Monday, October 5, 2009

Antichrist and Beheading

Prophecy students have always known that Antichrist will use beheading as the punishment for those who will not worship him and receive the “Mark of the Beast.”

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.
- Revelation 20:4

Recently we have benefited from new insights from a former Palestinian terrorist, Walid Shoebat and his co-author, Joel Richardson. They show that the expected Islamic messiah, the Mahdi, could be the same as the biblical Antichrist. Islam has its own prophecies. Many of them were taken from our own Bible and twisted to fit their world view.

Shoebat and Richardson think that the final evil world empire predicted in Daniel 2 will be Islamic instead of European. They base this partly on the idea that Antichrist will use beheading, which they say is normal for Islam, but not for Europe.

Today European countries are opposed to any form of capital punishment. But here are two facts to consider: beheading was once common in Europe, and the Muslim population of Europe is rapidly climbing, while the native population is declining.

Until they abolished capital punishment only a few decades ago, both France and Germany employed beheading. Just over a century ago Scandinavian countries employed beheading, and it was also practiced in England both in ancient times and during the Middle Ages.

Another relevant fact is the changing culture of Europe. Muslim population growth is astronomical there, already causing riots and separatist movements in many European countries and the acceptance of Islamic law (Sharia) in some places. For a sobering account of this major culture shift I recommend that you view the 7 minute You Tube video entitled Muslim Demographics.

So, the final evil world empire may not be a question of Europe or Islam. It just might be a combination of both.


Anonymous said...

...I totally disagree, you fail
to realize that in times of
war sometimes anything goes, beheading is/was used in ALL societies because of the shock
factor, people were beheaded not
in secret but in public places so
as to bring fear to the rest of the
population Muslims do not have a Monopoly on torture...

Ron Graff said...

That's why I made the point that European countries had a long tradition of beheading, even before the Muslim immigration began.

Anonymous said...

When I lived in Saudi Arabia and teaching about the end times on our compound the Lord revealed to me about the "beheading" you are talking about and the relationship to Islam. We have been in the town square when they beheaded a person. When we were traveling in Rome again the Lord spoke to my heart about the connection and future cooperation with the Catholic Church and Islam. I believe Tony Blair becoming a Catholic has little to do with "faith", but more to do with a future merging of the apostate church, a New Pope, the one world religion as a mix of all religions...tht the False prophet and Antichrist will be a part of. What do you think?

Code breaker said...

I just published a book that is endorsed by Joel Richardson, it is called Prophecy Code II: A Last Days Revelation of Allah in Scripture and What It Means to the World. It can be found at

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the discussion re the Islamic world's comfort level re beheading. If nothing else (and taking into account the comment of Anonymous and Mr. Graff's response) it is a helpful reminder not to automatically "keep assuming our assumptions" where the unfolding of prophetic events is concerned. I first came across this "alternate" idea re antiChrist's identity in another place and thought it was worth consideration. Thank you. Sharon T