The march... towards Armageddon!
Whether you understand it or not, events in the
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In 1860, a French Scientist named; Pierre Berchelt predicted…
"Within a hundred years of physical and chemical science, man will know what the ATOM is. It is my belief that when science reaches this stage, God will come down with His big ring of keys and will say to humanity; ‘Gentlemen, it is closing time.’"
The first part of Berchelt’s forcast is history. We live in the perilous atomic and nuclear age. What about the remainder of the prediction? How near is closing time? And, what is closing? Are we to expect the end of the world? …Judgement? Will some power hungry leader plunge the world into a life ending nuclear nightmare? Would experiments in germ warfare or the creation of new life forms bring about scientific suicide? Today’s uncertainties have produced immense interest in the future. Something is in the wind and it has not gone unnoticed! Curiosity about the future is not new. Even the Disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) longed for more light on things to come when they asked, "… what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3) The Lord’s answer to their question, along with other Bible prophecies provides a composite of required conditions for closing time.
War-~ "And you shall hear of, wars and rumours of wars… see that you are not troubled… for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations shall rise against nations… and kingdoms against kingdoms." (Matthew 24:6–7) Wars seem unthinkable in this age of unparallel education. One would think that enlightened man would have forsaken such a barbaric practice. Yet the twentieth century, more than any other, has demonstrated that fool heads and empty hearts produce violence. Twice in a span of a generation,
And, Armageddon approaches-~ although wars have been fought throughout history; the Bible says that the end-time battles will be more frequent and more disastrous…The situation is compared to a woman in travail – labour… The pains increase with frequency and severity as the birth draws near (Romans , 23).
Fifty-two million people were killed in WWII, compared with eight million in WWI. The prospects of casualties in a future conflict are mind boggling! According to Revelations 9: 3 – 19; a third of mankind will be destroyed (estimation of 2.2 Billion people). Even small nations are assembling arsenals of doomsday proportions. This is another fulfilment of prophecy… "Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, and let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak (small nations) say; I am strong (Joel 3: 9 – 10)."
"The March to Armageddon…"
Meanwhile, peace continues to be an illusive dream as it has been throughout the centuries. Though peace talks continue and talks of disarmament claim progress it will be temporally at best. "For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3
The Arab alliance in Psalm 83 will be formed before the anti-Christ comes into power. It will be an attempt by
1. The war takes place in the "latter years" (Ezekiel 38:8), or the "latter days" (Vs. 16). 2. The war can only take place when the Jews are in their land. This prophecy could NOT be fulfilled before 1948.
3. At the time of the invasion of
4. The war between
Students of Bible prophecy have long expected a Russian military move in the
But why have prophetic experts come to this conclusion…? The reasons are found in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. There a devastating war is described that takes place in the Middle East involving Israel, Russia and a number of other nations; "And the Word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him. And say, So says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief ruler of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed most perfectly, a great assembly with buckler and shield, all of them swordsmen; Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his bands; the house of Togarmah from the recesses of the north, and all his bands; and many peoples with you." Ezekiel 38: 1 – 6
Who is Gog? Where is the
Convincing evidence-~ let us begin at the beginning! A table of nations is given in Genesis 10. At the beginning of this important chapter, we are confronted with all the key names in Ezekiel’s prophecy. These key verses in Genesis 10… describe the repopulation of the earth after the flood. It was the custom in ancient times for the descendents of a man to adopt his name for their tribe. Understanding this, historians and Bible students have been able to trace the movements of some of these tribes and know where their descendents can be found today. Using this system, the editors of the Schofield Reference Bible have furnished the following information about the names concerning us in the table of nations:
Magog –~ “From Magog are descended the ancient Scythians or Tarters, whose descendents live today in modern
Tubal –~ “Tubal’s descendents populated the region south of the
Meshech –~ “The originator of a race mentioned in connection with Tubal, Magog and other northern nations, broadly speaking, Russia, excluding the conquest of Peter the Great and his successors, is the modern land of Magog, Tubal and Meshech.”
The evidence builds-~ the word that is translated “chief” in Ezekiel 38:3, is “Rosh” (head) in the Hebrew language. For centuries prophetic scholars have agreed that the word Rosh is the proper name. Allowing this long accepted conclusion in the translation of this verse would make it read, “and say thus says the Lord God; behold I am against you, O Gog, the Rosh (head, chief, prince) of Meshech and Tubal.
But who is Rosh? “Rosh” was the name of the tribe dwelling in the area of the
The Allies of Russia in that fierce conquest against
Will Gog Attack
The unfolding mystery-~ the purpose of this war has long caused questions for commentators. Ezekiel explains the purpose to be two-fold… to take a spoil and to take a prey! (Ezekiel 38: 11 – 12) The poverty of early
Recent history has demonstrated that those who become allies of
As the Bible specifically tells us that Russia WILL play an important military roll in the last days. Though all the talk these days are about
“Armageddon” has come to stand for the most terrible of all wars. However, the word actually means “Mount of Megiddo,” a small mountain overlooking the
The final war WILL be fought over
The prophet Zechariah shows that the final battle before the Second Coming of Yeshua (Jesus) will be over
The ancient dividing line-~ The Euphrates River is significant! Ancient historians used that river as the dividing line between
It appears that in the near future
The future for the
Armageddon will demonstrate man at the height of his pride and folly. Convinced of the power of their weaponry and deceived by a leader energized by Satan, the armies of earth will march to their doom, expecting… to destroy the Christ that they have rejected. Does this appear to be madness? It did to the Psalmist who looked through the centuries and saw it unfold in prophetic vision. He asked: “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalm 2:1 Explaining the reason for his question, he wrote: “the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take council together against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Vs. 2–3)
So there you have… the power line-up as it stands right now. Doesn’t it sound oh so familiar, we just discussed the way the Bible describes the centres of power in the last days. We are almost there right now!
Armageddon will be the perfect picture of how the evil heart of man is apart from God. Man’s evil nature will be unrestrained during this time. The killing will be endless as man is left to his nature. God will use His covenant nation,
The Lord will defend His covenant land and His people,
The battle of Armageddon will end with the literal Second Coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). The earth WILL NOT totally be destroyed and everyone killed. God will not let this happen! Nor will He allow man to totally destroy himself and the world. This battle will lead to the near destruction of
From the natural human perspective, man is hurling towards Armageddon… but from God’s perspective, He is getting ready for the Second Coming of our Messiah Yeshua. From the natural perspective there will be no hope… but from God’s perspective it will be a beginning or a new era on the earth.
Why such suffering? Why would God allow such destruction/? The Bible makes it clear that He would do it for only one reason – so that humanity might finally learn its lesson and turn to God’s free gift of forgiveness in Messiah Yeshua; Jesus Christ, Ezekiel 33:11. God does care about us and that’s why He made special preparation for all believers so that we might be spared this misery and torment of the final tribulation.
God’s Word has truly been proven in the furnace of the earth. God has done all of this with
Awesome events on the ‘Day of the Lord’ seem before us…events which shall shake this world to its very foundation. God has given us a picture of the future and there is no doubt that these things will come to pass just as described by the prophets. The event that is the most important is the Second Coming of God. Everything else including Armageddon pales in comparison. (John – 17)
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