Rev 13:14,15; "It misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that it was permitted to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. And it was permitted to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who refuse to worship the image of the wild beast." Through my recent studies I have given great consideration to this image of the beast, and I would like to share some findings. There are a few interesting connections between the image the beast sets up in Rev 13 and the image Nebuchadnezzar set up in Daniel chapter 3. First of all the number of the beast closely matches the dimensions of the image set up by Nebi at Dan 3:1; "Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar the king made an image of gold that was 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide." We can cross reference now the number of the beast in Rev 13:18; "This is where it calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number, and its number is 666." Given the image in Babylon was three dimensional, we can imagine the image was 60 cubits high by 6 cubits wide by also 6 cubits deep. Now what's of particular interest is the events surrounding the worship of these two images. In Dan 3 the people of Babylon were commanded to fall down and worship the image Nebi set up when they heard the music from the instruments that would play indicating time to worship, and if they refused to do so, they would be thrown into the fire and burned up. Well we know in Dan 3 that three men refused to worship the image and just such a fate was attempted upon them as we read at Dan 3:19; "Then Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar became so furious with Shaʹdrach, Meʹshach, and A·bedʹne·go that the expression of his face changed toward them, and he gave orders to heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual." Now we know from the recorded event that these three survived the fire because Jehovah sent an angel that protected these men within the fire. If we look back at the wild beast in Rev 13 we also see this beast causing fire to come down out of heaven at verse 13 "And it performs great signs, even making fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind." Now who does this fire fall upon? It falls upon Christs brothers and those with them at the first trumpet when indignation is poured out on the constant feature to remove it, meaning that of the WTS. Now what is the significance of those who this fire comes upon, or who pass through the fire? Zech 13:9 "And I will bring the third part through the fire; And I will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people,’ And they will say, ‘Jehovah is our God." Now let's compare that "third" to the first trumpet in Rev 8:7; "The first one blew his trumpet. And there was hail and fire mingled with blood, and it was hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green vegetation was burned up." So then it is a third of those from within Jehovah's courtyard that will be refined by the fire of the denunciations coming upon Jehovah's name, just like those three that passed through the fire for not worshiping the image set up by Nebi. So therefore the wild beast being said to "kill those who do not worship the wild beast" is a reference to this passing through the fire in order to be refined just as those three in Babylon.