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And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would ° not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

13:15 give life. This pseudo-life in the image must also be a lying wonder, since only God can create life. However, if complex audio-animatronix equipment of some kind is designed and constructed within the image, programmed with the capacity to produce word-like sounds, and if a powerful spiritual intelligence in the Satanic hierarchy possesses the image body (as demons have often possessed human bodies and controlled their utterances, making use of the vocal apparatus), then it could certainly be made to appear that the image was alive and speaking intelligently.

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