Revelation 13:15 A deadly image

Continuing our study of Revelation 13.

Revelation 13:15  ‘He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.’

God has the omnipotent power to breathe life into the man formed out of dust. One divine breath and life itself comes into being. 

Genesis 2:7  The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.’

Throughout this exploration of Revelation 13, we have seen how Satan tries to create a sadly pale imitation of the Holy Trinity. Here we read of a mock attempt to breathe life into an inanimate object such as screen. 

Revelation 13:15  ‘He was given power to give breath to the image…’

These days, images can achieve almost life-like appearances. Robots with artificial intelligence can appear to have the very essence of life flowing through their electronic circuits. 

Satan seeks to climb to the dizzy heights of equality with God by creating life by himself. 

God has created man so that we should willingly bow in worship before His throne.

Satan empowers the false prophet to create an image so that man is forced to bow before it in worship on pain of death. 

Habakkuk 2:18a  ‘Woe to him who says to wood, “Come to life.” Or to lifeless stone, “Wake up!” Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver, there is no breath in it. But the Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth be silent before him.”

The idol that the false prophet creates will be spectacular but deceptive and those who fail to worship it will pay with their very lives. 

Thank you for reading this!

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