Sunday, July 13, 2008

The "spirit of Antichrist" in the 21st century: Part 5: Islam's preferred method of execution


If there was ever a man in history who seemed to embody the devil it was Hitler. Adolf hated everyone with the exception of blonde-haired, blue-eyed, pure blooded Aryans. His hatred for the Jews in particular coupled with his desire to rule Europe and his inhumane treatment of his enemies led many to believe that he was the Antichrist. And the rumors that followed his death kept the idea alive for some time: He had shot himself in the head and survived (Rev. 13:12).


Since then, lovers of such stuff have added up the letters in the name of Henry Kissinger and concluded that he is the Antichrist. And Bill Clintion. They both somehow add up to 666. According to the Bible, however, we will not have to add numbers to figure out who the Antichrist is, that will be done for us.

We (or those who are still around) will easily recognize him (II Thess. 2:3, 9-12; Rev. 13:13-17). And many will worship him because they want to. Others will worship him in order to survive much as Christians converted to Islam during the decades after Mohammed began his false religion. Others will not worship nor take his "mark" and will be put to death. This is all up for interpretation, of course. There are three or four schools of thought on end-times matters.


Early theologians thought the pope was the Antichrist. That was modified to mean the "office" of pope. Some still hold to this while some are beginning to wonder if the Antichrist might arise out of Islam, including yours truly. Still, it is difficult to believe that anyone would worship such a being or human claiming to be God. But millions follow the likes of Benny Hinn, so who knows.

Islam needs serious consideration as the possible seat of the Antichrist. The religion is, of course, antichrist as we have already explained. It is their preferred method of execution that should cause us to examine the possibility further. This is just a suggestion, not the definitive answer.

Throughout the book of the Revelation we find that believers are "slain" for their faith. For instance, in chapter 6, v.9, we read, "When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held." And in chapter 20, v.4, we see these slain reigning with Christ. And how did they die? They were "beheaded." In chapter 6 once again, in v.11, referring to those slain John says, "and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed." So these also were beheaded.