The Image of the Beast Identified At Last

During the Great Tribulation, a powerful "image of the beast/Antichrist" will be created for humanity to worship—on penalty of death by beheading. What is it, how is it animated to seem alive and how is it connected with the abomination of desolation? Find out all that and how the leading Antichrist candidate already had an "angelic" "image" proposed in his honor with "savior of the world" written on it—a fitting caption for the future angel/human hybrid Antichrist described in Revelation given the timing of his arrival after the Wormwood cataclysm brings the end of civilization.

The Perplexing "Image of The Beast"

If you are like me, when you first read the Book of Revelation, you were left confused by most everything, including the odd phrase "the image of the beast." The image is referred to eight times throughout Revelation starting with its introduction in Chapter 13. Here are all eight of them to consider:

Revelation 13:14 (HCSB) — 14 [the False Prophet] deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound and yet lived. 15 He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

Revelation 14:9-11 (HCSB) — 9 And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,  10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb,  11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.

Revelation 15:2 (HCSB) — I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image, and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.

Revelation 16:2 (HCSB) — The first [bowl angel] went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and severely painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

Revelation 19:20 (HCSB) — But the beast was taken prisoner, and along with him the false prophet, who had performed the signs in his presence. He deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image with these signs. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

Revelation 20:4 (HCSB) — Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the people who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of God’s word, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with the Messiah for 1,000 years.

Worship the Talking Image—or Lose Your Head

As you can see right away, whatever the image is, it's central to the new "Antichrist religion." The False Prophet devises it as a focal point of worship. The image is always mentioned in connection with worship of the Antichrist or with possession of the mark. To worship the image is to worship the beast and to have the beast's mark is to worship the image and the beast. It's all interconnected for the proper worship of humanity's new "God" (2Th 2:4).

This worship is so important that anyone who refuses will be put to death, just the same as those refusing to receive the mark of the beast on their skin will be (Rev 20:4). What's remarkable about how this happens and with the image itself is that the image is able to talk and "tell on" those who refuse to worship it (Rev 13:15). How is this possible for an inanimate object?

Image Possessed by a Spirit

It tells us quite plainly that the False Prophet is able to give "life," "breath," "power" or a "spirit" to the image so that it can speak (Rev 13:15). The Greek word there is pneuma meaning breath, spirit from which we get the English phrase pneumatic tire or a tire filled with compressed air.  Pneuma is the word used for spirits, both holy and demonic, in the NT. For this reason the HCSB translates it as follows:

Revelation 13:15 (HCSB) — He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image or statue of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

Quite plainly this tells us that the inanimate image gets possessed with a wicked spirit that is powerful enough to interact with its physical surroundings and speak. This is not some hi-tech trickery using holograms (as some have speculated). Technically inclined people would see right through any natural implementation. It needs to be an unprecedented supernatural event that no one can explain by natural means so that people are impressed with and convinced by their god. The modern world does not believe in or understand such things and would have to accept it as a bonafide miracle. Skeptic associations regularly offer cash rewards to anyone who will subject themselves to their rigorous tests and document that any paranormal or supernatural phenomenon is real; these prizes never get collected. Only a possessed, talking and seeing object would survive scrutiny and not be exposed as a parlor trick or fraud.

Of course, this would require a relaxing of the restrictions on wicked spirits that God has had in place throughout history so far. As hinted at in the Book of Job, without these limits Satan could easily wipe out all humans (Job 1:12; 2:6). If not that, he would deceive them so completely through supernatural displays of power that all would have stopped worshiping God ages ago. This is exactly what happens on earth during the Great Tribulation with these restrictions relaxed and the False Prophet calling down fire from heaven (Rev 13:13) and making an image come to life and speak.

Evidence Pointing to a Statue

It's hard to conceptualize this "image" idea until you decipher the meaning of the word. The Greek word there for image is eikon. Not surprisingly, as the article image has already hinted at, it is used for statues and among other things, such as pictures. Context must be considered to determine which form of an image is meant here. "Statue" fits the grammatical and historical context best which is why several translations either directly translate or at least footnote it as such (AMP, GW, HCSB, NJB, and NLT).

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary has an excellent explanation about the image as a statue:

As the power of Antichrist and the persuasiveness of the false prophet grow, Satan will escalate the false world religion of Antichrist worship. Humanity will eventually come to be so completely under the influence of the false prophet that people will obey his command to make an image to the beast. The world will engage in the most shocking, blatant idolatry ever seen. Like Nebuchadnezzar before him (Dan. 3), but on a global scale, Antichrist, aided by the false prophet, will set up a statue of himself as a symbol of his deity and worldwide worship. This blasphemous image will probably be set up on the temple grounds in Jerusalem (cf. 2 Th. 2:4) and will be connected with the abomination of desolation (Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15). It will be a tribute to the awesome power of Antichrist, who had the wound of the sword and has come to life (cf. vv. 3, 12), to seemingly conquer death.

The idolatrous image of the Antichrist will be different from any other idol in human history. The Bible scornfully denounces idols as having mouths, yet being unable to speak (Ps. 115:5; 135:15–17; Isa. 46:7; Jer. 10:5; Hab. 2:18–19). But in another display of his power to deceive, the false prophet will give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak. Breath translates pneuma, not zoe or bios, the Greek words normally translated life. The false prophet will animate the image of Antichrist so that it gives the appearance of being alive. —The MacArthur New Testament Commentary

Daniel's "Abomination of Desolation"

If you have been as confused about Daniel's Abomination of Desolation as you are with the image of the beast, then you will be happy to find out that they are in fact one and the same thing: an idolatrous statue. (Idolatry is an abomination to God in the OT.) We can be sure of this because of the what we learn from the first fulfillment of the abomination by Antiochus Epiphanes IV as predicted in Daniel 11:31. This earlier, partial fulfillment illustrates for us the final, full abomination prophesied in Daniel 9:27 that the final Antichrist will do.

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Antiochus, as a type of the Antichrist, set up a statue of Zeus or Jupiter in the Holy of Holies and caused the cessation of the animal sacrifices (Dan 11:31). The Antichrist will repeat this historical precedent by having a statue of a false god set up in the coming Third Temple in the final fulfillment of Daniel 9:27. The difference in this case is that the statue is not of Zeus, but of the Antichrist himself who, according to Paul, presents himself as God on earth and not merely as a counterfeit Jesus (2Th 2:4).

Regarding the Statue Pictured Above...

The statue pictured in the featured image for this article provides another evidence for the image of the Antichrist being a statue. It fits into this in quite a surprising way, when you analyze it in light of other details about the Antichrist from Bible prophecy.

First, some needed background. You may know that I have not been shy about sharing my view that Prince Charles is the only candidate for Antichrist found so far who fits the literal requirements of Revelation 13. That includes the many more popular recent theories about Islamic or Muslim Antichrists the basis for which ignores Revelation 13 or does not take it as literally.

Personally, I don't care who the Antichrist is or feel any need to research this topic further. In earlier stages of my research I believed that identifying him could help figure out how close we are to the end. But long ago I determined that there are much better indications on timing than speculating on the identity of the Antichrist. Also, I learned later from Scripture that God's end time prophet Elijah will lead us to God's protected place for the saints on earth before the Antichrist comes to power and before even WWIII and Wormwood. He will surely identify the Antichrist for us and lead us out of his grasp. In other words, I'm not spending effort on a question that will be answered for me and that I don’t believe would be much help at this time.

Nevertheless, despite my ambivalence, evidence for who is the Antichrist has continually fallen into my lap over the years. One of most bizarre pieces of proof is that Prince Charles has been honored with a proposal for a statue labeling him as "savior of the world." Read the news release on it from BBC News:

A giant bronze statue of Prince Charles as a winged hero "saving the world" is to become the centrepiece of a remote Amazonian town.

The Prince was presented with a model of the sculpture, which shows him with bulging muscles, pinned back ears and only a loin cloth to protect his modesty.

During his visit to Tocantins state in central Brazil the Prince was told the full size piece would be erected in a square named in his honour in the main town of Palmas.

The inscription on the statue in Brazil will honor him as "Savior of the World." - BBC News.

3 Ways Charles's Statue Literally Fits Antichrist Prophecy

As you can see in the featured image above for this article, the model of the proposed statue renders Prince Charles as a half-human, winged angel. Beyond it being the correct form of "image" (i.e., a statue) with the actual role of the Antichrist given right in the caption as savior, this image also fits further evidence that fell into my lap that Prince Charles is nephilim or angel/human hybrid.

To summarize, this statue of Prince Charles uncannily fits prophecy in three ways:

  1. The Antichrist will come at the 5th trumpet right after Wormwood  destroys civilization from the 6th seal through 4th trumpet. Since Wormwood leaves everyone homeless, cold, starving and at the mercy of looters, this allows the Antichrist to show up as "God" (2Th 2:4) and literally save the world.
  2. The Antichrist will receive a statue of himself created (by the False Prophet) for the world to worship.
  3. The Antichrist will be a nephilim, or a human/angel hybrid, not just a regular human; otherwise he could not be tossed into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20) 1000+ years before the rest of humanity does after the Millennium (Rev 20:11-15).

Given the above, I personally find this statue to be a perfect, jaw-dropping foreshadow of Prince Charle's potential future role as the Antichrist. Suffice it to say, I cannot see another Antichrist candidate with the same quality of unforced, literal Scriptural proof pointing at him.

Of course, time will tell who the Antichrist is... or more specifically, Elijah will.

In the meantime, Jesus' advice in Luke 21:36 is a one-sentence guide for preparing yourself in the only way that matters: spiritually.

Update: "Saying That About Anyone Is Slander!"

A reader wrote the following comment in response the article above:

Tim, I think it's slanderous to label someone like Prince Charles, or even President Trump or President Obama as the Antichrist. I don't think you, me, or anyone else is qualified to decide this. This kind of speculation is hurtful. Phil

I've heard this objection a few times over the years. I don't think people saying this understand the legal definition of slander: "the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation." Slander would be, for example, to say Prince Charles was an adulterer (with Camilla) or murdered Diana. People take that seriously as possible and credible as husbands are wont to do to wives.

However, to say someone fulfills an evil character from Bible prophecy (a book I remind you most don't believe in nor have read) is a very obscure claim. You have not even actually said they did anything wrong (yet). You are saying they will do something wrong, kind of like the plot to Minority Report. Most people don't have spiritual eyes to recognize the proof for it anyway. Like this person says, it looks only like "speculation." While the public could easily entertain the idea that Prince Charles killed his wife (who became more popular than him), they can't see how he is going to become the most evil person in history one day. He seems harmless to them.

I also don't agree this is qualifies as speculation either. This is looking to the few plain Biblical parameters and what one of very few possible world leaders fit it literally without reading into the passage. Prince Charles fits not less than four literal parameters, 1) the name calculation = 666 in Hebrew and English (without forcing), 2) the beast image is pictured in his unique coat of arms 3) nephilim requirement? witnesses testify to this (who don't even know this correlation or have that agenda) 4) a proposed statue picturing him as a nephilim with the "savior of the world" label on it is an uncanny foreshadowing confirming the above and the post-Wormwood/post-civilization timing of the rise of Antichrist.

If you want to see speculation, look at the predictions for September 2017 based on turning the Revelation 12:1-5 prophecy of the sign in the sky when Mary gave birth to Jesus into a prophecy of some arbitrary unnamed end time event!

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Jesus took the wheel Meme - April 29, 2018

The primary theme of Buxton’s critique of patriarchial deappropriation is not destructuralism, but subdestructuralism. Thus, the premise of structuralist theory holds that the goal of the writer is deconstruction. Hubbard implies that we have to choose between patriarchial deappropriation and postcultural capitalist theory.

North Stardust - April 27, 2018

Given recent – to me anyways – news stories about AI could these phenomena be linked

    Tim McHyde - April 28, 2018

    NorthStarDust, AI or Artificial Intelligence is just as much an unproven, unreproducible legend as evolution is. It’s never happened and never will as it is the “soul in man” that gives him intellect and self-awareness, just as the animals have a spirit according to Scripture for their lower intellect that still is living unlike machines which only do what they are programmed and designed to do. They cannot think. The image of the beast already says there is a “spirit” put into it, so we need not look further for how it comes alive and fools people. Also think about it, if AI is finally achieved before the Antichrist comes, why would anyone be impressed with the image of the beast acting alive?

      Chris Ball - May 7, 2018

      Hi Tim

      Good to see that your son is alright now thank the Creator.
      What you said reminds of what Elon Musk talked about one danger of AI in that it is the equivalent of summoning a demon. Perhaps he might have unwitting let slip the truth about the Mark of the Beast. Perhaps if machines have “AI” it is really demons animating the machines. Your comments on this would be appreciated.

Catherine Hafner - August 28, 2017

Tim, I recommend you and others the videos of Rebecca Sterling on vimeo. She saw the Antichrist, the Guillotines, the Mark, etc. I can’t believe that Charles will be the Antichrist or a Muslim but one of the sons of Diana could be. The royal houses of Europe have a lot to do with freemasonry and some believe, they are descedants of David. The future will show.

mauricio malagon - August 23, 2017

HI Tim,

How does Prince Charles fit in the light of this scripture: Revelation 17:8 …

I think he (antichrist) is a being that will be resurrected in some sense…He will come in some former image as Alexander the Great or Nimrod the Mighty Hunter before the Lord. I don’t really think he is even here on this Earth as of the moment.

See for reference this website:


    Tim McHyde - August 23, 2017

    Mauricio, he does not fit yet but can if he dies and is resurrected, which would fit the narrative he could use to then claim he is not PC anymore but God to save us (2Th 2:4).

      ben - February 18, 2019

      Ronald Reagan is the only man in history who fits the biblical description of the first

Andreas - August 16, 2017

Rev 13:16 HCSB
And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,

Matthew 5:30 HCSB
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell!

Is Jesus suggesting amputation (and repentance) to those who will receive the Mark of the Beast on their right hand, so they can survive and make it through the 7 Bowls of God’s Wrath?

    Tim McHyde - August 17, 2017

    Andreas, the mark is on your forehead, too, not just your hand and it’s indicated that there is mind control to it since people can’t repent so they won’t remove it either. One third will survive God’s wrath and they will all have the mark until it’s over and God removes it.

    Anna - July 4, 2018

    Andreas, Use proper hermeneutics: who,what, when, where, how and why. Jesus was speaking to a first century old covenant of death audience. If they broke a law then they were punished accordingly: eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Their entire body could end up in ‘Gehenna/city dump outside the walls of Jerusalem’ and the passage states, dragged before the magistrate, then the Sanhedrin who made judgments according to THEIR laws.

    The END was NEAR to THEM. 1 Pet 4:7. The old covenant age was ‘passing away.’ Heb 8:13. The end of all things old happened in the destruction of the temple, city of Jerusalem and cultic form of worship.

    Flesh vs Spirit. Seen vs Unseen. Temporary vs eternal. External vs Internal. The bible is about flesh vs spirit and this dichotomy is on every page of the bible.

Chris Ball - July 28, 2017

Tim interesting take on the image of the beast.
Just one question though have you seen Arthur Pink’s writing on the Antichrist? It is quite detailed with many names for the Antichrist along with the career, contrasts and comparisons with Yeshua our savior, redeemer and King of Kings.

    Tim McHyde - July 28, 2017

    Chris, I don’t find subjective, arbitrary Scriptural comparisons between the Antichrist to Yeshua or in his names worthwhile. The Antichrist is not going to be accepted by the world (or even the Jews) by “fulfilling Messianic prophecy” or as a fake Christ. He is accepted because the world will be scared and starving and in need of “God” to save them (2Th 2:4), which is exactly who he pawns himself off as—not the Second Coming of Christ. Anyway, Pink’s approach seems to have led him to false conclusions such as Judas (or a Jew) being the Antichrist, Mystery Babylon being “Jerusalem.” We have better information available today as end time prophecy has became unsealed thanks to the Internet (Dan 12:4,10).

Emma Bloor - July 11, 2017

Tim, i am struggling here. I used to believe in the Nephilim but you know, scripture quite clearly states that angels DO NOT have reproductive organs and are gender neutral. How does this fit?

Josh - July 10, 2017

Wouldn’t this mean that Prince Charles’ sons (William and Harry) are also part nephilim?

    Tim McHyde - July 11, 2017

    Josh, I’m not sure how it works or at what percentage of angel DNA you need, but I’d tend to agree they are not normal.

Florian - July 9, 2017

Hi Tim just a thought is Jared Cushner name equivalent to 666 in Gematria if spelled with a C instead a K ?

Jerry Barnhart - July 8, 2017

Prince Charles could be- but Great Britian is from the tribe of Ephriam. Brit literally means covenant and ish means man. Brit-ish means covenant man. Most people do not realize that the Royal family has a German background and changed their name in order to hide this fact. I see someone rising from an EU country such as Germany being a strong candidate for this Anti-Christ. Prince Charles could fit this because his family background comes from Germany

Allenbee - July 8, 2017

“Personally, I don’t care who the Antichrist is or feel any need to research this topic further”.

Yes Tim, that is the faith in prophecy. Who cares how this will actually pan out seeing that we have OBEYED our Lord to “flee to the mountains” and are no part of Satan’s world.

NO Churches teach this, as they prefer the flock to stay enslaved in Satan’s system, so that they can continue receiving the tithe !!! Wonderful huh .

Andreas - July 8, 2017

Tim, thank you. From today on, I will do my utmost to purge myself from any idolatry and admiration of the worldy things. Though people around me will try to drag me back in, I might have to hate what I do almost.

Keith E. - July 8, 2017

hi Tim,
How does the Prince Charles statue even fit ONE of the prophecy scriptures you cite above as proof? I’ve re-read them numerous times (including your PC article) and I don’t see any literal ‘uncanny’ connection, just conjecture. These scriptures only mention an image or (possible) statue nothing about the identity of the antichrist.

    Tim McHyde - July 8, 2017

    1. It’s a statue of Prince Charles already planned, which fits an image (Rev 13)
    2. It’s an angel-hybrid vision of Prince Charles which fits the requirement for Antichrist (Rev 19)
    3. It’s labeled as “savior of the world” which fits the role of Antichrist as “God” and the exact timing of his coming at the 5th trumpet right on the heels of WWIII and Wormwood’s destruction of civilization up to the 4th trumpet. You didn’t think he’d take control of the world peacefully with America around and everyone fat and happy, did you? He comes when we need a savior due to WWIII and Wormwood.

    So yes, that this preview/precursor/foreshaowing image of Prince Charles has been made and has all three aspects, two of which are quite bizarre (angel wings, “savior”?) for what we all assume is just a bumbling normal man is uncanny!

      Kent Brashear - July 11, 2017

      Tim, I want to jump in about the Prince Charles idea. He was born on my fifth birthday, November 14, 1948. You’ve written that the antichrist’s unveiling couldn’t come before the years 2025 – 2030. Charles will be 77 in 2025 if still living. Isn’t he getting a bit old? But then, he might have access to an age reversal cure. To grow young would surely be a sign and wonder. Perhaps.

Theresa Wilkerson - July 8, 2017

Monte Judah did an amazing study on Revelations and anti-christ(The Great Escape of the Great Tribulation). You may not feel the need to continue in the research of the possibility of Prince Charles, But other may what or need more understanding , And some history of how he really can be and at this time the most likely possibility. Really enjoy reading your articles.

Gregory "Gilligan" Robinson - July 8, 2017

Tim, question: Is it possible that the image could be projected by some media device or projection device? I often thought about this as being the case. We already have had technology leaks in which our “Smart TVs” can act both as an image maker and video recording or listening device. The historical context of the past did not have this technology. So though it still may be a statue is it possible that cameras will be in play here?

    Tim McHyde - July 8, 2017

    Gregory, of course anything is possible, but the better question is what fits the parameters given in prophecy most literally and completely? Antiochus did not have a speaking statue by any account I know, but the Antichrist will.

    Someone like Satan with his fallen angels has complete supernatural power at his command in the final years when “strong delusion” becomes allowed by God to teach a lesson to and “judge” those who “have not received a love for the truth and delighted in wickedness” (2Th 2:11-12). For him to use anything less that is explainable by natural means when he has mystifying, supernatural power that can better deceive and impress the world towards the goal of worship of him, makes no sense to me.

Tuula Stewart - July 8, 2017

Hi Tim,
I have been looking at news of this, and apparently the small statue was given to Charles in 2002. Has the full size statue been made and put up yet?
It seems so unbelievable that he could be the anichrist, but evidence seems to point that way . Will he cast out his own family if they do not worship him? So many questions.
Thank you

Bill Walls - July 8, 2017

Hi Tim, I like your article on the image of the beast. Great summary of the subject. I have also heard of Prince Charles mentioned as a candidate for the Antichrist, but hadn’t heard about his Nephilim heritage? How did you come to learn of his half-angel parentage?

Andreas - July 7, 2017

I have question about idolatry. If I admire a sports athlete, actor, a movie, videogame, history magazines, music, and so on, am I then guilty of idolatry and thus commit a sin/sins?

As the end of this age is upon us, my anxiety over these things also increases. At the same time, I also fear insanity/maddness if I must drop everything as I live alone. Dedicating my time only to prayer and bible study would be a fine thing if I can do it for that many hours.

Please help.

    Tim McHyde - July 7, 2017

    Andreas, no admiration is no idolatry. Idolatry has to do with other gods before God and no serving him as deity exclusively. Plus, it’s not about only prayer and study. It’s about love and doing things in so far as they support the growth of that.

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