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  1. And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon. Rev 16:16

    There is only one reference to Armageddon in the Bible and while it may be a reference to the area surrounding the city of Megiddo, it is probably best to regard it as a symbolic. I am aware that in the USA, there is a view, popularized by Ronald Regan, that the geography is more literal than symbolic, but I suspect that has more to do with political justification of American actions in the Middle East than anything else. For the rest of us, Armageddon is symbolic of a conflict that will take place (is taking place) on the world stage.

    There are a couple of ideas that may be considered.

    While the reference gives an indication that the rulers and their armies are united, we should make the distinction that the unity is in purpose and not necessarily belief. War makes strange bedfellows, and we only need to look to World War 2 to see European Fascism unite with Japanese Imperialism. In many respects, these two allies were poles apart in their thinking yet they united together in a common purpose to bring destruction and death to a large part of the rest of civilization.

    In the final conflict, I believe that the enemy likewise will be united in purpose, to destroy the righteous, but diverse in their beliefs and world views. The main driver for their unity is not belief but self-interest. I do not see those who are essentially godless giving up their belief that there is no God, to accept the false view of God portrayed by the Beast and its Image. I do see them combining together in self-interest against those who believe in and live the faith of Jesus.

    Secondly, in the previous verse, there is an instruction to those who put their faith in Jesus:

    Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.” Rev 16:15

    There is no need for us to be unprepared for this final conflict. We are invited to be watchful and prepared.

  2. Will I be able to stand?

    Elijah the prophet who slaughtered 850 false prophets of Baal. The great marathoner who defeated king Ahab's horses on the way to Jezreal was finally made to fear and run for his dear life by Jezebel.

    I may be cheating myself to think that Satan will be deceiving the others in the other churches and leave me alone because I know about the Armageddon and end time deceptions.

    If whatever is happening in the world is affecting my church today whether it is music, fashion, betting etc then these deceptions will be directed to the saints also.

    Satan will make other churches look better than my church, he will make my preachers to compare me with them telling me that I don't pray as the Muslims do, I don't evangelize as Jehovah's witness do etc.

    This will make me feel that I am in the wrong church and after opening my eyes to see only the negative side of my church, I'll at last leave and join the battle against Christ.

    It's so simple to be deceived and it has already happened to many.

    Will you be able to stand?
    Are you sure?
    Are you really serious?
    May the almighty God help us.
    God bless you.

  3. The insertion of one of the seven blessings in Revelation is important to note. Why would Jesus discuss His Second Coming in this plague? Could it be that the counterfeit of His coming by Satan is taking place? God's people would know what kind of appearing Jesus would actually have in the phrase coming as a thief. The counterfeit coming doesn't square with the descriptions of Scripture on the real coming of Christ.

  4. The best Old Testament stories to help one understand the battle of Armageddon is:

    1. The story of Cain and Abel

    2. The story of Exodus of Israel from Egypt.

    The central issue on the battle of Armageddon is well captured in Rev 16:15 which gives the clarion call on how one prepares for it.

  5. By studying our Bibles, and even along with these Blessed study guides, we can begin to understand that the last battle will be of a decisive conquest of the darkness that prevails in the world today in the hearts and minds of those whom are not yet believers in the LORD YESHUA MESSIAH
    This as reflected by the great controversy, outstandingly so-between The MESSIAH and the evil one.
    This is one way we'll keep from mistakes in interpretations regarding Armageddon, per today's last question.


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