“Saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live” (Revelation 13:14).
Before we learn what is the image of the beast, we need to first identify:
The first beast of Revelation 13 https://bibleask.org/who-is-the-beast-of-revelation-13/
The second beast of Revelation 13 https://bibleask.org/is-the-united-states-of-america-in-bible-prophecy/
Revelation 13:12 says, “And he (the second beast) exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Thus, the First and Second Beasts of Revelation 13 will unite.
The second beast will speak like a dragon “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon” (Revelation 13:11). The ‘lamb-like horns’ and ‘dragon’s voice’ point to a contrast between the peaceful words and the actions of this nation. The dragon is Satan, who works through governments to crush God’s saints by persecution.
So, “speaking as a dragon” means that the United States (under the influence of Satan) will, in the end time, force people through legal actions to worship contrary to conscience or be punished. The book of Revelation predicts that the government of United States of America will go against the Declaration of Independence and the rights defended by the Constitution concerning religious freedom, and be biased towards the Papacy (first beast) to promote religious intolerance of other beliefs and persecute those who oppose it.
“And cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). The United States, will next lead the nations of the world to impose a universal death sentence upon all who refuse to worship the beast or his image. Thus, the United States will make an image to the beast by legislating religious practice. It will pass laws requiring worship and force people to either obey them or face death.
This action is a copy or image of the church-state combination that the papacy utilized at the height of her power during the Middle Ages, when millions were slain for their faith. America will combine civil government and apostate Protestantism in a unity that will support the papacy. It will, then, influence all the nations of the world to follow her example. Thus, the papacy will gain worldwide support.
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