Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Revelation 13:14 - The Constructed Image of the Beast

18 December 2012: One of the things in Revelation 13:14-15 that has always fascinated me is the God-breathed prophecy that the second beast, the False Prophet, will issue a command to all mankind inhabiting the earth that they must construct an image of the first beast, the Antichrist.

"And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 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 key sequential Greek words in verse fourteen are poieō eikōn thērion, meaning that the fully deceived men of the earth of that time will be called upon by the False Prophet to construct a likeness of the Antichrist. Understand this completely: mankind will be called upon to create an image of Satan incarnate as was man created in the image of God. This will occur shortly after the Antichrist will appear to have sustained a mortal head wound yet he will pseudo-miraculously not die as a result of it. This image of the Antichrist will be constructed by mankind to honor him.
How will mankind construct such a thing? Through the all types of emergent technological know-how that mankind will have at its disposal. It will be a 21st century technology that many are seeing greater and greater glimpses of in these pre-70th Week days: the fusing and absolute convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and instantaneous global communications that provide instantaneous global situational awareness. Mind-boggling to be sure even by 2012-2103 state-of-the-art technological advancements. 
This will be the high-tech 21st century equivalent of the statue of Zeus-Olympus that the forerunner antichrist, the Hellenic Seleucid Empire's absolute ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes stood up in the 2nd Temple on the 25th of Kislev, 168 BC. The difference between this coming outrage and the latter will be that the False Prophet will be able to supernaturally embed a demonic spirit (Greek: pneuma) within this human construct so that it will be a virtual, physical being, a totally aware and communicating entity in the service of Satan which will be capable of killing both Tribulation Saints and all of mankind who will dare to refuse it the requisite worship. Perhaps it will be the demonic spirit known as Abaddon/Apollyon who will inhabit this constructed thing; the penultimate of demonic and gentile desecration of God's Temple?
As Jesus declared in the Olivet Discourse, referring the the prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel, this action will define the mid-point of the 70th Week. He has made it unambiguously clear that this utterly detestable thing will be literally stood up in the Holy Place within the 70th Week (Tribulation) Temple; that this will be the "Abomination of Desolation." This event, Jesus tells us, will be the final sign for the Jews to flee Jerusalem with extraordinary haste; to flee in the direction of the mountains of Judea meaning 'take nothing with you, just get out of the city of Jerusalem!'

the Holy Place within the 70th Week Temple
I believe there can be little confusion or wonderment as to why the wrath of God is thereafter poured out upon the earth in such a way as there has never been anything of this scope previous or ever will there be anything like it again. And there is no further mention of the image after this. We can only assume that God utterly annihilates the "Abomination of Desolation" and it passes into oblivion without further notice.


5 comments:

SeanOsborne said...

I absolutely stumbled across this quite appropriate political cartoon by Ashar Schwartz at theJewishPress.com today

A Long Time Ago, In a Desert Far, Far Away

It's not too far from what Bible prophecy tells us will one day soon be the reality in Israel.

John 5:43

"I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive."

Yeah, "may the Schwartz be with you" might be a Mel Brooks parody of Star Wars, but it's closer to a future reality than most realize today.

hartdawg said...

I'm glad you mentioned the supernatural aspect to this.....a lot of teachers, even pre-trib teachers, when they come to this passage explain away the supernatural and simply say its a robot or something. whether the antichrist actually dies or not I'm not certain but it seems to be an actual wound resulting in worship and wonder by the masses.

SeanOsborne said...

The wounding of the Antichrist will be very real. Both Antichrist and the False Prophet are real human beings. I personally believe the wounding will be extremely violent and the result of an assassination attempt, possibly from an IED of some sort.

(See Zechariah 11:15-17 for important details on the Antichrist and where he comes from!!!)

The lethality of the wounding is very real -- the Greek word thanatos appears twice in Revelation 13:3. Thanatos explicitly means human death in which the soul and the body are permanently separated.

It is at this very instant that I believe Antichrist is possessed and indwelt by Satan (Abaddon/Apollyon) for the final 42 months of the 70th Week.

The supernatural spiritual aspect of Revelation 13 is the most important part. In fact I believe it is THE critical element of empowerment for the Antichrist, his image and the False Prophet, and involves an unpardonable human sin - blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

Nathan Jones said...

Maybe a computer AI with a 3D hologram of this sophistication?

Sean Osborne said...

Nathan,

I think you're on the right track for sure.

For those who don't know, Hatsune Miku is a Japanese-made Vocaloid (singing voice synthesis technology of the 2nd or 3rd generation) which is combined with projected 3D animation to perform live on stage. Pretty impressive.

However, what I see is even further "out there" technologically speaking.

I think the people who construct the image will give it a future generation of what we know as Vocaloid voice synthesis, and the False Prophet will imbue this constructed image with an actual demonic entity in a truly physical structure even beyond that seen in the 2004 film "I Robot" starring Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan.

I think the constructed image of the beast will be not too far removed from the forward looking 1981 movie "Image of the Beast"