The Image of the Beast
In this Chapter, Nebuchadnezzar, who becomes a beast in Chapter 4, makes an image, and forces everyone to worship it. He causes “as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Rev 13:15).
We will just go to the highlights of the story.
Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold – “the beast” made an image for everyone to worship in place of the true God. The “beast” was identified as the “head of gold” in Daniel 2:38. Now he has made an image of gold for everyone to worship, the image of the beast.
whoever does not fall down and worship – would be killed. Such was the Trinity doctrine, as we shall discuss in Revelation 13.
came forward and accused the Jews – the Jews would not worship the image that the Gentiles set up. Here we find the strong parallel between Revelation 13:14-15 and Revelation 14:1-5. The spiritual Jews, God’s true saints, would be pure and not worship the image of the beast set up by the Gentiles; as in Revelation 14:4, “these are the ones who have not been defiled with women (the harlot)…the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.”
the fourth is like the Son of God – identified as Christ in Revelation 1:15. Here Christ, the Son of God, shows that He will abide with those who do not worship the image of the beast.
Blessed be the God – Nebuchadnezzar praised the true God
who sent His Angel – the Angel of Yihvah, the future Son of God.
any people, nation, or language which speaks against the God of Shadrach – prefiguring the announcement of the Angel in Revelation 14:6-7, “to every nation, and tribe and tongue and people…”fear God and give Him glory…”