Armageddon – something to fear?

This has to be given some thought because the answer is both Yes and No!. The reason is who side you are on.

One thing unites world governments

Governments perceive that Armageddon is the ultimate War that destroys the earth, yet that is not an accurate understanding of the scriptures.

The final book of the New Testament – The Revelation written to John or known by many as The Apocalypse chapter 16 and verse 16 reads “And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-magedon”

Lets ask the obvious question who is the “they” referred to in this text? Let’s begin with the context John sees bowls of denunciation and judgement poured out in sequence, the War spoken of is the climax of the sixth bowl.

Therefore, lets begin with the out pouring of that bowl, Revelation 16: 12 “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”

We know fro9m the overall context of the visions these events were to occur in a period identified as the “last days” or as many like to refer to them as “end times”. Therefore, the information is not literal, we are not to expect that suddenly the River Euphrates will stop flowing, rather this refers to the state of humanity and the attachment to religion and faith. The Great River Euphrates ran through Babylon and we are witnessing the number of those who claim to have a faith dry up. Also, as a Political power we are watching Governments struggle to convince their fellow citizens that they have the best solution. Therefore, as the water and seas are often a reference to the state of Humankind we are looking at the evidence today of dwindling support for the established way of life.

That seems quite simple but note the next part of the prophetic vision Revelation 16: 13 “And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Okay, so we have three protagonists in this part of the vision, these have already been identified in the earlier parts of “The Dragon” in chapter 12 is Satan the Devil and he has positioned himself against God’s Kingdom. The other characters are linked to the authority he has given them as he rules the world 1 John 5: 19.

Looking at their single purpose “they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.”

Armageddon is a war led by Satan, using human rulers to fight against God’s Kingdom. What do you think the outcome will be. Revelation 17 begins with the destruction of the Harlot or world religion – the rulers of the world will take the lead in this

Revelation 18 : 4 “And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” So we know we can escape that part of the destruction or the war that is coming.

Revelation 19 reminds us that salvation is with God, the one fighting as Champion against the Devil is identified – the invincible warrior king Jesus Christ. Then note Revelation 19: 19 “And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army.20 And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur.21 But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” Human rulers and those who follow them cannot be victorious because they are fighting against God. So Armageddon is a moment in time when Human Rulers turn their attention to removing all of those who follow God’s Kingdom. They align themselves with the invisible Satanic creatures who are ensuring they are destroyed.

Revelation 20 and 21 explain that those on the side of God’s Kingdom will survive, it also describes the resurrection of the dead and the final war between invisible creatures.

We are involved. Satan taunted Jehovah that like Job we only serve God for what we get out of it. However, the survivors answer that challenge with the critical words in Revelation 19:1After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: “Praise Jah! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God,2 because his judgments are true and righteous. For he has executed judgment on the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his slaves that is on her hands.”3 And right away for the second time they said: “Praise Jah! And the smoke from her goes on ascending forever and ever.”

Whose side have you chosen? Do have questions about how you chose the winning side now? The Interactive Bible Study Course Enjoy Life Forever as a free download, or request a hard copy and free course support. Life depends on get the right choice made now. Once we are at the point of Armageddon we have made the choice and the battle lines are drawn. The outcome is assured.

When Will the World End?

People have been taught that the bible says that the will end. They confuse this statement with the idea that the planet will be destroyed and all life on it.

So to understand what the “End of the World” means we need to examine what the Bible meaning of “World”.

Kosmos

In the Bible the word translated as “world” is “Kosmos” [or in English “Cosmos”] which refers to people or society not the planet. For example, Cosmos is the root of Cosmopolitan. Therefore, the early Christians understood that the “End of the World” referred to the people and society.

The Bible is specific in identifying the “world” that is coming to an end as those who have rejected God, his standards and have no desire to recognise him as the creator and rightful ruler.

The biblical example is 2 Peter 2:5 “And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people”

Note that he Peter uses the “world” to identify the ungodly people.

The earth was not destroyed nor did all of the animals die rather God protected his servants, Noah and his family. The Biblical account of the Flood demonstrates that it is humankind who is in line for judgement.

The Biblical Contrast

Psalm 37: 9 – 11 provides a more detailed contrast note the words of the Psalmist – “For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. ו [Waw]10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”

In verse 29 the promise for the loyal worshippers of God “The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.”

Peace, security, honesty, loyalty and the absence of fear and harm is only achieved by removing the root cause and healing the symptoms. It will take time to repair the damage but the effect of this transformation will last forever.

What would make life worth living then?

We often hear people say “I wouldn’t want to live forever”. Ask them what day would they choose to die? Or remind them that they are not forced or coerced if they don’t want to live without:

  • Pain
  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Famine
  • War
  • Corruption
  • Crime
  • Injustice

The promise of everlasting life is for those who understand the importance of their relationship with the creator. These ones have read the prophetic words at 2 Timothy 3: 1- 5 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”

They understand we are living in those times right and as it is the “last days” and it is the time that God has chosen to act however, the choice of survival is ours.

The “world” is coming to an end, individuals who don’t want to follow the standards that promote peace will be destroyed note the words in Revelation 11: 18 “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

Those who chose to fight against God – the nations or the world will be judged and those ruining the earth in any way will be brought to their end.

Will we choose to survive the “End of the World”? Prepare to day for survival – Study the Bible and understand that we live in the time of the end.

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