Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the emergent kingdom will be that the Antichrist will arise out of. In Rev 17 we see the woman sitting on the “beast” with 7 heads and 10 horns. And the angel tells John that “the seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet
come”. And in Rev 13 we see the same beast coming out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. And one of the heads was wounded as to death. But it is healed and that healing causes the whole world to wonder after the beast.
The thing is, so many people think that this means the AC will be assassinated or wounded in some way physically. But, if the seven heads are kings/and or kingdoms, and one of those kingdoms is wounded, couldn’t this be referring to the Islamic power that will be 5/6 annihilated after Ezekiel’s battle? And this man of sin arises from that devastation to bring about peace? Being Islamic, he could claim to be of the seven and wounded, but something could distinguish him from Islam enough that the Jews will accept him and he will be the “eighth” king. We know ,according to Isa 10 that the AC will be Assyrian…this would fit in that scenario.
It’s an interesting possibility. The pronouns relating to the anti-Christ’s head wound in Rev. 13:12 are personal, implying that a person is involved, but Islamic teaching on the end times holds that an Islamic world leader will arise out of chaos, the kind of chaos that will result from such a resounding defeat as God will visit upon the Moslem armies.
They call this leader “al Mahdi” but the activities prophesied for him are frighteningly similar to those we attribute to the anti-Christ.