The Lure of the Image
“… 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… and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone…” - (Rev.14:9,10).
After the Antichrist-Beast is seemingly resurrected from death after he is assassinated, counterfeiting the death and resurrection of Christ, the whole world must worship him and his image under penalty of death. The choice for every person on earth will be to worship the image and burn in the lake of fire forever, or not worship the image and suffer the death of the body. Jesus said, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” - (Mt.10:28).
What is the lure of the image that causes men worldwide in every generation to commit idolatry and caused Israel to constantly commit this abomination and suffer the wrath of God? In the U.S. today multiplied millions of people commit idolatry. There are sixty million Catholics in the U.S., and one billion worldwide, that commit idolatry in their churches and homes. And most other religions commit idolatry also.
Unredeemed men always tend toward image worship. The unredeemed human mind and spirit plus spiritual ignorance, equals the erection of images of worship. It is basically and inherently so. Worship itself is inherent to the very constitution of man; both his mind and his eternal spirit demand it. Mankind is incurably religious and if unsaved he will as naturally turn to idolatry as hungry men turn to food. And the greatest lure is the golden image. It combines man’s lust for money and things with idolatry. Even at the very time that God was giving the ten commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai, which contained the commandment not to make gods of gold - (Ex.20:23), the people of Israel were dancing naked wildly about a golden calf they had just made. Emperor Nebuchadnezzar, who is the best type of Antichrist in the Bible, made his skyscraper image of gold 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide, that all the leaders in his empire had to worship under penalty of death, as Antichrist will command everyone to do worldwide. But three godly Jews refused to worship the golden image, choosing rather to suffer the temporary fire of the furnace rather than the eternal fire of hell, but Jesus saved them. Yes, the lure of the golden image - “… covetousness which is idolatry” - (Col.3:5).
And the number of the beast (666) is also connected with gold. “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year, was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold” - (1Kings10:14). And “… and his number is six hundred three score and six” - (Rev.13:18). Yes, the lure of the golden image - the lust for money and idolatry. Idolatry is especially an emperor epidemic. World emperors tend to spread images of themselves throughout their domain (even if under the guise of art and sculpture). Emperors generally consider themselves worthy of personal worship. The more the emperor tended to self- deification, the more the infernal images appeared. And the image of Antichrist will be the apex point of all emperor worship. The beast will audaciously dare to deify himself and demand worldwide worship. Unsaved people will desire to worship him and he will desire to be worshipped - it works both ways. All who are not saved will succumb to the lure of the image.
In (Dan.2) emperor Nebuchadnezzar had an emperor image dream. The image had a head of gold that represented Nebuchadnezzar himself, with other emperors represented by a breast and arms of silver, a belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay, which is the last emperor worship of Antichrist. Today I read that a 20 foot high concrete and steel image of president Obama has been set up in Lead, S. Dakota in “Presidents Park”, along with 43 other presidents. Lead, S.D. is the USA’s largest producer of gold. Yes, the lure of the golden image. Also, just 35 miles from Lead, S.D. there are four giant images of four U.S. presidents sculptured into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. We are rushing more and more to mount images of our presidents in the Black Hills of gold - amen.
Our whole nation is flooded with idolatry. We have second-class idolatry of Hollywood and T.V. idols, etc. People’s cameras take the images of everyone. Book and magazine and newspaper images are everywhere. But the walking, talking images on the Hollywood and T.V. screen are the deadliest. President Obama’s image is everywhere as he travels worldwide to reshape the world’s image of U.S. The image of Antichrist has been well prepared by Satan. Antichrist will be the American idol president, the last emperor of (Dan.2).
The Lord Jesus is returning soon as the true and everlasting emperor of planet earth, and He will crush Antichrist and his armies at Armageddon. He will destroy all images of Antichrist worldwide and that will be the last idolatry ever on earth. Be saved and born again and worship Christ, not by sight, but in spirit and in truth. God says we must worship Him by faith and not by sight. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” - (Heb.11:1). Repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell, and become a new born again creature in Christ having eternal life. Be ready for the rapture before the great tribulation comes upon the earth. Satan will soon hook six billion people on his Antichrist image lure.
Pastor Mike Storti
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