ARMAGEDDON

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The name of the valley where the final war between God

and the kings of this world- led by the Beast – will take place

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Antichrist background study:

the Beast : the person;

I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and He had two horns like

a lamb and spoke like a dragon” (Revelation 13:11).

One who is to come; a political leader who will falsely set up a covenant with Israel and lead the world during the tribulation.

The character of the Antichrist as seen in the Old Testament:

Daniel refers to the Antichrist as ’the king’ “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers’ knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things (Daniel 11: 35-38).

the spirit of the beast:

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (I John 2:18).

New Testament terms used when referring to the Antichrist.

Paul used the term “man of Sin” and “son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Gospel scriptures concerning the Antichrist: “For many shall come in my name, saying , I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5; Mark 13:6) “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not” (Matthew 24:23) “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24) “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold , he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not” (Matthew 24:26; Mark 13:6).

“The Benchmark by which these false prophets were to be tested concerned their attitude toward the incarnate person of Jesus Christ” (page 261).

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come ; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:3). …“try the spirits whether they are of God…” (I John 4:1).
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the valley:

The Mount of Megiddo is located in the plain of Esdraelon or Jezreel, a valley fourteen by twenty miles in size located to the southwest of Nazareth Here, it is thought by many, that the great final battle of Armageddon will be fought at the end of time.

the war:

The word battle is a modest description. This is not a little skirmish; this is a war. The last one the big one. Lest some saints wonder” (text pg. 266). After the rapture [I Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Church in Heaven, Rev Ch 4)]

Megiddo:

“During the past 4000 years, at least 34 bloody conflicts have been fought at the ancient site of Megiddo and adjacent areas of the Jezreel Valley, Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites, Midianites, Amalekites, Philistines, Hasmonaens, Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders, Mamlukes, Mongols, French, Ottomans, British, Australians, Germans, Arabs and Israelis have all fought and died here. The names of the warring generals and leaders reverberate throughout history: Thutmose II, Deborah and Bark, Sisera, Gideon, Saul and Jonathan, Shishak, Jehu, Joram, Jezebel, Josiah, Antiochus, Ptolemy, Vespasian, Saladin, Napoleon and Allenby to name but a few.” Source: Dr. Terrell Harris, Jr. PPP Handout; May 2, 2012

Scriptures associated with the Valley of Megiddo: Isaiah 39:1-8, 63:1-6; Joel 2:1-11,  2:3:9-13; Zephaniah 1:14-18, 3:8; Zechariah 12:9-11; 14:1-3

Possible Causes:

“During the explosive reign of the Antichrist, as demonic forces
motivate kings and generals, the whole world will go to war” (pg. 267).

Before the Rapture:

Oil vs. Water, World/ Middle Eastern Oil Crisis (competing Global Warming Issues, cause of severe weather changes)

After the Rapture:

Confluence of Oil, Antichrist using oil monopoly as a political tool “Because of the Antichrist’s ecclesiastical influence, the apostate church, so blind and so deceived, will follow along.”

2 Thessalonians 2:10b

…”because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

QUESTION:

How can the very elect be deceived?
ANSWER: Disobedience, (versus Obedience as seen by the conduct of the Church of Philadelphia). They were given an open door and commended for their steadfastness. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the world to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

Prosperity Principal:

if ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19).

1st Quarter
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

2nd Quarter
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” Genesis 22:8.

Half time:
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished : and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30).

End Game:
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 forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

The Victorious Christ

Eschatology (Revelation 14)

The vision transfers to Mount Zion with the 144,000 who are now singing a song that is very strange to the elders (church) in Heaven. This vision in Heaven foreshadows the events that will take place once the redeemed of the Earth receives the victory over the vial judgments. These will take place once the chosen and faithful are called to come out of the corrupt Earth unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. The angels were commissioned to proclaim God’s forthcoming judgment.

Har-Magedon

The sixth angel poured upon the Euphrates River making it dry. The kings are gathered to Har-Magedon (Armageddon) located at the valley lying at the foot of Mount Megiddo in Israel (Revelation 16:12).
This has been a strategic location where many battles have been fought throughout history. This valley is the shortest route into Asia from Africa. It was used as a passage by the Egyptians en route to Babylon (an ancient world power following the decline of the Assyrian Empire).   The Euphrates is dried up the kings from the east advance to this valley in preparation of the Antichrist’s last stand against God (Armageddon).

Seven Vials

Once the seventh angel pour his vial into the air a voice announces “It is done” (Revelation 16:17) as men continue to blaspheme God the cities and the nations fell by reason of the great earthquake and God’s final judgment upon men.

Over Anti-Christian Forces

An angel announced the horrid effects of evil that befell the Earth because of the thriving sin of man. The 144,000 disciples of God are taken into Heaven as a God said, “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4), and the kingdom of the Antichrist is wielded into defeat.

Over Ecclesiastical Babylon

Afterward John is taken to see the results of God’s judgment on the Earth. He observes a woman who sat upon a red beast. Upon her forehead was written MYSTERY, BABLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. It is stated that she was drunk with the blood of the saints. This image causes John to ponder.

Over Political Babylon

The mystery of this woman who causes John to wonder is revealed by an angel that shows him the “Mystery, Babylon the Great, is the bride of Antichrist, not a literal city but the system, of the Antichrist. As the church is the Bride of Christ composed of His disciples, so the Mystery Babylon the Great is the bride of Antichrist, composed of the followers of all false religions.” (Tyndale Life Application Bible, KJV; Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 1989, p.2261)

The Unholy Trinity Ceases!

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. 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. 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 19:19-21).

Satan’s Destiny

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 forever and eve
(Revelation 20:10).

Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Armageddon pg. 265
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Armageddon pg. 265

 

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