The Shroud of Turin, also called the Turin Shroud (Italian: Sindone di Torino, Sacra Sindone [ˈsaːkra ˈsindone] or Santa Sindone), is a length of linen cloth bearing the negative image of a man. Some believe the image depicts Jesus of Nazareth and the fabric is the burial shroud in which he was wrapped after crucifixion. Historical and scientific evidence points to it being a medieval creation. It is first securely attested in 1390, when a local bishop wrote that the shroud was a forgery and that an unnamed artist had confessed; radiocarbon dating of a sample of the fabric is consistent with this date.
It is kept in the Cathedral of Turin, which is located next to a complex of buildings which includes the Royal Palace of Turin, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud (located inside the Royal Palace and formerly connected to the Cathedral) and the Palazzo Chiablese in Turin, Piedmont, northern Italy.
The Catholic Church has neither formally endorsed nor rejected the shroud, but in 1958 Pope Pius XII approved of the image in association with the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. Pope John Paul II called the Shroud "a mirror of the Gospel" Other Christian denominations, such as Anglicans and Methodists, have also shown devotion to the Shroud of Turin . Diverse arguments have been made in scientific and popular publications claiming to prove that the cloth is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus, based on disciplines ranging from chemistry to biology and medical forensics to optical image analysis. In 1988, three radiocarbon dating tests dated a corner piece of the shroud from the Middle Ages, between the years 1260 and 1390. Some shroud researchers have challenged the dating, arguing the results were skewed by the introduction of material from the Middle Ages to the portion of the shroud used for radiocarbon dating. However, all of the hypotheses used to challenge the radiocarbon dating have been scientifically refuted, including the medieval repair hypothesis,
the bio-contamination hypothesis and the carbon monoxide hypothesis.
The image on the shroud is much clearer in black-and-white negative - first observed in 1898 - than in its natural sepia color. A variety of methods have been proposed for the formation of the image, but the actual method used has not yet been conclusively identified. The shroud continues to be both intensely studied and controversial
Asking whether or not the Shroud of Turin could be the image of the beast, or whether or not it will play a future role in end time deception may seem far fetched to some, but considering today's technology and the advancement in cloning, is this really as far fetched as it may seem at first?
Scripture says the second beast in Revelation causes the people to create an image unto the first beast, and then the second beast gives the image life and the power to speak.
14 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.
15 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
Life as defined in the bible is the breath of life and also life is in the blood. So the image will become an actual living breathing man.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood:
The bible says the 2nd beast had power to give life unto the image of the beast. It didn't say God gave the image life, but rather power was given unto the beast to give life unto the image that it should speak. I have heard many theories claiming the image will be various types of inanimate objects such as television sets , artificial Intelligence, and even the bible, but that is not what the bible says.
The image will actually have life. It doesn't matter how alive something appears to be, if it is an inanimate object, it isn't alive. Again, life as defined in the bible is the breath of life and life is found in the blood. So, how will the second beast be able to give the image life? Will the image be a clone?
Most theologians believe the first beast of Revelation is Rome. If Rome is in fact the first beast, why would the second beast want people to worship Rome unless it has a kinship to Rome? Rome is the 1st beast and the image the second beast will commission to be created in the image of the first will be in the likeness of Rome and a living breathing image of a man perhaps?
We know there has been an image of a false messiah worshiped in the so-called church throughout the world for several centuries. This false image is promoted in the churches as the savior is a gentile image. This is not about race necessarily, but it is about a mindset. The gentile mindset refuses to repent and is a proud mindset of superiority.
What you are proud of, you can not repent of, but will create a false idol in your own likeness. Many gentiles today, instead of allowing themselves repent of their ways, truly being born again, allowing the process of being recreated in God's own likeness, instead hold to the mindset of grafting their culture and traditions into messiah rather than simply repenting of their own dead works. I believe continuing in that mindset will prepare the world to accept the counterfeit Christ, created as an image or representation to the beast. Whether that image is the Shroud of Turin, or some other image. Although many scientist believe the shroud to be a fake, this may not stop the image from being cloned someday and even worshiped.