Okay, dear Sab (again, peace to you!). Perhaps you will consider the following as to the wild beast and its image. To start, we need to determine what the wild beast is, which we can do by looking at the verses that refer to it:
"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea . It had ten horns and seven heads , with ten crowns on its horns , and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast hispower and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed . The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast . People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast , and they also worshiped the beast and asked , “ Who is like the beast ? Who can wage war against it ?” Revelation 13:1-4
1. The beast comes "out of the sea," meaning it comes out of the people... the masses... of the earth. Revelation 17:15
2. Its ten horns are ten “kings”. Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:12
3. The seven heads, though, are seven “mountains” on which sit Babylon the Great. And each head has on it a “blasphemous” name. We can know what these “mountains” are, by understanding just what the ONE head that is described is.
a. That head is described as having a “fatal” wound, but the wound was healed. That, dear one... is Israel... and her system of worship. It received a blow when it was first captured by Babylon and the temple partially destroyed. But it was “healed” when Israel was allowed to return and rebuild. She received another blow, when Rome utterly destroyed the temple. BUT... she will be healed again. Isaiah 30:36; Jeremiah 8:22; 14:19; 15:18; 30:12-18; 33:6
b. Like the others, this head is a “mountain” in that she is “Zion”, God’s own “holy mountain.” Again, she is Israel... and her system of worship. Psalm 102:13, 16; Isaiah 31:4; Jeremiah 30:17; Zechariah 8:3; Hebrews 12:22
c. And Israel and its system of worship blasphemed [against] God.
If Israel and its system of worship is ONE head... then who or what are the others? The others are six similar systems of worship... “mountains”... that also come out of the sea (of people) with beast and its ten horns. THIS, dear one, the wild beast that comes out of the “sea”... is the world system, that comes out of the people and includes corrupt systems of governments (ten kings)... and corrupt systems of worship (seven blasphemous heads). These make up ONE entity thatreceives it authority, power, and throne (dominion) from the dragon. And the WHOLE world worships and follows this beast... because they believe it to be all powerful... that no one can touch it, even wage war with it. And it is because of this beast that such corrupt governments... and religion... exist... and are revered by “the whole world.”
This beast is not a literal entity. Rather, it is a systemic way of THINKING... and so a “generalconsensus”... of the masses... that human government and human religion are NECESSARY for man’s well-being. That we NEED such and those who oppose such are, well, anarchists - anti-government and anti-religion... and thus, anti-human. Against mankind. However, the truth is that this “beast” is against mankind – it is its human governments and human systems of worship that have wreaked havoc against and upon mankind. It purpose? To keep man from turning to a non-human government and system of worship; one that is of SPIRIT and TRUTH, verses of flesh and deceit.
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth willworship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation 13:5-9
Unfortunately, I cannot share with you at this time what these verses mean, at least, not on this board but know that is it with regard to one of the “mountainous” heads. That head “speaks”, as it were, as the verse above state... and for a period of 42 months (Revelation 11:2-4).
Now, let’s look at the NEXT beast:
“Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.” Revelation 13:11, 12
While appears from the wording that this beast makes the earth/its inhabitants worship the first beast, the TRUTH is that it worships the HEAD of the first beast “whose mortal wound was healed.” So, not the ENTIRE first beast is worshipped but only one of its heads: the head that is Israel and its system of worship. But, no, this is not Judaism, dear one, no.
THIS beast has “two horns”... LIKE lamb. They are not two horns OF a lamb, though. A lamb is a pretty docile animal, one of the most docile, actually. However, this beast SPEAKS... like a dragon. So, on the one hand it APPEARS, by means of its horns... to be docile, meek. However, its mouth utters LIES... speech like a dragon. THIS beast, dear Sab... is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society... and its affiliates. Through its “two horns”... the Watchtower and Awake!... it comes OFF as... and so APPEARS to be... a lamb. Through these, its “horns” of STRENGTH... it “mildly” and “meekly” teaches, exhorts, “guides”, and leads in the manner of what seems to be “sheep-like”. That they claim it is the leadings of GOD... makes such as if from the Lamb of God himself! LIKE a “lamb.”
But its VOICE... by means of the false teachings, false doctrines, propaganda, and claims of leadings by holy spirit... speaks LIES. LIKE... a “dragon.”
“It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men.” Revelation 13:13
They do this through their manipulative and fear-mongering teachings, particular as to “Armageddon.” They don’t literally being such fire; rather, they use that event as a “great sign” to garner absolute fear in the eyes of all who BELIEVE their propaganda. Such that those who succumb literally cannot think for themselves due to this “great sign” – “YOU might/are going to die at Armageddon!” Revelation 16:14, 16; 20:9
“and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceivesthose who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived...” Revelation 13:14
So, we see HERE that this second beast didn’t just make an image to the first beast – it deceives OTHERS into making an image... and an image for the (part of) the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lives! So the IMAGE... is of only ONE head of the first beast, and the head that is the “mountain” that is... Israel and its system of worship.
But... it was an IMAGE of that “head/mountain,” and so not the ACTUAL head/mountain. Thus, it couldn’t be Israel and its system of worship – it is an IMAGE of that.
“and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.” Revelation 13:15
So, this image is given life... so that it can SPEAK... and cause some who would not worship IT... NOT the first beast, not the second beast, not the one head/mountain of the first beast... but the IMAGE itself to be worshipped. What could this second beast have caused OTHERS to make... that would be an IMAGE... of the head/mountain of the FIRST beast, the head/mountain that got wounded... but revived?
What about the Israelite system of worship would have received a “death stroke” but then was revived... such that now an IMAGE could be made of it by those who “dwell... on the EARTH”... and cause “those who would not worship the image... to be slain???
One thing, dear one... only one. ONE thing received a death stroke in that system... but was revived... ONE thing now has an “image” made by those who dwell on the EARTH (versus those who are enrolled in the heavens!)... and ONE thing cause the slay of those who will not worship it: THE LAW COVENANT... which received a “death-stroke” when it was nailed to the torture pole with my Lord... and which has been allowed to be “revived” so that it can do the following:
“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark , that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Revelation 13:16, 17
By breathing life BACK into the Law Covenant, the IMAGE of the beast that received a death-stroke but was healed, this organization... which is OF THE EARTH (indeed, it calls itself “the visible representation of the Lord on earth”!... which is a revival of the temple at Jerusalem, the LAST true visible representation of JAH on earth!... has revived the IMAGE of that system... it’s LAW COVENANT... in order to put under compulsion/cause people from virtually EVERY walk... to bear IT’S mark. And without that "mark," no one can buy from... or sell what it receives from... this image.
So, rather than teaching such ones about the NEW Covenant, which REPLACED it, these use the Law Covenant to evoke fear and so control those who follow it, so that they end up receiving it’s mark. The mark of the WTBTS. Which they do when they take their baptism vows to THAT organization... rather than to the HOLY One of Israel, JAHESHUA, the Chosen One of JAH (MischaJah). They use the Law Covenant to lead these AWAY from Christ.
By misleading these to breathe life BACK into the Law Covenant, these come back UNDER the Law Covenant. They return to being of the flesh... and thus, those who persecute those of the SPIRIT. Even... slaying those who belong to the NEW Covenant and so REFUSE to worship the “image”... that is the OLD Covenant. Because they adhere to a covenant that is with reference to the FLESH... they cannot tolerate those who adhere to a different law, one that is with reference to the SPIRIT.
“This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.” Revelation 13:17
The reason that this beast’s number is 666... it because it LOOKS “perfect”... SOUNDS “perfect”... and TEACHES “perfection”... but... it is NOT perfect, nor are its words perfect, nor does it teach perfection.
Because perfection... is love. Love that goes SO far... as to include one’s enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). And as good as this beast looks, with its two horns like a lamb... and as good as the image that it compels those of the earth to make and breath life into sounds... and as much as it calls itself the “truth” and teaches “perfection”... is it NOT perfect. Not by a stretch.
I hope this helps, dear Sab, truly.
Again, peace to you!
YOUR servant and a doulos of Christ,