Kevin writes in to ask about Revelation 13:15, where it states those who do not worship the image of the beast will be killed. Revelation can become confusing if we mix up the time sequence and fail to recognize symbology and metaphors.
We are going to open our Bible to find the answer to this pressing question which Scripture makes very clear for us.
Note On The Word “Killed”
Make sure to note the word “killed” in Revelation 13:15 means,
(to slay); to kill outright; figuratively to destroy: – put to death, kill, slay.
Revelation is full of symbology and when we combine Scripture together, it becomes clear, we are discussing the ‘figurative destruction’ of individuals who do not worship the image of the beast.
This simply means, the people who refuse to worship the image of the beast, those who refuse the mark of the beast will not be able to buy or sell, (Revelation 13:17). They will be unable to take part in the governmental system instituted by Satan who will claim to be God.