not long after conspiracy theorists pounced on a remark by a Ukrainian MP during a recent interview with Fox News. “We not only fight for Ukraine; we fight for this new world order for the democratic countries,” Kira Rudyk said in the interview.
Due to the proliferation of fringe narratives on social media that cast Ukraine as a pawn in a supposed nefarious scheme by global elites, the new world order conspiracy has gained new lifeblood.
Whenever “new world order” is mentioned by a world leader it seems like American Christians and prophecy social media circles, go wild with claims that, “this is It,” and the “one-world movement” is finally here.”
When President George Bush used the phrase New World Order in his speech in 1990, those in the Bible prophecy community went bonkers. This was IT. This was the Beast of Revelation 13 which means the reign of Antichrist and the return of Jesus was right around the corner!
Ignored was the context of Bush’s statement which only reflected a post-Soviet Union, post-Cold War era where there were no more competing superpowers, but a flexible realignment of military power to address things like Saddam Hussein’s recent invasion of Kuwait.
But as is always the case with conspiracy theories, the lack of a full context feeds the deception. Christian Bible prophecy folks had already made up their minds that the “New World Order” or “Globalism” WAS what the Bible was referring to in Revelation – it HAD to be. But the context of Bush’s words (or Biden’s for that matter) are not what the Bible describes.
For 30+ years since then, Bible prophecy teachers have been filling up YouTube and Telegram with “Globalists” this and “Globalism” that, as if it’s a biblical concept and you MUST agree or you are… wait for it… one of “THEM.”
And now we can add “The Great Reset” to the list… thanks a lot COVID. Yet another nothingburger. The Great Reset is allegedly about the “global elite” using COVID to dismantle capitalism and enforce radical social change to make way in America for something like communism. There are certainly many who would like to see America turned into a communist state but that isn’t proof we’re on the verge of a one-world government taking over.
Instead of an articulate study of biblical end-time events, conservative Christians just keep getting stuck on the latest one worldism news and keep driving up book sales with scary titles. Instead, we would do well to remember that Satan’s deceptions and man’s inventions are always shiny objects appealing to the flesh.
One World Government, the New World Order and the Great Reset are in reality, non-biblical, western concepts. This is not to say there is no such thing as “globalism” or that many leftist politicians do not seek to advance a “post-Christian” worldview. It exists and so do they, but it’s the assumptions to shoehorn their beliefs into Bible prophecy that confuses many.
These catch-all phrases may be a path that some western elites would like to see prevail but the concepts bely the reality of our world today. One-worldism is not taught in Bible prophecy and Christians should not assume it’s coming! Yet most do. Although taught by many, a one-world government doesn’t align with the scripture about Israel, the nations and the world in the last days.
Any discussion about a “great reset” or “new world order” must consider two crucial factors.
First, consider the other half of the world before jumping to conclusions. Non-western countries, anti-American and anti-Israel countries who are difficult for the west to engage with will never surrender their autonomy for a western globalist agenda.
That would be the unpardonable sin for Muslim nations who make up one-quarter of the world’s population. Islam’s footprint includes 57 countries dedicated to the demise of the west and the fulfillment of the Quran. If you think they’re locking arms with the great reset you are badly mistaken! If given the opportunity (which comes during the Tribulation) they would choose Jihad over appeasing anything that has to do with western ideals. A host of a hundred terror groups and bad actors like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey and others are fully dedicated to the notion of destroying Israel, America, the west in general and Christianity in particular.
And what about nuclear equipped China with another 25% of earth’s population? They’re not about to renounce their communist dreams and eastern hegemony for the western myth of a New World Order. The same could be said about nuclear armed North Korea and Pakistan.
And what about Israel who now sees itself positioned as one of the top nuclear and technological nations in the world? Despite Israel’s close relationship with the U.S. she will never forfeit control or capitulate to western political influence that would limit her self-reliance. That would be irresponsible because she made that mistake once too often.
And let’s not forget Russia. How can we forget Russia? Russia and her allies have never had an interest in western ideals and especially not something like Biden’s new world order or the western notion of some “great reset.” Here come the nuclear bombs!
So when you think about it, over half the world holds an anti-western viewpoint. Get the picture here?
How is it possible then to look at the world condition and conclude we’re on the verge of a one-world government?
What Does Bible Prophecy Say
Secondly, does Bible prophecy teach we should anticipate a one-world government?
Jesus removed the possibility of a one-world government when he prophesied that there would be “wars and rumors of wars… and nations will rise against nations” (Mt. 24:6-7).
This prophecy would not make sense if there was only one government in the Tribulation. How could that work? How can there be war with only one government that is supposedly ruled by Antichrist? If the supposed “one-world” government controls everything and everyone, and if it controls 100% of earth’s economy, where do the military’s and finances come from for the outbreak of wars described all throughout the Tribulation?
At the outset of the Tribulation, God sends forth the “Four Horses of the Apocalypse” and the second horse is the red horse of war,
“And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.”
The red horse prophecy announces that God is removing peace from the earth and replacing it with the continual spirit of war. The prophet Daniel adds, “wars are decreed unto the end” (Dan. 9:26) which in context points to the end of the Tribulation. War after war after war means lots of nations opposing Antichrist and trying to fend off the Caliphate from conquering them.
This may come as a surprise but, although he tries, Antichrist never has dominion over the whole world. You can read more about this HERE.
The Olympic Games in China are bringing athletes from five continents together to show sportsmanship, athleticism, friendship and respect to supposedly promote a better world. Unfortunately, behind the scenes China is reaching its tentacles into the Middle East through partnerships with anti-Western nations that will affect the outworking of end time events. So with the Red Star in the news so much, what does the Bible say about China’s role in Bible Prophecy?
A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan (Muslim-majority area of Western China) and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest in the mostly Muslim Uighur minority on July 5, 2018 (Ozan Kose, AFP, Getty)
China in Bible Prophecy
The Rise of the Red Star and the Crescent
by Tim Buck
Since 2001, China (Red Star) has been mostly content to exploit diplomatic and economic opportunities in the Middle East (Crescent), while leaving military ventures to the United States, EU, and Russia. However, as the United States and its Coalition partners gradually draw down their military presence in the region, and as Chinese investment continues to increase across the Middle East’s volatile landscape, Beijing has subtly begun to assert itself into the Middle East.
Most recently, Iran and China have signed a 25-year agreement (June 24, 2020 in Beijing) for China to invest $400 billion in Iran’s economy over that time period in exchange for a steady and heavily discounted supply of oil from Iran. From a prophetic perspective, this likely will end up increasing the stability of the Caliphate and help bolster the Caliphate coffers!
Although Chinese state military expenditures have increased 800% in the last three decades to $245 billion US dollars in 2020, far above the Russian defense budget of $67 billion, China still lags far behind the US government’s $767 billion defense budget. Therefore, rather than engage its military directly in Mideast conflicts, the Chinese government prefers “lead from behind” partnerships, including arms sales, joint defense projects, security consulting, and intelligence sharing, as a means of buttressing existing regimes and maintaining the status quo.
Last month, China joined Russia in conducting a second round of joint naval drills with Iran in the Indian Ocean. The drills included the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) conducting naval interdiction exercises, at a time when the Iranian regime has repeatedly threatened to block Western commercial shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, and after repeated incidents of “close contact” between the US and Iranian navies.
As Western nations increasingly disengage from the Middle East, and as Chinese investment in the region continues to grow on all fronts, a question arises regarding the long-term consequences and prophetic implications of China’s Middle East trending in the end times.
If anything, the last two decades since 9/11 have shown that the Middle East is anything but predictable, and there is no biblically prophetic role for China by name.
However, we do know the general contours of the Mideast prophetic landscape at the end of the age, and there are at least three ways that China’s increasing engagement in the region may enable the biblical nations of the last-days to play out.
1. The substantial injection of Chinese wealth into the Middle East, which will only continue to increase in the coming decade, creates the economic means by which Antichrist, the “contemptible person” in Daniel 11 can eventually arise in the region “without warning” and “come into the richest parts of the province” before conducting the most successful and devastating military campaign in human history with a “great army” (revived Ottoman Caliphate). Economic partnerships between China and key Middle East players are bringing billions of dollars of military hardware, nuclear expertise and training in trade for China receiving oil, gas and natural resources to maintain their massive needs.
2. The Chinese effort to interlink Central Asia (the “Stans”) and the northern nations of the Middle East via the BRI lays the economic groundwork for an eventual “King of the North” politico-military alliance of 10 kings. The Belt and Road Initiative is a development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in countries and international organizations. If that alliance encompasses the historical territory of the Greek Seleucid dynasty described in Daniel 11 and Revelation 13, it will stretch from Turkey to Pakistan, and align with the territory of the beast empire. Thus improving infrastructure like roads, bridges, etc. ahead of the rise of the ten Caliphate nations.
3. The post-WWII order in the Middle East, which had previously fixed the position of Western powers in the region, and which was tied to diplomacy, has been gradually replaced by an amoral and self-serving Chinese form of politics. Unconcerned with modern notions of freedom and human rights, this new Sino-Mideast dynamic allows for the rise of Antichrist and the expression of his power, as long as it is good for business.
We know that Western nations, are represented by the “Ships of Kittim” in Daniel 11 and will not be completely impotent against the invasions of Antichrist, the King of the North. But according to Daniel 11, their intervention will only be a temporary check on his power, before his “rage” and demonic empowerment enable him to “do as he wills” (Dan. 11:36) in the nations at-large and inside the “Beautiful Land” of Israel when he invades at the mid-point of the Tribulation (Dan. 11:39, 45).
Ironically, it seems China will eventually have one of the most important roles to play in opposing Antichrist and his apocalyptic Jihad campaigns, before he brings the world to the brink of collapse. Just before the mid-point of the Tribulation, as Antichrist is returning from his successful African victories (Dan. 11:42-43) the angel speaking to Daniel says, “news from the East and North will alarm him” at the height of his reign.
But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain (set up his HQ on the Temple Mount). Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.
The prophecy shows the last two superpowers, China, and Russia (“east and north”) trying to stop Antichrist, the madman of the Caliphate one final time. This may be the last opportunity any nations on earth can possibly prevent world-wide collapse brought on by the tyrant.
What’s clear is that the two great powers have joined forces in a two-pronged assault and are heading into the Middle East theatre to try to end the madness of the Hitler-like invader. By now the economy has collapsed, food is scarce and resources are low so Russia and China launch WW3 in a last-ditch effort to prevent total collapse before it’s too late. It doesn’t work.
And he (Antichrist) will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many (defeat Russia and China).
From day one of the Tribulation, the “man of sin” will bat 1000% because his authority comes from the Lord to “go forth and conquer” (Rev. 6:1-2). He cannot and will not be stopped until God’s purposes for Israel are fulfilled.
Therefore the only direct, Chinese military engagement in the Bible will end in failure as what’s left of the red army marches back home on the silk road in defeat. And ditto for Russia… it’s annihilated also.
Despite the uptick of prophetic interest for China these days, China’s role is very limited in Bible prophecy as even the “kings of the east” point to the 10-King Caliphate nations that are located east of the Euphrates and have nothing to do with oriental countries.
What we see in these matters is that the role of China (the red star) in the Middle East (the crescent) is prearranged by our Lord who continues to arrange the pieces of the eschatological chessboard.
Despite the aspirations and financial efforts of China, Russia, the E.U. or the USA, the Lord’s endgame is already decided, as He prepares to gather the nations to the Valley of Megiddo for the Day of the Lord’s judgment on the nations and His promised redemption of Israel!
Even so come, Lord Jesus
Erdogan’s Quest for a New Sharia-Based Alliance
The Beast in Revelation appears in the two chapters of Revelation 13 and 17. Both chapters give us a symbolic picture of the final empire of Antichrist as a Beast. Our class in January is concerned about the Beast in chapter 17.
When we talk about the Beast we are referring to the coming Islamic Empire to be revived in the last days with the Caliphate headquartered in Turkey. For 500 years until WW1, the Ottoman Empire reined over the religion of Islam from Istanbul, Turkey. Today, Turkey’s President Erdogan is pushing the envelope to reestablish the caliphate once again, just as prophesied.
Erdogan’s Islamist ambitions are seeking an international role in post-U.S. Afghanistan in alliance with the Taliban, Qatar, Pakistan and Malaysia.
Biden has weakened himself and the country so badly that we’ve been reduced to the point of being blackmailed by NATO’s only Islamist member. Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has made it clear: “If the U.S. is to be in the Middle East, it must cooperate with Turkey.”
Afghanistan is not Erdogan’s only pro-sharia ambition after the U.S. withdrawal… Turkey ramped up its drone attacks on Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinjar district….. “The Turkish drone strikes increasingly threaten to undercut refugee repatriation inside Iraq and create space for the Islamic State to regroup, as the most effective Kurdish groups fighting ISIS are Sinjar’s grassroots Kurdish and Yazidi militias,” warned Michael Rubin in the Washington Examiner.
Erdogan’s Islamist, neo-Ottoman ambitions are now taking a pro-sharia turn. That is bad news for the region to Turkey’s south and east. Worse, it is a slow-fuse time bomb for the West.
Turkish President Erdoğan’s Islamist ambitions are seeking an international role in post-U.S. Afghanistan in alliance with the Taliban, Qatar, Pakistan and Malaysia.
The world today is like a bomb with a lighted fuse!
Conditions everywhere indicate that it is only a matter of time before the bomb is ignited. Once lit, 7-years later, the Day of the Lord will end with the traumatic events of the Battle of Armageddon on the mountains of Israel.
But when does the Battle of Gog and Magog take place? Is it different than Armageddon? If so, should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
For the last five decades, the Battle of Gog and Magog has caused a lot of confusion in the church regarding who, what, when and why the battle takes place. It is almost universally accepted that Ezekiel’s invasion of Israel will be led by Russia and could take place any day now.
So should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
I don’t think so!
In a few weeks we are going to study this controversial end-time war from Ezekiel 38 and 39. For decades, popular prophecy teachers have told us this is a preliminary invasion of Israel led by Russia that has nothing to do with the Battle of Armageddon. We’re going to explain why the Russian theory is misplaced and simply not correct.
The Prophet Ezekiel describes this end-time invasion of Israel from the north. He refers to Gog as the prince or leader of a coalition of Muslim nations who I believe is Antichrist. Ezekiel tells us that the ruler Gog is from the land of Magog which is a reference to Turkey.
So in a nutshell, I see this as Antichrist leading the Caliphate armies into Israel for the final Battle of Armageddon. In-other-words, like most prophecies in the Book of Revelation, Ezekiel’s prophecy is simply telling the Old Testament version (Amos 3:7) of the same story of the New Testament Battle of Armageddon that John tells in Revelation 14, 16, 19 and 20.
Read Ezekiel 38 and 39
So to help prepare for the May 18 class, please take the time to read and study Ezekiel 38 and 39. I recommend the MacArthur Study Bible (large print). You can also get the App.
Four Study Questions
Here are Four Study Questions to ponder about the Ezekiel War:
1. Is Ezekiel 39:11-16 describing the clean up of modern nuclear weapons? Are nuclear weapons described elsewhere specifically during the Battle of Armageddon? See Zech. 14:12-15
2. Is Ezekiel 38 and 39 a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel that’s not mentioned anywhere else in Bible prophecy? Asked another way, is Russia prophesied anywhere else in the Bible to fulfill the requirement of Ezek. 39:8?
3. If the battle takes place before the Battle of Armageddon, either before the Tribulation begins or during the first half of the Tribulation, how is it possible that God pronounces the result of the battle is the salvation of Israel? See Ezek. 39:29.
4. Is Gog, Antichrist, or is he some unknown preliminary invader (Putin?) disconnected from all other Bible prophecy? If Russia isn’t found somewhere else in Old Testament Bible prophecies than how can it fulfill Ezek. 38:17?
So the House of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.
When The Beast Arrives
The most common term for the Empire of Antichrist in the book of Revelation is “beast” where it appears some 36 times. Revelation picks up the term from Daniel 7 where the prophet Daniel uses it to portray the Gentile empires that would follow Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire.
Thus far in our studies of the Empire of Antichrist we have determined that the precise identity of the beast is the revived Ottoman Caliphate that fulfills Revelation 17:9-11 as Satan’s 8th and final empire.
What will the beast be like?
When the Caliphate returns after being dormant for 100 years, it may best be described as “ISIS on Steroids” except this time around, when the Jihad conquering begins in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Islamic State will be led by the unholy trinity of Satan, Antichrist and the False Prophet not Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed leader of the ISIS Caliphate.
The UNHOLY TRINITY is described as follows,
13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
According to Daniel and Revelation the beast is unstoppable! Antichrist and his forces who will be powered by the enemy become so overwhelming they never experience defeat until crushed by Jesus at His Second Coming.
During the unstoppable wars in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Caliphate’s methodology will not have changed since its barbaric 500 year rule from 1453 to 1922.
The Ottoman rule began with genocide against the Romans in 1453 when they slaughtered 10’s of 1,000’s in it’s conquest of Constantinople and the Ottoman rule ended with genocide of the 1-million Armenian’s in the waning days of WWI. The Islamic Caliphate was purely satanic then and will be 7 times worse in the Tribulation!
The horrors the world will soon face is beyond comprehension as Antichrist assaults one nation after another beginning in the Middle East using hatred, enmity, rape, servitude, ethnic cleansing, jihad and genocide.
Islam is NOT the “religion of peace” as Obama/Biden and George Bush would falsely have us believe. That’s a sad attempt to cover the bloodshed commanded by the Quran.
Revelation 17 coins the religious system of Islam as the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS” which is released under the sovereignty of God to set up mankind’s judgment and fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in Mt. 24:21 of the worst period in history.
As a reminder of it’s evil nature, we see all these features prominently displayed in the genocide taking place in Africa today.
While much of the church thinks Antichrist is a man of peace who will rise from Europe, the spirit of Antichrist is already here on full display in the theatres like the Middle East and North Africa. And it’s not pretty.
On March 24, scores of people were massacred or forced to flee during an Islamic terror attack in the city of Palma, Mozambique, near a major gas plant in the Cabo Delgado province. Pictured: Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Sports Center in the city of Pemba to receive humanitarian aid on April 2, 2021. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images)
Imagine the nightmare when millions of similar events detailed below, break out daily, during the reckless reign of the Beast.
- After a mosque leaders’ wife embraced Christianity, and as a form of “retribution,” the imam ordered the rape of three Christian girls related to a local pastor…. — Morning Star News, March 11, 2021, Uganda.
- “Intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 is statutory rape in Pakistan, but in most cases a falsified conversion certificate and Islamic marriage certificate influence police to pardon kidnappers.” — Morning Star News, March 12, 2012, Pakistan.
- On March 20, a court “changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011″…. Such petitions are “seen often as a service to Islam and as jihad or holy war against blasphemers.” according to the report. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “Muslims demand to make capital punishment the only penalty for blasphemy”…. The courts increasingly seem to be complying. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “That night, our village was attacked…. I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.” — Save the Children, March 16, 2021, Mozambique.
- “In one of the worst attacks last year, the jihadists turned a village soccer field into an execution ground where they beheaded more than 50 people in three days of savage violence.” — Barnabas Fund, March 30, 2021, Mozambique.
So Why Study the Empire of Antichrist? What Difference Does it Make? 3 Reasons Why!
Why it is Beneficial to study the meanings behind the 7 “beast images” and the Empire of Antichrist and the various heads and 10 horns found throughout Scripture?
We offer at least three reasons why it is beneficial to study the meanings and discover the proper interpretations of the main players in the end times and their geo-political trends for today.
First, these images give Bible-studying Christians an ability to accurately determine the “season” of the age in which we are living in right now.
For example, were Jews to study Daniel and accept the book of Revelation also as inspired Scripture, they would not be so blind to the coming holocaust of the Tribulation spoken about so vividly in Daniel.
The Jewish people are living on the verge of imminent disaster but an understanding of what the Word says of the last days may be all it takes for some to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
And an understanding of these topics better prepares the Christian to identify the “prophetic season.”
Second, a proper understanding of the beasts provides a bulwark against deception.
God’s clash with Antichrist and the beast is the major theme in the Book of Revelation and the beast’s blasphemous religious system led by the Quran and the enforcement of Sharia is its driving force.
Believers around the world need to wake up to the fact that Islam is also the most dangerous threat to the church today. One only needs to travel to the Middle East and North Africa to see for themselves. Where are all the Christians? Where are Christianity’s historic cultural sights? The slaughter is increasing!
The Last Days are characterized as deceptive and as a trap, and expressly so the last-day ruler and the Dragon (Satan). This time is truly treacherous. Our enemy is the father of lies and deception (John 8:44).
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9
We are convinced that those deception times are already upon us today. Is Christendom ready? Are you?
And Third, not only is Turkey and the 10 kings relevant to our time today, but also Satan’s 7 Empires.
The visions of the world’s 7 empires apply to us today. How so?
All 7 of them, along with the 10 kings, will be in existence and on the world scene during the Last Days when Christ returns. That means they are here now and already rising to their destiny to become part of the beast. The prophet Daniel says that it will be,
“In the time of those kings, that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed”
This gives us all the more reason to sit up and be “on watch” of the movements surrounding Turkey, Syria. Iraq, Iran and Israel and the rapidly developing events of the Middle East before it becomes the “missile-east” in the Tribulation!
These are the days when our generation should be plugged in and watching as never before. Knowing and understanding the aspects of the Beast Empire gives believers stability in the last days.
God knew the relevance of Turkey, and how the accompanying geo-political events surrounding it’s rise would become front and center before the Rapture.
And the Lord knew the church would need discernment for interpreting the developing events to avoid confusion. So the Lord graciously gave us His prophetic Word to point us in the right direction.
Those who aren’t paying attention miss this connection and walk blindly through the end times and therefore will find themselves more vulnerable to deception.
Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mysteries
What is the Image of the Beast Described in Revelation 13:15?
Few prophecies generate more wild speculation than the image of the beast that speaks!
The interpretation of the image that speaks and how it speaks is one of the topics we will decode this Tuesday related to the Empire of Antichrist.
Prior verses note that the False Prophet will be able to perform false miracles to deceive people (Revelation 13:13–14). Then the False Prophet oversees the construction of something that speaks and is identified as the Image of the Beast.
Is it possible to know what this image is? Not only does the image speak but it commands people to bow down and worship it. If people refuse to bow down and worship the Image they will be killed.
Telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The mandatory death sentence to those who refuse to bow and worship the image is a clear parallel to Nebuchadnezzar’s ruling in Daniel 3 that whoever refused to bow down and worship his image must be killed.
At that time, Daniel’s three friends refused to worship the image and were thrown into a white-hot furnace, but God delivered them (Daniel 3). Similarly, a remnant of faithful believers will refuse to bow down and worship the Image of the Beast in the Tribulation will be killed.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Image and the enforcement of mandatory worship in Daniel 3 is a picture that foreshadows the False Prophet’s image in Revelation 13:15.
They go together. Daniel 3 lays the foundation for helping us interpret and better understand Revelation 13:15.