The image is described in Revelation 13.
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Revelation 13:14-15
It is absolutely imperative in order to understand what the image is, to first understand what the image is an image of. Based on the above passage, the image is a likeness of the beast with seven heads and ten horns, who is the evil angel that came up out of the abyss when the first seal was opened. The image is of the beast of the evil trio.
The beast, in conjunction with the ten horns, has spent the past several decades influencing world events and perceptions in such a way that will ultimately lead to the rise of the false prophet. The Satan possessed false prophet will exercise dominion over the world in an attempt to prevent the return of Jesus. He will perform signs and wonders in the presence of the beast in order to deceive the masses into willing subjugation. It is the beast who causes the false prophet to exercise dominion over the world and his image will do so likewise. The image of the beast has the following characteristics:
- The deceived people of the world make it.
- It is an image of the beast with seven heads and ten horns who is an evil angel.
- The false prophet breathes life into it.
- The image speaks to identify those who won’t worship it.
- Those who are identified as refusing to worship it are killed.
The image of the beast is a collaborative effort by the deceived people of the world that will reflect the dominion that the false prophet exercises. It will be a code of laws that people are required to follow that will affirm his deity and their submission to him. This code of laws will have in it a provision that those who don't comply with its mandates are to be killed.
The means of determining initial and ongoing compliance is accomplished through the use of his mark. I expect that when those who wish to receive his mark go to wherever it is that they receive it, that they will at that time also collaborate on the code of conduct. After a short grace period, the false prophet gives breath or life to the image by enacting this code of conduct into law and compliance becomes mandatory. The mark is how the image will then speak and identify those who don't engage in the worship of the image.
The beast is the one who causes the false prophet to exercise dominion over the earth. The image of the beast will likewise give him authority. Since the beast is an evil angel, an image of him won't reflect his physical appearance since that's unknown, but rather his image will be an extension of his purpose to elevate the false prophet to a position of authority and dominion over the world. The people of the world will construct this image after a series of events leave them vulnerable to the masters of deception, the evil trio.