Today the news is filled with stories about Russia taking back territory along its western border. 2,600 years ago the Prophet Daniel told us all about it. According to Daniel a new Russian Union will be part of the next world empire.
Babylon… Babylon, echo…echo! So not nice, they named it twice! Revelation 17:18 by Craig C. White We learn in Revelation 17:18 that Mystery Babylon the Great is a city that exists at the same time as the final gentile world empire (or the New World Order). Mystery Babylon the city is on earth around the …
ISIS vs Turkey! The last piece of the prophetic puzzle By Craig C. White ISIS is on the march. They are marching east to west across Syria. Their next target is Turkey. This is sure to draw Turkey into Syria! Once Turkey enters Syria they will continue south to Damascus and then into Israel! The …
Smarter than your pastor in just one day! When it comes to bible prophecy you can be smarter than your pastor in just one day! No kidding; and it’s easy! There is a battle brewing in Syria that may soon spill over into Israel. Turkey is likely to invade Syria, decimate its capital city of …
Spot the Leopard! a counter commentary By Craig C. White My commentary titled “The Leopard is Upon Us” provides a new perspective on Daniel chapter 7. That is why I wrote it. The events of Daniel 7 are viewable from where we sit today. They describe the step by step formation of the final gentile …
Image of the beast The case of the haunted hologram! Revelation 13 By Craig C. White This is a commentary on Revelation chapter 13. I am explaining the entire chapter mostly just to tell you about the image of the beast described in Revelation 13:15. In this case the beast isn’t a scary animal; instead …
Is the Antichrist alive today? By Craig C. White Is the Antichrist alive today? Definitely YES. I think that the bible tells us that the Antichrist will be revealed before the Rapture of the Church. Please read my commentary titled The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist. The Antichrist is only a man …
Erdogan is the Antichrist! By Craig C. White Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is the Antichrist. Here is why, and here is why the Antichrist will destroy Damascus. First the Antichrist is called the Assyrian (Isaiah 10 and elsewhere) because he will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did! The Assyrian Kings led two …
Turkey leads Middle Eastern invasion into Israel! Phase 1 of Gog and Magog may happen after destruction of Damascus. Ezekiel 38:5 By Craig C. White I know that the names “Gog and Magog” sound strange to many ears. But these two names are becoming a profound part of the modern day fulfillment of bible prophecy. …
What happens when you die? If we die without honoring God in our hearts we will regret it forever! Lamentations chapter 3 By Craig C. White What happens when you die? What is it like in the grave? Are you aware of your plight? The bible answers these questions. The answer is that you are …
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Syrian Salad Saudi Arabia is tossed into the mix. By Craig C. White Please allow me to clear up a widely held misconception. The Syrian people are not revolting against their President Bashar Assad. The rebel forces fighting in Syria are foreign terrorists supported by the US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. The US is supplying …
When we are taken at the Rapture By Craig C. White To receive our renewed bodies, and to be with Jesus Christ and other believers in Heaven will be wonderful. Also, to escape the troubles and worries of this world will be great. However, I have figured something out. First, the reason that the Church …
Mosul flooded? ISIS in Bible Prophecy Image: DFID/Russell Watkins By Craig C. White As you know the modern day city of Mosul was built just across the Tigris River from the ancient city of Nineveh. Nineveh was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire. Today ISIS controls a dam on the Tigris River just north …
End Time Bible Prophecy happening now! We are only waiting for the event to be triggered. By Craig C. White There is a major end time bible prophecy looming over our heads. All of the players are in place. We are only waiting for the event to be triggered. That trigger is the destruction of …
We learn in Revelation 17:18 that Mystery Babylon the Great is a city that exists at the same time as the final gentile world empire (or the New World Order). Mystery Babylon the city is on earth around the time of the Rapture and Tribulation. Mystery isn’t a Greek word translated into English. It is a Greek word simply said in English, mustērion. It means something that was not previously known. However, in its time it will become known or understood. So, Mystery Babylon probably isn’t the original city of Babylon. However, it does have the same characteristics.
Here is a Greek word that will have you reevaluating your view on what city is called Mystery Babylon; echo! Wait for it…echo! The word translated reigneth in Revelation 17:18 is not the word that means “to rule over”. The original Greek word is echo. It means to have or hold. The whore and the city have a prurient influence over world leaders. That means that the city holds an appeal of sexual immorality and world dominance to other world leaders!
Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
The woman represents idolatry and sexual immorality. We learn in this verse that she represents a specific city in the end time. Don’t let the final phrase confuse you. The original Greek word translated reigneth is echo. It does not mean “to rule over”. It means to have or hold.
ISIS is on the march. They are marching east to west across Syria. Their next target is Turkey. This is sure to draw Turkey into Syria! Once Turkey enters Syria they will continue south to Damascus and then into Israel!
The prophet Jeremiah tells us about a Turkish invasion into Syria and the destruction of Damascus. In the city of Hamah in northwestern Syria the people hear reports of a commotion coming from the Turkish border. The Turkish army has entered Syria!
Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
You may know that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has desired to conquer Syria for quite some time now. Erdogan wants to rebuild the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire with himself at the head. Over the past three years Turkey and Erdogan have allowed Al-Qaeda fighters from Libya to flood into Syria through Turkey. The Libyan rebels call themselves “The Free Syrian Army”. The Free Syrian Army is led by a Libyan General but Turkish commanders are leading battalions on the ground. The Free Syrian Army is doing Turkey’s biding in Syria.
Over the past three years the Turkish Army has been amassed along Syria’s northwestern border near the city of Hamah. The Turkish army has made a few incursions into Syria but not on a large scale. Turkey wants control over Syria. So far their Libyan proxies have not been able to topple Syrian President Assad’s government.
So Al-Qaeda is supposed to conquer Syria. But the Libyans are not the only faction of Al-Qaeda in the fight. Al-Qaeda from Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Northern Iraq (ISIS) are fighting in Syria. Libya wants to take over Syria on behalf of Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood. Saudi Arabia wants to protect its own interests in a vanquished Syria. ISIS from the Nineveh Province in northern Iraq wants to take over the entire Islamic world starting with Syria then Iraq and most recently even Turkey!
ISIS has become a monkey wrench in the Turkish plan to take over Syria. Today ISIS from Mosul in northern Iraq is marching toward Hamah in northwestern Syria. With them is the US armor and weapons that they stole from the Iraqi Army. Their goal is the invasion of Turkey!
So far Turkey has patiently waited for Al-Qaeda to conquer Syria. Now it seems that not all Al-Qaeda factions are willing to go along with Turkey’s plan. ISIS is challenging Turkey for control over Syria and the Islamic world!
So Jeremiah tells us about a Turkish invasion into Syria. ISIS is marching toward the Syrian-Turkish border. I can assure you that Turkey will respond with its own attack on ISIS in Syria! Over the past decade Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has urged the Turkish people that an invasion into Syria was necessary. Up until now the Turkish people have resisted his desire. The threat of an invasion into Turkey by ISIS will motivate the Turkish people and the entire world to support Erdogan’s plan to enter Syria! Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has now become newly elected President Erdogan. His first stated goal is to grant himself complete control over the Turkish government. President Erdogan is eagerly anticipating this fortuitous opportunity to invade Syria and cement his stature as chief over the new Islamic Caliphate. Erdogan will not stop at defeating ISIS in Syria. Erdogan and the Turkish army will march down from Hamah and also besiege Syria’s capital city of Damascus. The Damascus residents will flee to Jordan and the old city will be destroyed as prophesied by Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 49:25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!
I told you earlier that this was the last piece of the prophetic puzzle. Here is the rest of the puzzle. Ezekiel chapter 38 tells us about a Turkish led invasion into Israel. This invasion is instigated by the “chief prince” of Turkey.
Ezekiel 38:1-2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
In the original Hebrew language the term “chief prince” could be more literally translated as primary governor. Primary Governor is an excellent way of saying Prime Minister! So Prime Minister Erdogan will lead an invasion into Israel. Who will be with him? According to Ezekiel Turkey will lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya into Israel!
Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Today all of these nations are fighting in Syria! Al-Qaeda from Libya is fighting against Syrian President Assad. Hezbollah from Iran and Sudan is fighting against Al-Qaeda. Ezekiel chapter 38 also mentions Saudi Arabia. As a matter of fact Ezekiel chapter 38 lists all of the major players in Syria today except for one. Ezekiel does not mention ISIS from Mosul in northern Iraq.
Here is my conclusion. ISIS in western Syria will come against Turkey and will be defeated. ISIS in Mosul will be defeated by the Iraqi army, the Iranian army and perhaps Hezbollah from Iran, and also the Kurds. These are the same nations that wiped out the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. By the way I think that Mosul will also be wiped out by a flood just like ancient Nineveh was in 612 BC. The prophet Nahum foretells the destruction of ancient Nineveh as well as the destruction of modern day Mosul.
Turkey will enter Syria to destroy ISIS. After ISIS is defeated the Turkish army will march down to besiege Damascus. Turkey will then lead the remaining armies into Israel just as Ezekiel foretold. Puzzle complete!
When it comes to bible prophecy you can be smarter than your pastor in just one day! No kidding; and it’s easy! There is a battle brewing in Syria that may soon spill over into Israel. Turkey is likely to invade Syria, decimate its capital city of Damascus, and then lead the troops that are fighting in Syria in an invasion into Israel. It is all explained in the bible! Every Christian should be alert to this possibility!
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My commentary titled “The Leopard is Upon Us” provides a new perspective on Daniel chapter 7. That is why I wrote it. The events of Daniel 7 are viewable from where we sit today. They describe the step by step formation of the final gentile world empire. Jesus Christ will destroy this man centered empire at his second coming. Before that happens there will be seven years of God’s judgment on earth. Before that happens Jesus will return for his Church.
Most people teach that the beasts in Daniel chapter 7 represent ancient world empires. They don’t. Daniel chapter 7 describes modern day and near future kingdoms like England, Russia, and a coming Central Asian Union symbolized by a leopard.
Also Daniel 7 is NOT a repeat of Daniel 2. The beasts (Kingdoms) are different. They are represented by different animals. The kingdoms of Daniel 7 exist at the same time unlike ancient world empires. The kingdoms of Daniel 7 exist at the end time. The third kingdom in Daniel 7 represented by the leopard is about to be created. It is a Central Asian Union. Its symbol will be a leopard. You can tell me I was wrong if it is represented by a duck! In bible prophecy beasts represent gentile governments such as nations, Unions, or Empires. The first 3 beasts in Daniel chapter 7 outlive the fourth beast. The fourth beast (Daniel 7:12) is made of all 4 Unions put together. The fourth beast is the kingdom that is ruled by the Antichrist (the New World Order). Jesus will destroy the fourth beast at his coming. In other words he will dismantle the New World Order by destroying its king! The first three kingdoms (or Unions) will remain for a short time after Jesus’ coming. It is High Time to take a new look at Daniel chapter 7.
I base this view on several things. First the Central Asian Union is in the planning stages. Second this confederacy would complete the territory of the revived Roman Empire along with the EU, Russia, and the Middle East. Third I am unsatisfied with the standard view of Daniel 7. The beasts are not ancient world empires. In Daniel 7:12 the first 3 beasts outlive the fourth beast. The fourth beast exists during the Tribulation. The forth beast (or Empire) is the final Gentile world empire that Jesus destroys at his coming. So all of the beasts in Daniel 7 exist during the Tribulation period. This is a view that can be substantiated in the near future if we see this Central Asian Union represented by a leopard. In all of Daniel’s prophecies kingdoms are represented by their national animals not by animals with similar attributes.
This is a commentary on Revelation chapter 13. I am explaining the entire chapter mostly just to tell you about the image of the beast described in Revelation 13:15. In this case the beast isn’t a scary animal; instead it is the next World Empire. The image is literally some sort of picture or statue that represents the next World Empire or perhaps looks like its leader. The world may have already had its first glimpse of the beast’s image. You may not agree with everything that I have to say; nevertheless I think you will find this enlightening. Allow me to state that I am not certain that I have all of the facts yet, but I do have a lot of them. OK now let’s all make certain that our socks are on tightly!
The Apostle John is writing this around 94 AD. He is having a vision about conditions on earth during the time of the seven year Tribulation period. It is a time of trouble for Israel and a time of God’s judgment against the nations of the world. A final man-ruled World Empire has formed on earth. John sees a beast rise up out of the sea. The sea represents the nations of the world.
Rev 13:1a And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
In bible prophecy a beast represents a gentile body of government. Gentile simply means the nations. A gentile government is ruled by men and not by God. A beast could represent a nation, or union of nations, or in this case an empire. As we will see latter a beast can also represent the governmental body of a world religion. A beast is a large governmental body. When that government is ruled by one man; a beast can also refer to that certain man.
The Apostle John sees a beast with seven heads. Many bible scholars agree that these seven heads represent the seven world empires that have formed on earth throughout its history. These world empires are in order; the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Grecian, Roman, and the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Now there is a lot of debate about the last one. Most scholars say that the last head represents the final world empire still yet to come. Almost everybody says that the final head represents a revived Roman Empire in the future. I have said that myself, but always with reservation. I think that the seventh head could possibly represent the Ottoman Turkish Empire. It could in fact also represent a revived Ottoman Turkish Empire of the future. Suffice it to say that the seventh head most certainly represents an end time (Tribulation period) World Empire.
Rev 13:1b having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Horns commonly represent kings in bible prophecy. The ten horns are ten kings that rule over the final World Empire. This is explained in Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12. Every World Empire or kingdom has been ruled by men in rebellion to God. Before any of these World Empires existed, God scattered men from forming a man ruled World Government at the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9). Ever since then men have sought to undo God’s work there. Satan has always been the driving force behind the formation of World Empires. He wants to be worshiped like the most High God (Isa 14:14); and to become king over the nations of the earth.
Rev 13:2 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.
John sees a beast whose body parts are like a leopard and a bear and a lion. Daniel chapter 7 describes the formation of this multi animal beast (or World Empire). For now let me tell you that this strange beast is the in fact the final man-ruled World Empire that rules over the earth during the Tribulation period. It is the same World Empire that is represented by the seventh head in verse 1. This final World Empire is made of four smaller groups of nations or Unions. I think the leopard represents a Central Asian Union, the bear represents a Russian Union, and the lion represents England along with the European Union. These three Unions will unite with a Middle Eastern Union to form the next World Empire. Please read my outstanding commentary on Daniel chapter 7 titled “The Leopard is Upon Us!” in my eBook “The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist”. Now I want to continue so I can tell you about the image of the beast described in verse 15.
Rev 13:3 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.
There is a lot of debate concerning verse 3 above. Many folks say that the king of the final World Empire will receive a bloody wound (or booboo) in his head. But I don’t think so. Please allow me to remind you that in this example the heads of the beast represent World Empires not kings. Kings are represented by horns. The empire is wounded not the king. I think that John is describing a revived World Empire. This could be a revived Ottoman Turkish Empire or a revived Roman Empire. In the verse above, the nations of the world are impressed with the next World Empire.
In the verse below, the word worship is a little misleading. The word translated as worship here describes an outward demonstration of homage. It literally describes a dog licking his master’s hand. So the world won’t necessarily reverence the next World Empire, but the world will show subservience to it. I can imagine that a World Empire including Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia would be seen as the greatest power amongst the world’s nations.
Rev 13:4 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 him?
It hasn’t been explained here but the next World Empire will ultimately be ruled by one man (Daniel 7:8). By the way, I think that man is Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. Satan is behind this World Empire. He will give its ruler the ability to say bad things about God. Perhaps this ruler will give persuasive speeches. He will rule the next World Empire for 42 months. During this three and a half year period he will oppress the nation of Israel (Dan 7:25). This is known as the Great Tribulation period (Mat 24:21).
Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
The ruler of the next World Empire will speak against God, and against his dwelling place, and against everybody who lives with him in heaven. This may be a reference to Church age believers who have just been resurrected and taken into heaven at the Rapture. The whole world will be well aware of this event. Today most world leaders aren’t compelled to insult people in heaven. But then the folks in heaven will be an undeniable sign that God is about to judge the unbelieving world.
Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
In verse 7 below the saints refer to the nation of Israel. “To overcome them” means that he will kill the people of Israel. The ruler of the next World Empire will subdue and destroy much of the nation of Israel.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
The ruler of the next World Empire will have influence and authority over the people groups of the world. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he will rule the entire world. The “nations” in verse 7 above refers to the original families that settled the old world after Noah’s flood. These are the nations around Israel. The next World Empire will cover the same geographic area that every ancient World Empire covered.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Read verse 8 carefully. It doesn’t say that every person on earth will worship the ruler of the next World Empire. Instead it says that every non-Christian will worship the ruler of the next World Empire. The word translated as worship is the same word used in verse 4. It describes an outward demonstration of homage.
Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Let me explain the verse above. This is a warning to every person and nation that either takes the people of Israel captive or kills any Jewish person during the Great Tribulation period. Jesus Christ will return and treat Israel’s enemies in the same way that they have treated the people of Israel. He will kill them and send them to hell. Israel will survive as they remember God’s faithfulness towards them. Please read my commentary titled “Jerusalem’s Great Tribulation” in my eBook “Bible Prophecy 2014-2015”.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Hey I see different animal! By now you should know what a beast represents. A beast represents a large governmental body. It could be a nation, or union of nations, or an empire. It could also be a world religion. I think that is the case here. You should also know that horns represent kings. So this world religion has two rulers. Jesus Christ is called the Lamb in Revelation 13:8 above. The lamb indicates that this world religion looks like the Christian Church. The dragon indicates that it is empowered by Satan and that it preaches against God. The dragon also represents the seven headed beast referenced in Revelation 13:1. This dragon represents every world empire throughout history. Satan is the power behind every world empire. He wants to subject men and to be worshiped as king of this world.
So a false World Religion will arise alongside of the next World Empire. This has been the case during every ancient World Empire. This false religion is less about worshiping God but more about denying God and also about bringing people under subjection to the World Empire.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
We are still talking about the new animal or false religion. Remember it has two leaders (or horns). This false religion also has authority over the next World Empire. The false religion will cause people to show outward submission to the World Empire. The bible often uses the terminology of “those who dwell on the earth” to refer to unbelievers or unbelieving nations. Revelation 13:12 probably refers to the non-Christian nations around Israel.
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
It seems that the two leaders of the false religion will produce miraculous signs to prove their authority. They will make fire come from the sky to the ground in front of witnesses. I think that this refers to some sort of ceremonial action. The two leaders of the false religion will produce this sign during a religious service.
Most folks see the false prophet represented in this verse. That seems likely. He may be the main culprit here but I would like to remind you that the false religion has two leaders (Rev 13:11).
Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
I am going out on a limb here but I suspect one person who is now on the world scene as the prime candidate for being the false prophet. He is a prominent Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen. He wants to rule the world and is challenging Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan for control in Turkey. Please read my commentary titled “Revealing the Antichrist & False Prophet”.
In the verse below the false religion (or false prophet) causes the non-Christian nations around Israel to stray from the truth of the God of Israel. He instructs them to make a likeness of the revived World Empire or perhaps more specifically of its ruler. An image is simply a representation of something, like a picture or statue. In this case it is some sort of idol to be worshiped. Its purpose is for the worship of the World Empire, or of its ruler as God. Here is the definition of the Greek word translated as image in verse 14 from the Strong Hebrew-Greek dictionary.
Image, eikōn, i-kone’
a likeness, that is, (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance: – image.
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
I am going to assume that this image is in the likeness of the ruler of the next world Empire. That would mean that this image is probably a picture or statue of a man. In verse 15 below we are told that this image can speak. So perhaps it would be more accurate to assume that this image is a moving picture or perhaps even something like a moving hologram with broadcasted sound! It seems to me that that would fulfill the parameters of a speaking representation of a man. If only something like that existed today. Guess what it does. Not only does a speaking hologram of a man exist, but a ten foot tall holographic image of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was employed recently to give an awe-inspiring speech to a stadium full of his supporters. In case you don’t already know, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has ambitions to be the new Sultan of a revived Turkish Ottoman Empire. I think that Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 indicates that a Turkish Prime Minister will lead two multinational invasions into Israel during the end time. Ezekiel chapter 39 describes the same invasion known as the battle of Armageddon. So I think that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is the prime suspect to become the ruler of the next World Empire. Please read my commentaries titled “Magog Made Easy!” and “Magog Made Easier!” in my eBook “Halfway to Armageddon”.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
We are still talking about the false World Religion or the false prophet and their work with the image of the ruler of the next World Empire. Verse 15 indicates that any person who does not bow to this image will be killed on the spot. So if you don’t want to bow I suggest that you at least duck.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
It’s time for a quiz. What is the mark of the beast? I will give you a clue. A mark is simply some sort of identifying insignia. We are halfway there. Now it’s your turn. What is a beast? I am certain that you remember that a beast represents a large government like a nation or Empire. In this case the mark of the beast is an identifying emblem of the next World Empire. In verse 16 above the Greek word translated “in” should probable rather be translated as “on”. So this mark is probably something that a person wears. I think that the mark of the beast is an inscription worn on the hand or forehead. It could possibly even be an Islamic armband or headband that is already popular with every Islamist group from Libya to Afghanistan. By the way, I think that this mark is imposed upon the folks who live within the next World Empire and not the entire world. Please allow me to suggest that this mark may even primarily be imposed upon the citizens of Israel. Let’s remember that this chapter was given to the Apostle John and largely concerns Israel during their time of Great Tribulation. For more about the “mark of the beast” please read my commentary titled “6 6 6 no microchip needed” in my eBook “Israel’s Beacon of Hope”.
We studied an entire chapter just so I could tell you about a talking hologram. The image of the beast is just a representation of a man. It is a symbol of the next World Empire or probably more specifically of its ruler. It will speak. It will probably even shoot lasers out of its eyes! Well it might not really shoot lasers. I made up that part on my own.