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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 144E
November 5, 2003
The Beast With the Deadly Wound!
For most of my adult life I have believed that the one we identify as the antichrist will apparently be killed by a weapon of war, but will seemingly undergo a miraculous recovery from his deadly wound and, in so doing, will gain followers across the known world of John’s day. The Islamic world has been waiting for such a man since the death of the prophet Mohammad. Please read Prophecy Update 82, Part 3, Exposition of Revelation, Chapter 13, in our Prophecy Update Archives. For a description of what I mean as the “known world of John’s day,” please read Prophecy Updates 73A, 77A, 77B, 77C, and 135C in our Archives.
Revelation 13:3,12,14 – And I saw one of his heads as it WERE WOUNDED TO DEATH; AND HIS DEADLY WOUND was healed: and all the world wondered after THE BEAST.  And he exerciseth all the power of the FIRST BEAST before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the FIRST BEAST, WHOSE DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED.  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to THE BEAST, which had THE WOUND BY A SWORD, AND DID LIVE.
I have believed, through most of my adult manhood, that antichrist would receive a deadly wound, which would cause the world to believe he was dead, but afterwards would reappear to cause many of the earth’s inhabitants to believe he was miraculously back among the living. And I have always believed this would be the man who would lead the initial attack against Israel, and drive them southward into the Negev wilderness, where they would remain for the last 1260 days before Christ’s Second Advent. It would be during this time period the antichrist would literally be that Wicked One, the Devil, incarnate in the sinful flesh of the antichrist. I have always taken I Thessalonians 2:8 to represent this period of 1260 days.
II Thessalonians 2:8 – And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
And I have long taught that those sections of the world, which were known by the readers of Revelation at the time it was written, would unknowingly worship Satan through the antichrist, because Satan would indwell his human body. I have also taught that the people of the known world will say that no one can win a war against a leader they seemingly cannot kill.
Revelation 13:4-6 – And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (Please read Prophecy Updates 80, 81, and 83)
2 Thessalonians 2:4 – Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (Please read Prophecy Update Numbers 79 and 52 in our Archives)
Daniel 11:45 – And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Please read Prophecy Updates 53 and 81A)
Revelation 19:19,20 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
I do not believe Osama Ben Laden is the antichrist. But his apparent death, and supposedly still being among the living, may well represent the type of scenario by which the antichrist gains the loyalty of the Islamic world. The Islamic “man in the street,” among the 1.3 billion Arabs in the Middle East, considers Osama a great hero, and the longer he remains alive or avoids capture, the greater a legend he becomes to them. Neither do I believe that Saddam Hussein is the antichrist, but he does bother me, and the sooner they kill or capture him, the easier I will rest with my statement he is not the antichrist. He only bothers me because he was born in the southern part of the old Assyrian Empire, and I have always believed the antichrist would come from that ancient Empire. (Please read Prophecy Update Numbers 80, 81, and 82 in Archives)
While I do not believe that either Osama Ben Laden or Saddam Hussein is the antichrist, I do believe this may well be the type of scenario that sets up a situation where he has supposedly been killed by a wound his enemies are sure finished him off, but much to their surprise he suddenly appears and leads a successful Jihad against Israel with the backing of 10 Islamic nations.
Rest assured that even though I do not believe the Beast of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein, is the Beast with a deadly wound that did live, the fact that he was born within the southeast fringe of the ancient empire does bother me, and I am going to continue to hope he is caught soon. And, while I wait, I will certainly monitor the degree of his accelerating popularity with the 1.3 million Arab population composed of the “man in the street.”
Osama Ben Laden became a hero to the Islamic masses when he drove the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan by a process of guerilla warfare, and then challenged America by destroying the Twin Towers. Saddam Hussein seems to be using the Islamic terrorists from numerous Arab nations to conduct the guerilla terrorist war now being waged against the Americans and their allies in Iraq. As each day passes that Saddam is able to avoid capture, and American troops continue to be picked off in Iraq, his mystic grows in the minds of the masses as a man who is standing up against “the big devil” and, in their eyes, defeating us. The one thing that bothers me about Saddam is where he was born. He was born in Tikrit in Iraq. Tikrit is located within the extreme southern part of the ancient Assyrian Empire. However, I do not think he is the antichrist, but the scenarios of “you are dead,” then “no, you are alive,” may be the type of scenario we can expect to see unite the 1.3 billion Islamic population behind the real antichrist when he does show up. Such a scenario would certainly fulfill Revelation 13:3,4.
Revelation 13:3,4 – And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And it could explain how clay and iron could be caused to cling together for a while by faith in one leader among a mingled population.
Daniel 2:41-43 – And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.  And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
And it could explain why 10 leaders of 10 Islamic nations would be willing to surrender their power to him.
Revelation 17:12,13,17 – And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.