“whose fatal wound had been healed” Revelation 13:3
Ever since I can remember I have heard conjecture as to who this might be. I can remember hearing when President John F. Kennedy was killed. Shot in the head, wouldn't you know it, they speculated about him being the antichrist, expecting him to rise from the dead.
But what if we are all wrong about this. What if we are not talking about a man, but a powerful religious entity.
A little bit of history on Islam, a religion, once thought dead. Taken from an informational page on Wikipedia.
Three centuries after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (High Middle Ages), the Arab Caliphates extended from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to Central Asia in the east. The subsequent empires of the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Ghaznavids, Seljuqs, Safavids, Mughals, and Ottomans were among the influential and distinguished powers in the world. The Islamic civilization gave rise to many centers of culture and science and produced notable scientists, astronomers, mathematicians, doctors, nurses and philosophers during the Golden Age of Islam. Technology flourished; there was investment in economic infrastructure, such as irrigation systems and canals; and the importance of reading the Qur'an produced a comparatively high level of literacy in the general populace.
In the later Middle Ages, destructive Mongol invasions from the East, and the loss of population in the Black Death, greatly weakened the traditional centre of the Islamic world, stretching from Persia to Egypt, and the Ottoman Empire was able to conquer most Arabic-speaking areas, creating an Islamic world power again, although one that was to prove unable to develop to meet the challenges of the Early Modern period.
Later, in modern history (18th and 19th centuries), many Islamic regions fell under the influence of European Great powers. After the First World War, the territorial possessions of the Ottoman empire (a Central Powers member) were partitioned and divided into several nations under the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres. Since 1924, there has been no degree of an accepted claim as Caliph (tr., "successor") to the caliphate (tr.,"dominion of successor") [ed., This had been last claimed by the Ottomans].Perhaps Islam was the head that was wounded. As the article states, “Since 1924, there has been no degree of an accepted claim as Caliph (tr., "successor") to the caliphate ..”. While heads wounds are typically fatal that was not the case here, and yet scripture calls it a fatal wound. How many of us would have given a second thought to Islam about thirty years ago. It was not until Islamic fanatics took over the American embassy in Iran that we seemed to pay any attention to them, but from that point on Islam has began to grow in numbers and power.The methods have improved, but the goal has never changed; the world must, in their minds, come under an Islamic Caliphate.
Here it is October of 2011. Libya has been under siege for several months now, and just in the last few days Muammar Gaddafi has been killed. Libya is now being declared a sharia controlled nation. That means that there is a Caliph and a caliphate. This trend will continue, at least until the ten nations that join with the antichrist personage are intact and ready to act against Israel (While the possibility of global conflict, on the street level exists, once Islam gains adequate numbers, Israel is certainly the center of attention.)
Here is a link to Muslim majority controlled nations. Wikipedia list of Muslim, majority controlled countries
This link will give a list based upon population within a nation. Countries by Muslim population
Even Islam's teachings speak about a man with a head wound, they call him the Dajal, or Isa, or Jesus, depending upon who they talk to. A Muslim woman at work said to me, “we believe in Jesus”. The problem is that the Islamic Jesus is not the Son of God, will not save anyone from sins, and is not taking anyone to heaven with him. He will be a Jewish Muslim, and an enforcer of Sharia.