Every world empire has a currency, a financial system, and these two, the empire and its currency, are pictured as a beast and its image in the bible book of Revelation. Images are associated with false worship in the bible, for the 2nd commandment given to Moses was…
4 You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth 5 You must not bow down to them or be induced to serve them (Exodus 20).
And Jesus said to the men collecting the temple tax: Whose image and inscription are these? He might just as well have said whose image and engraving/mark are these using the terminology of Revelation13. It is hard to get men to worship a world empire, a beast, such as the Roman Empire or the British Empire or the present Anglo-American Empire. But it is easy to get them to worship a currency, a financial system, money. Money, status, lifestyle and in general the glory of men and of women is what is worshipped worldwide today. But Jesus also said:
24 No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Mammon/money (Matthew 6).
The reason for this is that money is a competing God. And one cannot worship two opposing Gods. For John says in Revelation…
14 And it misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast [The United Nations], while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast [a UN financial system or the UN PeaceBuilding Commission. Most likely the UN financial system is the image of the UNPBC which itself is the image of the UN] that had the sword-stroke and yet revived [The UN beast was all but killed off when the 7th world military power, the US/UK beast under Bush43 and Blair gave Saddam the 48 hour ultimatum to disarm from weapons he did no possess without UN consent. The UN Security Council was just an empty room for the period of the second gulf war. But the US did go to the UN for a retroactive consent to its occupation which it received in UNSC resolution 1483.] [The image of the UK/US world power, its financial system, received a sword stroke, also described as a death stroke in Revelation13:3, when Henry Paulson dropped Lehman Bros bank. That froze the credit markets which locked up the financial system. This had to occur in order that the 8th and final world military power, the UN, which has authority over the President of the US the Commander in Chief of the US military, through the UNICC, the UN International Criminal Court, can indeed have its image, the last financial system of mankind, our final currency or currencies. For every world power has a currency, an image. And men worship that image as do women]
15 And there was granted it to give breath [political life] to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed [politically finished] all those who would not in any way worship the image of the wild beast [the new UN currency/currencies to come after the collapse of the present US Dollar based system] (Revelation 13).
So we are at the point where the image of the US/UK power, its financial system, is dying. In fact, it is being judged as a false God. But it will rise from the ashes of the credit crunch in the form of the last image of the last beast, a worldwide UN financial system. The image of the 8th beast, the new financial world order that the politicians talk about (being unaware that they are puppets of a heavenly chess game being played for our lives), will be used to control mankind in an unprecedented manner according the the last verses of Revelation13…
16 And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead,
17 and that nobody might be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name.
18 Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its number is 616 (or possibly 666) (Revelation 13).
Christians are warned that there is no judicial life (spirit sanctification) for those who worship that image…
8 And all those who dwell upon the earth [make a living from the public sector] will worship it; the name of not one of them stands written in the scroll of life [judicial life, being born again] of the Lamb [Jesus] who was slaughtered, from the founding of the world [the scroll was opened after Adam sinned and lost his judicial life on 3993Nisan14 BC] (Revelation 13)
You can be saved into the kingdom of God as a citizen, a son of Abraham by covenant, having worshipped money, but not sanctified, born again as an angel, to be a king in the kingdom of God.
So this new currency will pose a serious problem for Christian saints.
At this point one has to hand it to the French. They managed to get an image going, the euro, without ever having a military world power (a beast) – brilliant! They jumped straight to the image stage, bypassing all that messy military conflict!
C’est magnifique et ce n’est pas la guerre!
Now we used to believe that the UN Peace Building Commission, the UNPBC, was the image of the UN beast since it is really an image of the UN Security Council and is designed as a means to get round the 5 permanent member vetoes that often paralyze the UN. This interpretation may still be correct in addition to the image being a financial system. If so then the UNPBC will be responsible for implementing the UN currency. The clone of the beast will implement the image of the beast. For more on this see U158.
Meanwhile, in heaven, we understand that the 144,000 first new covenant (1NC) saints, who as a group comprise Jesus’ fiance married Jesus on the first day of the Kingdom of God, 2008Nisan22. For their investiture is pictured by a marriage. This marriage is the fulfilment of the first new covenant made by Jesus at the last supper, which was a covenant for a kingdom, for he himself said:
29 I make a covenant with you just as my father made a covenant with me for a kingdom 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit upon thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel (Luke 22).
Hebrew weddings have a marriage feast that lasts 7 days. The 1NC marriage feast lasted 7 days from 2008Nisan22 to 2008Nisan28 we understand. But just as in the parable of the king who made a marriage feast for his son (Matthew22), no one turned up down here! So the king burns the city whose inhabitants refused to come to the feast. In our understanding that city is the administration of the Watchtower Society, where the second presence half of the 144,000 1NC saints came from.
In case you are wondering, nobody who any pope ever declared to be a saint, ever became a saint. We know this because the Roman Catholic church was the corruption of the first true Christian church by the Roman state. It was the harlot of Revelation17 who rode the beast of Rome. So it was a false church almost from its inception. And no saint can die in a false church. Catholic means universal. It was a United Nations of early churches. A power game played by Rome with Christians, when they had finished feeding them to the lions. The first meaning of Revelation applies to that Church and John knew this. But the Catholics persecuted and killed all those true believers who saw in Revelation the demise of their church. That is why the oldest New Testament codex in the world, the Vatican B manuscript, dating from the 4th century AD, has the final book of Revelation omitted.
That is also why no early Christian writing has any serious attempt to interpret Revelation within it. Such writings did once of course exist, but were destroyed by the Catholics who condemned the brave and faithful interpreters as heretics and persecuted just as they persecuted those who first translated the bible into English. That was the real Da Vinci Code!