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The Battle of Armageddon


Writer: Jack Van Impe |

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"Armageddon" has come to stand for the most terrible of all wars. The word actually means "mount of Megiddo," referring to a small mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The great valley there has been a battlefield for many conquerors and it will be the focal point of the earth's final conflict.

Since the fall of man, earth's population has been training for Armageddon. Every tiny skirmish and world war has been a preliminary to the battle of battles: Armageddon.

Following the defeat of Russia and her armies by Israel, the final world dictator, the Antichrist, will be revealed for who he is -- a ruthless, satanically controlled, evil person. The length of his reign after the Israeli defeat of Russia will be three and one-half years (forty-two months; see Revelation 13:5Bible quoteAnd there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.Revelation 13 verse 5) and during that time he will bring the world to its most violent hour.

The World's Most Violent Hour

There is considerable speculation as to just what triggers the Battle of Armageddon. Why do the armies of the world gather in the Middle East at the end of the Tribulation period? Is there a rebellion in the kingdom of the Antichrist? What precipitates the final conflict? Although there is mystery surrounding some of these questions, there are a number of certainties about Armageddon.

→ It takes place at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 16:16Bible quoteAnd he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.Revelation 16 verse 16)

→ It involves all the nations of the world (Joel 3:12Bible quoteLet the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.Joel 3 verse 12)

→ It pits all nations against the Lord and His anointed (Psalms 2Bible quote(verse 1) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

(verse 2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying],

(verse 3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

(verse 4) He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

(verse 5) Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

(verse 6) Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

(verse 7) I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

(verse 8) Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.

(verse 9) Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

(verse 10) Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

(verse 11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

(verse 12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they that put their trust in him.Psalms 2

→ It ends with the revelation of Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-21Bible quote(verse 11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

(verse 12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

(verse 13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

(verse 14) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

(verse 15) And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

(verse 16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

(verse 17) And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

(verse 18) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

(verse 19) 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.

(verse 20) 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.

(verse 21) And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.Revelation 19 verses 11-21

While many events of the end time are hidden from us, it is not difficult to sort out some important developments during the Tribulation period that lead to the Battle of Armageddon.

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