The traditional view of previous centuries after the Reformation focused on the religious authority of the time and its political affiliations (corresponding to the first, sea, beast and the second, earth, beast) and thus the concept of the image was based, largely, on the apprehensions of the Reformers as to what was apparent at their place in history, understandably.
In our own times, after fundamental changes in world powers, in the way the world views religion, and in the way, now, in which global companies dominate communications (and thus, arguably, are influencing political decisions) influence political relationships and influence the populace and its ideology.
Has there been - within Reformed, Protestant, Trinitarianism - a revised, or one might say an up-dated, understanding of the image which the second beast presents to the world, in order to cause humanity to worship the first beast (and, thereby, to unwittingly worship the Entity behind the whole arrangement)?
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 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. [Revelation 13: 14,15]
I am asking about the image of the beast, not the beast itself.