18. The Image of the Beast

The Number of the Beast

Because of his association with Montanism, Tertullian was never made a Church Father, but he became the father of Latin Christianity.

Just twenty years earlier, Irenaeus identified Lateinos as “the highly probable (solution to the number of the beast), the Latins being the fourth beast prophesied by Daniel” (Against Heresies, Book 5, Chapter 30, Par 2).

John prophesied the mark and image of the beast would coincide with the fall of Rome

In Revelation 13:1, the power of the beast, represented by the diadems, moved from the seven heads to the ten Horns, the Ten states of Europe. Verse 3 explains that one of the beast’s heads was crushed. This of course, referred to the fall of the Roman Empire, through the Gothic war of 376 to 382 AD.

In verses 14 to 17, John described the two great blasphemies enforced during this time: The changing of the Sabbath Day to Sunday, and the Trinity Doctrine.

Daniel explained the mark and image of the beast

These great blasphemies were prefigured in the Book of Daniel. In Chapter 6, we read about the Law that could not be changed, not even by the King. But in Chapter 7, we learn that the beast will even intend to change time and law.

The beast caused all men to receive a mark on their right hand or their forehead; those who did not receive the mark could neither buy nor sell (Revelation 13:16-17).  The meaning of this goes back to Exodus 13:9: “and it shall be a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the Law of the Lord shall be in your mouth.”

After 382 AD, those who kept God’s commandment to observe the Sabbath Day, endured a variety of economic sanctions by the Church and State. They “could neither buy nor sell” unless they received the mark of the beast.

In Daniel Chapter 3, King Nebuchadnezzar, who became the beast in Chapter 4, forced everyone to worship an image or they would be killed.

Causing as many as would not worship the image to be killed

The false prophet “deceived those on earth, to make an image to the beast…even causing as many as would not worship the image to be killed” (Revelation 13:14-15).  John described the beast as the combination of a lion, a leopard and a bear. This combination of three animals as one beast, could not have been a better representation of the three-person god of the Trinity.

The Trinity doctrine was enforced by capital punishment, from Constantine in 325 AD. The Trinity was propagated by the sword against Arian believing states. Muhammad accused the Trinitarians of departing from the Bible and returned the Arabs back to the monotheism they held from Abraham. The deaths continued as Christians tried to regain the holy land.

In 1198 AD, Pope Innocent the 3rd, declared:
“Anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God which conflicts with church dogma must be burned without pity.” (Papal Bull)

The deaths continued during the Reformation, when Michael Servetus, the Spanish theologian who opposed the Trinity, was burned on his own books, by the Protestants.

The famous 18th Century French writer Voltaire, estimated that 50 million deaths were caused by the three-person god, from 325 to 1707 AD.

But, the most horrifying truth of the three-person god is that it was entirely a man-made image, created by philosophers.

If anyone worships the beast and his image..he shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God

The Trinity and Sunday rest, came out of the false Christian religion of the Latin power, which the Bible called “Mystery Babylon.”

The second Angel says “fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great” (Revelation 14:8).

And the third Angel shouts:

“If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation” (Revelation 14:9-10).

Today, all those who love God must return to the Apostolic teachings.

So, the Apostle John encouraged us all, saying:

“I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name.” (Revelation 15:2)

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Timothy 1:17