What Does Revelation 13:15 Mean? Unlocking Prophetic Mysteries

What Does Revelation 13:15 Mean? Unlocking Prophetic Mysteries

 

 

 

 

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.
Revelation 13:14-15

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.

Don’t Fear Bill Gates! You Can’t Have the Mark of the Beast Without the Beast!

Don’t Fear Bill Gates! You Can’t Have the Mark of the Beast Without the Beast!

Where’s the Beast?

I’ve often said that practical obedience to Christ today is more important than speculation about the mark of the beast tomorrow.

I’ve also suggested that COVID-19 may be a forerunner sign of the Tribulation Judgments, but I do not believe that COVID-19 is one of the plagues from the Book of Revelation.

I also don’t believe that a potential COVID-19 vaccine, replete with microchip is the mark of the beast.

Yet the events surrounding the coronavirus have demonstrated how quickly the status quo can be overturned and how dramatically the fortunes of nations can shift.

And what if COVID-19 is followed by a worldwide economic collapse, accompanied by plague and famine?

To say it again, I do not believe we are at that point. But I do believe that, in front of our eyes, we’re seeing how quickly the table can be set.

Despite the lofty aspirations of Bill Gates, believers today have nothing to fear about his vaccination plans being connected to the mark of the beast.

For starters, in Revelation, the “mark of the beast” has nothing to do with a medical procedure.

And contrary to some of the theories being batted around today, the “mark” is not at all something that could be accidentally taken.

Why? Because the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-18) is a mark that is closely tied to worshipping of the beast (Revelation13:12, 15; 19:20; 20:4).

Thus, the mark of the beast is taken as a symbol of rejecting Jesus Christ for devotion to the beast empire in the Tribulation.

Most importantly, the beast is not here yet!

No beast… no mark!

The beast in Revelation is Satan’s final empire that seeks to bring the world under its control and the beast marking system doesn’t begin until the middle of the Tribulation!

That’s a good way off from 2020.

Since the rapture occurs before the Tribulation, church-age believers will never see the mark of the beast because we will not be here! Hallelujah!

In this recent video, I discuss the two competing marking systems in the book of Revelation and answer two questions, “What really happens when you take the mark of the beast and what does it mean for Christians living in the last days.”