Image of the Beast
In the book of Revelation, the final book of the Bible, chapter 13 we find an powerful prophecy for the end times. This has to do with the “beast” which leads astray the human race. Interestingly, many of the verses have parallels and fit the pattern of the television closely.
Television continually shows blasphemy against God, “his name” (the Lord’s name taken in vain countless times), “his tabernacle” (refers to how the church and Christians in general are so badly portrayed on television and news).
Television has two “rabbit ear” antennae ("two horns like a lamb") and its content is to deceive and corrupt us ("spake as a dragon").
Television is referred to as a “motion picture.” The “life” being given to the “image” is the sense that it becomes a moving picture. The Greek word for “worship” means to prostrate oneself before, i.e. lay in front of the tv.
There is an idolatry to television. We stage our furniture around it and put it at the center, the focal point of our living room in place of God. It sits on its pedestal as if an altar. On our couches we lay down before it, as if to Baal. TV is the ultimate idol.
Mixture of Light and Darkness:
Revelation 13:1, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea”
Job 41:31-32, “He [Leviathan] maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary[white].”
When first turning on the television, the screen is “static noise” black and white dots. The black and white noise symbolizes chaos and the sea the beast rises from. It can also represent ‘foam.’ One of the common signs of demonic possession is to foam at the mouth. The ancients believed the sea represented chaos, in contrast to the stability of the land. Most ancient creation stories have to do with a deity battling a chaos monster. In the biblical case, leviathan corresponds to the chaos monster. Just as leviathan emerges from the sea in Revelation 13, the deception of television programming emerges from the black and white sea of “static noise” chaos.
Going further, the sea of black and white dots symbolizes the mixture of light and darkness. It is a symbol of spiritual compromise, as our soul becomes the cauldron where the enlightenment of Christ becomes contaminated by mixing with the darkness of wicked television shows.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17, “….for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial?.... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
The size of one's TV can be one factor determining the size of the demonic portal and what level of demonic activity is able to gain access. Black mirrors are commonly used by occultists for divination with demonic spirits. Television is a "black mirror" and can allow demonic access as a portal. Large idols are built in a region to empower principalities and demigods over that area. Ancient temples always have very large double doors to allow high ranking spirits to pass through. It is the same way with television where a 60-inch screen allows high ranking spirits through compared to a 32 inch. The massive image created in the book of Daniel is an example of this principle as is the tower of babel. The Babylonians created the largest structures of idolatry possible in an attempt to contact the maximum demonic power.
Matthew 23:5, “they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,”
A phylactery is a black cube filled with Torah scripture, worn by Jews as amulets (Speaking of black cubes.... is that not exactly what the TV looks like on a larger scale?). The Pharisees, Christ’s main opponents, loved to increase the size of these phylacteries. They essentially used them as personal idols to the Torah, as they began to worship the Torah instead of its creator. Anytime a demonic spirit tries to get a greater presence in a person's life, it requires some kind of increased sinful behavior, sacrifice to it, or larger idol.
The “mouth” in this case, refers to the portal which is an entrance or gateway to the demonic realm, aka. hell. It is time to ask the question, has television become an idol in my life? Am I allowing an open gateway by the type or amount of content being viewed? Would it be better to get rid of television altogether?
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