The Image of the Beast

The Beast is the worldwide Democratic-Capitalistic government based on free markets
and the principle of obeying economic self-interest. The Image of the Beast is the false
God of self-interest which is credited with the amazing wealth and power of the Beast.

The Beast was in danger about a hundred years ago because there was nothing to
prevent the system from becoming dangerously unbalanced with a just a few rich
people and very many poor. Many people thought Democracy and Capitialism were
dying systems. Then there was the Great Depression which brought in the
idea of redistributing the money just enough to prevent the death of the system. The
dangerous wound in the head of the Beast was therefore healed:

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was
healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (Revelation 13:3)

After the Beast was healed it became mighty again:

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped
the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with
(Revelation 13:4)

Indeed, who can make war with the Capitalistic-Democratic countries of the world?
Are they not the most mighty and skilled in war? All the world is being forced to
worship the Image of the Beast. If any nation rejects the Beastīs economic system it is
invaded or  sanctioned until it does worship the Image of the Beast. The Communist
countries are being forced to worship the Image of the Beast. The Muslim countries are
being forced to worship the Image of the Beast. The poorest countries in the remotest
corners of the world are being forced to worship the Image of the Beast.

There is no reason for such zeal to force the entire world to worship the Image of the
Beast. It is not even in the self-interest of Capitalistic-Democratic countries to do so
because they are strengthening their competitors. China, for example, would be much
less of a threat if it were still a Communist country with backward and obsolete
industries. But this is all happening right now, just as the Bible writers prophesied,
because God has made it happen.

The power of the Beast comes from the Dragon (the Devil):

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of
a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and
his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2)

God hates this Beast and his Image because the Holy Spirit is completely opposed to

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to
remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to
receive. (Acts 20:35)

Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. (1 Corinthans 10:24)

The Bible writers warned that if anyone worships the Beast they will be tormented
forever and ever:

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the
beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without
mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and
brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest
day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark
of his name. (Revelation 14:9-11)

This great wrath will come because people were made by God to love one another, not
to seek their own self-interest. It is the opposite of the Holy Covenant to seek your own
self-interest. It is to disobey and deny Christ to worship this system of self-interest.

Self-interested people are like a cancer - always growing and taking life away from
others. Charitable people are like a healthy body - always taking from what is given to
them and spreading the blessings of life to all.

The Image of the Beast is an idol taking the place of God Himself. God is the source of
all wealth and blessings and not this Image (self-interest). In Capitalistic-Democratic
countries people will tell you they are blessed with wealth and power because of
Capitalism and Democracy. This is idolatry - the worship of an evil image of the spirit
of beasts

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)

After the Beast controls the entire world, it will begin to remove all mercy and pity
the system had for the poor. Oppression will increase and increase causing God to

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith
the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. (Psalms 12:5)

The Beast will also place the Abomination of Desolation. This is an abomination which
will bring about the Great Tribulation due to the anger and jealousy of God. Many people
will suffer during the Great Tribulation. The suffering will cause many to repent of
their sins and be made clean by obeying the Gospel.

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in
white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he
said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:13-14)

Then Christ will come to destroy the Beast (Capitalism, Democracy and Self-Interest)
and establish a new kingdom that will never end based on His Gospel message of
generosity, peace, charity and mercy. Amen!