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Beheadings

As humanity continues its prophesied plunge into an end-time state of barbarism, the degree of savagery of which this world has never before known (see Never Before, Never Again, also the Fact Finder question below), atrocities committed by humans upon other humans now include televised beheadings of known completely innocent people, whose only "crime" was their nationality, such as the murder of a US civilian businessman by men who claimed that they decapitated their screaming captive in retaliation for the photographed atrocities committed by US troops upon Iraqi prisoners of war (war crimes that the US military has itself begun prosecuting, and that President Bush has publicly condemned as shameful criminal acts).

While the pictures of what went on in the Abu Ghraib prison were something that I personally never thought that I would see Americans do (none of the Americans that I know, including my own American-born relatives, are anything like the evil-minded brutes, male and female, shown in those pictures - have I been naive, or is something changing?), the images of the beheading of that man from Pennsylvania, that I watched off the Internet this morning (May 12 2004) were far more harrowing. Even many Iraqi Muslims, who are outraged at the continuing US military occupation of their country, expressed revulsion at what was an act of cold-blooded murder.

Beheadings

Martyrs Beheading as a method of killing is nothing new; it has been known in practically every nation that has ever existed (the famous French guillotine was invented to be a supposedly more humane method of execution). There are a number of beheadings recorded in Bible History, the two best-known being David's beheading of the giant Goliath, and the beheading of John the Baptist by Herod Antipas (see The Herods).

David's beheading of Goliath took place on the field of battle, after Goliath was already dead.

"And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David."

"Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled." (1 Samuel 17:48-51 KJV)

"And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem" (1 Samuel 17:54 KJV)

The beheading of John the Baptist (see also John's Last Days) was an act of murder committed by a tyrant and his spiteful, incestuous wife (see Herodias). The Bible account isn't clear, however it appears that John's head may not have been buried along with his body - John's disciples were given the body, Herodias and her daughter were given the "head on a platter":

"For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her."

"And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother."

"And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus." (Matthew 14:3-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) In the end-time just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ, will people become "cold" i.e. will they become cold-blooded murderers such as never before? (b) How did Paul describe the depraved state of mankind in the end-time, all while they claim to be "godly"? (c) Are end-time beheadings, as a matter of religious persecution of God's people who refuse to worship the beast, mentioned in Prophecy?
(a) Matthew 24:3,12 (b) 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (c) Revelation 20:4, see also Martyrs


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