Revelation 13:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 13:14, NIV: Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Revelation 13:14, ESV: and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Revelation 13:14, KJV: 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.

Revelation 13:14, NASB: And he deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

Revelation 13:14, NLT: And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life.

Revelation 13:14, CSB: It deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that it is permitted to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

What does Revelation 13:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Unfortunately, the False Prophet's display of great signs works. He leads those who dwell on the earth astray. Second John 1:7 speaks about this deception: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist." Jesus Himself predicted that at some point, false miracles would fool people into error (Matthew 24:24). This might refer to literal supernatural power. Or, given advancements in computer-generated imagery and other technology, it might mean something entirely artificial.

Duped by the False Prophet, unbelievers make an image for the first beast. He is described again as having been wounded but recovered. This time we learn he was wounded by the sword. This is perhaps a reference to the military power that overthrew the Roman Empire. Or, it might simply refer to a weapon, as in an assassination attempt.

It stands to reason that the image for the beast is some kind of statue or sculpture resembling the beast (Revelation 13:15). Human pride often pits itself against God. In his pride, Nebuchadnezzar ordered the construction of such an image to be placed in a highly visible location and commanded his subjects to fall down and worship it (Daniel 3:1–7).