5. The Image of the Beast
Bring any believer in Jesus who walked closely with Him from any past generation (prior to the 20th century) right into your living room with you and turn on the television news. Let’s assume that you have a wide-screen TV of recent make. What would be the reaction taking place inside this brother or sister in the Lord who walked closely with God in power all the days of their life? Would they agree with you that what they are seeing is blasé, “been there – seen that,” normal and everyday? Or would they be stunned and speechless, convinced that everything has gone horrifically wrong?
5. The Image of the Beast
In my last letter, I exhorted my readers not to watch the television news. I also provided links to a couple of articles explaining how mass delusion operates in the present world. I am convinced that our victory as sons over the Beast and over its image requires that we not be caught in the worship of the Beast and its image.
And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb… Revelation 15:2-3
Notice “those who have the victory over the beast, and over his image.” So, yes, the victory of Christ that God is proving through us is a victory over, specifically, the beast and its image.
One of the strongest delusions operating among our brethren throughout all Christianity is the belief that Christ and anti-Christ are NOT ordinary, common, and very, very familiar. This was exactly why Jesus was rejected by His generation. “We KNOW your brothers and sisters; you are an ORDINARY man, no different from us.”
Jesus was, absolutely, an ordinary man. He simply did not do anything extraordinary, except walk on water. Look at all of the miracles. What, exactly did Jesus do? All He ever did was say some words, words that anyone and everyone could just as easily say. Jesus did not “heal” anyone. The healing came as an interaction between the person believing and the Spirit of God.
In exactly the same way, the beast and its image are utterly common and ordinary, part of the fabric of our daily lives.
Now, let’s establish an absolute reality. The prophetic word of Christ has nothing to do with “predicting the future.” The intellectual exercise of forcing “Bible prophecy” on a layout of “future” historical and political circumstances takes place inside an arena utterly absent of the Holy Spirit and void of any concern for the intentions and heart of God.
The truth is, the “future” does not and will never exist. Today is the acceptable time; NOW is the day of salvation. If Christ is other than today, this moment, then Christ does not exist.
The entire purpose of the prophetic word recorded in the Bible is to place in the hands of the Holy Spirit the tools He needs to enable us to comprehend our present Today. However, the prophetic word recorded in the Bible is not really the prophetic word of Christ. The prophetic word of Christ is that which we speak today. But more on that in later letters.
Now, the common, the ordinary, and the very familiar has two parts. First, it is the common and ordinary in every generation of the church, each in their day. Second it is the common, the ordinary, and the very familiar in the fullness of times. The difference is found in the intention and proving of God.
The ordinary beast in the fullness of times is no less ordinary than the ordinary beast in each generation of the church. Yet the ordinary beast in the fullness of times is, in fact, the extreme of human folly.
Now, understand what that means. Bring any believer in Jesus who walked closely with Him from any past generation (prior to the 20th century) right into your living room with you and turn on the television news. Let’s assume that you have a wide-screen TV of recent make. What would be the reaction taking place inside this brother or sister in the Lord who walked closely with God in power all the days of their life? Would they agree with you that what they are seeing is blasé, “been there – seen that,” normal and everyday? Or would they be stunned and speechless, convinced that everything has gone horrifically wrong?
What would they see?
1. They would see an image.
2. They would hear that image speaking to them.
3. They would see pictures of events and occurrences filled with miraculous impossibility.
4. They would see you, believing everything that you see on the image as if it is gospel truth.
5. They would hear you talking about how wonderful your Beast-head is, whether “God (dragon) bless America” or whatever country’s Beast-head you look to for leadership in this world.
Yet to you, all of it is so ordinary and familiar.
We are members of the body of Christ. Every believer in Jesus Christ from the upper room until today is more a part of us and we a part of them than we are capable of comprehending right now. We are one body together with all saints who have walked this earth.
And every one of them is pressed forward right now, front row seats, watching you and me, cheering us on, and wondering with all wonder why on earth we are worshiping the image of the beast.
To the entire body of Christ except us, the reality of the image of the beast is shockingly, staggeringly clear. To us it is simply ordinary, common, and very, very familiar.
The fullness of times. Let me give a quick run-through of the majority of Revelation 13. I have a suspicion that when we see all things as they really are, reality will be surprisingly close to this layout.
…And I saw a beast (modern human government) rising up (beginning in London, England, around 1650, the “rising up” taking about 350 years) out of the sea (the masses of humanity), having seven heads (the fullness of confusion, each “head” pulling in a different direction, yet tied to all the other heads) and ten horns (the fullness of violent power), and on his horns ten crowns (the fullness of authority in the earth — modern democratic government exercises far, far more power and authority over individual people especially in the wealthier societies than has ever been known in human experience), and on his heads a blasphemous name (Did God really say that?).
2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard (moves rapidly), his feet were like the feet of a bear (solid and unshakeable), and his mouth like the mouth of a lion (tearing to pieces). The dragon (the serpent, but in our world called “God”) gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads (the government of Israel) as if it had been mortally wounded(the destruction of Jerusalem to the Holocaust), and his deadly wound was healed (a nation and government masquerading as “Israel” is restored). And all the world marveled and followed the beast (the extent of Israeli manipulation and control across this planet will be seen as truly marvelous when the lights turn on).
4 So they worshiped the dragon (“God”) who gave authority to the beast (human government, especially the American government, the Israeli government, and the Queen of England); and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (the majority of the population mock and ridicule anyone who “believes” that human government, especially “American” government is engaged continually in wicked acts against people, both at home and abroad.)
5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months (not a literal time-period, but rather 42 is the Scriptural number of blasphemy. This is the fulness of blasphemy, that is, “did God really say that”).
6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name (Jesus in our hearts), His tabernacle (the body of Christ), and those who dwell in heaven (those who walk and live in the Spirit, the sons of God in the proving of Christ).
7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them (the Beast defeats the saints; that’s just the way it is. You see them waving their flags, praying for the troops, and cheering for the politicians who always lie to them). And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation (modern human government is utterly pervasive; no one is allowed to exist separately from it).
8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him (“God” bless America), whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (this should probably be translated, “whose names have not from the foundation of the ages been written in the tree of life of the Lamb slain.”).
11 Then I saw another beast (modern science and technology – just one part of this second beast) coming up out of the earth (nominal Christianity of the modern age – no other world view could have produced science and technology except the West-European, Christian world view), and he had two horns like a lamb (looks like Christ ought to look like, that is, the Nicolaitan Christ)and spoke like a dragon (did God really say that?).
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence (modern human government is able to manipulate and control far beyond anything dreamed of in the past because of the power given it by science and technology), and causes the earth and those who dwell in it (most of Christianity) to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed(referring to modern human government generally and the government and nation of Israel specifically).
13 He performs great signs (technology is absolutely awesome, so very convincing), so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men (the ceaseless dropping of bombs by America and England, from 1922 on, burning multiplied millions of innocent people to death, with the ultimate threat of nuclear annihilation behind all).
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast (modern science and technology have convinced everyone – everyone believes that modern human government is the answer), telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image (the television set – the central focus, though not the entirety of that image) to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived (You really have no idea the extent to which world television, movies, and all modern media is conducted by persons happening to be “Jewish” and in full conjunction with the power of the Israeli government).
15 He was granted power to give breath (a spirit of hypnosis) to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak (yes, the image on the television screen talks to you – the world calls them “talking heads”) and cause (television is the most powerful psychological change-agent in the human experience, way beyond all) as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed (Although I can see how this could be coming, I will not use any word of Christ to “predict,” neither will I spiritualize this word).
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads (very likely, in part, the radio identification chip),
17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (speculating on this number is beyond a complete waste of time – however, we can see the principle of MAN exalted, “of the people, by the people, for the people” as the principle operating behind whatever “the number” might be referring to).
I am fully aware that it is no light thing for me to say what I say about this world. The Beast will have his day. The powers that rule are planning to take out everyone who speaks truth about this world fairly soon.
Now, let’s come back to why I am convinced some are playing a deadly game of chance with their soul by watching television news.
Over the first several hours after the Boston “bombing,” real Bostonians who attended the event testified in email, tweets, and on Facebook that from the beginning of the race, the setup of a “terror” drill was public and visible. Then, when they heard the sounds and saw people running back and forth, the announcer, the man speaking over the public microphone, kept repeating, “This is just a drill, do not be alarmed. This is just a drill.”
There were three major sources of the videos and pictures of that drill, the pictures which were played in brief segments on world news. One source was local television cameras. A second source was the official fixed cameras recording the race. And the third source was some sort of video camera shot through a window on the same side of the street as the first “bomb.” This window was jutting out, maybe 2-3 stories up, with an excellent view of the melee.
The talking head on the television image shows you the picture, then tells you what it is you saw. Here is the problem. You BELIEVE.
All magic is predicated on the viewer believing the wrong thing – mis-direction. We “believe” what we think we see and hear; in actuality, we believe what we are told.
In fact, modern human belief about this world is almost entirely fixated on what the talking head tells them to believe about the brief images they are allowed to see. It is hypnosis; it is a drug. (The Greek word translated “sorcery” in Revelation is pharmaceutica, that is “drug.”)
Turning the drill of a supposed “bomb” at the Boston Marathon into a “real” event is the boldest the Beast and his image have become. This boldness tells us very clearly that they are ready to move fast to cement all control. They may do that by war. In war, it is very convenient to deal with all the “non-believers” by declaring them to be traitors and throwing them into prison, as happened to my own grandfather during that time of horrific American tyranny at home, called WWI.
Having looked carefully at the very videos presented to the world by the Image, frame by frame, as is available on many Internet sites, I can confidently say, without question, that the announcer was correct.
It was just a drill. It is quite likely that no one was injured and no one died.
The people remaining in the “carnage” were all either paid actors or stage managers – the stage managers stand out like a sore thumb. The officials walking around paid no attention, not even when the small “explosion” and the slight puff of powder went off. The “fireball” some saw on TV does not exist on any original video, it was clearly Photo-shopped in. A 15’ diameter fireball on a crowded sidewalk and not one person burned, the plastic cups not even knocked over?
There was no relationship between any element in the videos and an actual battle scene of carnage, human suffering, trained EMT response, or blood.
It was a drill.
Now, here is the dangerous game in which God’s people are caught.
We attended Lakewood the Sunday after. Pastor Joel was not there, another minister took his place. This minister is mightily anointed of God and speaks in great power. His knowledge of the Christian life, however, appeared to include the masquerade of putting on a face for the preacher.
The praise was wonderful; God spoke to me so powerfully all through it. Then the brother got up to speak; his first words were something close to this. “We were attacked this week in Boston by our enemies, but justice has triumphed.”
I went sick inside.
Those who believe what they are told to believe WILL give their hearts and their strength to unspeakable evil.
A great crime was committed in Boston. The crime was not really the lie fed to the poor souls who “believe” everything the Image of the Beast tells them to believe – that’s a given. Everything on national and world news is a continual stream of deceit, common and ordinary.
But a young man was murdered by government “officials.” His younger brother, a teenage boy, is being tortured, and if he survives, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars for a so-called “crime” that he did not do.
With great boastful words, the “man of God,” called a sick crime, human sacrifice, committed by thugs in government uniforms, the “triumph of justice.”
This is how the Beast overcomes the saints.
And here is what else I find. Those who “believe” everything the Image of the beast shows them and tells them to believe, react with horror against any thought that they are believing a lie. They react as if the one who refuses to believe the Image is a horrible person.
This is dangerous stuff, spiritually and psychologically. My counsel not to watch television news is from the Lord.
I want to share, here, my response to a reader who asked me, “Why is Fox News more dangerous than the others?”
The reason Fox News is the most dangerous is the same reason that the Republican party is more dangerous and deadly than the Democrat. They “say” some things that are true. MSNBC is 100% gobbledygook and thus one is never tempted to listen. Fox News presents just enough “truth” to win the attention of “Christian conservatives,” and then, having their attention, leads them into darkness.
You see, when Chicken Little, Henny Penny, and Goosey Loosey were running in fear for their lives, they were right to be afraid because they were all destined to die a gruesome death that day. Their problem was that they had targeted the wrong threat. It was Foxy Loxy who wanted to use and abuse them for his own lusts, yet it was Foxy Loxy they ran to for protection.
That is exactly what all television news is doing, scaring the American people with the wrong threats, so that they run in fear into the true monster, the protection of “the government.”
American freedom was birthed in a world of greater violence and the threat of hostility against life and property than what we presently know. But those who shaped American freedom knew from long history that any gang of thugs “protecting us” was always a greater danger than a gang of thugs from elsewhere “attacking us.” They birthed a nation that was willing to accept the danger from without, in order to be free of any “within” gang of thugs pretending to “protect us.”
This most basic elemental knowledge of what freedom is and means has vanished utterly from the American mind, thus we are a nation of slaves, running straight into Foxy Loxy’s entrapment by threats he himself contrived. I have no doubt that it was Foxy who, unseen in the bushes, threw the acorn at Chicken Little. That’s how it works.
Does Fox News present the evidence that shows that the “injured” at the Boston marathon were paid actors and not injured at all? Does Fox News ask why the preponderance of evidence shows that the boys accused are innocent, that they are innocent victims chosen for human sacrifice to satiate the American lust for revenge and to turn every one’s attention away from reality?
Does Fox News show the forensic, on-the-ground evidence of what actually happened on Sept. 11, 2001?
Not even. If they tried to investigate any facts from a rational, forensic approach, they would cease airing within a day. They would cease to exist as a company. Because you see, the facts on the ground, over and over, lead to one little government on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, and that one little government “owns” Fox News and ABC and NBC and CBS and CNN and MSNBC, each one designed specifically to catch the attention of a particular group of Americans to lead that group into the den.
When all those who watch Fox News, believing they are hearing “the truth,” find themselves in that den, they will discover they have arrived right in tune with all those who followed MSNBC right into the very same den.
Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews are on the same side; with very little real difference between what they say. Both exalt human government, and both react in horror against anyone who would call its wicked deeds to account.
We live in no game. The stakes could not be higher.
God intends to prove Himself true against all opposition. He intends to prove Himself true through us.
Most who “believed” the image of the beast participated in the human sacrifice of Tamerlan Tsaernov by the government officials and the torture of his teenage brother. All worship is vicarious. That means someone else does it, yes, but we participate by “faith.” We take our own personal “bite” out of the sacrifice.
God said, “Do not love the world.” He said, “Flee from her, My people.” I don’t know that the tears of His heart could be made more clear.
The only attempt I will make to bring this topic into the goodness and grace of Christ is to say that the victory God wins through us over the Beast and over his Image is what this whole thing is all about.
Yet I do want to draw a line here by making it clear that I believe that enjoying good movies or television shows that have some value is just a part of Christ living as us in this world. To the pure all things are pure. — He gives us all things richly to enjoy. — All things are lawful to me.
The problem comes in when we are enticed to connect with the lies and murders of this world.
I want to bring one more Scripture into this letter.
For the mystery of inquity is already at work… (I have no idea what “he who letteth will let” means and neither does anyone else) And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy (cause to cease) with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
Never forget that every part of the mystery of iniquity is utterly ordinary and familiar. That’s what makes it so powerful. If it were unusual and extraordinary, as most Christians imagine, no one would be taken by it.
Now, the truth of God’s grace requires us to separate these words of the Apostle Paul from God’s precious people. Except.
Except too many of our precious brethren believe the strong delusion sent to those who love the lie.
Remember that the Beast will always use the strategy of Balaam against the church.
The king of Moab had hired Balaam to place a curse upon God’s people. All Balaam could speak, however, was “No one can curse those whom God has blessed.” However, after the third try, Balaam realized he would need a different approach to earn his pay. So Balaam instructed the king of Moab to entice individual people amongst the camp of Israel to join in the normal everyday sins of the people of Moab. The result was the God Himself struck down those of Israel who had polluted the camp.
This strategy is very effective and is, in fact, how the Beast defeats the saints. He simply entices God’s people to join with the sins of the world, to put their hands to murder and to human sacrifice all in the name of “America can do no wrong.”
In believing the same delusion sent to the unregenerate, dear Christian people participate in gross iniquity and are defeated by the Beast, as John said.
Yet for those who belong to Jesus, that defeat is for an entirely different purpose than being condemned.
God has something incredible up His sleeve; something no one on earth yet suspects. Glorious liberty flowing out of our bellies setting all creation free.