And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were
beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. 20:4
It is not my desire to lose readers, but occasionally we need to see realities. The above text from the book of revelation, tells us that in the final days of human existence on this earth that a very gruesome form of execution will be used. That of beheading. In American culture, we have refined our art of execution to a pain less series of injections. But, other parts of the world that still practice executions use the traditional hangings, firing squad and the electric chair. Beheading is pretty well limited to the nation of China and the culture of Islam today.
  It might warrant some thought that if either of these cultures were to gain an upper hand in the political confusion of these times, this form of execution might gain popularity and become more widespread.  While pondering this, we ought to take in account the growth of the Islam influence around the world and that much of that culture desires to destroy America. It is almost beyond belief that they have permeated the civilized world and have seated themselves in high places.  As for China, secret facts are being revealed that China is holding the notes on much of our national indebtedness.  The interest right now is more than what will be brought in through the IRS next April.  The Washington politicians are dragging us into deeper debt every day.  Lots of protests, but nothing substantial is being done to stop the idiots. Our national debt right now is six foot high stacks of one hundred dollar bills that would pretty well cover a city block. And we just stand by and let the politicians tax and spend!
  What if God has actually turned us over to a reprobate mind; Romans 1:18-32? What if we, as a nation, are no longer protected by his mercy or strong right arm? What if China forecloses our debt? What if we, as a nation, bankrupt ourselves?
  No nation could send troops to American shores without stiff opposition and a strong defense.  But what if our politicians put us in debt to a nation, such as China, where they could just walk in and claim their rights to dissolution of booty. Don't forget, we are being "Changed!"
  At any rate, someone or ones will bring into widespread usage, the beheader during the power reign of anti-christ.  Though it is possible that he could bring beheading back into practice, it is also possible that beheading would be the practice prior.  The main difference hopefully would be that the subjects of beheading under the antichrist would be people who refuse to receive the mark of the beast becoming the martyrs of Revelation 20.
  As a student of eschatology for many years, I am told by Daniel and other prophets that the antichrist will be undergirded by a governmental system that will assume world domination almost overnight. The world will rush to lift him and his image high.  He will target Israel and Jerusalem in particular, demanding their worship and will be making great inroads to world domination.  The only obstacle will be a couple of witnesses who for a short time will preach and show the power of God. He will dispatch them and assume total power.  Whoops! Here comes someone on a white horse!


Back to Commentary index