- Bible prophecy, or in this instance end time prophecy or eschatology is unique in all the words literature in how, not only does it accurately foretell furture events, but it alwasy does so in detail. Some of these details cause many liberal theologians and secular scholars to stumble at times with their interpretations because they refuse to believe the clear teachings contained in bible prophecy. One such end time prophecy is a perfect example of this: “I saw thrones on which had been seated those who had been given authority to judge. 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). Theologians – both liberal and secular – agree that these souls who had been “beheaded” were slain during The Great Tribulation Period (Matt 2524:21). The problem, at least since the late 18th and early 19th centuries has been, for liberal and secular theologians, that, because no major nation or empire continued to “behead” people, that this verse must be interpreted figuratively.
- However, they failed to consider the Islamic Empire because they knew little to nothing about its teachings and traditions. Had they considered the Islamic Empire as being the fourth empire of Daniel 7, or known how “beheadings” were Muhammad’s favorite form of punishment for his enemies, or how he instructed all muslims – through both the Koran and the Hadith (Traditions) to “behead” their enemies, maybe they wouldn’t have dismissed bible prophecy quite so easily?
- Recently Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists in Syria.The same Syrian extremists the Obama Administration is helping to fund in their civil war with the Assad regime of Syria.
- The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.
Sister Agnes-Mariam de la Croix said: ‘His only crime was his brother criticised the rebels, accused them of acting like bandits, which is what they are.’ There have been a growing number of accounts of atrocities carried out by rogue elements of the Syrian Free Army, which opposes dictator Bashar al-Assad and is recognised by Britain and the West as the legitimate leadership.
‘The free and democratic world is supporting extremists,’ Sister Agnes-Miriam said from her sanctuary in Lebanon. ‘They want to impose Sharia Law and create an Islamic state in Syria.’
The rebels attacked the northern town of Ras Al-Ayn, on the Turkish border, last month. The fighters entered the Christian quarter, ordering civilians to leave their homes. ‘More than 200 families were driven out in the night,’ Sister Agnes-Miriam says. ‘People are afraid. Everywhere the deaths squads stop civilians, abduct them and ask for ransom, sometimes they kill them.’
Al Assad, a member of the Alawite Muslim sect, claims only his regime can protect Syria’s minorities from domination from the Sunni Muslims majority. Meanwhile the fighting continues to rage with government forces retaking control of a key district in the city of Homs yesterday.
The latest violence comes after United Nations peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned of ‘hell’ for Syria if no political solution could be found. Russia has stated the conflict is becoming increasingly militarized and sectarian and risks bringing chaos to the whole region.
Some 44,000 people have been killed since the uprising against the Al Assad regime began in March 2011.
End time prophecy is not a pretty thing. It will be a time of “great tribulation” unlike any time prior to it in the history of mankind. That we see Daniel’s fourth beast or empire rising in our nightly news – and the inhumane atrocities they are committing on their own people and others on a daily basis should come as no surprise for those of us who have a correct understanding of eschatological events and characters. Sadly, it will only get worse as The Kingdom of the Antichrist will continue to come together and grow in strength.