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 spoke about the idolatry in the first Christian communities.
Jesus warned of idolatry in the Pergamus community which was a reflection of the history of Balaam and Balak, king of Moab, to deceive the people of Israel in those days.
Jesus also warned of idolatry in the community of Thyatira as a reflection of Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab of the northern ten-tribe kingdom of Israel. Jezebel was at that time an unscrupulous worshiper and prophetess of Baal and Astarte, and who imposed the worship of these in Israel.
How did history go on with the northern ten-tribe kingdom of Israel and with the house of Jehu, king of Israel?
The theme of this writing is; idolatry and the exile of Samaria, followed by the exile of Judah and the visions in exile of Daniel.