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.