The Image of the Beast
As you read this page, the image of the beast, otherwise known as the image to the beast is being setup. And it is of vital importance to find out what the image of the beast is, because as it says in Revelation 13 verse 15, it's the beast image which "speaks" and causes the world to worship the sea beast (Roman Catholic Church) and to take the Beast's mark of Revelation 13. For a fuller understanding of the image, please first read America in Prophecy.
We have already given a clue as to what the image is above. If the Papal Church of Rome is the first beast in Revelation 13, then the image would be the image of the Papal Church. Let's find out exactly what it is.
Revelation 13:14 ...'And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; 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.'
We need to build up a background first before getting to the image of the beast. In the 14th century the great protestant reformation started by a man named John Wycliffe, who wrote the first English Bible for the common people to be able to read the Word of God themselves. And then the reformation got into full swing in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to a Roman Catholic Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Throughout the years to follow, the Protestant reformation continued and strengthened with Calvin, Knox, Wesley, Cranmer, Zwingli and many others. The reason for the Protestant reformation was because God had opened the eyes of these great church leaders and they saw the great error in Roman Catholic doctrines and they decided to base their beliefs on the Bible alone, which we call "sola scripture". Now as Satan witnessed many people leaving the Catholic Church in favor of the reformation, he became enraged and through the Papal Church he brought about the inquisitions through which countless numbers of Christians were tortured and slaughtered in the most cruel way. But this only added fuel to the fire and the reformation actually grew out of this persecution. So the leaders of the Roman Church decided to commission Catholic Jesuit priests to re-interpret Bible prophecy in order to take the focus off the Roman Catholic Church as antichrist, which the reformers revealed.
Please note, history records that the Roman Catholic Church has tortured and killed at least 50 million people.
Now a huge blow came to the Roman Catholic Church, when in 1798 General Berthier marched his French army into Rome and took the pope captive, where he later died. "In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one" (Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition). This put an end to the Papal rule which spanned from 538 - 1798, a total of 1260 years. This "deadly wound" was prophesied in Revelation 13, which also prophesied the "healing" of the deadly wound ... Revelation 13:3 ...'And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.'
That deadly wound began it's healing in 1929 when Mussolini signed an agreement with the Vatican giving them once again CIVIL POWER! And since then, the Papal Church of Rome has been growing in strength, by making agreements and securing the support of the nations of the world. In 2011, the Vatican has "diplomatic relations" with 178 of the 192 UN world states. So before long, the Roman Catholic Church will have the support of the whole world!
The majority of Protestant churches didn't make a complete break from the Roman Catholic Church, because they held on to some of her doctrines, for instance, the majority of Protestant churches still hold onto the error taught by Rome that Sunday is the Sabbath day. And we now even have many of the Protestant churches fully reuniting with the Papal Church through this ecumenical movement. Just look at the following news quote from 1999.
"Now as the Augsburg accord suggests, the value of separate denominations is under question. The Lutheran - Catholic concord is ""one of the most important ecumenical moments of the century", said the Rev. Joseph Komonchak ... This document appears to be saying that the doctrine that Luther thought was central to the reformation, and which led him to undertake it, is not one on which there are serious enough differences between Catholics and Lutherans to justify the division of the church ...
... Today, the heirs of that acrimony and fracture, the leaders of the modern Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches, signed a document that officially settles the central argument about the nature of faith that Luther provoked. The agreement declares, in effect, that it was all a misunderstanding ...
... The agreement is significant beyond the dispute over doctrine that it resolves. It has deep implications for future relations among Catholics and Protestants, said theologians and church leaders. Many said the accord gives added promise to the ideal of their denominations champion - of full communion, or merger, between the churches". (The Washington Post, Nov 1. 1999)
There's a powerful Bible prophecy fulfilling statement if I ever saw one! Let's just think about this for a moment. The church leaders are now trying to say that tens of millions of TRUE Christians who obeyed the Word of God over Roman Catholic Church tradition, and who died for that true faith they found, was a MISUNDERSTANDING!!?? Let me tell you what it was. It was Satan using the Roman Catholic Church to persecute anyone who believed in the True Word of God and wanted to live by it. There was NO misunderstanding on the part of the Christian martyrs who would rather die than bow down to Roman Catholic heresy. You will also notice in the above quote that this union between the Lutheran Church and the Catholic Church has paved the way for the other Protestant Churches to unite with them, and it is only a matter of time before there is a full union. THIS will then pave the way for the image of the beast to be fully setup and ready to "speak".