The trace in Scripture that leads to the worship of the ‘image’ of the beast:
HCSB (Revelation 13:14-15) 14 … telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound yet lived. 15 ….so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
In the previous article we talked about the great Babylon, a real city, and that NEOM is situated exactly on the old Midian, with Mount Sinai. What the objectives of NEOM are and which people already have been attracted and approached.
According to Peter Phillips (professor of Sociology, Ph.D., University of California), the result of influential think tanks, NGO’s and organizations is, that they translate the agenda of the richest 1% into policy, which is then implemented by governments.
In his view, we must think of powerful fund managers like BlackRock and the Vanguard Group, which you will encounter as a shareholder in almost all large companies and the military industrial complex.
In fact, in this way the US has become a plutocracy, a form of government in which the richest are in power and can determine the legislation for large groups within society.
NEOM also has very large investments and there are many large parties that want to invest in there.
NEOM, the great Babylon, will be fully in the media’s attention in the coming period.
NKJV (Jeremiah 51: 12, 13) 12 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon; Make the guard strong, Set up the watchmen, Prepare the ambushes. For the Lord has both devised and done What He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your covetousness.
The inhabitants of ancient Babylon, according to Jeremiah, were rich in treasures and had a great deal of covetousness.
In the new great Babylon, the multi-billionaires are also rich in treasures and capital and they also have a great deal of covetousness.
The theme of this writing is the characteristics of the false prophet regarding NEOM, about Jesus’ statements about these and about the further biblical prophecies that relate to these.
The woman you have seen is the great city
NKJV (Revelation 17:18) 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
Which woman is meant?
This named woman, who has so much wealth, is called the mother of the harlots and of the abominations of the earth. An image of the world-wide adulterous relationship with regard to the Creator and the supported idolatry.
It is written that after the destruction of this harlot, ‘the kings of the earth’ lament over her passing, ‘the merchants’ will cry and ‘the sailors’ will mourn:
NKJV (Rev. 18: 9) 9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her,…
NKJV (Rev. 18:15) 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
NKJV (Rev. 18:19) 19 They (sailors) threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth!…
They have all acquired great wealth from this woman.
The described scene takes place in the wilderness, where NEOM is also located:
NKJV (Revelation 17: 3-5) 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
The woman sits on a scarlet colored beast, full of blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. Because we are talking here – as with the wild beast before from Rev. 13: 1, the 7 world powers – again about a beast with 7 heads and 10 horns, we are talking again about powers here. However, it is not a power as of a world power as before (that was, and is not), but it seems like such a world power. An eighth world power:
NKJV (Revelation 17:11) 11 And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
The scarlet colored beast describes the financial world that has done its idolatrous work (full with blasphemous names) or love of money during all 7 world powers.
(For the scarlet colored wild beast, see: https://www.dojc.nl/?p=501&lang=en)
But then something changes:
NKJV (Revelation 17:12) 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
In the last days, 10 kings will receive royal power for 1 biblical hour.
These are the 10 (10 stands for full amount) uncrowned kings of the central banks.
(For 1 Biblical hour of the central banks, see: https://www.dojc.nl/?p=3850&lang=en)
Who is the whore then?
This whore stands for financial institutions such as banks, investment companies and other financial parties.
What we have to distinguish is that with; “the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (Rev 17:18) – the manner of action of this woman is described and where this woman stands for and that is capital. This is separate from the location where everything happens. It is the role of the false prophet as king, who with the help of the financial institutions (the woman) now forms a New World Order or world government.
The location where it will take place is the great Babylon, NEOM, the worldwide center of exalting, of contempt for the creation of God and worship of the ‘image’.
But there will be an end to the fornication of this woman, from these financial institutions:
NKJV (Revelation 18: 8) 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day–death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
The 10 uncrowned kings of the central banks will ultimately hate and destroy the underlying financial greedy system:
NKJV (Revelation 17: 16-17) 16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
The false prophet
The false prophet wants to manifest himself great according to Daniel 7:20 and that in the presence of the current world power, the United States according to Revelation 13: 11-12.
NKJV (Revelation 13: 11-12) 11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence….
The intention is to make NEOM a New World Order, a kind of world government, and then roll out the example of NEOM over all countries, such as the roll out of the mark with coercion and the new global money system, probably crypto money or digital money:
NKJV (Revelation 13: 16-17) 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
It is obvious that very rich people will also live there, they will be ultra-protected there. Soon we will know who will present himself as the false prophet. He will come as a vile man and will seize the kingship by intrigue. (Dan 11:21)
NEOM-BIOTECH, the danger of technological progress
‘Tomorrow’s healthcare will start life here. The world will look to NEOM for next-generation gene therapy, genomics, stem cell research, nanobiology and bioengineering.’
We will limit ourselves to stem cell research.
What are stem cells?
First a video, it is an informative explanation about stem cells to young people:
Turn on subtitles:
(at the bottom right, press the subtitle button, then click the settings = gear, click on English (or Spanish), then click on automatic translation and change to your language)
The human body is amazingly designed and consists of hundreds of different cell types, all of which function to keep our body in good condition. The task of stem cells is that they can make any of these different cell types. When stem cells divide, they can repair damaged tissue and replace dead cells such as skin cells. Scientists have succeeded in finding and processing human stem cells.
Previously, they needed fertilized egg cells for this, which was unacceptable for Christian reasons. Now they take unfertilized eggs, suck them empty and fill them with an adult stem cell. The egg cell develops and embryonic stem cells can be harvested again.
Results in stem cell research are already available: diabetes, MS, neuromuscular disorders, osteoarthritis, cartilage, skin, organs, leukemia, Parkinson, etc.
But there are other developments:
In Japan they want to start producing human organs in pigs.
Once an embryo is implanted in a pig, it will grow into a perfect human organ – a heart, a kidney, a pancreas, and so on. Then, when the adult pig is slaughtered, the organ will be harvested and transplanted into someone who needs a new one. These are hybrid organs.
The Etruscan bronze Chimaera of Arezzo (4th century BC) in the Museo archeologico nazionale di Firenze.
Since the stem cell research and by extension the genetic modification, there has been a big development, like mice with a stem cell implanted from human brains.
What will happen in NEOM with genetic material from people, animals and plants will exceed all Christian lines. After all, God has made all creation with all genetic material exceptionally good, functional and impressive:
NKJV (Genesis 1:31) 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good…..
First there will be accepted developments for all sorts of diseases, then it will go from bad to worse. Just as in ancient Babylon, scientists now again want to exalt themselves without measure:
HCSB (Genesis 11: 6) 6 …. they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Fire from heaven
With special effects, as applied in Hollywood films, it is easier to convince or mislead people as by writing or speaking in all honesty.
The false prophet first performs great signs, like fire from heaven. (Rev. 13:13)
He could just do that on Jebel Al-Lawz, Mount Sinai, to equal to God:
NKJV (Exodus 19:18) 18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
The living idol
NKJV (Revelation 13: 14-17) 14 ….telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
What do we know from Revelation 13: 14-17 of this image:
- The ‘image’ of the first wild beast> the first wild beast represents all 7 world powers, now the current 7th world power, the US
- Whoever receives the mark agrees to worship the ‘image’
- This ‘image’ receives spirit and can speak> it is made viable
- Whoever does not worship the image will be killed> commissioned by the false prophet
- The image is made viable by the false prophet> it is a product of Satan
What does this image represent?
Let us first consider a similar story.
Worshiping the image in Daniel’s days
In the Bible there is a parallel report about the worship of ‘the image’ in Daniel 3: 1-30:
A large number of Jews had been taken in exile to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a golden image set up, a symbol of wealth that everyone should worship.
He had a herald broadcast: At the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, you must fall down and worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Those who do not fall down and worship will be thrown in the middle of the burning furnace at the same time. When the Chaldean people heard the sounds, they all fell down and worshiped the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. But not the Jewish associates of Daniel, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. A few Chaldean men began to accuse Daniel’s Jewish associates intentionally. (Daniel 3: 8)
This is what these faithful associates of Daniel gave as an answer to King Nebuchadnezzar:
NKJV (Daniel 3: 17-18) 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
These three youths were extremely heavily tested for their faith, but were rescued by an angel in the extra heated fiery furnace, while those who had to throw them into the furnace were killed by the exceedingly hot fire. (Daniel 3: 20-25)
The false prophet gives a spirit to the image
NKJV (Revelation 13:15) 15 He (the false prophet) was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
It is plausible that this image is a product of stem cell technology, on which also genetic modification has been applied, something disgusting in God’s eyes.
If the monstrosity, a product of Satan, is once formed, the next step will come.
Remember that Satan wants to be worshiped:
NKJV (Luke 4: 6-7) 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
The false prophet gets from Satan the power to give this monstrosity a spirit. Satan is a spirit. So it will not be an ordinary spirit or demon, but he (Satan) will take possession of that monstrosity.
That monstrosity will even be able to speak, that we have already seen before, demonstrated by Satan in Genesis 3: 1.
Everyone will have to worship that image, otherwise you will be killed. (Rev. 13:15)
It is without a doubt the worship of Satan.
And where will this monster receive Satan’s spirit?
Probably where Moses received the tablets of stone and received the law covenant at Mount Sinai, but he will probably choose the idolatry-altar on which the golden calf stood:
People will be amazed and think; how did people manage to make this?
It will not be any different as in Nimrod’s days at the Tower of Babel. The false prophet will exalt himself above all that is called God. (Dan 8:25, Dan 11:36, 2 Thess. 2: 4)
A distinction must be made between:
the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns (Rev. 13: 1) the 7 world powers
the scarlet-colored beast, which the whore bears the central banks, 8th world power
the whore the financial institutions, banks and financial parties
the great Babylon NEOM, center exaltion, contempt creation
the 2 horny beast the false prophet, under Satanic influence
the image image, created by genetic modification
spirit to image Satan’s spirit, worship of Satan
the abomination the mark, to be able to buy or sell
There is still a remarkable question open, to clarify the last days, such as Jesus’ remark that Christians will betray each other:
NKJV (Matthew 24: 9-10) 9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Why will Christians betray each other?
Only one good reason can be thought of; because they do not want to worship the image.
When Satan is cast out of heaven, he has great anger, because he only has a short period, (Rev. 12:12) and the pressure will be increased.
Christians who do not make the right choice have, according to Paul, communion with the demons:
NKJV (1Corinthians 10:21) 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
To whom should Christians be delivered or betrayed?
It is obvious that this is the Muslim world, with this, the false prophet has his affinity.
‘He shall honor a god of fortresses’ = the god of false reasoning = Allah (Dan 11:38)
Who ultimately has an interest in this?
That is the one who is using the king (the false prophet) of NEOM, which is Satan.
He will do everything to eradicate Christianity with root and branch:
NKJV (Luke 18: 8) 8 …. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
As far as the Christian persecution is concerned, according to ‘Open Doors’, the persecution of Christians is increasing worldwide, mainly by Muslims.
As recently, the genocide on Christians in Nigeria:
The abomination of desolation in the last days, the mark
This ‘mark’ is the abomination in the end times, which causes desolation, as described by Jesus.
NKJV (Daniel 11:31) 31 And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
In Revelation it is written what awaits those, who will accept the mark:
NKJV (Revelation 14: 9-10) 9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God,….
Christians are God’s temple at the end time. (1 Corinthians 3: 16-17) Just as the Roman invasion force destroyed the temple in the 1st century, so will in the end times the 8th kingdom (the 10 uncrowned kings of the central banks) bring about an economic disaster and Christians will be persecuted and no longer be able to preach. (Hebrews 13:15 – the recurring sacrifice is taken away)
To sit in the temple of God – in the Christian community or temple – cannot mean anything else than that the false prophet, the son of perdition, will succeed in deceiving a large number of Christians within the Christian community or that they will be prepared, to accept the mark and thus worship the image or Satan:
NKJV (2 Thessalonians 2: 4) 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The great tribulation in the end times, as described in Matthew 24:29, is also confirmed by Revelation 3:10 and Daniel 12: 1 where is spoken of an ordeal or tribulation that must come all over the world:
NKJV (Matthew 24:29) 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
NKJV (Revelation 3:10) 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
NKJV (Daniël 12: 1) 1 “At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time…..
Then something remarkable happens in the very last days, the king of the south will attack:
NKJV (Daniel 11: 40-41) 40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown;….
The King of the North will invade the Glorious Land.
Israel is the Glorious Land in Scripture:
NKJV (Ezekiel 20: 6) 6 On that day I raised My hand in an oath to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, ‘flowing with milk and honey,’ the glory of all lands.
The ambassador of the United States, David Friedman, was shown a photo-shopped plate of a new temple at the site of the Golden Dome when he visited Achiya, an ultra-Orthodox charity group on May 28 2018. (source twitter) The Muslim community was extremely upset.
Is it to be expected, that this yet will get a start in the last days?
That can be the signal for great wrath among the Muslims who regard the temple mountain (with their buildings as the golden dome and the Al-aqsa mosque) as sacred, and can form the cause of Daniel 11:40 (the attack from the king of the South).
Hypothesis king South: This king of the South (geographic to Israel) could be Sunni Saudi Arabia.
Hypothesis king North: This king of the North will most probably be the last and 7th world power, the US, possibly together with NATO.
The King of the north will invade the Glorious Land, but the rumors from the east and from the north will frighten him:
NKJV (Daniel 11:44) 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.
It all starts with the fall of the current money system. Greed and power of the financial world will be important reasons for this financial debacle like the derivatives trade. (are investment instruments with leverage)
Then the world will experience an unprecedented financial disaster, lack of money, bankruptcies, unemployment, famine, looting, riot, civil war, chaos and anarchy.
In that period there will be rumors (from powerful countries) from the east and the north.
Hypothesis east: China has invested heavily in US government bonds. According to Bloomberg news agency, the debt is more than $ 1,000 billion. Now with the recent trade war, China can feel cheated and declare war on the 7th world power, the US.
Hypothesis north: Russia also has to deal with a trade war with the US.
Russia sees its oil and gas interests damaged by the US, the US has special ties with Saudi Arabia and Qatar as oil and gas suppliers. When China declares war on the US it is quite possible that Russia will want to join.
Russia and China have already planned a military exercise together on 11 Sep. 2018.
The destruction of the great Babylon
NKJV (Revelation 14: 8) 8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (see also Isaiah 13: 1,9-11)
NKJV (Revelation 16: 18-19) 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
God warns his people to stay out of the great Babylon or to come out of it:
NKJV (Revelation 18: 4-5) 4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (see also Jeremiah 51: 6-8)
The persecution of Christians will have its origin or proclamation in the great Babylon:
NKJV (Revelation 18:24) 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”
But what is then the Great War at Har-Mágedon?
This battle is fought by Jesus with his army to free his disciples (the apple of His eye) who – despite the great pressure of an egocentric, greedy and God-alienated world – remain faithful and loyal to their King. They are being persecuted because they do not ‘worship’ the image and do not want to receive the mark of the wild beast under any circumstances.
NKJV (Zechariah 2: 8) 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
The kings of the earth will be gathered to the battle of the great day of God Almighty at Har-Mágedon:
NKJV (Revelation 16: 13-16) 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
The demons are going out now, yes, they are going out right now to prepare the world stage for that battle, the persecution of Christians, which Christians call the great tribulation. Islam is now being given free rein by the presidents / kings over almost the entire civilized world. (Dan 11: 37-39)
War against God’s people, the disciples of Jesus, is war against Christ.
Jesus ‘consciously’ baptized disciple’s together form worldwide the ‘body of Christ’, which is shown annually by the taking of the symbols at the Lord’s Supper:
NKJV (Romans 12: 5) 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
NKJV (1 Corinthians 12: 12,27) 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ….. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
Then Jesus, with his heavenly army, wages the war in righteousness, and God’s enemies will certainly be defeated:
NKJV (Revelation 19: 11, 19-21) 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war….. 19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse…..
When the Son of man appears in a cloud, then for true Christians the liberation comes:
NKJV (Luke 21: 26-28) 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
NKJV (Revelation 21: 8) 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Jesus warning for the time of the end:
We will hear a lot about NEOM in the near future and what will be done there. It will certainly impress many, just as many in the ancient Babel were impressed:
NKJV (Matthew 24:24) 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Faithful Christians will not worship the monstrosity under any circumstances and a number of Christians will suffer severe persecution:
NKJV (Mark 8:35) 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
NKJV (Daniel 12:10) 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.
If you believe Jesus’ words of salvation, and are not baptized, then make the choice now and let yourself now be ‘consciously’ baptized, when it is still possible, and be welcome in the Christian community of brothers and sisters. We all need the sacrifice of Jesus, because we all need corrections.
NKJV (Luke 13:25) 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
And to conclude this series about idolatry, the words of Joshua:
NKJV (Joshua 24:15) 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (YHWH)!
So far this part about worshiping the ‘image’.
This was also the last article in the series Idolatry.