The Image of the Beast

(Revelation 13:2, 14-15)

In Revelation 13, John described two beasts. The first was like the combination of three animals: a lion, a leopard, and a bear.1Rev 13:2 The second beast had the power to perform great signs. It caused those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the first beast that had the wound of the sword and lived, and it caused the image of the beast to speak and cause as many as would not worship the image to be killed.2Rev 13:14-15

The wound of the sword to the Roman Empire came by the Gothic War of 376 to 382. In 381, the Trinity doctrine was established—the image of a three-animal God, created by philosophers. It was enforced by capital punishment from Constantine and was ultimately responsible for fifty million deaths.