The Battle of Armageddon
you would you open your Bibles this morning to Revelation chapter 16 Revelation chapter 16 now our topic this morning is like many within the study of eschatology in that there are as many opinions as there are commentators and this morning I am going to give you what I do believe the Bible reveals concerning this particular event that we’re going to examine this morning now it may not go along with what you may have heard or understood in the past and if you would like to send me an email expressing your opinion or Corrections of what I’m going to say my email address is Tom Hughes and tell me what you think Tom and Tom we’ll be more than happy to answer any criticisms of our message this morning well first of all we need to do a little bit of hermeneutical housekeeping if we’re going to understand fully what is in front of us and the task of studying eschatology is not easy for a very specific reason and in Revelation 1 1 & 2 were given the reason the revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants things which must shortly take place shortly meaning in quick succession and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John who bore witness to the Word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ to all things that he saw as Doctor Heinsohn pointed out the two witnesses here in the opening verses of Revelation there are also two key words in this opening introductory statement of the unveiling of Jesus Christ and all of his fullness and glory that revelation records for us and those words are show and signified in other words show means to make known or even to prove the word signify can be translated as to reveal by signs and symbols and therefore the Lord says the revelation of himself is made known to the servants of God through signs and symbols and that is why there are so many interpretive gymnastics concerning the study of the book of Revelation and its content we have to discern what are signs what are symbols in the midst of literal meanings and descriptions of people and places now the task requires caution it also requires careful study but the Lord said the message of Revelation is knowable he gave it to us so we could know and understand what is coming and will happen in quick succession during the period recorded within the 22 chapters therefore if we let the Bible do the talking and interpret itself for us we’re going to arrive at a better understanding of this most famous event now my assignment for this session is what we know as the Battle of Armageddon now this is a misnomer in and of itself for a couple of reasons first of all har Megiddo or the hill or mountain Megiddo is not the scope of the battlefield of this battle I’ve been on Mount Megiddo there isn’t enough room for the armies of the earth to gather there so therefore we need to understand that the scope is beyond the description that we have assigned to this particular event the plain of megiddo or biblically the valley of Jezreel is a portion of the battle theater and it has been home to some 2,000 battles throughout the ages including napoleon fighting they’re considering it to be the perfect battlefield we also know that gideon defeated the Midianites and the valley of Jezreel as did deborah and barak defeats Cicero’s armies as they fought there as well and we indeed are going to examine what we have called the Battle of Armageddon and the place that this battle is going to ensue now we need to note that the battle theater will stretch beyond the valley of Jezreel and some commentators say the battle isn’t fought there at all it’s simply where the parties gather and then make their way to the battlefield I don’t know that I would necessarily hold to that I do believe it is certainly included in what we call the Battle of Armageddon now in Revelation 14 17 to 20 were told of another angel who came out of the temple which is where in heaven he also having a sharp sickle and another angel came out of the altar who had power over fire and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle saying thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth for her grapes are fully ripe so the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God and the winepress was trampled outside the city and blood came out of the winepress up to the horse’s bridle for one thousand six hundred furlongs now we know that this is addressing the same time period and event that we’re going to examine in our text this morning whenever we happen to get there we know this because of the mention of the winepress and the blood we also know that the plain of megiddo though it is massive it certainly is not one thousand six hundred furlongs either in length or length or breadth a furlong or a stadia as your translation may read is about six hundred Greek feet now a Greek foot was just under 12 inches twelve point nine seven eight inches or something along those lines and therefore the battle theater recorded here measures some hundred and eighty plus miles now in 1st Samuel 320 we’re told and given a little bit of a hint about this in Samuel where we’re told and all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord now the opening statement all Israel is followed by an idiom from Dan to Beersheba and that is how the Bible will often describe the whole of the nation of Israel Dan to Beersheba happens to measure about 1600 furlongs or about a hundred and eighty miles and therefore we know that the battle theater encompasses the whole the length of if you will the nation of Israel now the second bit of hermeneutical housekeeping is this in Daniel we’re told seventy weeks are determined for what’s the next two words your people and for what are the next three words your holy city the purposes are to finish the transgression to make an end of sins to make reconciliation for iniquity to bring in hallelujah bring it Lord amen to seal up vision or bring to completion and fulfillment vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy now in a careful study of the book of Revelation we are going to find within chapters six to nineteen the 70th week of Daniel the 69 previous weeks being fulfilled and while in our study of Daniel we are going to note that there are parenthetical sections where an overview may be given or further details of a specific event but the seals trumpet and Bowl judgments are going to hold to a chronology and the span the length of the Tribulation Period specifically the great and terrible day of the Lord now so we’re looking at the 70th week of Daniel and therefore is the 70th week of Daniel pertains to Daniels people who are Israel and the holy city which is Jerusalem so if we are going to understand the content and context of revelation 6 to 19 we’re going to have to look to it through the lens of Daniel his people and his city or Israel and Jerusalem now we need to therefore be careful of Western thinking when interpreting the signs and symbols of the book of Revelation let me give you an example where Western influence can have a impact on our own hermeneutic or interpretation of what we have before us in verse 12 of our text and we are going to get to it we are told of the drying up of the Great River there you river Euphrates in preparation for the Kings of what direction chains of the east now it is popular to view the kings of the east as China and we have to remember the kings of the east aren’t who we think they are the kings of the east are who the Jews think they are and therefore looking at what we have in front of us today and when we arrive at these particular verses I have to say listen every day I read The Jerusalem Post every day I read the demco file every day I read Israel today every day I read The Times of Israel and I tell you what there are people that the Jews are worried about across the Euphrates River but I’ve never seen an article about being concerned about the actions of the Chinese they are concerned about those across the Euphrates River and some like to marry the kings of the east to the army numbering 200 million in Revelation 9 in support of their China interpretation however that is a separate judgment and it is a different group altogether the army in Revelation 9 is one of demons not of people and therefore the Chinese or any other country for that matter are disqualified from being that group so who are the kings of the East they are empires that would land or live on the other side of the Euphrates River where would that be well and their day it would be those who dwelt in Mesopotamia or Babylonia and Assyria now which nations occupy the geographic region of Mesopotamia in our day well you might have heard some of their names before and they would probably even make it into the news in Israeli newspapers they bear names like this Turkey Iran Iraq and Syria you ever see those names in the news today concerning the nation of Israel so we’re dealing with Kings who come from the Mesopotamian region of the world now let me also ask you this after their humiliating defeat either before or early during the Tribulation Period who would be most eager to attack the nation of Israel those who suffer the great defeat of the Ezekiel war Turkey Iran Iraq and Syria well as gog the prince of Rosh Meshach and tubal now the other reason that we need to be careful about labeling this Battle of Armageddon as such and why it is a misnomer is our vs.
Actually give us the title of this battle and it is the title of our time this morning and we’re getting really close to actually reading our text and the title that is given to this battle from Scripture is the Battle of that great day of God Almighty that’s what we’re going to examine this morning the Battle of that great day of God Almighty now let me set a bit of a backdrop for our verses we need to back up to end the bowl judgments to the fourth Bowl judgment where we’re told that the bowl is poured out on the Sun in Revelation 16 8 and that son was given power to scorch men’s bodies now the Sun given this power would not only scorch men’s bodies but it would also melt the polar ice caps and glaciers around the world specifically those at the mouth or the source of the great river Euphrates which is Mount Ararat in Turkey where the river Euphrates is born now this would initially obviously cause floods in the plain below but it would eventually lead to a drying up of that Great River this river that runs 1,800 miles down in through Kuwait and into the Persian Gulf and is the eastern border of the land given to the Jews by God himself so again as we get into our text this morning the battle theater is 1600 furlongs in length or 180 plus miles the point of entry for the invading armies is the dried-up Euphrates River the direction the kings who will lead this invasion come from is the east we’re told in the battle theater the blood will be spattered as high as a horse’s bridle from the north to the south or Dan to Beersheba in the Land of Israel this is the Battle of that great day of God Almighty now what is the reason for the battle as a result of the battle these will be the questions we’re going to focus this morning so put your keepa on so we can think through the mind of the Jews and examine these events pertaining to the 70th week of Daniel and later as the seventh Bowl is poured out accompanied by a declaration that it is done or God’s wrath is complete we have a custom here at Calvary Chapel Tustin will incorporate that this morning in honor of the inspired and infallible Word of God would you stand Andrey bethey please revelation chapter 16 verses 12 through 16 revelation 16 pick it up in verse 12 then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and its water was dried up so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet for they are spirits of demons performing signs which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them to the Battle of that great day of God Almighty behold I am coming as a thief blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments lest he walk naked and they see his shame and they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew Armageddon and father we indeed are thankful again for your word we’re thankful for the surrounding things that we know concerning this battle we’re thankful that we know from revelation 19 that we will be coming back with Jesus and he will not be coming to attack us as his Saints so we thank you God for the Great Escape that precedes the Great Tribulation even so come quickly Lord Jesus equip us for the work of ministry through our time together this morning in Jesus name Amen you may be seated now we’re going to add verses 17 to 21 a bit later but for now we’re going to see the questions answer that we posed from our verses now the first question we have to ask is why and this one of the more interesting and probing questions I think that we would logically arrive at if we consider history and all that we heard from Olivier yesterday concerning anti-semitism and its manifestations throughout the centuries we would ask questions like why after the Inquisition why after the Holocaust why after the slaughter for centuries of hundreds of millions of Christians would God now at this point in time take such an aggressive posture against the earth dwellers so the description used for those who dwell on the things of the earth and worship the Beast during the 70th week of Daniel well Zechariah will help us in twelve one two three arrive at our conclusion where the burden of the word of the Lord against Israel thus says the lord who stretches out the heavens lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within of God cites his qualifications and then makes this statement behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all surrounding peoples when they lay siege against judah and jerusalem and it shall happen in that day that i will make jerusalem a very heavy stone for whom all peoples all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it now obviously not every person from every nation is going to be present in the battle theater but they are in one Accord in their desire to destroy the Jews now let me ask you is the world coming to this kind of mindset is this the thinking that is dominant in our world today well from 1967 to 1989 the UN Security Council passed 131 resolutions directly dealing with the arab-israeli conflict of the 131 resolutions passed 43 were considered neutral the remaining 88 criticized and opposed the actions of Israel or judged against their interest nearly half of the 88 resolutions against Israel condemned censured or deplored Israel and its actions during that same time frame that in the UN General Assembly 429 resolutions were made against Israel and Israel was condemned 321 times by the UN General Assembly as of 2013 Israel had been condemned in 45 resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva December 21st 2016 the UN General Assembly has wrapped up its annual legislative session by adopting 20 in one day 20 or one session rather 20 resolutions against Israel and only six resolutions against the rest of the world combined three on Syria one each on Iran North Korea and Crimea is the world uniting against Israel today yes indeed I believe that just a little over seven years from now this unity is going to lead them to a place where kings who represent the anti-semitism of the whole world are going to cross over the dried-up Euphrates River and they’re going to meet a rather unexpected fate unexpected from their perspective so in the prophetic scheme of things what is the reason for the Battle of the great day of that great day of the Almighty well Zechariah again is going to give us a hand in where the Lord says I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication then they will look on me whom they pierced yes they will mourn for him as one mourns for His only Son and grieve for him as one grieves for a firstborn Paul would add in Romans to 27 for I do not desire brethren that you should be ignorant of this ministry mystery rather lest you should be wise in your own opinion that blindness in part has happened to Israel forever is that what it says no it says until when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and so all Israel shall be or will be saved somebody say hallelujah shout amen or something as is written the deliverer will come from where out of Zion and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob for this is my covenant with them I will when I take away their sins thus says the Lord now the phrase in that day is used 16 times in chapters 12 to 14 of Zechariah and it refers to the Battle of that great day of God Almighty and the season prior to it now bless you we’ll talk about what Paul meant by all Israel in a moment but first we need to recognize Satan’s purpose in gathering the world against Israel now since his efforts to kill the supernaturally conceived male child that was prophesied in Genesis chapter 3 who would bruise his head were unsuccessful under both Pharaoh and later Herod who killed male Hebrew children as both infants and toddlers and sends his attempt to kill the Messiah on the cross met the same fate it was unsuccessful because the fact is the grave had no right to our sinless savior early in the morning on the first day of the week up from the grave he arose but he arose that he is alive today and lives forevermore making daily intercession for you and I the only thing left for Satan to do since he couldn’t kill the Messiah as a child since he couldn’t kill the Messiah with the cross at least not permanently is to kill all the Jews and by that swart the plan of God and eliminate the fulfilling of prophecies that precede the second coming of Christ it’s been mentioned a couple of times concerning replacement theology that some like to believe that all the promises to Israel that are yet unfulfilled now apply to the church well what about the judgments how come they don’t apply to the church to listen replacement theology is no replacement at all it is a lie from the devil somebody say Amen so the prophecy of Zechariah and Israel recognizing Jesus as their Messiah listen must happen prior to the second coming of Jesus and therefore in the devil’s mind if there are no Jews there is no second coming Zechariah – says and it shall come to pass in all the land says who the Lord that two thirds in it shall be cut off and die when you see that phrase the land is referring to Israel but one-third shall be left in it I will bring one third through the fire what we’re finding them as silver is refined test him as gold is tested they will call on my name and I will answer them I will say this is who my people and each one of them will say what the Lord is my god behold the day of the Lord is coming and your spoil will be divided in your myths for I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem the city shall be taken the house is rifled the women ravished half of the city shall go into captivity but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city unbelieving Jews are going to die during the tribulation – the number of two-thirds of their global number one-third are going to survive and all of them are going to say the Lord is my god and all of them are going to look upon the one whom they pierced and they’re going to mourn for him as one would mourn for the loss of their only son and thus all Israel all believing Israel is going to be saved Satan’s purpose for attacking Israel at this time is to kill the believing 1/3 because Satan knows listen close Satan knows when Jesus comes back he’s done and he is going to deal with him bind it for a thousand years release him for a short while and then he is going to join his friends in the lake of fire but here’s our point this morning it is God who causes the Euphrates to dry out it is God who prepares the way for the kings of the East no matter who they are no matter what the proper interpretation is it is God who orchestrates these events because this is his Battle of that great day of God Almighty and that gives us the first of our reasons for the battle and it comes from verse 2 and it’s just this jot this down this morning listen the Battle of the great day of the Almighty is God’s saving and protecting his chosen people in defense of his great name the Battle of the great day of the Almighty is God saving and protecting his chosen people in defense of his great name I had to kind of chuckle I’d never heard it before as pastor ed was sharing last night about some people believing the two witnesses of the church at Smyrna in the church at Philadelphia I’d never heard that particular interpretation but I’m against it because that puts the church in the tribulation and that’s not a biblical precedent God delivers his people from wrath the believers from wrath and he is going to save even through this time of Wrath those who believe in Israel one-third of their surviving nation Satan is going to stir international anti-semitism to the point that the world is drunk with a hatred of the Jews and he is going to seek to annihilate the Jews for his purpose and it is my fort the plan and purpose of God and therefore discredit God’s Word but just like everything else he does it will be unsuccessful even in his efforts against the church today the gates of Hell will not prevail against God’s church amen and Ezekiel 36 22 to 24 we’re told therefore say to the house of Israel thus says the Lord God I do not know listen close I do not do this for your sake o house of Israel but for my holy name’s sake which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went and I will sanctify my great name which has been profaned among the nations which you have profaned in their midst and the nations shall know that I am the Lord says the Lord God when I am hallowed in you Israel before their eyes for I will take you from among the nations gather you out of all countries and bring you into your own land does that happen yes it has so we must be getting close amen our redemption is indeed nigh listen what we’re being told here is that every day that Israel was not within the defined borders and of the land that God had given them the name of the Lord was being profaned and for Satan to be successful in his efforts to eliminate all the Jews would profane the name of the Lord which tells us that’s never gonna happen God is not going to be bullied by Satan Satan is never going to overpower the Lord his plans are never going to be successful above those of God Amos tells us when the Jews come back into the land they will never be uprooted again and never in the Hebrew means never it’s not going to happen our God is great amen awesome and power is he for his name’s sake he’s going to save for his name’s sake he’s going to protect his chosen people even though all the armies of the earth are going to be gathered against him he’s gonna dry up to your freight ease he’s gonna prepare the way for the kings of the east to lead the charge he’s going to draw them into the valley of Jezreel for this is the Battle of the great day of Almighty God and he’s going to sanctify his great name when he’s hallowed before the nations of the world by saving and protecting the Jew somebody say Amen verse 13 John says and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet obviously them coming out of the mouth indicates a false message being proclaimed and it’s interesting if we look back in the history of Israel the ancient Jewish people regarded frogs as unclean and repulsive other nations would view them as objects of worship including the Egyptians who revered a frog goddess named a cat and she was the goddess of childbirth and fertility she was depicted as a frog or a woman with the head of a frog and the meaning of her name is ruler or scepter so the association would be established in the mind of the reading Jew about exactly what was being said here frog symbolized fruitfulness in life and it is thought that the priest of a jet served and were trained as midwives according to one tradition a Chet was the wife of Poonam the Creator God he would create beings on his potter’s wheel she would breathe life into them and then place them in their mother’s womb and of course we know that’s all true no we do know who fashions us individually in the womb amen and it’s not a ket it is the great king of heaven our God amen Exodus 8 1 to 14 reminds us that the Lord spoke to Moses go to Pharaoh and say to him thus says the Lord let my people go that they may serve me but if you refuse to let them go behold I will smite all your territory with what with frogs so the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly which shall go up and come into your house into your bedroom on your bed into the houses of your servants on your people into your ovens and your kneading bowls and the frogs shall come up on you and your people and all your servants it’s almost like the Lord said one of worship frogs were here you go here’s a whole bunch of them worship away now obviously this brings us to the understanding that the imagery would be clear to the Jews we are again in the 70th week of Daniel we have to view everything through that particular lens that of Daniels people and the holy city and these unclean spirits like frogs would go out and perform signs for the purpose of deceiving the whole world into an anti-semitic frenzy that gathers them for the Battle of that great day of God Almighty are again they going to succeed in killing all the Jews I’m sorry have you been here for the whole message are they going to succeed in killing all the Jews no now listen let me remind you of something this morning we pause for this commercial interruption isaiah says no weapon formed against you will prosper and every tongue that speaks against you in judgment you shall condemn for this is your heritage as a servant of the Lord and your righteousness is from me says the Lord now listen Saints this morning the devil and his demonic cohorts can form and fire weapons at you all day long but they will not prosper they will not accomplish the purpose for which Satan has crafted them why the Lord is with you and by the shield of faith you can quench all the fiery darts of the enemy that are fired at you nothing can separate you from God’s love no one can snatch you from his hand how you’re still seated I have no idea this morning and not shouting hallelujah and now back to our regular scheduled message at the time of this Battle of that great day of God Almighty all Israel is going to be saved supernaturally protected and all the efforts of the enemy including those of the whole world gathered against them are not going to prosper against God’s chosen people so what does this mean in the grand scheme of things these unclean spirits like frogs who use signs to deceive and so their delusion that God can actually be defeated well it arrives at the second observation here’s the second thing I’d like you to jot down listen this morning the Battle of that great day of God Almighty is God exercising his divine authority and power over all idolatry and spiritual deception that’s what this battle is all about God exercising his divine authority and power over all idolatry and spiritual deception the good news is from this point on there’ll be no more talking frog somebody say Amen now Joel tells us in 3 1 2 to 4 behold in those days and at that time when is that time when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem I will also gather all nations and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of what my people who are defined or described as my heritage Israel whom they have scattered among the nations they have also divided up my land now the valley of Jehoshaphat an area that lie between the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley I should say the temple mountain the Mount of Olives should remind us of what Jehoshaphat actually means it means jehovah is judge and our mind should go back to 2nd chronicles 20 when King Jehoshaphat and Judah were outnumbered and there was a fear of a looming attack that was seemingly imminent on the horizon and in the midst of his prayer and the concern of the people second chronicles 2015 reminds us that the battle belongs to the Lord still today amen no matter how great the number of opposing armies no matter even if the adversaries are spiritual God is going to fulfill his promise to Daniel and the promises that he made through Jeremiah Ezekiel Joel and others that he is going to save all Israel after he brings him back into the land he’s also going to judge all the nations that have fought against her and who have sought to divide up her land listen we hear a lot about occupied territories today and the occupiers or anybody that are dwelling within the geographic assignments that God has given to the nation of Israel within genesis 17 and 18 and it’s not israel that are the occupiers amen he is also going to display his divine authority and power over all idols and spiritual deceptions as the unholy trinity are going to meet their destiny in the lake of fire the beast and false prophet at the end of this very battle and the devil who deceived them and whom they served is going to join them at the end of the millennium 15 and 16 let’s wrap up our time together this morning or at least act like we’re going to behold I am coming as a thief Jesus speaking blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments lest he walk naked and they see his shame and they these spirits of demons gathered them to the place called in Hebrew Armageddon now the Lord offers a word of both instruction as well as encouragement in verse 15 and some say this word is to the Jews who have fled to Petra others say is to all believing Saints that are alive at this point in the tribulation who have survived the efforts of dragon beast and false prophet to kill them is that the Jews or tribulation Saints that are in view and the answer is yes it’s exactly that God is encouraging those who are alive who love Him on the earth that he is coming like a thief or suddenly now the admonition is that they remain vigilant that they keep their lives pure in the midst of a time where spiritual deception is at its zenith and we see the global impact of the science performed by the spirits of demons in that the kings of the earth have been led like lambs to the slaughter into the valley of decision and it’s what happened next that interest and even involves us to a degree and we’ll talk about that in a moment but Zechariah tells us then the Lord will go forth and do what fight against who those nations and now here’s one of my favorite phrases in all of Scripture as he fights in the day of battle not only is this one of my favorite verses or phrases I should say it’s also one of the most ominous verses in all of the Bible God is going to fight as he fights against those nations now let’s draw some contrast here for a moment and hold up how humans fight versus how gods fight God fights and we’ll see something rather stirring now according to the Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Matthew klunder one of the Navy’s latest and most ominous weapons is called the electromagnetic railgun it’s a gun that uses electricity to fire its projectile and it can fire a projectile for over a hundred miles at Mach seven or seven times the speed of sound now they set up a target to test fire this electromagnetic railgun and its projectile act and I’ve got a picture here to show you I don’t know if you can see it there was a target this was hit these steel plates were hit by the electromagnetic railgun from a hundred miles away that’s a pretty powerful weapon wouldn’t you say so what can man do he can poke 2-inch holes in steel plates from a hundred miles well that’s impressive nah how does God fight he uses earthquakes comets and asteroids I say man is outgunned wouldn’t you think about Egypt in the last seven plagues remember it’s kind of interesting there were how many plagues against Egypt ten between three and four God said I’ll make a difference between my people in your people and the last seven plagues how long is the tribulation of the 70 weeks of Daniel 7 years the last seven plagues did not come near God’s people he sustained them through a time of judgment so how did God fight against Egypt swarms disease boils hail locusts darkness and death I’m not sure the railgun can stop those things how about you even shooting a projectile for a hundred miles in Mach seven Oh what about this God said to job when he examined him in 38 22 to 23 have you entered the treasury of snow or have you seen the Treasury of hail which I have reserved for when the time of trouble for the day of battle and war so with the kings of the earth in the battle theater let’s look ahead a bit at how God fights the Battle of that great day of God Almighty continuing in our same chapter 17 to 21 of 16 then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the Temple of Heaven from the throne saying it is done and there were noises and thunderings and lightnings and there was an earthquake such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth now the great city was divided into three parts and the cities of the nation’s fell and great Babylon was remembered before God to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath then every island fled away and the mountains were not found and great hail from heaven fell upon men each hailstone about the weight of a talent men repented immediately knowing that this would no man did what they blaspheme God because of the plague of Hill since that plague was exceedingly great now the talent of silver wait about a hundred pounds of talent of gold weighs 200 pounds so let’s just split the difference and say God fights with hundred and fifty pound hailstones that is after he uses an earthquake that causes every island to go away and flattens every mountain on the planet and elevates Jerusalem as the highest point on the face of the earth and yet we’re told this plague of hail is so severe that men blaspheme God even after the greatest earthquake that the world has ever experienced now I have to say nuclear arsenals aren’t very intimidating when you consider God’s weaponry and how he fights using the whole of the cosmos and this last bowl is poured out into the air which finishes or brings to completion the judgments of God on the earth dwellers now here’s the last thing for us to consider about this battle that we have dubbed the Battle of Armageddon which is really the Battle of that great day of God Almighty and it’s just this listen the Battle of that great day of God Almighty prepares the world for the millennial reign of Christ the Battle of that great day of God Almighty prepares the world for the millennial reign of Christ now I know that it is rising in popularity today popularity today not only replacement theology but also Dominion and Kingdom theology and I have to say they’re not going to bring the world into a condition that makes it Messiah ready as a matter of fact Jesus said the world would be ready for his return when it was like it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Noah is not a way of saying things continue to improve to a utopia like condition that allows the Messiah to return and reign what it actually means is that things are going to get so bad that only the wrath of God can remedy the situation in a violent and deranged depravity that is rampaging the world whose thoughts and intents of the heart are only evil continually now let’s add this I try and incorporate these verses and as many messages as possible even when they may not fit what we’re talking about because they’re just awesome revelation says now I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse and he who sat on him was called faithful and true and in righteousness he says peace out everybody can’t we all just get along no in righteousness he judges and does what he makes war his eyes were like a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns he had a name written that no one knew except himself he was clothed with a robe dipped in blood and his name is called what the Word of God who’s with him the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen we’re told earlier that’s the righteous acts of the saints white and clean followed him on white horses now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword that with it he should strike the nation’s and he himself will rule them how with a rod of I and there’s preparation for the Millennium he himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God he has on his robe and on his thigh a name written king of kings and Lord of lords who’s the Word of God Jesus what is the sharp sword the Word of God and therefore let’s add this now in 19 to 21 of the same chapter John says and I saw the Beast the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against him who sat on the horse and against his army the beast was captured and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped His image these two were cast how where into the lake of fire burning with brimstone and the rest were killed with the sword was proceeded from the mouth of him who sat on the horse and all the birds were filled with their flesh so listen at the word of Jesus Christ the earth quakes in a way that it is never quake before at the word of Jesus Christ hail stones weighing as much as some people plummet to the earth and beyond the destruction of the anti-semitic God haters those who think about these things those who survive this period for those who survive this time with this earthquake with the hailstones and all the other associated events in the tribulation is there going to be any question when they enter the Millennium as to who’s in charge no they’re going to be ready will there be any question as to the deity of Jesus Christ every eyes going to see him the whole world is going to see his arrival they’ll know he is the king of kings and Lord of lords will anyone question his power will anyone question his authority at least not initially so the Battle of that great day of God Almighty prepares the world for a thousand years of Christ reigning from David’s throne in Jerusalem which is the throne of human government as the world returns to an eden-like condition how much more could be said about the millennium but we’re out of time so let me just say this in closing the Battle of the great day of God Almighty is an answer to prayer this prayer thy kingdom come thy will be done where on earth as it is in heaven listen this morning here’s our final thought the Battle of that great day of God Almighty is the only way that a God hating Christ rejecting anti-semitic violence loving baby killing gender confusing marriage redefining Satan worshiping world can be subdued and allow God’s kingdom and will to be done on earth as it is in heaven my final statement this morning is even so come quickly Lord Jesus father we are in all of you and your word because you are the word made flesh dwelling among us is of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth and thank you Lord that at this very moment of time you are yet unwilling that any should perish we thank you there’s a number less multitude that will be saved in the midst of the tribulation we thank you God that the Jews are going to all Israel is going to be saved that survived this great and terrible day of the Lord so we thank you God for your grace for your mercy and Lord we ask that we would leave this place this weekend with a passion for lost souls like they’ve never had before Lord keep us from being silent give us boldness about your word and our love for Israel and their place in your redemptive plan that is not yet complete but will be and Lord we thank you that we indeed someday in a moment in a twinkling of an eye are going to be translated into your presence and forever be with you so we give you thanks we give you glory we thank you for your word in Jesus all God’s people said amen thank you guys you.
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