ARMAGEDDON: THE MOBILIZING OF THE WORLD’S ARMIES

REVELATION 19:17-21 – PART TWO

Armageddon is a battle that is going to be fought as the final battle of human history.  Let’s note some facts and information that will be helpful to our study of the end times:

  1. With this battle, human history ends.
  2. With this battle, the Lord Jesus Christ intervenes and stops the madness and evil of humanity.
  3. This is the time and place where Jesus Christ returns to earth and destroys the ungodly and evil of this world.
  4. In our last study we reviewed the titles and terms of what the Bible and true believers down through the ages have called this period of time and worldly circumstances.  It might be good to go back and review these terms and titles.
  5. Fact:  One must discern between the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which will be ONLY for TRUE believers [accomplished only in heaven] and the Supper of the Great God which will be ONLY for UNSAVED nonbelievers and fulfilled at Armageddon.
  6. Reminder:  Armageddon will be the mobilizing of the world’s armies to fight against the Lamb of God–Jesus Christ. 
  7. Good Question:  Why will the armies of the world attack Christ?  Probably they do so to protect their own interests in the Middle East.

The point is this: when the Antichrist and the confederation of nations under his power begin to march against Israel, the other nations of the world apparently become edgy and nervous.  The reason may be…

  • the fear of a military move to conquer the world beginning in Palestine.
  • the resources of the Middle East and the threat to those resources (such as minerals and oil).
  • the insanity of exterminating a whole people and nation like the Jews and the possibility of also being exterminated by the Antichrist and his armies.

Now let’s review some Scriptural support:

“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” (Revelation 16:12; Ezekiel chapters 38-39).

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:19-27).

“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). 

“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4).

“Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy” (Zephaniah 3:8).

“And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth” (Zechariah 9:10).

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:9; Zechariah 12:1-9).

“Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.  The sun and moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel” (Joel 3:9-16).

Note:   The armies of the world will gather in Palestine because there is an evil spirit [Satan/Antichrist/unclean spirits/demons] behind the confederation of nations (Revelation 16:13-14).  This has been discussed in detail earlier but is being restated here because of its importance in dealing with the BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON (see previous study of Revelation 16:12-16).

Note: Revelation 19:17-21–these verses say that all the nations and alliances of the earth are going to be involved in the great battle of Armageddon.

  • The kings of the east: all the nations east of Palestine, apparently involving the Arabs, China, and all the other eastern nations. These will no doubt be led by the Antichrist.
  • The kings of the north: all the nations north of Palestine including Russia.
  • The kings of the south: all nations south of Palestine including the nations of Africa.
  • The kings of the west: all the nations west of Palestine including a western alliance and involving some of the European nations and probably including America and other powerful nations of the Americas and Canada.

Enemies will gather from every nation with each taking sides to protect its own interest.  As stated, the point of conflict may be oil and mineral resources or other interests that we know nothing about yet.

The point is this: in the last days all the nations of the world will converge upon the Middle East and be stationed within the borders of Palestine at Megiddo.   Apparently each of the nations will join with two or more sides.  As indicated before, they are there to protect their own interests in the Middle East and Palestine.   (Compare the war of Desert Storm, the United Nation’s actions against Iraq when Iraq attacked Kuwait in 1990.)

Note what is behind the whole scene: EVIL SPIRITS.  Evil spirits are giving power to the mouth of the Antichrist and his False Prophet:

  • This means the power to influence and deceive the leaders of other nations.
  • The evil spirits will give the two leaders supernatural power to inspire their confederation to march and conquer Palestine.
  • All the other nations will march to protect their own interest in the region (perhaps oil/minerals).
  • The description of the evil spirits as frogs symbolizes the ability to leap and spread the deception from the dragon (the devil) to the Antichrist and to his False Prophet or executive officer and then to each of the nations.
  • The picture is that of demons working miracles.  What kind of miracles?  Scripture does not say, but the idea is that of…

+deceptive dreams of glory.

+glorious triumphs.

+visions of grandeur.

+setting passions aflame.

+striking fear within the heart and arousing bitterness and hate among nations.

The result of the evil spirits is this:  there will be a gathering together of all the armies of the world to the place in Palestine called Armageddon or the valley and mountain of Megiddo.  This is the great valley that runs through the middle of Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.  It is about 200 miles long and ten miles wide.

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the DRAGON, and out of the mouth of the BEAST, and out of the mouth the false prophet.  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” (Revelation 16:13-14).

Revelation 19:20 tells us that there will be the simple and quick capture of the Antichrist and the False Prophet.  Second Thessalonians tells us exactly what will happen to the Antichrist.

“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” (2 Thessalonians 2:8).        

NOTE some significant information:

1. The Lord Jesus shall slay the Antichrist with the spirit of His mouth (Greek “breath”). What is the spirit of Jesus’ mouth? 

  • It is the spirit of truth, holiness, and unlimited power.
  • When Jesus speaks, what He says is of God and unstoppable.
  • When He tears open the sky there will be no battle,
  • For all the forces of heaven and earth combined would be as non-existent against the Lord God of the universe.
  • Christ will speak the word for the Antichrist to be slain and the Antichrist will be slain.
  • It will be like the blowing of a little breath and the dust particle is removed never to return.
  • Leon Morris says that the emphasis is the ease with which the Lord will destroy the “lawless one,” terrible though he will be.  (The Epistles of Paul to the Thessalonians, “The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries,” ed. By RVG Tasker.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1956, p. 131).
  • The Pulpit Commentary says, “The words are to be taken literally as a description of the power and irresistible might of Christ at His coming–that the mere breath of His mouth is sufficient to consume the wicked” (Second Thessalonians, “The Pulpit Commentary” Vol. 21, ed. By HDM Spence and Joseph S. Excell, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1950, p. 251.

“But with the righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4).

2. The Lord of glory will destroy the Antichrist with the brightness of His coming.

  • The word “brightness” (epiphaneia) is a very special word.
  • It is a word chosen by the New Testament to refer only to the coming (Parousia) of the Lord.
  • It is used only five times in all the New Testament, and in every instant it refers to the Lord’s coming into the world.
  • It refers once to His first coming (2 Timothy 1:10).
  • It is referred to four times to His second coming (I Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13).
  • The whole idea of brightness is splendor, radiance, glory, and light.
  • Someone has pointed out that when Jesus Christ returns to earth, there will be such a spectacular display of glory and splendor that the explosion of every star in the universe could not match the sight of the Lord (source unknown).
  • When Christ first appears there will apparently be the energizing of a laser beam of glory zeroed in on the Antichrist, and he shall be immediately destroyed by the radiance of the Lord’s glory and light–quicker than we could blink an eye.
  • Simply by showing Himself, the Lord will destroy the Antichrist.
  • Imagine the enormous power of the Lord’s glory, a glory so powerful that it will explode the whole universe and remake it into a new heavens and earth.
  • Note:  the word “destroy” does not mean to annihilate, but to make inoperative; to make powerless; to end; to put a stop to the evil work of the Antichrist.

Now let’s move to 19:20. There is the horrifying judgment of the Antichrist and the False Prophet.  They both will be immediately cast into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is called either Gehenna or the lake of fire.

NOTE:  The lake of fire is the place where all those who have rebelled against God are to be cast at the end of the worldall unbelieving [unsaved] humans, fallen angels, demons and the devil will find their eternal place in the lake of fire.

FACT:  At the final judgment of all unbelievers [unsaved], the lake of fire is the final hell to which all the wicked [unsaved–those who have rejected the completed work of Christ–John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13] shall be assigned after being judged and condemned.  This judgment is said to be eternal in  the lake of fire, separation from God and the saved, for all eternity.

“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity [sin]; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41-42).

“Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire” (Matthew 18:8).

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

“Then shall he say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink….And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:41,42,46).  

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15).

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

Now let’s move to Revelation 19:21 – Armageddon and the weapon of the Lord that He used to slay the armies.  Good question: “What will that weapon be?”  It will be a sword, the sword of his mouth.  Jesus Christ has no physical, material, carnal, or fleshly weapons made of this earth.

FACT:  He does not need the physical, material weapons.  The ONLY weapon He ever needs is the SWORD OF HIS WORD.  All He ever has to do is speak the Word and whatever He says is done–immediately, instantaneously, completely, thoroughly, and finally.

One blast of the power of His Word is so forceful that it consumes all that stands before Him.  Therefore, in the horrifying battle of Armageddon there will not even be a battle fought.  Why?  The Lord will simply speak the WORD DEATH, and every soul of the godless nations and armies present will drop dead.

A horrifying sight, but nevertheless it is the clear declaration of Scripture.  And it will all be so tragic–tragic because everyone present could have given their heart and life to Jesus Christ and been saved.  Instead, they chose to reject, deny, and curse Christ and God, and slaughter literally millions in the worst holocaust the world will have ever seen.

Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ will have no choice.  He will have to stop the slaughter and insane evil of the godless of this world.  And He will stop it at Armageddon.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

“And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesian 6:17).

“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4).

SALVATION – PROTECTION FROM THE LAKE OF FIRE!  It is pretty simple, but you have to want to go to heaven.  Listen to Scripture:

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God MUST believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).

Read again John 3:16 – God loves you and wants you to have His free gift of eternal life, but the choice is yours and yours alone. 

Check out Romans 10:9-13 and follow the steps to heaven, again, it is your choice.  You can go to heaven if you truly follow the steps…

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  For ye are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in the”  (Ephesians 2:8-10).

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